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

LISWire - 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

LISWire - 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.

About Springshare
Springshare (https://springshare.com) software helps libraries engage with their communities and deepen relationships with users. Our SaaS suite is used by over 6,000 libraries in 80 countries around the world.

About OCLC
OCLC (https://oclc.og) is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services.

OCLC, WorldCat and WorldCat.org are trademarks and/or service marks of OCLC, Inc. Third-party product, service and business names are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.

Tags: LibAnswersquestionpointSpringshareoclcOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

Koha Community Announces 19.05 Release

LISWire - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 12:47

The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open source library system, announced this week that the Koha 19.05 release is available. This major release includes 15 new features, 246 enhancements, and 437 bugfixes. Full release notes are available at: https://koha-community.org/koha-19-05-release/.

Nick Clemens, 19.05 Release Manager and ByWater Solutions Developer, recently commented on the release:

This release (as always) is the work of many librarians, developers, and community members who donate their time and effort to the project. Their contributions help shape the release, and the project going forward. None of this would be possible without them, and my sincere thanks goes out to everyone who had a hand in the project.

Sponsorship of New Features
We thank the following ByWater Solutions' Partners who have sponsored new features in Koha!

Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS)
Self-check module highlighting (Bug 19458)
Email librarian when purchase suggestion made (Bug 5770)
Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)
Branch transfer limits (Bugs 22330, 7614, 7534)
Portsmouth Public Library
Add holds and account information to self checkout module (Bug 21772)
Round Rock Public Library
Add language and ccode facets to Elasticsearch (Bugs 17169 and 18213)
Ability to check out items that are already checked-out without staff intervention (Bug 17171)
Carnegie Stout Public Library
Detailed description of charges on Accounting tab (Bug 19489)
“Edit as New” in Advanced Cataloging Editor (Bug 42090)
DoverNet Dover Public Library
Validate SMS numbers (Bug 22594)
Virginia Tech University Libraries
Patron password reset limited by patron category (Bug 21890)
Bedford Public Library
Add support for SIP2 field CM - Hold Pickup Date (Bug 19619)
Arcadia Public Library and Middletown Township Public Library
Mark Hold Items 'On hold' instead of 'Available' (Bug 15505)
Fargo Public Library
Holds rerouting dialog improvements (Bug 21346)
ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, is proud to be a part of the Koha Community.

Nick Clemens, 19.05 Release Manager and ByWater Solutions Developer, additionally adds

Extra thanks to all who helped me with this release, and with getting here to be the release manager for this version. I am so lucky to work with such a great team on a wonderful project and look forward to helping make Koha better on each release. Excelsior!

Access the Release
Koha 19.05.00 can be downloaded from:

Download
Installation instructions can be found at:

Koha Wiki
Full Documentation

Manual
Release Team
The release team for Koha 19.05.00 is

Release Manager: Nick Clemens
Release Manager assistants:
Tomás Cohen Arazi
Jonathan Druart
QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
QA Team:
Tomás Cohen Arazi
Alex Arnaud
Chris Cormack
Jonathan Druart
Kyle Hall
Julian Maurice
Josef Moravec
Martin Renvoize
Marcel de Rooy
Topic Experts:
REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
SIP2 — Colin Campbell
EDI — Colin Campbell
UI Design — Owen Leonard
Elasticsearch — Ere Maijala
Bug Wranglers:
Indranil Das Gupta
Jon Knight
Luis Moises Rojas
Packaging Manager: Mirko Tietgen
Documentation Manager: Caroline Cyr-La-Rose
Documentation Team:
David Nind
Lucy Vaux-Harvey
Translation Managers:
Indranil Das Gupta
Bernardo González Kriegel
Wiki curators:
Caroline Cyr-La-Rose
Release Maintainers:
18.05 — Lucas Gass
18.05 — Jesse Maseto
18.11 — Martin Renvoize
17.11 — Fridolin Somers
Release Maintainer assistants:
18.05 — Kyle Hall
About Koha
Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha’s impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

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

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality 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.

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

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

Classical Music Magazine The Strad Sells Subscriptions To Digital Archive

LISWire - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:27

The Strad, the authoritative voice in the world of string music, has partnered with digital providers Exact Editions to offer subscriptions to institutions and individuals around the world. Over 60 issues spanning 5 years issues have been expertly digitised into a state-of-the-art archive, allowing unlimited access to a treasure trove of fully-searchable music content at the click of a button.

Since its launch in 1890, The Strad has educated its readers through entertaining features, insightful commentary pieces and thoughtful analysis on a wide range of topics relevant to string teachers, players, students, instrument makers and enthusiasts alike. Each monthly issue keeps subscribers up-to-date with the latest news, research and all aspects of playing.

The innovative features of the new digital archive make it ideal for either personal use or academic or professional research in an institutional setting; the seamless cross-platform browsing experience means issues can be accessed on web, iOS and Android devices, and the platform offers the facility to share and cite each and every article or review from the publication.

The Strad is available in the Exact Editions institutional shop here:
https://institutions.exacteditions.com/the-strad

Product Director Alex McLachlan said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer a digital archive of The Strad to institutions with robust music faculties around the world. The magazine’s meticulous coverage of all parts of the string instrument world will ensure that this new enhanced level of access to the latest issues and archive is extremely valuable.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “The new possibility of digital subscriptions to the archive grants the publishers an opportunity for lucrative revenue. The cutting-edge search functions and cross-platform access, in particular, make it an indispensable resource for anyone in the industry.”

About The Strad:
The Strad magazine has been a trusted authority in the world of string music since 1890. Each monthly issue offers expert music reviews, the latest news in instrument technology, research and interviews with the industry’s biggest stars. In recent months, the publication has included interviews and articles from some musicians at the forefront of the industry, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, James Ehnes and Hilary Hahn.

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.

Tags: electronic resourcesDigital MagazinesmagazinesMusicOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic Libraries

Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment Announces Agreement to Transition Publisher Fulfillment Services to Turpin Distribution Services, Ltd.

LISWire - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 11:08

Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment Announces Agreement to Transition Publisher Fulfillment Services to Turpin Distribution Services, Ltd.
~ Company to Continue Offering Promotional and Marketing Services to Publishers ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 29, 2019 — Changes are coming for Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF). The fulfillment side of the company has been acquired by Turpin Distribution Services, Ltd, an international, UK-based provider of publisher services. Turpin has a long-standing, established client services team based in New Milford, Connecticut.

Promotional and marketing services will continue to be offered by EBSCO Promotional Services, operating out of the EBSCO offices in Birmingham, Alabama. The new company will continue to leverage EBSCO’s history of working with publishers and utilize data insights to provide enhanced marketing services and support to publisher partners.

EBSCO Senior Vice President, Publisher Partnerships, Sid McNeal says the transition enables EBSCO Promotional Services to place a greater focus on promotional services offered to publishers. “Turpin is a trusted partner in the publisher industry, and we are confident in their ability to provide the highest level of fulfillment services. We remain committed to supporting our publisher partners; this change in services will help us focus on creating new and innovative opportunities to further serve the marketing needs of our publishers.”

Turpin’s Managing Director, Lorna Summers, says: “Turpin is delighted to have acquired Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF) from EBSCO, as this will enhance the depth and range of fulfillment services we currently provide to U.S. client publishers from our offices in New Milford, Connecticut. I am excited about the opportunities presented by this development and look forward to working with our new publisher clients towards a seamless transition of core services from PPF to Turpin.”

About EBSCO Promotional Services
EBSCO Promotional Services, formerly known as Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF), has partnered with publishers worldwide since 1975. A trusted publisher partner in the STM community, EBSCO Promotional Services offers marketing and promotional services to publishers.
About Turpin Distribution
Turpin has been supporting publishers for over 40 years, helping them grow and develop their business for both print and digital publishing. Turpin provides global fulfillment solutions to the academic, scholarly and professional publishing industry including a wide range of bespoke services from its UK and US offices.
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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications, EBSCO Information Services
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Donald G. McClain
Head of Publisher Relations, Turpin Distribution, North America
219-477-9019
[email protected]

Tags: EBSCOPPFPublisher Promotion & FulfillmentpublishingTurpinOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

Equinox migrates Bucyrus Public Library to Evergreen with the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL) with OhioNET

LISWire - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 16:34

Duluth, Ga., May 28, 2019: Equinox is pleased to welcome Bucyrus Public Library to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL) with partnership from OhioNET.

The Bucyrus Public Library’s move will support Bucyrus’ 29,511 patrons in addition to migrating 65,020 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication 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.

"This migration, by far, has been the smoothest and easiest for Bucyrus Public Library,” said Brenda Crider, director of the Bucyrus Public Library. “Erica Rolfs, Felicia Beaudry, Jason Etheridge and everyone else on our Equinox team made our transition stress-free and not just for the staff but for our patrons as well. From beginning to end our migration to COOL had very few issues thanks to the wonderful preparation they gave us. We enjoyed working with them and would do so again in an instant."

COOL was founded to provide individual member libraries with efficient, innovative, and cost effective solutions. Having implemented a union catalog with Evergreen, the consortium partners with OhioNET who provides system and administrative support. OhioNET is a membership organization founded in 1977 to provide training, administrative and technological support to its members.

“The staff of the Bucyrus Public Library were eager to learn and put into practice the new skills we covered during training,” said Felicia Beaudry, Product and Implementation Trainer at Equinox. “If the way I was welcomed into the library is any indication of their typical interaction with users, the local community is lucky to have them. They are going to be make a great addition to the Consortium of Ohio Libraries.”

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.

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Sacred Heart University Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

LISWire - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 13:43

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Sacred Heart University Library, in Connecticut is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 100,000 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://sacredheart.bywatersolutions.com/.

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

We are thrilled to have another Academic Library in Connecticut join the Koha Community and ByWater Family. We look forward to partnering with Sacred Heart University Library and seeing what their Library does with Koha.

About Sacred Heart University
Sacred Heart University, contemporary in spirit and thinking, is rooted in the liberal arts and Catholic intellectual traditions. Their mission is to educate the whole person while preparing students to lead and serve in the world today.

Read more at: https://sacredheart.edu/aboutshu/missionandvalues/

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 ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Stevenson University Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

LISWire - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:50

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Stevenson University Library, in Maryland is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 71,000 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://stevenson.bywatersolutions.com/.

The staff at Stevenson University Library recently commented on their training and migration:

Koha accomplished everything we set out for, and if we are stuck, we know to ask. The hands on training experience was fantastic, and it helped to resolve many questions.

About Stevenson University
As an integral part of the University, the Library engages the SU community in the discovery, evaluation, and creation of information through collaborative relationships, trustworthy resources and dynamic spaces. Our role in the academic process inspires curiosity, forms the habit of lifelong learning and leads to extraordinary experiences.

Read more at: https://stevenson.libguides.com

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: Open SourceTags: kohakohailsOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Gale and Kent District Library Deliver Program to Give Residents Access to Accredited High School Diplomas

LISWire - Tue, 05/21/2019 - 11:18

Kent District Library is the First Public Library System in the State of Michigan to Offer Career Online High School to Help Adults Earn a High School Diploma

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. and FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – May 21, 2019 – Residents in Kent County now have the opportunity to obtain their high school diploma from their local public library. Kent District Library offers Career Online High School from Gale, a Cengage company, making it the first public library system in the state of Michigan to offer qualified residents the chance to earn a free, accredited high school diploma.

Kent District Library is currently launching Career Online High School at its 19 branch libraries and is offering a limited number of scholarships to qualified adults (21 and older) who are looking to advance their careers, prepare for workforce entry or continue their education. There is no cost to students for the program, but enrollment is limited and requires a library card.

“With approximately 35,000 adults in Kent County without a high school diploma, we wanted to implement a program that gives our residents an opportunity to advance their education and achieve their career dreams,” said Lance Werner, Director at Kent District Library. “The life-changing impact the Career Online High School program has had within communities, enabling residents to further their education and earn their high school diploma to accomplish their career goals, made our decision to invest in the program easy. The program truly shows the economic value public libraries provide to communities and future workforces, and we couldn’t be more excited to be the first public library in Michigan to offer it.”

Once enrolled, students can access and complete program courses online from anywhere using a computer, laptop, or tablet or by using library computers, with up to 18 months to finish the program. Additionally, students can complete the program sooner by transferring previously earned high school credits or credits from any of the four GED subject areas tests that were passed at a Performance Level 2 or above (145+). Concurrently with the diploma, students earn a workforce certificate in one of 10 trade areas, ranging from protection officer to childcare and education to home care professional.

With Career Online High School, Kent District Library cardholders can:

• Earn an accredited high school diploma while preparing for a career in one of 10 high-demand, high-growth fields.

• Take classes online, with the flexibility of 24/7 access to classwork.

• Be supported by an academic coach and certified instructors who care about their success.

• Gain career readiness with a career portfolio including a resume, a cover letter and job preparation support.

“Kudos to Kent District Library for investing in the education of its residents and recognizing the value their libraries bring to its communities and economic growth through workforce development,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We are thrilled and honored to be a trusted partner in providing Kent District Library with educational resources that help residents reach their education and career goals.”

Kent County residents interested in learning more about the program or who would like to view the list of libraries that offer the program can visit KDL.org/cohs.

About Career Online High School
Career Online High School was developed in 2012 through a partnership by ed2go, a division of Cengage that provides students with online continuing education and career training, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education in an effort to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. In 2014, the program was adapted for the public library market by Gale, a Cengage company.

About Kent District Library
Kent District Library (KDL) is a public library system operating 19 branch libraries that serve nearly 400,000 residents of 27 different municipalities throughout Kent County. KDL is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by millage dollars and private donations. KDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative. For more information, visit: kdl.org.

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/

Tags: GaleCareer Online High Schoolpublic librariesOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic Libraries

EBSCO Information Services Partners with The Carroll Center for the Blind to Advance User Research and Design

LISWire - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 11:13

EBSCO Information Services Partners with The Carroll Center for the Blind to Advance User Research and Design
~ Partnership Leverages Center’s Expertise and Reinforces EBSCO’s Commitment to Accessibility ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 16, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and The Carroll Center for the Blind today announced a partnership in which the two organizations will work together to improve and enhance the experience across EBSCO products for users with a varying array of disabilities. The Carroll Center for the Blind, based in Newton, Massachusetts, offers a wide range of comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired at all ages and all stages of vision loss.

The announcement coincides with Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019, a community-powered effort to advance digital accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.

The Carroll Center will work with EBSCO to support the company’s existing design and user research processes, while facilitating user testing and providing support for best practices in accessibility. The Carroll Center’s Accessibility Services team offers technical and human resources which support a wide array of vision impairment ranging from low vision to complete blindness. EBSCO’s Accessibility team focuses on ensuring that all products are accessible, maintaining a positive experience for all users.

EBSCO Senior Vice President of Product Management Tim Lull says this partnership was formed through a thoughtful, informed exploration of EBSCO’s user research and design needs as the company continues to enhance existing products, as well as develop new software solutions. “One of EBSCO’s main goals is to provide access to relevant and reliable information when, where and how people need it, regardless of any accessibility challenges. Our partnership with The Carroll Center will significantly impact our commitment to continuous improvement of our products and services to meet the needs of all our customers and users.”

Bruce Howell, Accessibility Services Manager at The Carroll Center for the Blind, said the partnership with EBSCO’s user experience designers will ensure that people with vision impairment and other disabilities can successfully access and use EBSCO online products. “Whenever The Carroll Center brings its accessibility expertise and knowledge of blindness and vision impairment to an innovative, industry-leading company like EBSCO, we know we will be ensuring greater access to information and research materials for a wider body of current and potential product users. Collaborating on projects like this supports both of our missions to provide equal access to important digital learning tools and resources.”

For more information about EBSCO’s commitment to accessibility, visit www.ebsco.com/technology/accessibility. For more information on The Carroll Center for the Blind, visit www.carroll.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, 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.

About The Carroll Center for the Blind
Established in 1936, The Carroll Center for the Blind empowers those who are blind and visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. The nonprofit organization provides services for individuals of all ages and all stages of vision loss, including vision rehabilitation services, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, services for seniors, and an optical shop. For more information, visit www.carroll.org.

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For more information, please contact:
Jessica Holmes
EBSCO Information Services
Communications Director
978-356-6500 ext. 3485
[email protected]

Greg Turner
Ball Consulting Group, LLC. (The Carroll Center for the Blind)
Vice President
617-243-9950
[email protected]

Tags: AccessibilityEBSCOThe Carroll Center for the BlindDisabilityuser experienceUXDigital AccessibilityTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

ByWater Solutions Partners Sponsor Development in Koha 18.11 Release

LISWire - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 23:05

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the following library partners sponsored new features in Koha 18.11 Release.

Bedford Public Library
Allow skipping of patrons with valid emails for Talking Tech (Bug 19620)

Carnegie Stout Library
Create an additional column in the Batch Item Modification Tool (Bug 19490)
Add ability to void any credit (Bug 20703)

CLiC - Colorado Library Consortium
Holds - Branch Transfer Limits (Bug 7534 and 7614)

The Farmington Libraries
Print hold slips without confirmation (Bug 19383)

Fargo Public Library
Add a ‘Collection’ column in the patron loans data table (Bug 19719)
Block renewals by arbitrary item values (Bug 15494)
Allow 'writeoff of selected' (Bug 19617)
Holds rerouting dialog improvements (Bug 21346)

Middletown Public Library (MTPL)
Restrict number of holds placed by day (Bug 15486)

Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS)
Share patron lists between staff (Bug 19524)

Portsmouth Public Library
Add spans with classes around callnumbers in OPAC for additional styling (Bug 21340)

Port Orford Public Library
Add ability to merge patron records (Bug 9302)

Round Rock Public Library
Set limit on maximum possible holds per patron by category (Bug 15524)
MARC modification templates - Add an 'Add' option (Bug 13560)
Add collection and language facets to results (Bug 17169 and 18213)

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: Open SourceTags: koha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Legislative Assembly of Nunavut Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 22:58

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in Iqaluit, NU Canada, is now live on Koha!

ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 6,000 plus holdings from Insignia ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://nll.bywatersolutions.com/.

Jessica Zairo, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator recently commented on the migration:

About Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
Nunavut Legislative Library & Information Services provides reference and lending services to Members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff, Assembly staff and Government of Nunavut employees across Nunavut. The Library provides other patrons with reference and research assistance as requested.

For more information visit: https://www.assembly.nu.ca/legislative-library-0

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: koha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Nevada Supreme Court Law Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 22:57

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Nevada Supreme Court Law Library, is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 73,000 plus holdings from Polaris ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://catalog.nvcourts.gov/.

Nate Curulla, CRO recently commented on the migration:

We are thrilled to have another Law Library joining the Koha Community and ByWater Family. The Law Library Koha contingent is growing and we can't wait to see what this group does.

About Nevada Supreme Court Law Library
The Nevada Supreme Court Library, with over 130,000 volumes, is one of the largest law libraries in the state. The collection was established to support the federal district court judges of the Territorial Supreme Court and, upon Nevada's gaining statehood in 1865, became part of the State Library. It was transferred to the judicial branch in 1973.

Read more at: https://nvcourts.gov/Law_Library/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: koha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Information Services to Be Gold Sponsor at Annual Koha Conference

LISWire - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 11:36

EBSCO Information Services to Be Gold Sponsor at Annual Koha Conference
~ Sponsorship and Presentation to Benefit the Open Source Community Conference in Dublin, Ireland ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 9, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will be a gold sponsor at the Koha Open Source Library System Annual Conference, KohaCon19. KohaCon19 is being held in Dublin, Ireland, from May 20 – 24. This is a free conference for the Koha open source community, making sponsorships like EBSCO’s essential.

During KohaCon, community members share their findings and experiences with open source technology in efforts to further develop Koha library automation technology. The conference will include presentations and sessions focusing on technical issues and trainings for librarians.

EBSCO speakers, Executive Vice President Sam Brooks and Vice President of Open Source Platforms and Communities Christopher Spalding, will be presenting at KohaCon19. Their presentation on Supporting Data Integrations for Open Source Communities will review the areas in which EBSCO provides support for Koha and other open source projects, including financial help, technology advancements and integrations. Additional library automation leaders speaking at KohaCon19 include Ken Chad and Marshall Breeding.

EBSCO has been committed to helping further the innovation of open source technology for years. EBSCO was a member of the board of the original Kuali OLE and has funded extensive Koha development. EBSCO is also an active member of the Open Library Foundation.

Open source technology allows libraries, vendors and developers to collaborate and redefine the future of libraries. EBSCO’s continuous support of open source technology like Koha and its partnership with ByWater Solutions allow the community to move forward toward an open library environment for libraries of all sizes and needs. ByWater Solutions is currently the largest service provider for the Koha Open Source Library System, supporting more than 1,000 Koha libraries.

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: kohaKohaCon19EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesSponsorshipTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

EBSCO Information Services Names Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources

LISWire - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:05

EBSCO Information Services Names Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources
~ Carroll Brings More Than 25 Years of Industry Experience to Global Technology Company ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 8, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the hiring of Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources (HR). Carroll brings extensive experience in HR to EBSCO and will be responsible for HR strategy on a global level.

Carroll was most recently the Vice President, Human Resources, at OSRAM Sylvania, Inc., where she was responsible for developing the organization’s HR strategy and establishing long-term plans to attract, retain and develop employees. Carroll focused on increasing engagement by fostering an innovative employee brand and culture.

Carroll holds an MS from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., and a BS from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Before her time at OSRAM, Carroll worked in HR at Aspen Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and held earlier positions with Teradyne, UNICCO Service Company and Deloitte & Touche.

EBSCO Information Services Founder and CEO Tim Collins says Carroll has the experience needed for the company to continue to foster its employees’ development while attracting and retaining new talent. “EBSCO revolves around a culture of entrepreneurship, hard work and integrity. Patty possesses the knowledge and characteristics that will help ensure EBSCO employees feel valued, while being given the freedom to thrive in their roles.”

Carroll will work out of the company’s international headquarters in Ipswich, Mass., and will be responsible for more than 3,000 employees in more than 30 countries. She says she looks forward to working with the company to continue to develop innovative HR solutions to help drive business results. “EBSCO is a leading information technology company that is growing at a rapid pace. My goal is to work with the leadership team to be a change agent for employees and support the positive work environment here at EBSCO.”

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:
Jessica Holmes
Communications Director
978-356-6500 ext. 3485
[email protected]

Tags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesInformation Technologynew hireTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

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