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Equinox migrates Adams County Library System to the PaILS/SPARK Consortium

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 15:36

Duluth, Ga., July 12, 2019: Equinox is pleased to welcome Adams County Library System to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

The Adams County Library System’s move will support 49,289 patrons. The migration included a total of 118,401 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic de-duplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. The library prepared for the migration with on site and remote training from Equinox.

"We have enjoyed the adventure of migrating our libraries to SPARK,” said Laura Goss, executive director of the Adams County Library System. “The Equniox/PaILS migration team gave us an overview and timeline so that we knew from the first phone call what to expect in the process, which made it easy to complete our tasks on schedule. The team was always quickly responsive to our questions and was able to figure out how to incorporate all of our quirks. The six Adams County Library branches are happy to have joined the SPARK community and look forward to continuing our involvement with PaILS and Equinox."

PaILS was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide an open source integrated library system. It oversees SPARK, a consortium of Evergreen libraries across Pennsylvania. Equinox and PaILS have been collaborating on the SPARK consortium since 2013.

"One of my goals in each migration is to try to find ways to improve each one, to find some way to enrich the experience for the library migrating,” said Rogan Hamby, data and project analyst for Equinox. “I really like working with PAILS because in our collaboration I have a partner in developing that experience. The Adams library staff were great to work with. I know it was a busy time of the year for them and they handled this like they do it all the time. It's a thrill to see PAILS grow and by extension the Evergreen community grow with these great folks joining us."

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

About Evergreen
Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed to provide an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1500 libraries around the world are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC LENDS, and B.C. Sitka. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

Technologies: Open SourceTags: Evergreen ILSEvergreen. EquinoxEvergreen. Open SourceEvergreen. Equionx SoftwareOpen Source ILS. Evergreen IndianaEvergreen. KohaOpen Source ILSOpen Source ILSOpen Source ILS.Organization Type: Non-ProfitCompany Name: Equinox Open Library InitiativeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

Brill's Journal of Jesuit Studies in Open Access through Crowdfunding

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 09:46

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is proud to enter into a partnership with six sponsors to continue publishing the Journal of Jesuit Studies in Open Access. With the support and commitment of these sponsors from around the globe, representing key institutions in the field, all research articles and book reviews will be available online for free from the moment of publication. Moreover, there are no author publication charges. Brill is excited to embrace this crowd-funded model for publishing journals in the Humanities.

The following institutions have committed to sponsorship:

Fairfield University, USA
The Francis & Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University, USA
Loyola University Chicago, USA
Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Spain
The University of Scranton, USA

Volumes 2 to 5 of the journal were sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College; the inaugural volume 1, originally published for subscription, was made available in Open Access by Brill retroactively.

Robert Maryks, Editor of the Journal of Jesuit Studies, comments: “By committing to support the publication of the Journal of Jesuit Studies in Open Access, the Jesuit educational institutions fulfill their integral mission of promoting social justice, as the scholarship on the Society of Jesus is being made available for free to those institutions and individuals around the world that would not be able to afford a subscription to it.”

Rev. Gerald R. Blaszczak, SJ, Vice President for Mission and Identity at Fairfield University, adds: “Fairfield University is delighted to join with our sister institutions to support the publication of the Journal of Jesuit Studies in Open Access. The work of the Society continues to inform and shape our world, and it essential that scholarship on the Society of Jesus is supported and encouraged so that contemporary scholars, and scholars of the future, will be able to contribute to this body of research.”

Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill, says: “We are very excited that the Journal of Jesuit Studies will remain an Open Access journal. The commitment of six sponsors from three countries is testimony to the strong international reputation for high-quality and innovative research that the journal has acquired since its foundation in 2014. Thanks to the generous support of the sponsors, a broad community of researchers, students and others interested in the field of Jesuit Studies has access to the latest research in this booming field. In addition, we will examine this model for other Brill journals.”

For more information about this media alert please contact Ms. Stephanie Paalvast, Program Manager Open Access at Brill ([email protected]), or the publisher of the journal at Brill, Mr. Arjan van Dijk ([email protected]).

About the Journal of Jesuit Studies
Edited by Robert A. Maryks, the Journal of Jesuit Studies is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal dedicated to the study of Jesuit history from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. Indexed by Emerging Sources (Clarivate) and Scopus (Elsevier), it welcomes articles on all aspects of the Jesuit past and present including, but not limited to, the Jesuit role in the arts and sciences, theology, philosophy, mission, literature, and interreligious/inter-cultural encounters. All articles and book reviews published in the journal, which is currently in its sixth year, can be downloaded for free at brill.com/jjs.

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 300 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit brill.com.

View this media alert online: https://brill.com/newsitem/137/brill-is-crowdfunding-open-access-for-jou...

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Plays International & Europe Launches Growing Digital Archive

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 10:49

Quarterly theatre magazine Plays International & Europe has launched a new digital archive with digital publishing experts Exact Editions’ cutting-edge platform. The title’s international subscription base can now delve into past and present theatre trends and performances, documented throughout an expansive collection of back issues, as well as new issues.

An evolved form of Plays International, originally founded by Plays and Players editor Peter Roberts in 1985, the magazine is now published by the Theater Research Institute of Europe. Every issue reports on dozens of productions performed in theatrical hotspots across the globe, including London and UK regions, Dublin, New York, Chicago, Berlin, Vienna, Milan and Paris; Moscow, Tel Aviv, Tehran and Sydney, as well as across Europe and Brazil.

The archive’s intuitive search function grants users a seamless browsing experience on web, iOS and Android, with mentions of specific productions, actors and directors discoverable at the touch of a button. Comprehensive bookmarking and sharing facilities also mean that the individualistic editorial perspectives and entertaining, informative essays penned by critic-correspondents can be dispersed and relished amongst circles of theatre enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Plays International & Europe is available in the Exact Editions shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/plays-international-europe

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/plays-international-europe

Dr Dana Rufolo, editor of Plays International & Europe, commented: “We are thrilled that Exact Editions will permit more people to access our articles about under-reported or never-before-known international theatrical events. Every issue is a surprise that reveals the synergistic effect of theatre worldwide.”

Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “Every page of the archive looks wonderful in its new digital format, and it will only increase in size and cultural worth as the years go on.”

About Plays International & Europe:

Published by the Theater Research Institute of Europe, Plays International & Europe continues the tradition of the London theatre magazines Plays and Players and Plays International of the mid-to-late 20th century that defined British theatre culture, with a new editorial shift in emphasis to continental Europe.

Now in its 34th volume, the magazine aims to capture and define the spirit and of theatrical traditions as they are developing today with exclusive articles and interviews written by critic-correspondents.

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. They are a team of producers, developers and designers who turn periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content and selling subscriptions across web, iOS and Android platforms, for individuals and institutions.

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Sterling College Mabee Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 15:51

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Sterling College, Mabee Library, in Sterling, Kansas is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 47,000 plus holdings from Liblime ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://sterlingks.bywatersolutions.com/.

About the Mabee Library at Sterling College
The Mabee Library serves as a gateway to global information resources and includes an academic computing lab. Computer workstations provide network access to the online catalog, over 50 bibliographic databases and the Internet. The Crebbs museum, located in the Library, was a 1964 gift of Chester M. Crebbs (class of 1917) and his wife in memory of his parents. It houses Indian artifacts and items of local history.

Read more at: http://research.sterling.edu/mabee

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions for Koha support not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, 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

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha open sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Leiden University Libraries and Brill Digitize over 55,000 Pages of Medieval Manuscripts

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 07:03

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 5 July 2019

Brill and Leiden University Libraries are proud to present the publication of the famous Greek manuscripts and mixed Greek and Latin manuscripts of Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) under the title Codices Vossiani Graeci et Miscellanei Online.

The collection has been held by Leiden University Libraries since 1690, when the heirs of Isaac Vossius sold his entire library of printed books and manuscripts to the library for 33,000 guilders. The Graeci series (containing manuscripts in Greek) and Miscellanei series (containing manuscripts in both Greek and Latin) comprise 216 manuscripts in total, counting over 55,000 pages, with the codices ranging in date from high medieval to early modern, and covering a variety of genres, including classical texts, religious writings, legal sources, historical material, and scientific, mathematical, and medical texts. The collection demonstrates in particular the transmission and reception of ancient Greek and Byzantine ideas and concepts on a wide range of subjects, from theology, to rhetoric, to engineering.

This collaboration marks the latest joint undertaking by Brill and Leiden University Libraries. Brill has previously published two collections from the extensive Middle Eastern manuscript holdings, and the archive of the Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens held at the library. In 2015 the Latin-language manuscripts from the Isaac Vossius collection, comprising 363 codices and counting over 80,000 pages, were digitized and published in the Codices Vossiani Latini Online. The addition of the Greek-language manuscripts to the portfolio therefore means that over three-quarters of the internationally-renowned Isaac Vossius manuscript collection is now available in digital format.

Dr André Bouwman, Curator of Western Manuscripts at Leiden University Library, said: “The Graeci and Miscellanei codices collected by Isaac Vossius open up interesting paths into the vast world of classical textual culture. These digital versions bring many important manuscripts directly to the desks of scholars and students who are interested in exploring the texts, as well as their materiality and history.”

Acquisitions Editor for Medieval Studies at Brill, Dr Kate Hammond, adds: “This collection of manuscripts offers a wealth of material on a range of themes, reflecting the broad scholarly interests of Vossius himself, and we are delighted to collaborate once again with Leiden University Library in bringing this fascinating collection into the digital age.”

For more information on this media alert, please visit www.brill.com/cvgo, or contact Dr Kate Hammond ([email protected]) or Dr André Bouwman ([email protected]).

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 300 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit Brill.com.

About Leiden University Libraries
Leiden University Libraries, the oldest in the Netherlands, is a partner in knowledge, supporting research and teaching. The Libraries’ world famous Special Collections – which include major holdings in Western and Oriental manuscripts, archives and letters, early printed books, photographs, prints, drawings, maps and atlases – are integrated in teaching and research at Leiden University and draw researchers from all over the world. The medieval manuscripts collection consists of 1,800 codices (with over a hundred dating from the ninth century) and more than a thousand fragments.

View this media alert online: https://brill.com/newsitem/136/leiden-university-libraries-and-brill-dig...

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Utah Valley University Fulton Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 13:07

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Utah Valley University Fulton Library in Orem, Utah is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 270,000 plus holdings from Symphony ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://uvu.bywatersolutions.com.

Utah Valley University will also be utilizing CORAL, an open source ERM, supported and hosted by ByWater Solutions for their electronic management needs.

Tim Rowley, Assistant Director - Library Systems Tech Services recently commented on the migration:

Everyone at ByWater has been responsive and skilled in helping this be the smoothest migration I’ve ever had.

About Utah Valley University and Fulton Library
Utah Valley University was established in 1941 as Central Utah Vocational School (CUVS) with the primary function of providing war production training.

Read more at: https://www.uvu.edu/visitors/history.html

Mission statement

The Fulton Library supports information access, student learning, and knowledge creation.

Read more at: https://www.uvu.edu/library/about/index.html

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions for Koha support not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, 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/.

About CORAL
CORAL is an electronic resources management system consisting of interoperable modules designed around the core components of managing electronic resources for libraries and other organizations.

CORAL is available as a free, open source program which includes five modules for Organizations, Resources, Licensing, Usage Statistics and Management. Read more at: http://coral-erm.org/.

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

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha ILScoralOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Information Services Announces 2019 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners

Fri, 06/21/2019 - 11:04

EBSCO Information Services Announces 2019 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners
~ Grants Provide Three $100,000 Grants for Libraries to Install Solar Arrays ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 21, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced its three 2019 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. Hedgesville Public Library in Hedgesville, West Virginia; New Port Richey Public Library in New Port Richey, Florida; and Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, will each receive $100,000 to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grants offset the cost of installing solar panels and allow libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures.

Hedgesville Public Library in Hedgesville, West Virginia, is part of Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Libraries, whose mission is to enhance the lives of county residents. The Hedgesville Public Library is the center of its community and is a common space where citizens without Wi-Fi in their homes (25 percent) can gain access to internet services, as well as print and digital materials.

Hedgesville Public Library will install solar panels on its roof to demonstrate an alternate energy solution. The money saved by the installation will free up library funds to provide additional materials, programming and services for the entire Berkeley County community. Hedgesville Public Library Director Gretchen Fry says, “The Hedgesville Branch of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Public Library system is excited to be the beneficiary of the EBSCO Solar grant. This grant will enhance the ability of our libraries to provide excellent library service to the Berkeley County community by reducing our electric bill, utilizing sustainable energy.”

New Port Richey Public Library (NPRPL) in New Port Richey, Florida, has a mission to transform lives with a curriculum that improves literacy, engages community, advances knowledge and sparks creative expression. Known as “the jewel in the crown of the city,” the NPRPL is a forerunner when it comes to library technology. NPRPL has also made it a goal to bring communities together with an aim of providing access to nutrient-rich food from its organic gardens.

The NPRPL is approaching its centennial anniversary and is looking to rebrand and renovate as a green library. Its goal is to communicate the importance of sustainability to residents and surrounding communities. Andi Figart, Library Director, says, “The NPR Public Library extends beyond the physical walls of a building by including incredible digital materials and databases, such as EBSCO. Libraries are repositories of endless knowledge and information where users enrich themselves through self-education. What better way to impart environmental education and awareness than in an eco-friendly environment created by a green library?”

Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, has recently embarked on several innovation projects in the renewable energy sector with the intent of providing students, faculty and the community an opportunity to learn about emerging technologies. Currently, the post-secondary institution has a micro grid at its Medicine Hat campus that includes an electric vehicle charging station, solar panels and wind turbines. Recognizing the growing opportunity in this industry, the college is providing learners a chance to broaden their skills, so they are prepared for tomorrow’s workplace. The EBSCO grant will allow Medicine Hat College to expand its investment and continue its research into renewables at the Brooks campus.

The EBSCO Solar grant will provide the college an opportunity to showcase a creative and functional solar ‘garden’ that will educate students, residents and businesses in the region on how to effectively implement the use of alternative resources. The project will be incorporated into the natural landscape with the help of Built Environment Engineering Technologies and Trades students. Jason Openo, Director of Teaching and Learning at Medicine Hat College Library, says, “I am most excited about the opportunity this grant provides to our Built Environment Engineering students, who will have an authentic learning experience in designing and constructing for the library a beautiful, solar-powered classroom and community space. This literally equips them with the skills necessary to build a new future for our community and our province.”

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals and books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family-owned company since 1944.
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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

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Gale Previews Gale In Context: For Educators at ALA Annual & ISTE Conferences

Thu, 06/20/2019 - 10:20

WHAT: Gale, a Cengage company, will be previewing Gale In Context: For Educators, a new product and addition to our Gale In Context suite. This new resource makes it easy for educators to curate classroom curriculum with content sourced from their Gale In Context student databases that is aligned to state and national standards and complemented by exclusive plans to guide lessons, activities and projects. A specialized toolset allows educators to organize, customize and personalize resources independently, share with colleagues or work collaboratively to build engaging classroom materials for a rich learning environment. ALA Annual and ISTE attendees will get a sneak preview of this new innovative technology that will be available this Fall.

WHY: Gale puts learners first and believes that supporting student success means empowering educators. Gale In Context: For Educators is a unique product in the market, leveraging the expansive, media-rich digital learning resources of the Gale In Context suite with the technology, tools and instructional support educators need to use those resources to supplement their classroom curriculum.

WHEN: ALA Annual: June 21-24, 2019; ISTE Conference: June 23-26, 2019

WHERE: ALA Annual Conference, Booth #805, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.; ISTE Conference, Booth #2216, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

To learn more, visit the Gale In Context: For Educators webpage: http://bit.ly/2WNc3SI.

NOTE TO REPORTERS: If you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Gale at either of these conferences or by phone, please reach out to: Kayla Siefker, 248-915-9624, [email protected].

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library 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/

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Gale Unveils New Digital Archive Series on Public Health

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:39

Chronicles the History and Evolution of America’s Public Health Systems

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – June 19, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, is introducing the first installment of its new Public Health Archives series. Public Health in Modern America, 1890-1970 examines the history of America’s public health systems and policy debates during the 20th century. This digital collection provides scholars and researchers access to thousands of rare and unique resources that explore the evolution of health care in the United States from the turn of the century well into the 1960s, highlighting the critical impact of public health policy on the American experience. Read Gale’s blog about this new archive, here: http://bit.ly/2InTiBo.

Gale created Public Health in Modern America to address the lack of narratively focused content on the social, economic and public policy aspects of America’s public health history. While many digitized medical history collections exist, only Public Health in Modern America provides scholarly access to historical primary sources that unveil the “behind-the-scenes” story of America’s public health history, linking the immediate past with the current state of affairs as the fight over the future of America’s public health care continues.

Public Health in Modern America chronicles the many public health concerns that arose starting in the late 19th century and the responses of public and private sectors in the United States through correspondence, reports, pamphlets, ephemera, surveys, policy statements, press releases and so much more. It documents the evolution of public health legislation, policies and campaigns at local, national and federal levels, opening a window for researchers onto the roles played by key organizations and individuals to advance public health practices and outcomes.

This archive is especially informative on the effects of 20th century urbanization and industrialization, the rise of public health advocacy and the impact of medical legislation at various levels. It also examines the transformation of domestic life and the state’s evolving role in caring for citizens of differing ethnicities, races, genders, ages, abilities and classes. This collection provides vital and often rare information on the organizing and financing of public health policy initiatives for children, the elderly, women, immigrants, the poor, the disabled, workers and communities of color.

Public Health in Modern America includes collections and contributions from:

New York Academy of Medicine:

• The Library of Social and Economic Aspects of Medicine from Michael M. Davis: a unique collection of materials reflecting the work over nearly 50 years of a leading behind-the-scenes advocate in the fight for a national health care plan.

• The Committee on Public Health of the New York Academy of Medicine – Correspondence, Reports and Documents: the documentary record of a key advisory group to the public health department of America’s most populous city, often serving as a national and international data bank for public health professionals associated with this committee.

• Selected Publications on Public Health from the New York Academy of Medicine: more than 2,200 never-before-digitized rare pamphlets from the late 19th century to the end of the 1960s, documenting a vast array of public health issues and addressed to a variety of popular and professional audiences.

National Archives Records Administration:

• Records of the Children's Bureau – Maternal and Child Health, 1912-1969: A collection of critical materials reflecting the public health efforts of this vital U.S. federal agency.

“Healthcare remains one of the central issues of the coming 2020 elections,” said Seth Cayley, vice president of Gale Primary Sources. “Public Health in Modern America places today's debates around universal coverage, abortion rights, the opioid epidemic and other public health issues into their historical context. With this unique archive, researchers will have access to thousands of documents that explain the critical role of public health policy in American life.”

To provide a better research experience, Public Health in Modern America has been integrated into Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab. This integration allows researchers to apply natural language processing tools to raw text data (OCR) from the collections or Gale Primary Sources archives and perform textual analysis on large corpora of historical texts. Now researchers can analyze and explore historical text more interactively, generating new research insights not previously possible.

Public Health in Modern America offers:

• access to thousands of pages of unique and rare content, making it the most comprehensive resource of its kind for the study of public health in America.

• cross-searching and textual analysis with Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab and Gale Primary Sources, opening new research opportunities.

Public Health in Modern America is complementary to Gale’s American Civil Liberties Union Papers: Southern Regional Office and Archives of Sexuality and Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture collections to support the study of 20th century North American history through hard-to-access primary sources.

Gale will showcase Public Health in Modern America at the ALA Annual Conference, June 21-24 in Washington D.C. at the Gale booth #805.

To request a trial, visit the Public Health in Modern America webpage: http://bit.ly/2MUYYXL.

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library 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/

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Gale Enhances User Experience Across Product Portfolio to Deliver Better Research Insights and Outcomes

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:36

Enhancements Increase Access to Library Resources Online and In the Classroom Through New User-Preferred Design

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – June 19, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, is making enhancements across its portfolio of products, improving the functionality and user experience of its research tools to make its content more discoverable. Now libraries and researchers have superior access to high-quality authoritative content online and in the classroom, delivering better research outcomes for user success.

Developed based on 18 months of user testing and feedback from customers and students, these updates support Gale product users at every step in their journey with new, user-driven features that promote exploration and discovery—all within a consistent platform experience.

Google and learning management systems are the top starting points for students conducting research today, making it more critical than ever to meet users where they are with credible library resources. Gale is laser-focused on connecting libraries to where research and learning is happening by embedding the library more effectively into user workflow.

“Gale is committed to making our products universally accessible, discoverable and intuitive to users at any skill level,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “These new enhancements introduce a more consistent experience across products, increasing user confidence and success as they grow up through and navigate across Gale resources.”

Gale’s product portfolio enhancements include:

• Enhanced User Experience: helps users identify content relevant to their needs, encouraging critical evaluation and selection, delivering an engaging experience that allows quick access to search tools and relevant content, fostering digital literacy. The unified experience is delivered via a sleek, modern design, helping users successfully orient within Gale products. This means less time learning how to use a product and more time developing critical-thinking skills.

• Smarter Search Results: highlights important evaluative information to support successful user outcomes and helps users discover relevant content with new features like:

o The Explorer Panel: highlights “More Like This” document recommendations and other supporting information that users value without detracting from the reading experience.

o Topic Finder: now given more prominence, encouraging further exploration and discovery of content.

• User-Preferred Interface: described by nearly 800 students as “innovative and eye-catching.” Students preferred it over competitor interfaces based on the graphics and imagery, color scheme, layout and overall design. Additionally, students are three times more likely to recall the name of resources, driving return usage for libraries.

• Enhanced Accessibility Features:

o Sticky Toolbar: scrolls with users as they read and maintains easy access to valuable research aides like Citation Tools, Highlights and Notes, and integration with Google and Microsoft.

o Adjustable Text Size: allows users to change the text size of the document for increased visibility. The text size persists throughout the user’s session.

o Improved Readability: use of larger default font sizes, sans serif fonts, optimized screen width and optimal contrast ratios facilitate a better experience when reading on screen.

Comments from Gale customers and students about the enhancements include:

“I would switch my institution to the new design today… it's a much more end-user friendly and intuitive experience.”

“The [new] screen looks more like what students expect… It is a smoother transition, so students don't get a jarring disconnect in their research flow.”

“The design is cleaner and more modern, which students are more familiar with. I think they would be able to find information easier. Also, the filters and related terms will help students narrow and/or expand their searches, which is a common weakness in their research skills.”

“I like the way the tools are less dominant but still easily accessible… The color scheme is easy on the eyes. That's a big deal for people doing a lot of reading.”

Gale will showcase these enhancements at the ALA Annual Conference, June 21-24 in Washington D.C. at the Gale booth #805.

For more information visit: www.gale.com/product-enhancements.

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library 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/

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Equinox announces Equinox Open Source Grant

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 10:55

Duluth, Ga., June 17, 2019: Equinox is honored to announce its first in-kind grant, the Equinox Open Source Grant. The program provides hosting and support of Koha, the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide, to successful grantees.

The first cycle of the grant will begin accepting applications August 26, 2019. The program is designed to provide access to a modern, online library catalog to non-profit and governmental organizations that possess a library but do not have the financial and technological resources to contract for commercial services.

“Providing sustainable technology options to libraries is at the heart of what we do,” said Mike Rylander, president and founder of Equinox. “Open source technology provides insulation against financial challenges in addition to placing libraries in the driver’s seat when it comes to innovation. It is our vision that every community, regardless of size or funding, should benefit from a thriving and accessible library.”

Successful applicant libraries will gain Koha hosting in addition to training and access to Equinox’s video library. The program also encompasses consulting time for software configuration. As part of the grant Equinox will provide basic support. At the end of the program applicants have the option to renew as long as they meet the requirements of the grant.

To apply for the program grantees must: be a U.S. 501(c)3 organization or a U.S. federal, state, or local governmental entity, have a library or archives collection that is no larger than 50,000 items, and do not have the financial resources to pay for full commercial library catalog services or the ability to host a system in-house.

Full application details and submission information will be released later this summer. Follow Equinox Open Library on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates.

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a 501(c)3 company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

About Koha
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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EBSCO Information Services Introduces EBSCO Faculty Select™ to Support Textbook Affordability and Student Success

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:44

EBSCO Information Services Introduces EBSCO Faculty Select™ to Support Textbook Affordability and Student Success
~ Customized Site Enables Discoverability of Open Educational Resources and DRM-Free eBooks ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 12, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the release of EBSCO Faculty Select™ (Faculty Select), a single interface for library staff and institutional faculty. Faculty Select makes it easy for faculty to explore Open Educational Resources (OER) and purchasable DRM-free e-books to support their courses. The interface provides the highest quality, affordable course options that drive textbook affordability, access and usability for faculty and students alike.

Faculty Select makes it easier for faculty to search for OER content and streamlines OER discovery while providing access in one place. Faculty Select also allows faculty to search and request access to more than 150,000 DRM-free EBSCO eBooks™, in addition to DRM-free e-books from top academic publishers delivered on the publisher platform. Faculty Select enables faculty to communicate their curriculum needs to the library, allowing librarians to incorporate those needs into their e-book collection development process via GOBI® or EBSCOhost® Collection Manager (ECM).

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Product Management for Books, John Brennan says the new site enables libraries to support textbook affordability for faculty and students. “Faculty Select supports EBSCO’s commitment to help institutions and consortia secure access to affordable textbook and course materials by making low- and no-cost content easily accessible to faculty, libraries and students.”

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Director Anne Osterman says Faculty Select helps librarians better coordinate with faculty and better support curriculum needs and student success. “Faculty Select brings OER and DRM-free e-books together for purchase or integration into courseware. With this system, we’re able to help faculty discover library content that is appropriate for their courses and offer students the most affordable options.”

To learn more about Faculty Select, visit: https://www.ebsco.com/products/ebsco-faculty-select.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

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Frontier Nursing University Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:56

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Frontier Nursing University Library, in Kentucky is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 3000 plus holdings from LibraryWorld ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://frontier.bywatersolutions.com/.

Frontier Nursing University Library will also be utilizing CORAL, an open source ERM, supported and hosted by ByWater Solutions for their electronic management needs.

Jessica Zairo, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at ByWater Solutions, recently commented on their migration:

It is fantastic to have another library join the Koha Community and ByWater Solutions family. With the addition of CORAL to their product integration, Frontier Nursing University Library will be able to organize and manage all of their print and electronic needs through Open Source software.

About Frontier Nursing University
The mission of the library is to support the curricula and scholarly work of FNU by providing students, faculty, and staff with high quality, readily accessible information resources, highly responsive service, and instruction aimed at improving information literacy. The library is committed to empowering students to use evidence-based resources in preparation for their careers as leaders in primary care.

Read more at: https://library.frontier.edu/home

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions for Koha support not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, 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/.

About CORAL
CORAL is an electronic resources management system consisting of interoperable modules designed around the core components of managing electronic resources for libraries and other organizations.

CORAL is available as a free, open source program which includes five modules for Organizations, Resources, Licensing, Usage Statistics and Management. Read more at: http://coral-erm.org/.

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

Technologies: Open SourceTags: kohakoha open sourcecoralOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

ByWater Solutions Partners Presenting at ALA Annual Conference 2019

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:55

ByWater Solutions will be at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference and we excited to see several of our partners presenting at this years conference.

The Conference will be held from June 20-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington DC. Stop by booth 2540 in the Exhibit Hall and say hello! The ByWater team will be available for product demonstrations, to answer questions, and to take part in discussions regarding the future of Open Source solutions for Libraries.

2019 ALA Presenters

Privacy by Design, TJ Lamanna, Emerging Technologies Librarian
Cherry Hill Public Library - Sunday, June 23 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Location: Washington Convention Center, 140B

An Alternative to Open Source Textbooks: A Case Study of a Library Spearheading a Campaign to Reduce Students’ Textbook Costs by Partnering with a Textbook Rental Company, Russell S. Michalak, Director of the Library, Archives, & Learning Center, Goldey-Beacom College, Saturday, June 22 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Location: Washington Convention Center, 140B

The Benefits and Challenges of Learning Analytics Afforded User Identification: An analysis of search terms and eBook downloads, Russell S. Michalak, Director of the Library, Archives, & Learning Center Goldey-Beacom College, Sunday, June 23 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Location: Washington Convention Center, 149A-B

Spectrum Institute: Writing Our Own Leadership Narratives, Johana Orellana Cabrera, Adult Services Librarian, North Richland Hills Library, Friday, June 21 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Location: Renaissance, Mount Vernon

Are You Going to Tell My Parents?: The Minor’s Right to Privacy in the Library, Johana Orellana Cabrera, Adult Services Librarian, North Richland Hills Library, Sunday, June 23 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Location: Washington Convention Center, 152A

Update on ACRL Research Agenda for Scholarly Communications, Nathan Hall, Director, Digital Imaging and Preservation Services, Virginia Tech University, Saturday, June 22 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Location: Washington Convention Center, 151A

The quick and dirty guide to disability etiquette and understanding, building your awareness and library know-how, and getting all your awkward questions answered, Shanna Hollich, Collections Management Librarian, Wilson College, Monday, June 24 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Location: Washington Convention Center, 144B-C

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes.

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

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North Richland Hills Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 11:54

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that North Richland Hills Library, in Texas is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 195,000 plus holdings from Evergreen ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://nrhtx.bywatersolutions.com/.

Nate Curulla, CRO at ByWater Solutions, recently commented on their migration:

It was great to work with the staff at North Richland Hills Library in Texas! We are excited to have them join the ByWater Family and Koha Community!

About North Richland Hills Library
The North Richland Hills Library is a community resource and gathering space. The Library provides expertly selected collections, exciting events, educational classes, and valuable services. The staff of the North Richland Hills Library strive to serve our residents with excellence in customer service and to show kindness and compassion towards all visitors.

The mission of your Library is to Ignite Infinite Possibilities.

Read more at: http://library.nrhtx.com/about

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes.

Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions for Koha support not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, 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

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha open sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Equinox migrates Westchester Library System to Evergreen

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 13:49

Duluth, Ga., June 10, 2019: Equinox is pleased to welcome Westchester Library System to Evergreen.

The adoption of Evergreen by the Westchester Library System will support their 399,438 patrons in addition to migrating 959,561 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included Evergreen support, hosting, and auxiliary services in addition to project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed including authority, item, patron, transaction, acquisitions, and serials data. Authority Control services were provided during migration plus RDA and Lexile Enrichment. Staff of the Westchester Library System prepared for the migration with on site and remote training from Equinox.

“Our member libraries chose to adopt an open-source library management system because of the opportunities to affect meaningful change in the way the public accesses library services.” said Rob Caluori, director of information technology at Westchester Library System. “Equinox was a seasoned and thoughtful guide on our journey to have Evergreen serve the patrons of our member libraries. Patrons now have a modern online catalog offering more self-service options and extending more 24x7 library services and our member library staff have a more flexible and mobile-friendly environment with which to serve the public.”
Established in 1958 Westchester Library System collaborates with 38 libraries in Westchester County, New York to provide services, support and access to its 940,000 residents.

"Working with such a well organized central staff like Westchester was a real pleasure,” said Rogan Hamby, data and project analyst at Equinox. “There were a lot of moving parts to this migration, far beyond the usual data and setup. Everyone here came together and pitched in using their own strengths where needed to make sure nothing was left undone. It has been a delight to see this migration come together and to help the Westchester libraries get settled into their new ILS home."

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a 501(c)3 engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

About Evergreen
Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed to provide an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1500 libraries around the world are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC LENDS, and B.C. Sitka. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

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DynaMed® Founder Leads Effort to Define Certainty of Net Benefit for Healthcare

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:18

DynaMed® Founder Leads Effort to Define Certainty of Net Benefit for Healthcare
~ An international working group publishes concepts to redefine the approach to clinical recommendations ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 10, 2019 — On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, BMJ Open published an open access paper which defines the “certainty of net benefit” as a proposed method to report the impact of clinical recommendations. The report follows two years of development and deliberation within the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group, an international collaborative that defines the most widely used method for expressing the certainty of evidence and strength of recommendations in clinical practice guidelines.

The paper’s lead author, Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, is the founder of DynaMed®, a point-of-care information resource for healthcare professionals that provides a synthesized and curated summary of the best current evidence and guidelines, and the Vice President of Innovations and Evidence-Based Medicine Development for EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), a company that is developing a prominent role in solving some of the greatest challenges in healthcare decision-making.

Defining Certainty of Net Benefit: A GRADE Concept Paper describes in detail how a guideline developer or other information provider reporting evidence and guidance for healthcare can explicitly determine and express the certainty that the benefits outweigh the harms for a specific decision. EBSCO also provides a free online calculator to allow developers to determine the certainty of net benefit without requiring advanced statistical software.

Peter Oettgen, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP, Editor-in-Chief for DynaMed, Cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and one of the paper’s eleven co-authors, states, “Our goal is to encourage transparent communication between clinicians and their patients. Over time, we hope to see an increasing impact of more quantitative approaches of determining the risks and benefits of treatments and tests for patients as they start to have a better understanding of their medical options and receive concrete recommendations from their physicians.”

Alfonso Iorio, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University, a member of the DynaMed Executive Board, and another co-author of the paper, states, “This paper is a milestone in our journey toward a transparent and reproducible act of balancing benefits and harms across multiple patient important outcomes. This could transform the way we issue clinical recommendations. A more robust and reproducible link between evidence and action.”

The certainty of net benefit concept today is described from the perspective of a guideline developer speaking to a healthcare professional. The EBSCO Health Innovations team is actively evaluating systems to apply and introduce the concept for personal use to identify health improvement opportunities and support individualized shared decision-making tools.

To view the paper, visit BMJ Open at: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/6/e027445.full.

About EBSCO’s Health Resources
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, medical research information and healthcare business intelligence for the healthcare industry. EBSCO users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include DynaMed®, Dynamic Health™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as CINAHL® Complete, MEDLINE® Complete) plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO’s health databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the research platform favored by libraries around the world.

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For more information, please contact:
Jessica Holmes
Communications Director
978-356-6500 x3485
[email protected]

Tags: HealthcareEBSCOEBSCO HealthDynaMed PlusMedical Point of CareTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Special LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

EBSCO Information Services and Children’s Book Council Announce 2019 SEE-IT™ Award Winner

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 11:08

EBSCO Information Services and Children’s Book Council Announce 2019 SEE-IT™ Award Winner
~ Farrar, Straus and Giroux Novel Selected for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Graphic Novels ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — June 5, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council announced Speak: The Graphic Novel, written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Emily Carroll, as the 2019 recipient of the SEE-IT™ Award.

Laurie is a New York Times Bestselling Author, a two-time National Book Award nominee, and the proud recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award winner given by the YALSA division of the American Library Association for her contribution to young adult literature. Emily Carroll is an award-winning Canadian comics creator. She has received several honors, including the Eisner Comic Industry Award and the Ignatz Award.

SEE-IT Award Juror Francisca Goldsmith says, “Seeing Laurie Halse Anderson’s contemporary classic Speak as a graphic novel in the sensitive art of Emily Carroll is to take yet an even more intimate step into the world of their character Melinda. Just as Anderson developed a protagonist who, after a traumatic event that leaves her mute, finds her way to communicating again, through art, Carroll’s grayscale images do indeed speak to readers. Melinda’s posture, expressions, and experiences are faithful to the original text while expanding Anderson’s verbal descriptions to show us exactly how Melinda’s world presents itself to her and through her recovery of voice.”

Developed by EBSCO and the Children’s Book Council, the SEE-IT Award recognizes the cultural and literary impacts of youth graphic novels and was designed to celebrate the year’s most distinguished graphic novels for young readers. Finalists, announced in April 2019, included:

• Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, adapted by Ari Folman and illustrated by David Polonsky (Pantheon)
• The Cardboard Kingdom, written and illustrated by Chad Sell (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
• Hey, Kiddo, written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic/Graphix)
• Illegal, written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)
• The Prince and the Dressmaker, written and illustrated by Jen Wang (First Second)

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Product Management for Books, John Brennan, says the SEE-IT Award recognizes the impact that youth graphic novels have on young readers of all levels. “Due to their visual nature, graphic novels have the ability to immerse young readers in a way that other mediums may not. We are proud to support an award that celebrates the rise of this unique literary art form and its positive influence on readers of all ages.”

A total of 168 submissions from 42 publishers were evaluated by a panel of ten librarian jurors, with each submission weighted against the following criteria:

• Literary quality
• Interweaving of art and story
• Lasting impact and distinguished contributions to youth literature
• An audience range of K-12, or young readers through young adults

For more information on the SEE-IT Award, visit the SEE-IT website at: https://www.ebsco.com/see-it.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Tags: EBSCOEBSCO eBooksgraphic novelsInformation TechnologyawardSEE-IT AwardTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansCompany Name: EBSCO

Brill Releases Key Titles on the Impact of the Roman Empire in Open Access

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 10:04

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 3 June 2019

In collaboration with Professor Olivier Hekster and the Radboud University Nijmegen, Brill has released 14 volumes in the book series Impact of Empire in Open Access. Together, these titles form the complete collection of proceedings from the annual workshops by the International Network Impact of Empire. The workshops draw top contributions from various disciplines on topics that are still relevant today, such as migration, religion, cultural identity, and justice, focusing on the consequences of the actions and sheer existence of the Roman Empire in the regions it dominated.

“It is great news to have these volumes out in Open Access“, says Professor of Ancient History and Series Editor, Olivier Hekster. “An important goal of the network is to foster cooperation between disciplines and between scholars working in various academic traditions. Having the proceedings of all our previous workshops now publicly available will help to promote the importance of such cooperations and of course make the proceedings accessible to many people, who might not otherwise have been able to use them.”

Mirjam Elbers, Sr. Acquisitions Editor at Brill, adds: “Since the Network’s transfer to Brill in 2006, Brill has been committed to disseminate the workshops’ results in the Impact of Empire book series. Open Access enables us to introduce these results to an even broader audience, and heighten the impact of the important work by the International Network.”

Brill’s Open Access books are discoverable through DOAB and distributed free of charge in Brill’s E-Book Collections, and through JSTOR. To maximize the dissemination and ensure optimal indexing in library catalogues, Brill also includes these titles, free of charge, in the complete E-Book Collection of the Impact of Empire series. This new collection, which includes 34 volumes in total, is available as of today. Information and prices can be found here.

For more information on this media alert please contact Ms. Stephanie Paalvast, Program Manager Open Access at Brill, via [email protected], or the publisher at Brill, Ms. Mirjam Elbers, [email protected].

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Languages & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes over 300 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit Brill.com.

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Springshare acquires QuestionPoint from OCLC

Fri, 05/31/2019 - 14:53

UBLIN, Ohio, 31 May 2019. OCLC and Springshare have signed an agreement to transfer the QuestionPoint 24/7 Reference Cooperative and all active QuestionPoint subscriptions to Springshare, a recognized leader in the development of reference software for libraries worldwide.

QuestionPoint is the global industry leader in providing cooperative virtual reference services, including 24/7 reference back-up coverage from its team of experienced reference librarians. Through this acquisition, Springshare will extend its highly regarded LibAnswers virtual reference software to include the comprehensive QuestionPoint library reference cooperative with 24/7 coverage. QuestionPoint’s team of reference librarians will become part of Springshare and will continue to work from their current locations around the world.

“This agreement brings together Springshare’s full-featured, state-of-the-art reference software and the unparalleled professional reference coverage from QuestionPoint’s 24/7 Reference Cooperative that libraries count on,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. “We’re confident that this move will result in the best possible virtual reference service for libraries.”

Slaven Zivkovic, Founder & CEO of Springshare, added: “We are thrilled to welcome all QuestionPoint libraries and the QuestionPoint librarian reference team to the Springshare community. We see great potential for the Cooperative to include tens of thousands of libraries worldwide - all sharing librarian resources to ensure their users can get help online whenever needed. Today’s library users have 24/7 access to many non-library services. Our goal with the Cooperative is to ensure these users also have access to high-quality assistance from professional librarians, anytime, anywhere.”

Springshare has committed to further invest in enhancing the Cooperative by hiring more coop librarian staffers, providing additional training to the coop librarians, and devising more effective workflows to share knowledge and information between coop librarians and local admins. Mr. Zivkovic continued “In addition to our own ideas for taking the Cooperative to its new heights, we will seek feedback and suggestions from current QuestionPoint users. Springshare has built a tremendous reputation for listening and acting on customer feedback, and our approach here will be no different. We are very excited to start working on this project and we’re thankful to our partners at OCLC for entrusting Springshare to lead QuestionPoint’s next growth phase”.

Current QuestionPoint subscribers will maintain uninterrupted use of QuestionPoint while Springshare completes software upgrades to its LibAnswers platform to integrate the 24/7 library reference cooperative. Once the changes are completed, all current QuestionPoint subscribers will move to LibAnswers. At any point, QuestionPoint subscribers can attend free and unlimited training as well as request a LibAnswers Platform system install to learn and explore the system prior to service migration. Springshare will contact subscribers directly about timing and process for their transitions to LibAnswers. “OCLC and Springshare are working together to ensure uninterrupted support of libraries’ virtual reference service during the upcoming transition from QuestionPoint to LibAnswers,” said Nilges.

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