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EBSCO FOLIO Services Available to Libraries Implementing the FOLIO Library Services Platform

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 11:12

EBSCO FOLIO Services Available to Libraries Implementing the FOLIO Library Services Platform
~ Libraries Interested in Implementing FOLIO Can Benefit from EBSCO Implementation, Hosting and Support Services ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — August 26, 2020 — Libraries of all sizes looking for an open source Library Services Platform (LSP) using FOLIO can now rely on EBSCO FOLIO Services from EBSCO Information Services for implementation, hosting and service support. EBSCO has been involved in FOLIO since its inception, and EBSCO FOLIO Services offers libraries options when considering a new LSP.

EBSCO FOLIO Services provides a suite of services for libraries looking to implement FOLIO. By working with EBSCO, libraries of all sizes can take advantage of FOLIO’s cutting-edge approach to library automation. In some cases, libraries do not have the resources needed to host or the staff to support implementing an open source solution on their own while others may not want their technical services staff tied up with implementing and maintaining their Integrated Library System (ILS).

EBSCO FOLIO Services consists of a highly trained, experienced team for easier implementations and service support as well as sophisticated technology and trained engineers for hosting. FOLIO integrates with traditional EBSCO services, including the EBSCO Knowledge Base, which streamlines electronic resource management (ERM), and can easily integrate with existing EBSCO resources such as EBSCO Discovery Service™(EDS) for better library workflows and patron services.

EBSCO’s FOLIO Consulting Services Manager Anya Arnold says that libraries can leverage EBSCO experts as well as services to implement FOLIO with ease. “The EBSCO FOLIO Services team includes staff based in three continents (Europe, North America and South America) — a diverse, multilingual team, all of whom have experience as librarians implementing new systems in their respective libraries.”

In July, the FOLIO open source community released the Goldenrod version of the FOLIO LSP, a significant release called Version One (V1) of the open source project. The Goldenrod Release provides the core ILS functionality from the original FOLIO roadmap and includes the capabilities to enable libraries of all sizes to move to FOLIO from their current, traditional ILS or LSPs. Missouri State University and Chalmers University of Technology are good examples of the range of universities around the world that are relying on the EBSCO FOLIO Services team to adopt the FOLIO LSP and integrate the platform with EDS and other EBSCO services.

EBSCO has been involved in building FOLIO from the ground up and maximizing the FOLIO architecture for a cloud environment. In order to provide high-quality implementation and support services for FOLIO across the globe, EBSCO has partnered with vendors worldwide to pair local service and support with EBSCO hosting. These partners bring their expertise in local systems and standards and are supported by EBSCO’s infrastructure, enabling any library interested in FOLIO to receive quality support and services anywhere in the world.

EBSCO has a long history of supporting open source projects including the initial Kuali OLE project and Koha. EBSCO, as an initial founder and architect of the FOLIO project, continues to support FOLIO financially in addition to providing developers, project managers, marketing and communications expertise and has done so since the start of the FOLIO project. EBSCO FOLIO Services represents the next step of this collaboration, helping sites to adopt FOLIO by providing hosting and services while continuing to support the FOLIO Community.

About FOLIO
FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information, go to www.folio.org.

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, and clinical decisions 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 385,000 serials, including more than 170,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,500,000 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]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOEBSCO FOLIO ServicesEBSCO FOLIOFOLIOLSPOpen Source ILSTechnologies: Open Source

University of North Alabama Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

Wed, 08/26/2020 - 10:30

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Collier Library and Information Services at the University of North Alabama is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 882,000 plus holdings from Sierra ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at https://una.bywatersolutions.com.

James Mitchell, Systems Librarian at Collier Library at the University of North Alabama recently commented on the migration.

ByWater Solutions helped us to make the usually stressful process of migrating a library system easier. With a knowledgeable and friendly migration, systems, and education team, ByWater Solutions was quick to respond to our needs and help us meet deadlines for a successful implementation. I have no doubt that the ByWater Solutions team will continue to be as responsive and helpful to us after implementing Koha as they did when we were preparing to migrate to Koha.

About Collier Library and Information Services
Collier Library and Information Services will function as a critical partner to every member of the University of North Alabama pride and as a leader within the state by being an intellectual centerpiece physically and virtually, rooted in discovery, research, scholarship, and information fluency.

Read more about Collier Library and Information Services.

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 ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsTechnologies: Open Source

U.S. Federal Library Selects Bibliovation

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 15:04

Rockville, MD, August 24, 2020 – LibLime has been selected by a U.S. Federal Government Library as the winning vendor to implement the Bibliovation Library Services Platform (LSP) to manage their bibliographic collection. LibLime responded to the library’s RFP, and with a solid technical response and a compelling cost proposal wonthe contract. LibLime will work closely with government staff to provide implementation and support services to the library. .
About Bibliovation
The Bibliovation LSP is 100% web-based, providing all system access to researchers, library staff, and system administrators through web browsers. With FedRAMP authorized IaaS and PaaS certification made available through the Amazon AWS Cloud, Bibliovation offers libraries a secure and cost-effective hosting solution. Supporting MARC21, Dublin Core, RDA, and geotagging, Bibliovation helps libraries manage both traditional and digital content all in a single Rest API-based platform. Bibliovation includes an EDI-compliant acquisitions component; a completely MARC-based cataloging editor for bibliographic, holdings and authority records; and full patron empowerment for purchase requests, ILL requests and reference requests directly from the Discovery Layer. The July 2020 release of Bibliovation includes a variety of new features such as ERM support, expanded union catalog circulation functionality, automatic digital object ‘OCR upon ingest’ using the digital content module, and a new reporting module.

About LibLime
LibLime is a global leader in providing support for open development Library Service Platforms (LSP). Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open development, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates deployment of the LSP in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation and support/hosting services. To learn more or receive budgetary service estimates, please visit: https://liblime.com/

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Equinox Announces Curbside Pickup Now Available for Koha ILS

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 17:01

Duluth, Ga., August 20, 2020: Equinox Open Library Initiative announces the availability of Curbside Pickup for libraries using Koha ILS. The specifications and workflow for the new Koha plugin were designed by Equinox staff members Galen Charlton, Sally Fortin, and Andrea Buntz Neiman following the successful release of the Curbside Pickup functionality developed by Equinox for Evergreen ILS in June. The Koha plugin specifications were released to the Koha community with a call for co-sponsorship on July 29, 2020. Koha developer Kyle M. Hall of Bywater Solutions announced initial development of Equinox’s specifications this week.

“I am proud of how quickly our team at Equinox was able to produce a design and specification for this feature in support of the Koha community,” said Andrea Buntz Neiman, Project Manager for Software Development at Equinox. “Open Source communities thrive on collaboration, and I am glad that Bywater saw the value of this design and answered our call for co-sponsorship with in-kind development.”

The new feature will support Koha libraries as they adapt services to meet changing needs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Curbside Pickup extends existing functionality in Koha to coordinate curbside lending and expedite communications using the ILS. The feature functions as a plugin for Koha, and provides new staff management tools for curbside pickup appointments. These staff management tools include setting pickup intervals, setting the number of pickup slots allowed per interval, and whether patrons may directly schedule their own appointments.

Equinox has supported Koha ILS and partnered with the Koha community since 2009. Equinox is proud to serve Koha customers across North America with experienced support and migration teams and flexible, state-of-the-art hosting.

Equinox’s most recent Koha migrations include the Equinox Open Source Grant recipients Spark Central and Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico. To learn more about these and the other Koha libraries supported by Equinox, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/highlights.

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, Koha, 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 http://koha-community.org.

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Individual and Institutional Digital Subscriptions to ART AFRICA Now Available

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 10:05

Contemporary art enthusiasts and professionals alike can now subscribe to the modern digital archive of ART AFRICA, a quarterly publication that reports on the latest developments around contemporary art from Africa and the diaspora. The new cutting-edge archive, which dates back to 2017, was created in partnership with digital archiving experts Exact Editions and is accessible seamlessly across web, iOS and Android devices.

Founded in 2002, ART AFRICA writes art history from an African perspective. Through intellectual dialogue and discourse on the internationalism and multiculturalism of the arts from Africa, the title facilitates an easier navigation of the cultural and language differences of the continent. Every issue comprises insightful positioning pieces, in-depth interviews, features, profiles and reviews.

The intuitive cross-platform reading interface allows individual and institutional subscribers to easily jump between issues, whilst the comprehensive search function enables the instant location of specific terms, artists or pieces at the click of a button.

ART AFRICA is available in the Exact Editions shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/art-africa

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/art-africa

Browse the modern archive for 7 days here:

https://bit.ly/3kFxiDg

Co-Founder Suzette Bell-Roberts commented: “This new archive is another string to our subscriptions bow. ART AFRICA is already a vital academic resource that is found on the library shelves of global art collectors, museums and gallery directors and artists, and the new digital edition will only expand our reach internationally.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, remarked: “The digital archive is a brilliant next step for ART AFRICA to continue its 18-year evolution. The magazine’s intelligent design makes it a delight to browse in the digital edition, and this new format will ensure that its important content reaches new eyes.”

About ART AFRICA:

Contemporary art publication ART AFRICA has been writing art history since 2002, believing that addressing the subject from an African perspective is essential to changing the narrative about art from the continent and owning it proudly. Over the last 18 years, the magazine has become a collector’s item; the highly curated editorial strategy and intelligent design ensure that every single edition of the magazine makes a valuable addition to the archive. 

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 with archives 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, so publishers can provide streaming, time-limited, access to digital editions.

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Four Libraries Join HELM and Choose ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:32

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts) an association of Massachusetts college libraries in public higher education has added 4 more libraries to their HELM catalog. Northern Essex Community College, Berkshire Community College, Springfield Technical Community College, and Bristol Community College joined the group this year.

ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 115,000 plus holdings from Symphony and Evergreen ILS is providing ongoing support services to the library. The HELM Catalog can be viewed at https://catalog.helmlib.org/.

Nate Curulla, CRO of ByWater Solutions recently commented on their migration.

Watching the Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts (HELM) grow their Koha Community has been amazing over the last few years. We are excited to see the academic Koha Community grow in Massachusetts!

About Northern Essex Community College
The Library welcomes all users, including Northern Essex Community College students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community guests.

Read more about the Northern Essex Community College Libraries.

About Berkshire Community College
Open to the BCC community and the general public, the Jonathan Edwards Library provides a rich on-site collection, as well as online resources and is home to numerous events throughout the year. The library maintains a website that grants 24/7 access to full-text online articles, videos, and ebook databases to BCC students, faculty, and staff.

Read more about the Jonathan Edwards Library at Berkshire Community College.

About Springfield Technical Community College
Springfield Technical Community College is committed to accessibility and inclusion, ensuring that all are able to access college programs, activities, and events.

Read more about Springfield Technical Community College Library.

About Bristol Community College
A Bristol Community College Library can be found on the Attleboro, Fall River, and New Bedford Campuses. Research Librarians are available at these locations, as well as virtually for all BCC students, including distance learners and students at the Taunton satellite.

Read more about Bristol Community College Libraries.

About HELM
HELM (Higher Education Libraries of Massachusetts) is a growing consortium of Massachusetts public higher education libraries that share an integrated library system, allow direct borrowing of materials, and collaborate on professional development opportunities. HELM was formed to develop and sustain cooperative initiatives and to enhance library resources, systems and services for all member libraries.

Read more at: https://libraries.flo.org/HELM-Public/about

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 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 ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSs

Gerald R. Sherratt Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 17:34

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Gerald R. Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 529,000 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://suu.bywatersolutions.com.

Brendan Gallagher, Founder, and CEO of ByWater Solutions recently commented on the migration:

It is awesome to see the recent growth of the Koha Community in the academic libraries of Utah!

About Gerald R. Sherratt Library
The mission of the Gerald R. Sherratt Library is to ensure access to global information within a personalized learning environment by collecting, organizing, preserving, disseminating, and creating information for the university community. The role of the library is to actively stimulate the optimum use of information resources by developing information literacy skills that support the university curriculum, student and faculty research, and public service. Unique to their mission is the training of instructional media professionals.

Read more about the Gerald R. Sherratt Library Goals, Mission, & Vision.

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 ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsTechnologies: Open Source

Equinox Open Source Grant Recipient Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico Goes Live with Koha, Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, beneficiaria de la subvención Equinox Open Source, se pone en marcha con Koha

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 12:00

Duluth, Ga., July 29, 2020: Equinox Open Library Initiative is honored to announce the successful migration of the Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, a division of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña in San Juan, Puerto Rico to the Koha Integrated Library System. They were one of two 2019 Equinox Open Source Grant recipients.

The Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico was created in 1967, a division of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. In 2003 it became the National Library to preserve and provide access to resources related to Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans. Their migration encompassed 56001 bibliographic records. Equinox services included: project management, system configuration, extraction and migration of bibliographic data, and staff training. Equinox also provided Koha support, hosting, and auxiliary services.

“We are extremely happy and thankful for this extraordinary work,” said Carlos Ruiz Cortés, Executive Director of the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. “The catalogue is modern and very comfortable for research. It is also a great opportunity as we are implementing new services for our users, while promoting access to our valuable cultural resources.”

The Equinox Open Source Grant was offered for the first time in 2019 providing Koha migration, support and training to two successful grantees. The grant was inspired by the vibrant open source community and the belief that every community deserves to benefit from an accessible and thriving library.

“Staff from the National Library and the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, led by Hilda Teresa Ayala-González, worked diligently for many months migrating data, making configuration decisions, testing, and training to prepare for the new system,” said Jennifer Weston, Implementation Project Manager at Equinox. “The new Koha database inspired additional projects as the staff took advantage of the library's recent closing to launch a new website, and plan for a digitization project to be linked with Koha to coincide with the 65th anniversary celebration of the Cultural Institute. It has been both a pleasure and an honor to work with the Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico to provide these new opportunities for their community.”
To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/ .

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.

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 http://koha-community.org.

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Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, beneficiaria de la subvención Equinox Open Source, se pone en marcha con Koha

Duluth, Georgia, 14 de julio de 2020: Equinox Open Library Initiative se enorgullece de anunciar la exitosa migración de la Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, una división del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña de San Juan de Puerto Rico, al Sistema Integrado de Gestión de Bibliotecas Koha. Es uno de los dos beneficiarios de la subvención Equinox Open Source para el 2019.

La Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico, creada en 1967, es una división del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. En el 2003 se convirtió en la Biblioteca Nacional encargada de conservar y dar acceso público a recursos relacionados con Puerto Rico y los puertorriqueños. Esta migración abarca 56001 archivos bibliográficos. Los servicios de Equinox incluyen: gestión de proyectos, configuración de sistemas, extracción y migración de los datos bibliográficos, y formación del personal. Equinox también brinda asistencia para Koha, servicios de servidores y servicios auxiliares.

“Estamos extremadamente felices y agradecidos por esta labor tan extraordinaria” dijo Carlos Ruiz Cortés, Director Ejecutivo del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. “Es un catálogo moderno y muy cómodo para la investigación. También es una gran oportunidad para la implementación de nuevos servicios para nuestros usuarios, al fomentar el acceso a nuestros valiosos recursos culturales.” La subvención Equinox Open Source se ofreció por primera vez en el 2019, permitiendo la migración a Koha y proporcionando asistencia y formación a dos exitosos subvencionados. La subvención se inspiró en la vibrante comunidad Open Source y en la creencia de que todas las comunidades merecen beneficiarse de tener acceso a una biblioteca próspera y accesible.

“El personal de la Biblioteca Nacional y el Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, bajo la dirección de Hilda Teresa Ayala-González, trabajó con diligencia durante varios meses migrando datos, tomando decisiones configuración, probando y preparándose para el nuevo sistema”, dijo Jennifer Weston, Gerente de proyectos de implementación de Equinox.“ La nueva base de datos Koha inspiró proyectos adicionales al personal, que aprovechó el reciente cierre de la biblioteca para lanzar un nuevo sitio Web y planear la digitalización del proyecto enlazada a Koha para coincidir con el 65 aniversario del Instituto Cultural. Ha sido un placer y un honor colaborar con la Biblioteca Nacional de Puerto Rico para ofrecer estas nuevas oportunidades a su comunidad. Para más información sobre Koha y la experta oferta de servicios de Equinox, por favor visite: https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

Acerca de Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. es una empresa sin fines de lucro que se dedica a actividades literarias, caritativas y educativas al servicio de instituciones culturales. Como sucesora de Equinox Software, Inc., esta iniciativa cuenta con una década de servicio y experiencia con Evergreen y otras aplicaciones de software de biblioteca Open Source. En Equinox OLI le ayudamos a empoderar su biblioteca con tecnologías de Open Source.

Acerca de Koha
Creado en el 1999 por Katipo Communications para la Fundación de la Biblioteca Horowhenua de Nueva Zelanda, Koha es el primer sistema internacional de gestión integrada de bibliotecas Open Source. El software es un sistema ILS completo con diseño de base de datos dual (buscador y RDBMS) y se creó creado en cumplimiento con estándares de biblioteca. El catálogo OPAC de Koha, el personal y la interfaz de préstamo automático son aplicaciones de Web. Distribuidas con Licencia Pública General (GPL), las bibliotecas son de uso gratuito, instalan automáticamente Koha y ofrecen la posibilidad de contratar asistencia y servicios de desarrollo. Para más información sobre Koha, visite http://koha-community.org.
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Equinox Open Source Grant Recipient Spark Central Goes Live with Koha

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 13:50

Duluth, Ga., July 27, 2020: Equinox Open Library Initiative is honored to announce the successful migration of Spark Central of Spokane, Washington to the Koha Integrated Library System. They were one of two 2019 Equinox Open Source Grant recipients.

Spark Central was founded in 2016 when INK Art Space and the Spark Center merged to become Spark Central, a non-profit organization supporting the development of creativity, imagination and innovation by breaking down barriers to access. Their migration encompassed 2,717 bibliographic records and 5,021 patrons. Equinox services included: project management and system configuration in addition to extraction and migration of bibliographic, item, transaction, and patron data. Equinox also provided Koha support, hosting, auxiliary services, and staff training.

"Spark Central's library offers West Central [Spokane] families access to technology, kits, books, and DVDs, but our old library system was cumbersome, frustrating, and was constantly having errors,” said Brooke Matson, Executive Director at Spark Central. “We did not even have barcodes to scan. Working with Equinox has been like night and day! Their team has been exceptional to work with and held our hand during the transition and data migration, going out of their way to customize our user interface. It's amazing to have a system so accessible to our patrons and easy to use. It has super-charged our library lending power!"

The Equinox Open Source Grant was offered for the first time in 2019 providing Koha migration, support and training to two successful grantees. The grant was inspired by the vibrant open source community and the belief that every community deserves to benefit from an accessible and thriving library.

"I was really excited when we announced that Spark Central had received the grant,” said Rogan Hamby, Data and Project Analyst at Equinox. “It was even more of a thrill to be on the migration team as community libraries that are tightly integrated into the lives of their neighborhoods are important to me. At every step working with the Spark Central staff was a pleasure and their passion for their community came through in everything we did."

To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/ .

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.

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 http://koha-community.org.

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FOLIO’s Goldenrod Release Signifies Version One of the Open Source Library Services Platform is Ready for Adoption

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 11:13

FOLIO’s Goldenrod Release Signifies Version One of the Open Source Library Services Platform is Ready for Adoption
~ Goldenrod Release Signifies Core Functionality Now Available to Libraries Looking to Implement FOLIO ~
July 27, 2020

PHILADELPHIA — July 27, 2020 — The FOLIO Open Source Community has issued its latest named release opening the way for many sites to adopt FOLIO. The Goldenrod Release signifies the completion of Version One (V1) ILS functionality for the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP).

The open source project, which leverages expertise from libraries, developers and service providers, has built an open source LSP that is being implemented around the world. The Goldenrod Release includes core functionality that will allow libraries to move to FOLIO from their current, traditional Integrated Library System (ILS) or LSPs.

Jesse Koennecke, outgoing Chair of the FOLIO Product Council and Director of Acquisitions and E-Resource Licensing Services at Cornell University Libraries says the Goldenrod release marks a shift as the FOLIO Community moves from developing core functionality to focusing on expanded features identified since the initial roadmap was planned. “With libraries actively implementing FOLIO, the project has hit an essential milestone envisioned when we began — functionality allowing libraries to move to the open source LSP. We are now excited to continue to work on additional features and functionality to respond to requests that extend or innovate with the FOLIO platform to better serve libraries.”

Harry Kaplanian, EBSCO Information Services’ Vice President of Product Management for FOLIO Services is a member of FOLIO’s Product Council and the FOLIO Roadmap facilitator. He says the Goldenrod Release means FOLIO Core features are ready for adoption. “The entire FOLIO Community has been working toward V1 development status so libraries can begin implementing the FOLIO platform and library service applications.”

Academic institutions have taken a variety of pathways when moving to FOLIO. Some have started with ERM (electronic resource management) functionality first before replacing an existing ILS implementation or leveraging FOLIO apps such as circulation and inventory. Other libraries have planned their conversion from a legacy ILS to coincide with the Goldenrod Release. There are additional sites that will go live with features planned for releases later this year and into 2021.

The next release will be the Honeysuckle Release in October. Information about the FOLIO Community and the upcoming releases can be found at https://wiki.folio.org.

About FOLIO
FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information go to www.folio.org.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Media Relations, FOLIO
978-223-0438
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesTags: FOLIOEBSCOEBSCO Information Servicesopen sourceLSPilsAcademic LibrariesTechnologies: Open Source

Exact Editions Subscriptions Now Accessible Through OpenAthens

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 09:59

Libraries who utilise OpenAthens can now access Exact Editions digital subscriptions through the service, allowing staff and students seamless access through their existing institutional accounts.

The launch means that existing and new users can access institutions’ Exact Editions subscriptions on site or remotely through a single set of credentials, ensuring a simpler user journey.

Institutional digital subscriptions are available here: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/

International Sales Manager Kieran Prince said: “We’re delighted that Exact Editions subscriptions are now accessible with OpenAthens software, which allows library users to browse all content in one place.”

Daryl Rayner, Managing Director of Exact Editions, said: “Institutions will benefit from this new feature that deepens Exact Editions’ integration into library systems around the world.”

About OpenAthens:

OpenAthens, part of Jisc, develops and supports identity and access management software. With a mission to remove barriers to knowledge and connect people to information, the software is used by over 2,600 organisations and has over four million end-users.

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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EBSCO Information Services Announces Support for The UK Reproducibility Network

Thu, 07/23/2020 - 14:35

EBSCO Information Services Announces Support for The UK Reproducibility Network
~ EBSCO to Join External Stakeholders Group to Contribute to Efforts to Improve the Reproducibility of Research Methods and Results ~
IPSWICH, Mass. — July 23, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is joining the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN) as an external stakeholder. In providing in-kind support to UKRN, EBSCO is furthering its goal of supporting open research and reproducibility by teaming up with an organization of researchers and research institutes dedicated to improving the quality of research.

As a provider of journals, e-books and a discovery service, EBSCO is well-known by researchers and the academic institutions that support them. Recent partnerships with protocols.io and Code Ocean have expanded EBSCO’s institutional reach allowing colleges and universities to further open research initiatives and make research methods, code and data available along with traditional research papers.

Part of EBSCO’s support for UKRN will include a series of workshops with protocols.io and Code Ocean addressing methods and protocol development, reproducibility and structuring research analytics. By bringing researchers together with companies that support research, EBSCO is able to balance its decades-long experience with academic research with its support for open research and research outputs and workflows.

Marcus Munafò, professor of biological psychology at the University of Bristol and programme lead within the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, is on the UKRN Steering Committee. He says the UKRN’s goal is to elevate the quality of research being conducted. “We are looking at how researchers are incentivized and how that impacts what is being published. By working with organizations like EBSCO, we hope to move beyond simply the article to focusing on the actual research methods, code and data to improve reproducibility and research quality.”

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Product Management and Researcher Workflows, Christopher Spalding says by working with UKRN, EBSCO is able to work directly with researchers to understand their needs and introduce them to resources like protocols.io and Code Ocean. “Improving the reproducibility of research and supporting open research are essential goals of both EBSCO and UKRN. protocols.io and Code Ocean are working to solve these problems, and EBSCO, as a UKRN external stakeholder, will both learn from and collaborate with researchers to benefit future research quality.”

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, and clinical decisions 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 1,500,000 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 x2594
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCO

The Pennsylvania Koha Consortium Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 17:21

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Pennsylvania Koha Consortium is now live on Koha! Nine Libraries throughout the state of Pennsylvania form the PKC Group! The member libraries were formerly known as Pennsylvania Millennium Users Group (PAMUG).

ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 287,000 plus holdings from Millennium ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The member libraries' and their customized Koha OPAC can be viewed below.

Butler County Community College
OPAC: bc3library-pkc.bywatersolutions.com
Upper Chichester Library
OPAC: UpperChiL-pkc.bywatersolutions.com
Pennsylvania College of Art & Design
OPAC: library.pcad.edu/
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
OPAC: stevensonpa-pkc.bywatersolutions.com
Central Penn College
OPAC: librarycatalog.centralpenn.edu
Waynesburg University
OPAC: waynesburg-pkc.bywatersolutions.com
Pittsburgh Technical College
OPAC: ptcollege-pkc.bywatersolutions.com
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
OPAC: pafa-pkc.bywatersolutions.com
John Thompson, Systems Librarian at the Eberly Library, Waynesburg University, recently commented on the migration and training.

Kelly did a really thorough job for us. We have nothing but praise for her. We are so much happier with Koha and with the support of ByWater. We are leagues ahead of where we were.

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 ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsTechnologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSs

EBSCO Information Services Announces 2020 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 10:39

EBSCO Information Services Announces 2020 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners
~ $300,000 in Grants Provided to Five Libraries Looking to Install Solar Arrays ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — July 20, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced its five 2020 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. Independence Public Library in Independence, Belize; Peterborough Town Library in Peterborough, New Hampshire; The Valley Library at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon; H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Learning Resource Centre, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Pacific Theological College, in Suva, Fiji Islands, will each receive an EBSCO Solar Grant to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grants offset the cost of installing solar panels and allow the libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures.

Independence Public Library (IPL) in Independence, Stann Creek District, Belize, is part of the Belize National Library Service and is looking to create a green librarianship concept, which will promote social engagement, information skills and sustainable development in the community. Belize National Library Service and Information System Chief Librarian Lusiola Castillo says adding solar power will improve the library’s physical infrastructure. “The EBSCO Solar Grant will enhance our library’s physical space by decreasing electricity consumption, helping to facilitate the use of technology for patrons, offering open and easy access to reliable and updated environmental information, and promoting sustainability in the community.”

Peterborough Town Library in Peterborough, New Hampshire, is the oldest tax-supported free public library in the country, founded in 1833. The Peterborough Town Library plans to be almost completely energy efficient by relying upon solar panels for electricity, biomass for heating, and an innovative “green” adsorption system for cooling. Library Director Corinne Chronopoulos says sustainability is a vital concern in this rural community. “In preparing for our new library construction, the community expressed a strong desire for the library to be a leader in sustainability and provide an educational opportunity for community members. With this grant, we will enable eager residents to explore the impact of sustainable energy.”

The Valley Library at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon, is the main branch location of the OSU Libraries. This installation of solar will help the library meet its long-term goal of striving for carbon neutrality and serve as an example to the institution and surrounding communities. OSU’s Library Spaces Manager Rachel Burgess says the EBSCO Solar Grant will expand existing plans. “This grant will allow us to partner with other units on campus to adopt and implement additional objectives to reduce Oregon State University’s carbon footprint and go beyond our current sustainability practices.” The library recently received a Gold Level designation from the OSU’s Green Office Certification program (the highest score yet at OSU), and they expect the solar array to move them toward the Certification’s Platinum Level.

H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, Learning Resource Centre (LRC) in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, is cognizant of its responsibility to protecting and nurturing the natural environment by managing its operations in ways that are environmentally sustainable, economically feasible and socially responsible. Director of the LRC, Kenyatha Augustine, says the grant will reduce the library’s dependency on the local powerplant and serve as a resource for the island. “In addition to decreasing the library’s environmental footprint, we will also launch a Solar Technician Training Program through our Workforce Training Division. We will use the solar array at the LRC as a field lab for training purposes.”

The George Knight Library at The Pacific Theological College is situated in Suva, Fiji Islands. The Library supports the Pacific Theological College in providing and managing information resources to support the Pacific Theological College in its work of theological education, professional ministry training, and public theological discourse. Librarian Nalini Premadish says the college’s strategic plan encourages the use of modern solar energy production. “The array will make the library energy self-sufficient and replace the use of fossil fuels on campus and contribute to the country-wide reduction in diesel fuel.”

For more information on EBSCO Solar, visit www.ebsco.com/solar.

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
kmcev[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesOrganization Type: CompanyTags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesEBSCO SolarSolar EnergygrantsAwards

New book presents mapping as a tool for developing information literacy

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 11:32

Facet Publishing announces the publication of Mapping Information Landscapes: New Methods for Exploring the Development and Teaching of Information Literacy by Andrew Whitworth.

Written by a leading researcher in the field, this book investigates how teachers and learners can use mapping in developing their ability to make informed judgements about information, in specific places and times. In Mapping Information Landscapes, Andrew Whitworth argues that the geographical and information landscapes are indivisible, and the techniques we use to navigate each are essentially the same.

The book presents a history of mapping as a means of representing the world, ranging from the work of medieval mapmakers to the 21st century. Concept and mind mapping are explored, as well as the notion of discursive mapping: the dialogic process, regardless of whether a graphical map is an outcome.

The framework of the book weaves together the work of authors including Annemaree Lloyd, Christine Bruce, practice theorists such as Theodore Schatzki and the critical geography of David Harvey, an author whose work has not previously been applied to the study of information literacy.

Andrew Whitworth said of the text: 'The idea of using mapping as a way of developing information literacy, whether inside or outside the university, has been hinted at by notable names in the field, such as Annemaree Lloyd or Geoff Walton. The aim of the book is to root these propositions in the long history of mapping and highlight why it is that mapping can help groups and teams develop new perspectives on information.’


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Press and review copies contact:
Sinéad Murphy, Marketing & Sales Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0594
Email: [email protected]


Notes:

Mapping Information Landscapes: New Methods for Exploring the Development and Teaching of Information Literacy | http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=304172 | June 2020 | 224pp | Hardback: 9781783304172 | £65

Andrew Whitworth is a Reader at the Manchester Institute of Education. He was previously a senior lecturer and Programme Director (and initiator) of the MA: Digital Technologies, Communication and Education at the University of Manchester. He was a keynote speaker at the 2017 European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL2017) and is the author of Information Obesity (Chandos, 2009) and Radical Information Literacy (Chandos, 2014).

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available to order from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It will be available in North America from the American Library Association: https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/mapping-information-landscapes-new-...

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FOLIO Libraries Announcing Implementations and Timelines as the Open Source Library Platform Nears Significant Milestone

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:17

FOLIO Libraries Announcing Implementations and Timelines as the Open Source Library Platform Nears Significant Milestone
~ Libraries Choosing Plans to Implement the FOLIO Library Services Platform as Goldenrod Release Nears ~
July 13, 2020

PHILADELPHIA — July 13, 2020 — Libraries around the world are beginning to implement FOLIO, the open source Library Services Platform (LSP), as it approaches a named release that signals a significant achievement in the development of initial apps, features and functionality.

The open source project, which leverages expertise from libraries, developers and service providers, is building a fully functional open source LSP that is being implemented around the world. The Goldenrod Release, coming in mid-July, includes additional functionality that will allow more libraries to move to FOLIO from their current, traditional Integrated Library System (ILS) or LSPs.

Institutions of all sizes have been implementing FOLIO since last year. These libraries represent a wide range of collection sizes and students, faculty and researchers and demonstrate that FOLIO makes open source a viable alternative for institutions of all sizes. Sites live or going live have collections that range between 61,000 to 5.5 million bibliographic records and serve between 2,300 and nearly 50,000 users.

Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden went live in 2019 as the first library using FOLIO. Missouri State University was the first academic institution in the United States to go live with FOLIO and Simmons University, Warner University, St. Thomas University and Washington & Jefferson College have now fully implemented FOLIO.

The University of Alabama is planning its implementation by the end of 2020. University of Alabama Dean of Libraries Don Gilstrap says, as an original EBSCO beta development partner, the University of Alabama has played a leading role in design and testing at the scale required to develop the features and functionalities for large, working research libraries. “Being able to test FOLIO extensively in a real-world environment has helped direct development and demonstrates the viability of this innovation-driven open source library services platform. As the University of Alabama development team prepares to implement FOLIO, it is gratifying to know that we do it as an institution that has provided actionable information to both EBSCO and to the FOLIO Community, as well to the open source community at large.”

Several libraries have also chosen to implement the Electronic Resource Management (ERM) apps in FOLIO. GBV network library ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics Kiel/Hamburg has been live with FOLIO ERM since May 2020. Leipzig University Library is also currently live with ERM. Leipzig University Library Deputy Head of IT Bjӧrn Muschall says the university’s staged implementation approach aligns with its mission and focus. “By focusing on the portion of the system that is live, we are able to see the benefits of implementing a system that prizes open source technology and features and functionality designed to grow with our institution.” Muschall says Leipzig University Library contributed its own developer resources to the FOLIO project and contributed to the overall functionality. “By creating an app and developing for FOLIO, we increased the sustainability of our own investments.”

Lehigh University is preparing for a full FOLIO implementation in August 2020. Lehigh’s University Librarian Boaz Nadav-Manes says Lehigh’s move to FOLIO represents the next step in its deep commitment to open source and community-driven solutions. “As long-term members of the FOLIO and OLE Communities, we are very excited to be one of the first libraries to fully implement FOLIO and to work with others to enable and lead additional innovation as FOLIO continues its natural development process.” Lehigh is currently loading records directly into a single tenant environment in preparation for its implementation date.

Additional sites will be moving to FOLIO in stages. The Five Colleges: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and The University of Massachusetts/Amherst are also EBSCO beta partners and will be implementing ERM this summer. Duke University will be implementing FOLIO ERM this summer and Cornell University, which is currently leveraging the FOLIO ERM, plans to move to the FOLIO LSP in 2021. Texas A&M University will implement FOLIO based on features expected by mid-2021.

Libraries are also choosing how to implement and host FOLIO. Chalmers, Missouri State University, Cornell and University of Alabama are using EBSCO FOLIO Services for implementation, hosting and services. ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics Kiel/Hamburg is being hosted by its library network headquarter VZG|GBV. Simmons University, Duke University and Lehigh University are among the libraries using hosting and services from Index Data. Warner University, St. Thomas University and Washington & Jefferson College are using services from ByWater Solutions. Leipzig University and Texas A&M University are self-hosting.

FOLIO is an open community and details about the releases and future plans can be found at https://wiki.folio.org

About FOLIO
FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information go to www.folio.org.

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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Media Relations, FOLIO
978-223-0438
[email protected]

Topics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansTags: EBSCOFOLIOLSPopen sourceTechnologies: Open Source

Carl S. Swisher Library at Jacksonville University Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:59

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the Carl S. Swisher Library, Jacksonville University is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 512,000 plus holdings from OCLC and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at https://jacksonvilleu.bywatersolutions.com/.

Olivia Hattan-Edwards, Systems Librarian and Assistant Professor at Carl S. Swisher Library, Jacksonville University recently commented on the migration.

The transition from our previous ILS to Koha supported by Bywater Solutions went smoother than expected. The training we participated in was thorough and easy to digest. The data extraction process was simple. Every question we had was answered quickly. We anticipated bumps in the road, and when we hit those bumps, Bywater was there to guide us over them. No librarian or library staff member had experience in migrating to a new ILS, and Bywater’s team made the entire experience a pleasant one.

About Carl S. Swisher Library
The Mission of the Library is to provide quality information resources and services that support academic programs and to work with the university community in teaching them to use resources and services effectively.

Read more at https://library.ju.edu/.

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 ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansOrganization Type: CompanyTags: kohakohailsTechnologies: Open Source

School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Support

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:32

ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library's 3,000 plus holdings from Voyager ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at https://wheatonpcft.bywatersolutions.com.

About the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College
The School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy at Wheaton College integrates Christian belief and practice with the best of contemporary scholarship and professional standards in the disciplines of clinical psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy.

Read more: https://www.wheaton.edu/academics/school-of-psychology-counseling-and-fa....

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.

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Equinox migrates John Bulow Campbell Library at Columbia Theological Seminary to Koha

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 11:47

Duluth, Ga., July 7, 2020: Equinox Open Library Initiative announces the successful migration of John Bulow Campbell Library at Columbia Theological Seminary to the Koha Integrated Library System.

Migration of Columbia Theological Seminary encompassed 141,860 bibliographic records and 2,215 patrons at the seminary. Equinox services included: project management, system configuration, extraction and migration of bibliographic data, and staff training. Equinox also provided Koha support, hosting, and auxiliary services.

“Day One of going live was a joy, not a nightmare,” said Kelly Campbell, Associate Dean of Information Services and Director of John Bulow Campbell Library at Columbia Theological Seminary. “Equinox fully supported the Library during the migration. Questions were answered, concerns were addressed, fears were calmed and as Day One live approached, we were excited!”

Begun in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand Koha is the first free and open source library automation package. Equinox's team includes several long-standing Koha developers and core committers.

“Columbia was a joy to work with,” said Jason Etheridge, Senior Developer at Equinox. “The staff and faculty are very knowledgeable and meticulous, which lent itself perfectly a smooth migration."

To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/ .

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.

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 http://koha-community.org.

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New book tackles the challenges of discovery in the (post-Google) era

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:09

For immediate release

06 July 2020

Facet Publishing announces the publication of Resource Discovery for the Twenty-First Century Library: Case studies and perspectives on the role of IT in user engagement and empowerment edited by Simon McLeish.

Of all the parts of modern library provision, discovery services are the most clearly affected by developments in IT, from databases to search engines to linked data to machine learning.

Discovery is central to academic activities at all levels, and it is a key aspect of the relationship between libraries, museums and their communities.

Resource Discovery for the Twenty-First Century Library is made up of a range of contributions, written by both local and global experts. Specific areas of discovery, implementations and ideas are explored in detail in order to analyse the ways in which libraries are tackling the challenges facing them in discovery in the (post)-Google era.

Readers can benefit from enhanced discovery in both an inbound and outbound manner. This book will help to make locally held resources globally discoverable, and it also presents global resources to your local user community.

The book questions what resource discovery means today and offers case studies from around the world that show interesting approaches to discovery. Close analysis of how users approach discovery, and how to understand and make the best use of discovery methods such as Internet search engines are key features of this text. Furthermore, readers can expect guidance on linked open data and discovery, and how to use limited resources to make it possible to find a collection.

What might the future of discovery look like? Simon McLeish said of the book ‘Resource Discovery for the Twenty-First Century Library surveys the current state and looks at future developments in discovery, one of the most important functions of libraries in the twenty first century.’

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Press and review copies contact:
Sinéad Murphy, Marketing & Sales Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0594
Email: [email protected]

Notes:

Resource Discovery for the Twenty-First Century Library: Case studies and perspectives on the role of IT in user engagement and empowerment | http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=301386 | June 2020 | 240pp | paperback: 9781783301386| £64.95

Simon McLeish worked in conference organisation before the planning of an Internet conference led to work as a web designer during the dot com era. This developed into a career in digital libraries, including the development of online academic journals, research environments and authentication. Work on Shibboleth and Identity Management culminated in the production of the JISC Identity Management Toolkit and the book Access and Identity Management for Libraries (Facet, 2013). In 2013, Simon took up the post of Resource Discovery Architect for the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, and now divides his time between managing existing discovery and authentication services for the libraries and research and development.

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available to order from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It will be available in North America from the American Library Association: https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/getting-resource-discovery-right-yo...

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