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University of Missouri System Adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform Using EBSCO FOLIO Services

LISWire - Tue, 08/24/2021 - 10:58

University of Missouri System Adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform Using EBSCO FOLIO Services
~ Open Source Library Platform Provides University of Missouri System Libraries the Ability to Modernize and Leverage Existing EBSCO Resources ~
IPSWICH, Mass. — August 24, 2021 — The four academic libraries in the University of Missouri System are transitioning to the FOLIO Library Services Platform using EBSCO FOLIO Services from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). The move to FOLIO will create a unified platform that provides flexibility and a customizable resource for the University of Missouri System while also realizing efficiencies with existing EBSCO systems.

The University of Missouri System includes four academic campuses — the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). The University of Missouri System is part of the MOBIUS consortium.

Deborah Ward, Interim Vice Provost for Libraries at the University of Missouri-Columbia says the university system will leverage FOLIO to work together to manage shared resources while also maximizing the tools each site uses. “Transitioning to a new system is a big step for any library and library system. FOLIO’s customizability allows us to leverage a backend for the resources we share while also providing us with a platform where we can take advantage of the services we offer individually. With EBSCO FOLIO, we are able to be both a consortium while being ourselves.”

The FOLIO Platform is a collaboration of libraries, vendors and developers that have come together to build an open source library services platform (LSP). Unlike a traditional integrated library system (ILS), FOLIO allows anyone to build on its core functionality or extend the platform through development of applications that deliver new services. FOLIO supports core library management functionality across domains including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions and electronic resource management (ERM).

Chair of the University of Missouri System Library Deans, Chris Dames says the move to FOLIO allows the libraries to take advantage of open source technology, allowing for a better use of staff and the ability to easily integrate with EBSCO resources. “We want to leverage modern technologies as we serve the needs of our users and our staff. Students and faculty are accustomed to EBSCO’s search platform and FOLIO offers that modern approach to ERM and the library management workflow. Our universities can customize a system that works best for them and benefit from a tight integration with existing systems that will include more streamlined processes and efficiencies.”

EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) is widely used by students in the university system, and all four campuses use GOBI® and EBSCONET®. EBSCO FOLIO provides an array of services that can meet the needs of all libraries, leveraging its experience developing the FOLIO platform, its expertise in hosting and supporting implementations, and FOLIO’s built-in interoperability to provide the right services to libraries. Customers benefit by having more choice to make the best decisions for their institution.

Sites already using EDS will be able to maintain the front end that end users are accustomed to seeing while also modernizing their backend systems, including eliminating the need to sync the discovery layer with the ILS. GOBI® customers using FOLIO will benefit from a streamlined book selection and acquisition workflow. When an order is placed in GOBI, it is seamlessly reflected in FOLIO with the purchase number, bib record, and all associated order details and can be processed via electronic invoicing. EBSCO FOLIO’s electronic resource management integrations extend to EBSCONET, allowing sites to manage their subscription workflows including agreements, licenses, holdings management, orders and renewals, which takes advantage of the EBSCO Knowledge Base.

The University of Missouri System implementation is expected to begin in September 2021 with the migration completed before mid-2022.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, learning, and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of their users and organizations. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
[email protected]
(978) 414–0443

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: FOLIOFOLIO lspEBSCO Information ServicesEBSCOEBSCO FOLIOopen sourceERMelectronic resource managementAcademic LibrariesThe University of Missouri SystemTechnologies: Open Source

ByWater Solutions Announces Aspen Discovery 21.10.00 Release

LISWire - Fri, 08/20/2021 - 12:58

“With Aspen 21.10 libraries now have the power to dedicate sections of their website to specific patron types. We’re excited to see libraries build staff intranets, volunteer sites, and more!”

This release was primarily focused in three areas:
- Polishing Polaris to add additional functionality and conveniences for our Polaris partners
- Allowing library staff to restrict web builder content to specific patron types
- Continuing work on eCommerce integrations

Our Polaris integration improved in a number of ways to help make Aspen easier to use for patrons, give them more complete information, and add additional functionality. We added the ability to display patron blocks within Aspen so that patrons can easily see why they might be restricted from borrowing and contact the library to resolve any issues. We also added the ability to import lists so patrons can use any lists that were previously created within Polaris in Aspen. Next we added the ability for patrons to change contact information and reset PINs/passwords within Aspen. Finally, we have added the (optional) ability for staff to masquerade as patrons to making customer service easier without needing to ask patrons for PINs.

Web Builder functionality in Aspen received a major upgrade with this release. Library staff can now restrict pages and menu links to specific patron types. This will allow libraries to build staff intranets, volunteer sites, and much more.

We also added eCommerce integration with ProPay as well as reporting for all transactions done within Aspen. This development now gives libraries a third method of paying fines via Aspen in addition to Comprise and PayPal which were previously released. All eCommerce options are available to any Aspen partner with no additional cost.

In addition to these major improvements, over three dozen other enhancements and refinements are included for our partners.

Read the Full Release Notes
You can find the full release notes here: https://bywatersolutions.com/news/aspen-discovery-announces-21-10-00-rel...

Watch a Preview of the Release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt4Zz4rhKGM

About Aspen Discovery
Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR/record grouping) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/aspen-discovery.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: aspen discoveryDiscovery layeropen sourceossreleaseTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

Magma Poetry Launches Complete & Fully-Searchable 27-Year Archive of Issues

LISWire - Thu, 08/19/2021 - 06:28

Poetry magazine Magma Poetry has completed the digital archive to encompass each and every issue dating back to 1994. Individual issues and the complete collection are fully-searchable and available for subscription to individual poetry lovers and libraries alike.

Published three times a year, Magma Poetry is a unique kind of magazine: led by a group rather than one single editor, the publication values a rich mix of voices, attitudes, ideas and opinions. Each issue features outstanding work from both emerging and established writers, together with reviews and though-provoking commentary. Throughout the decades, Magma Poetry has published the likes of Don Paterson, Mark Doty, Jen Hadfield, Karen McCarthy Woolf and Raymond Antrobus.

An array of streamlined navigational features provided by the Exact Editions platform makes the archive a valuable educational resource: each contents page is linked for easy access to specific pieces, whilst cross-platform accessibility means subscribers can log in seamlessly on web and app devices.

Magma Poetry is available for subscription in the Exact Editions shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/magma-poetry

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/magma-poetry

Co-Founder Helen Nicholson commented: “Thanks to the approachable, supportive and thoroughly professional Exact Editions team, the magazine’s entire digital archive is now available to a worldwide audience. We are delighted with how sleek it looks and its amazing usefulness as a research tool.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, said: “The archive of Magma Poetry features hordes of important poets, whose work through the decades can now be accessed at the click of a button. What a delight for poetry lovers and professionals everywhere!"

About Magma Poetry:

Magma Poetry is published three times a year. Each issue has a different theme that aims to speak back to the world through the best in contemporary poetry with poems that value experimentation, ambition and craft. The editorship circulates among the group that runs the magazine, allowing for diversity of editorship, opportunities for mentoring new editors and publication of a very wide range of work.

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals and books into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content, selling subscriptions and providing streaming solutions across web, iOS and Android platforms. Exact Editions are also the innovators of ‘Reading Rooms’ technology, enabling publishers to provide streaming, time-limited, access to digital editions.

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Two New Libraries Join VOKAL With ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 11:57

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced that VOKAL (Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries) has added Fletcher Free Library and Lincoln Library to its consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS.

About Fletcher Free Library
Today the Fletcher Free Library is a vibrant partner in the Burlington community. The collection includes over 155,000 items, including: 5,493 DVDs; 40,820 e-books; 7,845 downloadable audiobooks; 3,380 books on CD or MP3; 315,910 streaming videos; and 111,708 books and everything else (museum passes, book club kits, magazines, databases, subscriptions and gardening tools, etc). Free internet access is available to laptop users and at public access computers. The Library offers the community programs and services that meet your educational, cultural and life-long learning needs.

Find out more about the library here: https://www.fletcherfree.org/History

About Lincoln Library
After a flood in 1998 destroyed the library, the community came together to build a new library. It was opened in July 2000. The Lincoln Library has become a community center for Lincoln and the surrounding area. Many people contribute their time and talents to create the 200 or so programs the Library offers each year for young and old.

Find out more about the library here: https://www.lincolnlibraryvt.com/history.html

About VOKAL
The Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL) is a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium dedicated to creating a shared catalog and Integrated Library System.

In late 2007, three Vermont libraries joined with a representative from the Vermont Department of Libraries to explore a replacement ILS for Follett, the system currently used by the three libraries. After exploring many options, the group settled on Koha, an open-source ILS solution originally created in New Zealand.

In May of 2008, the group chose the name VOKAL - the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries - as a name for the group and the project.

Initially, VOKAL's Koha project was implemented on a stand-alone system. In October of 2010, VOKAL implemented a consortium version of the ILS and began migrating member libraries into the shared system. By January 2011, 4 libraries had been migrated.

Today VOKAL has grown to 59 libraries. Read more at https://www.gmlc.org/index.php/vokal

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

About Koha
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management, and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

For more information
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: open sourcekohavermontkoha ILSconsortiumvokalTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

Open Source Observatory at Koha US Conference 2021

LISWire - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 11:55

At this year's koha-us annual conference in McKinney, Texas, you can get hands-on experience in the Open Source Observatory. You've heard libraries are using open-source software, now is your chance to explore it.

Interested in attending the 2021 koha-US Annual Conference? You still have time to register through the link above. Full schedule or presentations can be viewed at https://koha-us.org/conference2021/.

IMPORTANT NOTE: After careful consideration of current conditions, the koha-US 2021 Conference will have a mask mandate. Facemasks will be required at all onsite sanctioned events.

If you are interested in attending the conference virtually, online registrations
are complimentary. (Donations to koha-US are welcome and appreciated!)

Open Source Observatory
Join us to get a hands-on experience at the open-source Observatory. McKinney Public Library will also have a model library set up that is completely open-source software. The room will include a Catalog, Self Check-Out, Self Return, PC and Print Management, Data Analytics, Ebooks, SRP, and more. If you want to see how Texas libraries are empowering staff and their patrons with intuitive, open-source software, then come join us. Basically, if you have the hardware and the gumption, this library will really be OPEN! Stop by anytime over the course of the conference, September 21-24.

Not able to travel to the event, but what to experience the open-source observatory? Contact [email protected] to learn more.

About koha-US
koha-US is a proud partner in a Global Community. While they strive to be a hub for the US users of Koha, they also encourage those users, with the rest of the Koha community, to participate through the various resources listed on the website. Read more about koha-US https://koha-us.org/about/.

About McKinney Public Library
The McKinney Public Libraries offer materials and experiences that educate, inform, and entertain. Read more about the McKinney Public Library at https://www.mckinneytexas.org/116/Library

About Koha
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management, and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS, and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

About Aspen Discovery
Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives and enrichment from all major third party providers, improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/aspen-discovery.

About Libki
Libki is a cross-platform Open Source computer reservation & time management system and print management powered by Google Cloud Print. It also features single sign-on integration with the Koha ILS, which is also FOSS.

Libki is ideally suited for use in locations where a controlled computing environment is paramount such as public access systems, libraries, school computer laboratories, and more! Visit https://libki.org.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: conferencetexasopen sourcekohaTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

EBSCO Information Services Introduces Ethnic Diversity Source™

LISWire - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 11:00

EBSCO Information Services Introduces Ethnic Diversity Source™
~ New Full-Text Resource to Support Researchers in Ethnic and Racial Diversity Studies ~
IPSWICH, Mass. — August 17, 2021 — In a continuing effort to offer full-text resources that support libraries and collection needs, EBSCO Information Services has released Ethnic Diversity Source™. The new full-text resource is dedicated to covering racial diversity and supports universities and colleges with ethnic studies and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs.

Ethnic Diversity Source covers culture, social treatment and lived experiences of underrepresented groups across North America, including but not limited to: African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, European Americans, Jewish Americans, Latinx Americans, Native Americans and Multiracial Americans. The curated resource is comprised of a wide variety of sources including scholarly journals and magazines, primary sources, historical documents, interviews and biographies, as well as robust collections of e-books and videos aligned to represent marginalized populations in North America.

This unique resource supports researchers by helping them to discover ethnic studies concepts, discuss ethnicity and race, and think critically about how current events are influenced by history and politics. Ethnic Diversity Source enables researchers to explore the crossroads of oppression and justice and apply social context to anti-racist studies. The rich variety of source types creates a dynamic research experience for all users.

EBSCO Information Services Senior Vice President of Research Databases Sara Earley says EBSCO recognizes the importance of constantly improving strategies and products to deliver pertinent and relevant resources that best fits the needs of our customers. “EBSCO is committed to making diverse content available in all of our research database products and to include authors and topics that represent a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences as we add new content. The study of ethnicity in North America has become an increasingly important field of study according to customer feedback. Ethnic Diversity Source was specifically developed to meet this need and offers researchers a dedicated, stand-alone resource for ethnic diversity scholarship.”

For more information on Ethnic Diversity Source and other diversity, equity and inclusion research databases, including African American Historical Serials Collection, Bibliography of Asian Studies™, Caribbean Search™, Ebony Magazine Archive, Central & Eastern European Academic Source™, Jewish Studies Source™, LGBTQ+ Source™ and Women’s Studies International™ visit: https://www.ebsco.com/products/diversity-equity-and-inclusion-resources

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, learning, and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of their users and organizations. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family-owned company since 1944. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
[email protected]
(978) 414–0443

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesEBSCO DatabasesDEIdiversityEquityinclusion#EthnicStudies

Gale Helps Manassas City Public Schools Provide Mental Health and Wellness Resources to Students

LISWire - Thu, 08/12/2021 - 15:01

District Expands Social Emotional Learning Program with New Digital Resources to Support Student Well-Being

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and MANASSAS, Va. – August 12, 2021 – With the kickoff of the 2021-2022 school year, Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) in northern Virginia is making student mental health a priority as it eases back into in-person classroom settings. The district has partnered with Gale, a Cengage company to help expand its social emotional learning (SEL) awareness program with the purchase of Cameron’s Collection and Cameron’s Camp for Wellness on the Gale eBooks platform. These new digital resources help students better understand their mental health and provide guidance to strengthen their SEL skills, enabling MCPS to further support student well-being.

MCPS’ investment in Cameron’s Collection and Cameron’s Camp for Wellness is part of the district’s initiative to use innovative approaches to promote positive student mental health and wellness. Both collections are a starting point for dialogue and behavior modifications for students who are experiencing mental health challenges or working to improve their overall wellness concerns. They also are a supportive tool that educators and parents can leverage to help students who are struggling. The collections add to SEL programs the district has previously implemented and support its mission to provide a safe and innovative learning environment that inspires, engages and challenges all students.

Nearly 8,000 students across the district’s nine schools can privately and anonymously access the digital collections from the MCPS website, 24/7 from any location or device. School staff, including counselors, can also access the resources to assist students and their family members.

“We’re meeting the needs of our students by letting them know they are not alone,” said Dr. Eric Brent, Executive Director of Student Services at MCPS. “Cameron’s Collection and Cameron’s Camp for Wellness help us reach our students and faculty in an innovative way that is private and easy-to-use to help them seek the information they need to support their mental well-being. It’s our hope that students will be comfortable using these materials when they may not know where else to turn for support.”

MCPS’ Gale eBooks collections include:

• Cameron’s Collection: One out of five teens suffer from mental health challenges—and more than 75% don’t seek help at all[i]. Helping middle and high school students cope with everyday stressors and stay in the present moment are at the core of this collection. More than 100 digital titles span a wide range of topics including: ADD, ADHD, alcohol, anorexia, anxiety, bulimia, caregiving, cutting, depression, divorce, drugs, eating disorders, homelessness, OCD, self-injury, stress, suicide, mindfulness practices, goal setting and community involvement. Created in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher (CKG) Foundation, this collection aims to inspire students to make their mental health and wellness a priority.

• Cameron’s Camp for Wellness: More than 100 eBooks provide targeted guidance on sensitive issues for K–5 students, teachers, and counselors with topics on managing emotions, teamwork, problem-solving, family issues, staying positive, being safe, and much more. The core foundation of this collection is helping students recognize and manage emotions, social skills, and safety.

Both collections were created in honor of Cameron Gallagher, a bright and talented young girl battling depression and anxiety whose dream was to raise awareness and prevent the unnecessary suffering from stigma. At the age of 16, she suddenly passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition after crossing the finish line of a half marathon, a goal she set which helped her cope. Gale, in collaboration with the CKG Foundation, created Cameron’s Collection to ensure schools are equipped with educational and support-building resources to help struggling teens and end mental health stigma.

“We’re excited to work together with MCPS,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “After a mix of remote and in-person learning, it’s important students know they’re not alone and can ask questions. Both collections help spark that dialogue that’s so important to support student well-being.”

For more information, visit Gale’s SEL webpage: https://bit.ly/3lZr5oQ.

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, believes in the power and joy of learning. For schools, the company helps drive positive outcomes by providing essential, curriculum-aligned content that empowers educators to solve curriculum challenges and meet students where they are. Today, that includes supporting distance and social and emotional learning as well as equity and inclusion goals. Gale’s K-12 offerings extend from educational databases and custom eBook collections to instructional tools and professional development resources. For more information, please visit: www.gale.com/schools.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - https://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/
• LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/gale/

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[i] National Alliance on Mental Illness: Mental Health by the Numbers

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: GaleSELCameron's Collectionsgale eBooksCengage Learning. Gale Digital Collections

OCLC receives IMLS grant to support libraries responding to the opioid crisis

LISWire - Thu, 08/05/2021 - 17:31

OCLC has been awarded an IMLS National Leadership Grant to develop a set of free online resources that staff at public libraries can use to determine how their library can address opioid use disorder in their local communities.

The resources will include pragmatic strategies, tools, and other content to help guide libraries—particularly those in rural areas—as they determine their specific communities’ needs and define the roles and activities their library is most suited to carry out. These resources will help libraries assess their staff strengths and capacity, identify key local partners with whom to collaborate or coordinate, and plan and implement an initiative that contributes to ending the opioid crisis.

“While our primary focus has been on the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic continues to devastate families, neighbors, and entire communities,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “The resources created by this project are intended to help individual libraries determine the best course of action to help those in need.”

The Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) is a key supporter of the project and will promote opportunities to participate, webinars, and other resources created during the project.

“Many of our more than 1,900 members serve communities that have been uniquely impacted by this epidemic. Rural communities often struggle with issues of access surrounding health care, including mental health care, and public libraries are well-positioned to serve as trusted information sources on these sensitive topics for the people they serve. We recognize the importance of raising awareness and reducing stigma around the topic of opioid use disorder and its impact on our workplaces and our communities,” stated Kate Laughlin, Executive Director of ARSL.

This initiative builds on OCLC’s IMLS-funded study, Public Libraries Respond to the Opioid Crisis with Their Communities (2018-20), and will provide libraries with resources that align with five recommended areas for action that emerged from that project:

• Evaluate local health data
• Seek community partners
• Educate staff and community members on the issue
• Consider staff care needs
• Offer programs and services that support local needs

The opioid epidemic was declared a national public health emergency in the fall of 2017, the impacts of which have been further compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic since early 2020. In March 2021, the American Medical Association reported that more than 40 states indicated recent increases in opioid-related deaths and, as before the pandemic, rural areas continue to be impacted heavily. Recent CDC provisional drug overdose death counts show that 2020 deaths were nearly 30 percent higher than in 2019.

This initiative will help strengthen and support libraries—and, more broadly, the communities they serve—as the nation continues to struggle with the opioid crisis.

The project will launch in September 2021, and all resources created for this project will be made available through OCLC’s WebJunction, a free continuing education resource for libraries of all types and sizes.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About OCLC
OCLC is a nonprofit global library organization providing shared technology services, original research, and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research, and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff, and partners make breakthroughs possible.

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: OCLCIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesOrganization Type: Non-ProfitTags: IMLSARSL

ByWater Solutions Announces Community Giveback Program

LISWire - Thu, 08/05/2021 - 10:37

We are excited to announce we are launching a Community Giveback program that directly supports libraries and their communities. We will select one library a month to donate $500 to their Non-profit 501c3 organization such as Friends of the Library, Library Foundation, or other funding entity. These funds are meant to support libraries and their communities and fill gaps in funding to further library goals.

What's the spirit behind this program?
We LOVE libraries. Our team is made up of librarians and library fanatics. We're always looking for ways to give back and create opportunities where we can to support libraries. This is a small token of thanks for all the hard work libraries do in their communities every day.

Who is eligible?
Any of our current library partners are encouraged to apply but funds must be distributed directly to the library's non-profit 501c3 entity.

What are the funds for?
Funds may be used to support:
Library technology
Library programming and outreach
Staff support including professional development, conference sponsorship, and professional memberships
To further inclusion and diversity in collections, programming, and/or outreach
How do I apply?

Fill out the application available here: https://bywatersolutions.com/community-giveback

Do I need to apply multiple times?
Nope! We will keep rolling applications so you only need to apply once for your library.

How will libraries be selected?
Libraries will be selected based off of completed application and demonstrated need that will make the greatest impact on their library and their communities.

How will I find out if our library was selected?
Libraries will be notified by the 7th of the month each month. Our first winner will be announced in September 2021.

How can I find out more information?
Check out our Community Giveback page available here: https://bywatersolutions.com/community-giveback
If you have more questions, please contact: [email protected]

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ByWater Solutions Announces Support of Aspen Discovery for Carnegie-Stout Public Library

LISWire - Thu, 08/05/2021 - 10:33

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa. Aspen was added to Carnegie-Stouts's already existing Koha ILS that ByWater Solutions has supported since 2014! We are so happy to expand our partnership with Carnegie-Stout and their enthusiastic team.

You can view Carnegie-Stout's Aspen interface by visiting: https://catalog.carnegiestout.org/

Addie Van Salisbury of the Aspen Discovery Implementation Team commented, "The staff at Carnegie-Stout were a super engaged group during the implementation process and I am excited to watch them to continue to fine tune Aspen for their patrons and continue utilizing all of the customization features of available. They have already done amazing things by featuring databases and events through visually appealing placards. They also have indexed their library events to make discovering these programs more accessible to library users!"

Deb Stephenson, Relations Supervisor, at Carnegie-Stout provided feedback on the migration, "Our experience with the Aspen migration was a team effort. As a site that hosts themselves, both the Aspen team and our team at C-SPL had tight communication to make the integration of all services work for us. We are excited to bring the new look and services to our patrons.”

About Carnegie-Stout Public Library
The Mission of the Carnegie-Stout Public Library is to improve the quality of life by providing resources for individual enjoyment, enlightenment, knowledge, and that enhance the literacy of youth.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library (C-SPL) has been serving the Dubuque community since 1902. Its collection of more than 240,000 items is comprised of print, audio/video materials, and various online resources including ebooks, digital magazines, streaming movies, research databases, and more. C-SPL offers an inventory of non-traditional items for check out as well, from hot spots, Kindles, and GoPro cameras to baking pans, board games, and ukuleles.

Read more about the Carnegie-Stout Public Library here: https://carnegiestout.org/about-us/

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com.

About Aspen Discovery
Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives and enrichment from all major third party providers, improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/aspen-discovery

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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Center for Khmer Studies Goes Live on Koha ILS

LISWire - Tue, 08/03/2021 - 11:15

Duluth, Ga., August 3, 2021: Equinox Open Library Initiative is pleased to announce the successful implementation of Koha ILS at the Center for Khmer Studies (CKS), with funding provided by the Equinox Open Source Grant. The grant provides implementation, training, hosting, and support services for Koha ILS, an open source integrated library system used by libraries worldwide.

First launched in 2019, the Equinox Open Source Grant was inspired by the vibrant open source community and the belief that every community deserves to benefit from a searchable, accessible, and thriving library. Previous recipients include Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico (BNPR) and Spark Central of Spokane, Washington.

“The Center for Khmer Studies promotes research, teaching and public service,” said Natharoun Ngo, Director of the Center for Khmer Studies. “Koha helps us deliver our services to scholars across the globe as well as our local Cambodian community. Our library staff is already helping our visitors discover more of our collection with the online catalog.”

The Center for Khmer Studies supports a vibrant collection pertaining to the social sciences, arts and humanities in Cambodia and the Mekong region. Their library opened in 2001 and now encompasses around 19,000 titles. The Center for Khmer Studies not only supports academic researchers but is open to the general public. They are supported by their satellite office in New York.

“It has been thrilling to help transition the Center for Khmer Studies to Koha under Equinox's Open Source Grant,” said Rogan Hamby, Data and Project Analyst at Equinox. “Their unique collection is now on a robust platform with a toolset that will let their exceptional staff expand the library's services for years to come and position them to provide their services both to regional and international researchers.”
More details about Equinox’s grant initiatives can be found here: https://www.equinoxoli.org/collaborate/#grant. Follow Equinox Open Library Initiative on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo for the latest updates.
To receive news directly in your inbox: https://www.equinoxOLI.org/#signup

For more information:
Laura Barry
Communications Coordinator
Equinox Open Library Initiative, Inc.
EquinoxOLI.org
[email protected]
877.OPEN.ILS (877.673.6457)

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative provides innovative open source software for libraries of all types and delivers extraordinary service at exceptional value. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., Equinox Open Library Initiative builds upon more than a decade of trusted service and technical expertise, providing consulting services, software development, hosting, training, and support for Evergreen ILS, Koha ILS, and other open source library software. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.org. For Equinox Library Services Canada, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.ca.

About The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS)
The Center for Khmer Studies is a non-governmental and non-profit organization. CKS facilitates research and international exchange through programs that increase understanding of Cambodia and its region both within Cambodia and at American universities. CKS maintains the largest public academic library in Cambodia outside of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. To learn more about what we do, please visit https://khmerstudies.org/.

About Koha ILS
Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit https://www.equinoxoli.org/products/koha/.

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Vermont Jazz Center Goes Live on Koha ILS

LISWire - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 15:24

Duluth, Ga., August 2, 2021: Equinox Open Library Initiative is pleased to announce the successful implementation of Koha ILS at the Vermont Jazz Center of Brattleboro, Vermont, with funding provided by the Equinox Open Source Grant. The grant provides implementation, training, hosting, and support services for Koha ILS, an open source integrated library system used by libraries worldwide.

First launched in 2019, the Equinox Open Source Grant was inspired by the vibrant open source community and the belief that every community deserves to benefit from a searchable, accessible, and thriving library. Previous recipients include Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico (BNPR) and Spark Central of Spokane, Washington.

“The Vermont Jazz Center’s cataloging capabilities using Koha provide us the technology and platform to allow aficionados and academics access to the resources available within our holdings,” said Eugene Uman, Executive Director at the Vermont Jazz Center. “We are grateful beyond words to Equinox for awarding us an Equinox Open Source Grant so that we could afford the high quality training that positions us as team players in the world of jazz research. It is thanks to the friendly and expert training we received from the Equinox team that we are moving in the direction of self-sustainability.”

The Vermont Jazz Center’s history reaches back to the early 1970’s, when its founding director, jazz guitarist Attila Zoller, would invite musicians and students from New York City to unwind at his home in Newfane, Vermont. The organization incorporated in 1974 and was awarded 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1989.

“I was excited to see the Vermont Jazz Center awarded the Equinox Open Source grant,” said Erica Rohlfs, Senior Implementation Project Manager at Equinox. “It's been an absolute pleasure working with their team. The Vermont Jazz Center has a clear vision of how they want to share their archives with the public. It was inspiring to play a role in watching their vision come to fruition.”
More details about Equinox’s grant initiatives can be found here: https://www.equinoxoli.org/collaborate/#grant. Follow Equinox Open Library Initiative on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Vimeo for the latest updates.
To receive news directly in your inbox: https://www.equinoxOLI.org/#signup

For more information:
Laura Barry
Communications Coordinator
Equinox Open Library Initiative, Inc.
EquinoxOLI.org
[email protected]
877.OPEN.ILS (877.673.6457)

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative provides innovative open source software for libraries of all types and delivers extraordinary service at exceptional value. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., Equinox Open Library Initiative builds upon more than a decade of trusted service and technical expertise, providing consulting services, software development, hosting, training, and support for Evergreen ILS, Koha ILS, and other open source library software. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.org. For Equinox Library Services Canada, please visit https://www.equinoxOLI.ca.

Vermont Jazz Center
Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) is a 501(c)3, non-profit jazz programming and education institution that provides high quality jazz to a rural area in Southeastern Vermont. VJC’s history reaches back to the early 1970s, when its founding Director, jazz guitarist Attila Zoller, would invite musicians and students from New York City to unwind at his home in Newfane, Vermont. The organization incorporated in 1974 and was awarded 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 1989. To learn more about VJC please visit https://vtjazz.org/.

About Koha ILS
Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit https://koha-community.org.

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Food History Journal Petits Propos Culinaires Launches Digital Subscriptions to Complete Archive

LISWire - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 07:21

Annual digital subscriptions to the complete archive of food history journal Petits Propos Culinaires (PPC) are now available through publishing platform Exact Editions. Subscriptions are available to both individuals and institutions and include fully-searchable access to the entire series dating back to 1980, as well as all future issues, across web, iOS and Android devices.

Now in its 21st year, PPC is the leading journal of food history, and was founded by Alan Davidson, Elizabeth David, and other writers in food history, restaurants and enjoyment. Regular contributors include: Peter Brears, world expert on traditional English food and historical palace kitchens; Charles Perry, the foremost expert on Arabic cookery from the thirteenth century onwards; Elisabeth Luard; Corinna Sargood; Helen Saberi; and many more. The writers are historians, restauranteurs, and food writers across many platforms, with a plethora of published works.

The new digital archive of food studies is unique. The streamlined navigational features of the Exact Editions platform mean the archive benefits from linked contents pages and an advanced search function.

PPC is available in the Exact Editions shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/petits-propos-culinaires

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/petits-propos-culinaires

Publisher Catheryn Kilgarriff, said: “It’s remarkable to see every single issue of PPC neatly stacked and ready for browsing. The archive brings 40 years of food history to life and we couldn’t be more pleased with how the journal has translated to this new digital format.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “We are delighted to have worked with PPC to make this new and important resource instantly accessible to both individuals and institutions at the click of a button. The striking visuals will certainly give readers an appetite, too!”

About Petits Propos Culinaires:

Petits Propos Culinaires, or PPC as the series is known, is a food history journal published three times a year by Prospect Books, edited by Tom Jaine since 1980. Each issue includes both articles on food history and copious book reviews.

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals and books into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content, selling subscriptions and providing streaming solutions across web, iOS and Android platforms. Exact Editions are also the innovators of ‘Reading Room’ technology, which enables publishers to provide streaming, time-limited access to digital editions.

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Gale Partners With ASECS to Provide its North American Members Access to Eighteenth-Century Collections Online

LISWire - Wed, 07/28/2021 - 16:37

New Partnership Gives ASECS Members Access to the World’s Largest Collection on the Eighteenth-Century, Advancing Research and Instruction of the Period

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. & Fishkill, N.Y. – July 28, 2021 – Gale, a Cengage company, has partnered with the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), the world’s largest organization of eighteenth-century scholars, to provide its North American members[i] with access to Gale’s Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO). Now ASECS members have access to the most comprehensive online historical archive on the eighteenth-century, enabling scholarship, enhanced teaching and advanced study of the era.

“ECCO is an essential resource for scholars of the eighteenth-century, but many people working in the field do not currently have access to it. They have to travel across the world to research libraries to view and study eighteenth-century collections, which can be very expensive,” said Mark Boonshoft, executive director at ASECS. “By providing online access to ECCO to our members in North America, we help ameliorate this inequity and better support research and teaching on the eighteenth-century. We are thrilled to partner with Gale to make this happen.”

ECCO contains every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom between the years 1701 and 1800, offering scholars full-text searching across 26 million pages of books and directories, bibles, sheet music, sermons, advertisements and works by both celebrated and lesser¬known authors. Expanding the ECCO archive, the titles in Part II have an emphasis on literature, social science, and religion. It also includes nearly fifty thousand titles and seven million pages from the library holdings of the British Library, the Bodleian Library, University of Cambridge, the National Library of Scotland and the Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

With ASECS members coming from a wide range of disciplines and professions beyond academia, ECCO access will:

• Put the world’s largest archive on the eighteenth-century in the hands of hundreds of scholars, creating greater public awareness and understanding of the eighteen-century world.

• Provides access to independent scholars (those without university affiliation), making it easier for them to conduct research on the eighteenth-century.

• Expand scholarship and research to less endowed institutions and independent researchers, with continued access to eighteenth-century content outside of academia.

“As the leading provider of digital humanities learning tools and primary sources to support research, Gale is committed to promoting scholarship on the eighteenth-century,” said Roger Strong, vice president of sales for academic libraries at Gale. “This partnership with ASECS enable us to more closely align resources like ECCO to course integration and digital humanities pedagogy, including joint efforts around the sharing of research outcomes, and the continued development of primary source tools and platforms to support the future needs of ASECS and other learned societies.”

ASECS north American members can access ECCO at: https://www.asecs.org/ecco.

About American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), established in 1969, is the foremost learned society in the United States for the study of all aspects of the period from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. Our members are literary scholars and writers, historians, theorists of gender, race, sexuality, disability, nation and empire; philosophers and political theorists; art historians and artists; musicologists and musicians; theater historians and practitioners; biographers and bibliographers; and specialists in other humanistic, artistic, and social scientific fields with a range of broad and more particular interests. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment in which all members participate fully in the exchange of knowledge and ideas. For more information please visit: https://www.asecs.org/.

Follow ASECS on:
• Twitter - @ASECSOffice
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/asecsoffice/

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/
• LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/gale/

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[i] Due to pre-existing licensing arrangements, access to Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online is limited to ASECS members in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Cornell University is Now Live on the FOLIO Library Services Platform with EBSCO FOLIO

LISWire - Wed, 07/28/2021 - 11:31

Cornell University is Now Live on the FOLIO Library Services Platform with EBSCO FOLIO
~ Open Source Library Services Community Member Implements FOLIO ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — July 28, 2021 — Cornell University Library, a founding member of the FOLIO project, has become the largest research institution to adopt the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) with hosting and service support from EBSCO Information Services’ EBSCO FOLIO. EBSCO supported the migration from Cornell’s existing integrated library system (ILS) and will continue to provide hosting and service support to Cornell University Library.

Cornell co-developed and implemented FOLIO as an open source, flexible, collaborative and sustainable solution to support multiple library operations. By choosing to run FOLIO through a hosting and service provider, libraries such as Cornell are making the decision to outsource LSP support, avoiding the need to develop that capacity in-house. EBSCO is among the service providers that are part of the project and are now offering hosting and support services, providing more choice for libraries.

Debra Howell, Director of Information Technology Operations at Cornell University Library, says that being heavily involved in the FOLIO community gave Cornell a stake in the open source project. “Moving to FOLIO gives us the opportunity to leverage the hard work of our staff members who have helped build the FOLIO platform. By taking advantage of EBSCO’s implementation and hosting services we can easily integrate our library services and leverage EBSCO’s role in developing FOLIO.”

Cornell recently transitioned to EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) and will be integrating FOLIO with the EBSCO Knowledge Base, as well as GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO. By moving to EDS and EBSCO Knowledge Services, Cornell will be able to leverage APIs that work with third-party systems already in place. Using the EBSCO Knowledge Base will ensure that data remains optimized, while providing a better user experience.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, learning, and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of their users and organizations. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
[email protected]
978-414-0443

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ByWater Solutions partners with Theke Solutions and iii to launch INN-Reach integration with Koha

LISWire - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 15:33

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Koha Open Source ILS now has integration with INN-Reach, a resource-sharing tool from Innovative Interfaces, Inc. ByWater Solutions partnered with Theke Solutions and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. to develop the integration between the two platforms.

Nate Curulla, CRO, recently commented on the integration, "ByWater Solutions and Theke Solutions are thrilled to have developed the first open-source integration with INN-Reach and look forward to the new connections our library partners can make with their community now that the functionality is available."

The INN-Reach Plugin adds functionality that integrates the central INN-Reach server to Koha. When patrons make requests from that INN-Reach server, data pushes directly into Koha easily allowing staff to manage borrowing and lending. These requests create bibliographic records, item records, and holds automatically without staff intervention.

Tomás Cohen Arazi, Developer and Owner of Theke Solutions, recently commented on the development, "When developing the integration for INN-Reach and Koha, we tried to make it seamless and familiar to use for Koha users. We wrapped it into a plugin that implements both an ILL-backend for Koha, and also tons of API routes that are required to integrate all the ILL workflows that INN-Reach supports."

Jon Driscoll, Library Systems Specialist at Tutt Library, Colorado College recently commented on the project and work with the ByWater Solutions' team, "Days like this are why I love working with Andrew, Tomas, and Bywater in general. I'm usually impressed with the support we get but the responsiveness during this project has been phenomenal. I keep getting to amaze people when something they report is fixed within a day or two. You continue to validate our decision to migrate and work with Bywater and exceed my expectations daily. Thank you!"

About INN-Reach
INN-Reach, a resource-sharing tool by About Innovative Interfaces, Inc., is a cost-saving borrowing solution for libraries that conveniently gives patrons access to more materials and a better discovery experience. This user-initiated consortial borrowing system enables participating libraries to dramatically increase the number of materials they offer, reduce fulfillment time, and raise their profile and visibility in their user communities.

Read more about INN-Reach at https://www.iii.com/products/resource-sharing/

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full-service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

About Theke Solutions
Theke Solutions is an open-source, library services support and development company. They provide expert support and development or fully featured, scalable library management solutions and repositories.

Theke Solutions offers support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS and DSpace (repositories). Learn more about Theke Solutions at https://theke.io/

About Innovative Interfaces, inc.
Innovative, a ProQuest company, provides leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the most comprehensive portfolios of library automation products on the market today, serving academic, public, national, consortia, and corporate and special libraries. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative has a global presence—serving thousands of libraries in 66 countries and offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.iii.com.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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Thanks for Joining Us at the 2021 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference

LISWire - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 15:31

We hope you enjoyed the 2021 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference as much as we did. We thank everyone who stopped by our virtual booth and who joined us for the Virtual Koha Law Library Users Group.

We want to thank our fabulous speakers:

Barbara Engstrom, Executive Director, King County Law Library

Laurel Moran, Assistant Director, Legal Information Management, San Diego Law Library

Keely Ward, Research Manager, Holland & Knight LLP⁠

Karen Westwood, Law Library Director, Anne W. Grande Law Library

If you missed the event we have some great clips available for you here:
https://bywatersolutions.com/news/2021-american-association-of-law-libra...

Learn More About Koha
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit: http://koha-community.org/.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full-service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

For More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales and Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: AALL21aalllaw librarylaw librarieslaw librariankohakoha ILSTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen Source

ByWater Solutions Hosts Open Source Live: Koha Bugsquashing Bonanza

LISWire - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 17:09

Join the ByWater team and Koha community members for a live event to help the Koha community squash some bugs! We are hosting this event on Tuesday, August 10th at 11am EST- pop in at anytime to join us during this two hour event!

When is the Bug Squashing Bonanza?
We will be hosting a YouTube Live session where we will SQUASH SOME BUGS!!!! Come in and chat with us and ask questions any time during this two hour live event.

Find the event in your time zone using the UTC converter: https://bit.ly/3y9mqUe

Join Us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/bywatersolutions/live

What is this?
The Koha community has in the past created a day for volunteers to come together and squash some bugs! ByWater would like to also contribute to this effort and will host a live event to allow users, ByWater team members, and Koha community members to join in and sign off some bugs. We want to see Koha as robust and powerful as it can be, so with a joint effort, we believe we can achieve great things.

Who can attend?
Anyone! If you have never explored the Koha Dashboard or yet learned to sign off on a bug, today is the day to expand your Koha knowledge and learn to give back! If you have contributed to the community in this way and would like to join in, please do so! We are so excited about this opportunity to work with fellow Koha users and chat about the future of Koha.

Koha Community Resources
There are lots of ways to get involved in the Koha community, here are some great resources to get you started.

Chat on Developers and other Koha Community members on IRC: https://koha-community.org/get-involved/irc/

IRC Channel Tips and Tricks: https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/IRC_Channel

IRC Regulars: https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/IRC_Regulars

Community Facebook: https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Community_Facebook

Bugzilla: https://bugs.koha-community.org/bugzilla3/

Koha Sandboxes: https://wiki.koha-community.org/wiki/Sandboxes

ByWater Solutions Sandboxes: https://sandbox.bywatersolutions.com

Koha Dashboard: https://dashboard.koha-community.org/

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ByWater Solutions Joins SEFLIN for 2021 SEFLIN Regional Conference

LISWire - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 17:06

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that team members will be at the Virtual 2021 SEFLIN Regional Conference Whose Library Is It Anyway: Improvisation in Improbable Times conference. The event will be held virtually on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

ByWater Solutions will be available to discuss open-source technology and answer any questions concerning your library and the implementation of an open-source solution. Please make sure to stop by our zoom breakout room!

Whose Library is it Anyway: Improvisation in Improbable Times
Libraries are no strangers to uncertainty and change: continually adapting to meet the evolving needs of the community. The 2021 SEFLIN Regional Conference seeks to celebrate, explore, and empower libraries by highlighting ways libraries respond to and meet ever-changing external and internal challenges. The SEFLIN Regional Conference will offer presentations, posters, and lightning talks that focus on ways libraries can continue to create safe, equitable, inviting, and innovative spaces, programs, services, and more!

About SEFLIN
SEFLIN, the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, is a non-profit membership organization of Southeast Florida libraries dedicated to supporting cooperation between all library types in our service area.

The SEFLIN region includes Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties with a service population of over six million.

Founded in 1984, SEFLIN strives to pioneer innovative services that support library staff and library services.

SEFLIN is one of five Multitype Library Cooperatives in Florida.

Mission: Empowering Libraries to Transform Communities

Read more at https://seflin.org/

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full-service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit https://bywatersolutions.com.

Fore More Information
Jessica Zairo
Director of Library Sales & Outreach
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

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Over 50 Magazine Publishers Contribute to Freely-Accessible Climate Crisis Resource Page

LISWire - Mon, 07/26/2021 - 06:33

Digital platform Exact Editions has published a freely-accessible ‘Climate Crisis Resource Page’ in collaboration with over 50 of their publishing partners. Currently including nearly 150 articles from digitally archived issues which are usually only available by paid subscription, the page will be updated with new content on a monthly basis and counts among its prestigious contributors Geographical, New Internationalist and Resurgence & Ecologist.

The comprehensive resource page is divided into eight distinct sections that each feature a rich collection of articles; ‘Agriculture', ‘Biodiversity & Conversation’, ‘Climate Activism’, ‘Climate Literature & Art’, 'Climate Politics’, ‘Deforestation’, ‘Fossil Fuels & Pollution’ and ‘Renewable & Sustainable Resources’. The page is designed for both personal reading and unlimited use in schools, universities and other educational institutions as a diverse teaching tool that spans multiple disciplines.

The articles, which have been hand selected by the participating publishers, extend as far back as 1989 and carry readers through over 30 years of climate change theory, research and innovation to 2021. The Exact Editions platform displays each article exactly as it was published in the print issue and includes jump links to external website addresses to allow for further research.

The ‘Climate Crisis Resource Page’ is accessible here:

https://exacted.me/ClimateCrisisResourcePage

Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “The climate crisis is an area in which we can all better educate ourselves and we are delighted to be able to facilitate the sharing of crucial writing, perspectives and information from such a wide selection of magazines with an international audience.”

Rob Norman, Magazine Marketing Manager at New Internationalist, commented: “The ‘Climate Crisis Resource Page’ is invaluable. Many great pieces from many great publications that help highlight why action is so urgent (as well as a few who disagree).”

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals and books into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content, selling subscriptions and providing streaming solutions across web, iOS and Android platforms. Exact Editions are also the innovators of ‘Reading Room’ technology, which enables publishers to provide streaming, time-limited access to digital editions.

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