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EBSCO and Stacks Inc. Announce the Release of Stacks – a User-Focused Web Platform that Creates the Best Library Experience Possible

LISWire - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:16

~ Stacks Makes the Library Experience Relevant, Responsive and Robust ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — September 22, 2016 — Libraries can now change the look and feel of their websites instantly with the release of Stacks, a hosted, turnkey web content management system designed specifically for libraries. Stacks is available through EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), empowering libraries to engage their patrons anytime, anywhere.

With Stacks customizable themes, configurable drag-and-drop layouts, social media integrations, granular user roles and multi-language support for more than 60 languages, libraries are now able to create online content with ease. Stacks allows libraries to market programs and services, manage event registrations and room bookings, conduct surveys and polls and create research guides. It also enables libraries to surface all of their collections and provide the best possible search and discovery experience and more—all within one easy-to-use, dashboard-driven, responsive platform.

Stacks supports all external catalogs and a contemporary bento-box style search that enables each library to create a tailored search experience. Deep integrations with Cover Art, Review and Recommendation providers, Integrated Library Systems, Google Places and many more are easy to configure and provide a rich and meaningful experience with every digital library visit.

Built on user experience best practices and industry-leading mobile-first philosophies, Stacks makes creating intuitive designs, engaging content and world-class digital library experiences simple. Stacks is optimized for best-in-class performance and is sustainable with an annual subscription model covering updates, security, maintenance and ongoing support.

Another way that Stacks helps to create the best library experience for patrons is that it integrates with EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). EBSCO Senior Vice President, Business Development & Strategy Mark Herrick, says this allows libraries to provide the ultimate research experience “EBSCO has always worked toward giving the user the best possible search experience and the deep integration between EDS and Stacks aligns with that goal, bringing the most comprehensive collection of resources together with a library’s local content for a seamless user experience.”

Kristin Delwo, President and CEO of Stacks Inc., says “Stacks is the culmination of my life’s work in libraries dating back more than a decade. I knew there had to be a better way and I couldn’t be more thrilled to watch this solution grow to serve libraries around the world. We must collaborate and share our efforts and expertise to remain relevant.”

Libraries also have the option to go mobile with Stacks Mobile, a native mobile app(s) for iOS and Android. To learn more about Stacks and Stacks Mobile visit: www.stacksdiscovery.com

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 900,000 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 Stacks Inc.
The Stacks platform has supported more than 500 libraries since its first iteration in 2009, even the Microsoft Faculty Library is part of the Stacks story. Kristin Delwo, President and CEO of Stacks Inc., is a former Systems Administrator & Management Consultant for a large consortia serving over 150 public libraries. Inspired by the solutions she was able to create, Kristin partnered with her then vendor, Chad Smith to evolve the products they had built into what we now know as Stacks. The team's deep library technology expertise was recognized in 2014 when the TALOnline project was recognized with the ALA Award for Collaboration and the CLA Award for Innovation in Technology. These accomplishments attracted the last key members of an all-star team that is reinventing the library experience.

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

Tags: EBSCOStackslibrary websitesEBSCO Discovery ServiceTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Brill’s 2017 Journal Prices Now Available

LISWire - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 06:43

Leiden (NL) / Boston (USA) / Singapore (SG) – 22 September 2016

International publisher Brill has announced its 2017 journal program and prices.

Brill's 2017 journal program and prices are now available. The entire 2017 journal program consists of 264 titles, including 5 new journals, 11 newly acquired journals and 9 new titles in Brill Research Perspectives.

The complete 2017 journal price list is now available in Excel format and as a PDF folder on Brill’s website. The price list for the Online Journal Collections is also available:
- 2017 Journal Price List – PDF: http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/2017_journal_price_list_lowres_... / Excel: http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/2017_journal_price_list_externa...
- 2017 Online Journal Collections – PDF: http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/journalscollectiononline2017_lo... / Excel: http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/2017_brill_journal_collections_...

Please also check the additional information sheet (http://www.brill.com/sites/default/files/brill_2017_journals_-_additiona...) for more information on the 2017 program, title changes, frequency and/or page increases, etc.

For more information on Brill's journal program, contact Stijn van der Heide, Marketing Manager at Brill, [email protected], T: +31 (0)71 5353 586.

For customer queries please contact your regular distributor or directly contact Brill sales and customer services for journals: [email protected]; T: +44 (0)1767 604 954 (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia-Pacific), or [email protected]; T: (844) 232 3707 (Toll free US and Canada); T: +1 (860) 350 0041 (the Americas).

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden, Boston and Singapore, Brill publishes over 265 journals and around 1000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. 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 www.brill.com.

View this Media Alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brills-2017-journal-prices-now-available

Tags: Brilljournal prices 2017Organization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrarians

EBSCO Offers Five Scholarships to Attend the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

LISWire - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:32

IPSWICH, Mass. — September 20, 2016 — The American Library Association (ALA) and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) are partnering to offer five scholarships for librarians to attend the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. The scholarship allows more librarians to take advantage of the opportunities for continuing education, meetings and interactions with colleagues at the meeting, which will take place from Jan. 20 – 24, 2017.

Each scholarship will provide up to $1,500 to defray the cost of conference registration, travel and expenses. One of the five scholarships will be awarded to a first-time conference attendee. The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 22.

The application deadline is Nov. 2, 2016, and entries will be judged by a jury designated by ALA. Candidates must submit an essay that answers the questions: What will be the next game changer(s) for your library? How will your attendance at ALA Midwinter 2017 help you to contribute to the future of your library and libraries overall?

To apply or learn more about the scholarships, visit: www.ala.org/awardsgrants/ebsco-midwinter-meeting-sponsorship

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 900,000 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: EBSCOALA MidwinterIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCO

New Partnership between EBSCO and Mackin Makes Accessing eBooks Easier for Schools

LISWire - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 11:21

New Partnership between EBSCO and Mackin Makes Accessing eBooks Easier for Schools
~ K-12 Libraries Can Now Easily Add EBSCO eBooks™ to Collection via Mackin.com ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — September 19, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Mackin have partnered to make EBSCO eBooks™ available to order on the Mackin.com ecommerce site. The collaboration between EBSCO and Mackin, a leading provider of high-quality library and classroom materials to librarians and educators in K-12 schools, gives MackinVIA customers the opportunity to choose from a wide range of relevant EBSCO eBooks titles from within their preferred acquisition platform. MackinVIA, the free digital resource management system, is used by over 9 million students and has recently won the Best of Show Award at ISTE 2016 for the second year in a row.

EBSCO offers hundreds of thousands of high-quality eBook titles from leading publishers, including Penguin Random House and more than one hundred University Presses, as well as collections designed specifically for K-12 schools that contain high-quality fiction and non-fiction titles across a diverse range of subject and topic areas. With the new partnership, libraries can search, add titles to a list and order EBSCO eBooks through the library’s existing order and content management workflow.

In addition to having EBSCO eBooks available on the Mackin.com ecommerce site, EBSCO K-12 libraries will also benefit from additional classroom solutions including leveled literacy libraries, and supplemental curriculum and reference materials, such as videos, handouts and testing materials.

Director of Digital Services at Mackin, Mesa Heise says, “Our partnership with EBSCO is not only exciting for all of us at Mackin, but one that is certain to be highly beneficial to our customers as well. With the continued growth of MackinVIA, our free digital resource management system, the timing to add these titles and this functionality couldn’t have come at a better time.”

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 900,000 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]

Organization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: School LibrariansTopics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: EBSCO

Paola Free Library Joins NEKLS and Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

LISWire - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 10:05

9/15/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Paola Free Library Joins NEKLS and Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.' forefront provider of Koha support, is happy to welcome the Paola Free Library to the Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS).

The Paola Free Library joined the NExpress Shared Regional Catalog, adding of over 30,000 items to the union catalog. The library is the 52nd library site to join NExpress, which contains over one million items and services over 160,000 patrons in northeast Kansas. Prior to migrating to Koha, Paola Free Library was utilizing the Atriuum ILS.

About the NExpress Shared Catalog:
The NExpress automation service enables libraries of all types and sizes to provide rapid and direct access to shared library resources through a technically advanced library automation system at a reduced cost, with training, technical support and software enhancements provided by NEKLS. The NExpress service is an web-based automation service that features flexible searching, item availability status, and the ability for library users to directly place requests for items in the collection of any participating library, with delivery by courier to the patron's local library. For more information please visit: http://www.nexpresslibrary.org

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,XHTML, 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:
With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of the enterprise class open source library system, Koha. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions' clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: http://www.bywatersolutions.com

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Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: koha ILSKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Research Impact Tracking from Scholarly Blog Posts Expands with Partnership Between Plum™ Analytics and ACI Information Group

LISWire - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 11:43

~ More than One Million Scholarly Blog Posts Now Part of the PlumX Suite Mentions ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — September 15, 2016 — A new partnership between Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company and ACI Information Group will give PlumX Suite users access to metrics collected from the world’s only scholarly blog service. Scholarly blogs are increasingly part of the public discourse around research, and this partnership will allow researchers, librarians and funding organizations to see who is interacting with a piece of research and what they are saying in ACI’s collection of more than one million scholarly blog posts.

The partnership with ACI, the world’s leading aggregator of editorially selected and curated social media and blog publications, will showcase the importance of blogs in scholarly communications and reveal the alternative metrics of engagement, exposure and reach of bloggers. The PlumX Suite will be able to track more than 10,000 news and commentary blogs covering a variety of disciplines through its altmetrics category, Mentions. The ACI sources are adding to a curated list of more than 4,000 blogs that the PlumX Suite currently mines for mentions of research output.

Blog mentions are one of nine types of Mentions that are monitored in the PlumX Suite, joining resources such as comments on YouTube, reviews on Amazon and Wikipedia links. In addition to Mentions, there are four other categories of metrics — Usage, Captures, Social Media and Citations — that help research professionals tell the story of research.

PlumX is the definitive source of altmetrics data that is continually adding content sources to provide unrivaled depth and breadth of coverage. The ACI partnership is the latest expansion of PlumX altmetrics offerings, including tracking public and private Facebook conversations and usage data from Airiti e-Journals database from China and Taiwan. Plum Analytics also recently announced an agreement to build a joint Big Data Lab in China.

Plum Analytics Co-Founder and President, Andrea Michalek says the agreement continues the company’s commitment to providing altmetrics from all places that research information appears. “Plum Analytics is always enhancing its features to help professionals assess the impact of research. The addition of the scholarly blog information from ACI will give PlumX users an unparalleled amount of altmetrics information from the ever-expanding content source of blogs.”

Larry Schwartz, President of the ACI Information Group says the partnership showcases the importance of blogs in scholarly communications. “Our partnership with PlumX and EBSCO underscores the emerging importance of blogs in research and discovery and ACI’s focus on identifying the most authoritative blogs and credentialed bloggers worldwide.”

For more information about Plum Analytics and the PlumX Suite of products, please visit: www.plumanalytics.com.

About ACI Information Group
ACI Information Group (www.aci.info) is the world’s leading aggregator of editorially selected and curated social media and blog publications. With over 10,000 news and commentary blogs and more than one million scholarly blog posts in its Indices, ACI is revolutionizing the way people conduct research by enabling them to find the content they’ve been missing. Professionals, researchers, scholars, and students use the highly authoritative insights and analysis provided through ACI’s editorially selected collection of social media publications to find information that is unavailable in traditional media and journals. Publishers choose to include their content in the ACI Index to reach new audiences and bolster real-time scholarly communications and post-publication discourse.

About Plum Analytics
Plum Analytics is a pioneer in the field of altmetrics, revealing research interest and usage beyond traditional measures. The company helps individuals and organizations that use, fund, support, perform, publish or analyze research obtain a broad-spectrum view of interest in and usage of research through both immediate and historical perspectives. Plum Analytics gathers metrics about research through a deep array of scholarly sources, media channels and social media tools, and categorizes them into Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. The complete PlumX Suite of five products delivers research output information based on the unique needs of each type of PlumX user. To learn more, visit http://www.plumanalytics.com.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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 900,000 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: Plum AnalyticsEBSCOaltmetricsscholarly communicationTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

LearningExpress Adds Center to Help Students Develop Skills Essential for College and Career Success

LISWire - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 11:36

LearningExpress Adds Center to Help Students Develop Skills Essential for College and Career Success

~ PrepSTEP™ College Success Skills Center Helps Build Foundational Skills ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — September 13, 2016 — Students need to have the skills to be effective learners and team members in order to be successful in school and in the workplace. LearningExpress, an EBSCO Company, helps students develop the non-academic skills and habits that are essential for college and career success with the newly added College Success Skills Center in PrepSTEP™.

College Success Skills Center provides self-directed study that serves all students and can be a particularly valuable asset to student support services and first-year experience programs. The center helps build essential skills that many students do not possess when they enter college, such as time management, goal setting, organization and multitasking.

The center includes training for classroom and research skills, such as information literacy, citing work and avoiding plagiarism, and offers skills equally important in the workplace, including note-taking, reading strategies and effective listening. It also teaches students how to communicate with professors and take advantage of campus resources. The ability to work with others and effectively communicate are two of the top five skills that employers seek, so building these skills are critical.

LearningExpress General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Kheil McIntyre says the new center will become a key online resource for students and colleges. “Up to 50 percent of students enter college unprepared for college-level work, and remedial courses alone have not been successful in retaining students through graduation. College Success Skills Center helps students learn better, stay engaged to complete their program, and develop life-long skills that promote success in school and beyond.”

The center is the latest addition to PrepSTEP, a unique collection of academic and career-related resources that offers skill-building in reading, writing, math, science, basic computer skills and workforce skills, as well as preparation for high-stakes exams like college admission and placement, graduate school admissions, and occupational licensing. PrepSTEP is available in 2-Year and 4-Year College Editions.

About LearningExpress
LearningExpress is an award-winning educational technology company and recognized leader in providing online academic, career, and workforce skills eLearning resources for the academic, public library, and K-12 school markets. Founded in 1995, it became an EBSCO company in April 2015 and is part of EBSCO Information Services. Visit LearningExpress at www.learningexpressllc.com.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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 900,000 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: EBSCOLearningExpressPrepSTEPcollegecollege prepTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansCompany Name: EBSCO

LYRASIS Announces Partnership with CCAHA

LISWire - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:56

LYRASIS Announces Partnership with CCAHA
September 13, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA and Atlanta, GA-The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA), a nonprofit paper conservation facility, and LYRASIS, a member-based nonprofit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, are proud to announce a partnership.

The collaboration aims to strengthen an alliance between complementary organizations and increase access to vital services for their constituents. Each institution will offer reciprocal workshop and webinar discounts to the other's members. The organizations will also engage in combined consulting offerings for cultural heritage organizations. In addition, LYRASIS members will receive a discount on conservation treatment services at CCAHA.

"CCAHA and LYRASIS have collaborated on many projects over the years," says Laura Hortz Stanton, Executive Director of CCAHA, "I'm thrilled that this newly-formalized partnership will allow our two nationally-renowned organizations to provide broader and more comprehensive collections management, preservation, and conservation services to our memberships." By broadening access to workshops, webinars, consulting, and conservation treatment, CCAHA and LYRASIS will continue serving cultural heritage communities.

Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS says, "We are excited to introduce this valuable new program to our members and users. It brings together two best-of-field nonprofit organizations committed to furthering conservation efforts of archives, libraries and museums to deliver vital services and knowledge. It's a fantastic opportunity to serve our communities and deliver solutions, training and consulting they need to preserve their unique and valuable collections into the future."
About the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is a nonprofit conservation facility specializing in the treatment of works on paper, photographs, and books through conservation and state-of-the-art digital imaging services. Founded in 1977, CCAHA serves nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations. CCAHA's preservation services staff present educational programs, conduct preservation assessments, and develop emergency preparedness plans. CCAHA also offers fellowships, fundraising support, and disaster assistance.
About LYRASIS
LYRASIS (www.lyrasis.org), a nonprofit membership organization, partners with member libraries, archives, and museums to create, access, and manage information, with an emphasis on digital content, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buying power.

For more information, please contact CCAHA Manager of Marketing & Engagement Amy Heuer at 215.545.0613 and [email protected], or LYRASIS Licensed Services Coordinator Hannah Rosen at 800.999.8558 x 2918 and [email protected].

PRESS RELEASE
Contact:

Meg Blum
Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
800.999.8558, ext. 2951
[email protected]

Tags: lyrasisCCAHATopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: Non-ProfitIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: LYRASIS

The New York Law School's Mendik Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

LISWire - Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:40

9/8/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

The New York Law School's Mendik Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the New York Law School's Mendik Library, of New York, NY. is now live on Koha. ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library's holdings from Millennium earlier this year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.  The Mendik Library's customized online Koha catalog can be viewed at: http://lawlib.nyls.edu/

Bill Mills, Associate Librarian for Information and Technology Resources for the Mendik Library, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

"Our decision to migrate away from our original ILS, which ran on an in-house server for over 27 years, was spurred by our feeling that the system had ceased to be a cost-effective solution for us. We formed an ILS team, made up of library manager-stakeholders, to investigate several competing ILS alternatives. Our ILS team’s unanimous choice was Koha, in a cloud-based instance hosted and maintained by ByWater Solutions. Its user interface is modern and attractive. And our annual maintenance cost is now just a fraction of its previous amount."

Mr. Mills continues;

"ByWater’s support team is bright and enthusiastic. Their migration specialists had prior experience with other libraries using our previous ILS, and they devoted intensive attention to our migration. While no migration of this size or scope goes without bumps in its road, ours has been relatively pain-free. ByWater’s support staff gives prompt attention to our many inquiries and requests. Eight months into Koha, we consider the overall experience to be a successful one."

About The Mendik Library:
Located in the law school’s new building at 185 West Broadway, the Mendik Library provides comfortable research and study facilities for students and faculty. It houses more than 500,000 volumes of books, microforms, and audio/visual materials. The fully air conditioned physical facilities include study carrels and tables, lounge seating, and meeting rooms for study groups. A range of sophisticated computer research services and other technological enhancements augment the Library’s superb book collection.

The Library’s Online Catalog, automated acquisitions, serials, and circulation control systems provide easy and comprehensive access to the Library’s collections. To maximize the range of materials and facilities available to students and faculty, the Library has joined several library consortia. Our participation in these consortia enables us to arrange access for our students and faculty to other research and academic libraries throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Using bibliographic databases, librarians can locate and arrange for the interlibrary loan of materials from academic, court, public and private libraries throughout New York and the United States. For more information please visit: http://www.nyls.edu/library/

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

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

About 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: http://bywatersolutions.com/

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: koha ILSkoha supportKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Backstage names Jocelyn Dunlop as sales representative for Northern territory

LISWire - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 18:44

Contact:

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
Phone: 801.356.1852
[email protected]
www.bslw.com

PROVO, Utah, September 8, 2016 –– Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce that Jocelyn Dunlop has joined its sales team representing cataloging, digitization, microfilm, authority control, reclassification, data conversion and on-site services. Jocelyn will work with libraries in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming as well as Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada.

Jocelyn has been working in archival and library science positions for more than three years. Her experience includes processing and preservation, metadata creation and high quality research, and working on complex archival arrangement projects. Jocelyn’s information organizing experience is complemented by more than two years of administrative management in a sales-oriented office environment.

Jocelyn is based in Chicago and holds a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Roosevelt University, Chicago.

When asked about her new position, Jocelyn commented: “I am excited to start a new challenge with Backstage and look forward to working with the team in analyzing library needs and developing high quality, cost effective solutions for each individual client. I am fortunate to be joining a company with a reputation for excellence in service and delivery.”

Jeff Calcagno, vice president of sales for Backstage states:

"We took time to find just the right library professional to serve our Northern clients. Jocelyn’s detailed archival and library science background as well as her commitment to providing exceptional client support will be an asset to the library community. We’re very excited to add Jocelyn to our team of professional librarians and archivists."

About Backstage Library Works

Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced, high quality, yet efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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EBSCO Information Services Creates a Broader, More Global Research Experience with Release of the Ultimate Editions

LISWire - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 11:46

~ Unprecedented Amount of Scholarly Full Text, Peer-Reviewed Journals & Global Content Offered in Five Multidiscipline Resources ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — September 8, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) introduces the Ultimate editions to meet the increasing demands of scholarly research. The collection includes five multidiscipline databases, each offering an extensive amount of full text that brings a global perspective to research in each discipline.

The Ultimate editions create the ultimate research experience by providing an unparalleled amount of peer-reviewed, full-text journals, including journals indexed in leading citation indexes. The five databases each include a vast array of international coverage, as well as valuable video content from the Associated Press.

The Ultimate editions are:

• Academic Search™ Ultimate – more than 12,400 full-text academic journals, magazines and periodicals plus reports, books and videos covering virtually every discipline ranging from astronomy, anthropology, biomedicine, engineering, health, law and literacy to mathematics, pharmacology, women’s studies and zoology. The thousands of English-language and native-language full-text journals from Asia, Oceania, Europe and Latin America provide students with a broader, more global perspective in their research.

• Business Source® Ultimate – nearly 5,000 full-text journals covering the fields of accounting, finance, banking, marketing, management and other business disciplines. Full-text journals from Asia, Oceania, Europe and Latin American allows students to track business trends and topics worldwide. In addition to business journals, students can access case studies, country economic reports and company profiles, as well as interviews with executives and analysts.

• Applied Science & Technology Source™ Ultimate – nearly 1,700 full-text journals that will appeal to STEM students and researchers looking for information on artificial intelligence, applied mathematics, plastics, hydroponics, computer science, chemical engineering, energy resources and robotics, as well as the business and social implications of new technologies. Hundreds of English-language and native-language full-text journals from Asia, Oceania, Europe and Latin America bring a global perspective to researching the STEM discipline.

• Sociology Source™ Ultimate – more than 1,200 full-text journals offering more academic full text than any other sociology research database. In addition to full-text journals, the resource includes extensive indexing for books, monographs, conference papers and other non-periodical content sources, as well as global content to bring a worldwide perspective to researching the human experience. Coverage of topics range from gender identity, marriage and family, to demographics, political sociology, religion and socio-cultural anthropology.

• Humanities Source™ Ultimate – nearly 2,000 full-text journals that will appeal to scholars and educators interested in all facets of humanities. The database offers access to key content covering literary, scholarly and creative thought and includes a wide variety of resources, such as feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, book reviews, original works of fiction, reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas and plays that illuminate human thinking, action and interaction.

All of the Ultimate editions resources are accessible via EBSCO’s customizable, intuitive search platform, EBSCOhost® and is updated monthly. Mobile users can also access the databases on the go via their Android and iOS smartphones.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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 900,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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

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The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 11:14

9/1/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Briscoe Library at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 135,000 titles and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://briscoe.uthscsa.edu.libproxy.uthscsa.edu/

About the UT Health Science Center and its Libraries
The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio serves patients in San Antonio and South Texas. Their health care professionals serve in more than 100 affiliated hospitals, clinics and health care facilities across San Antonio, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. More than 3,000 students, researchers and post-doctoral students from around the world come to the UT Health Science Center San Antonio to study, research and discover new breakthroughs.

The mission of The Libraries is to promote learning, inspire discovery, and connect with our communities.  To achieve our mission we:

  • Deliver resources for teaching, learning, and research
  • Provide expert information and instructional services
  • Develop innovative physical and virtual spaces
  • Strengthen existing partnerships and seek new collaborations.

For more information please visit: http://www.uthscsa.edu/

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 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: http://bywatersolutions.com/

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EBSCO Audiobooks' New Design and Features Create an Enhanced User Experience for Libraries

LISWire - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 14:02

~ New Features Include Audiobook App, Simplified Purchasing Options & Additional Content ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — September 1, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is enhancing its audiobook experience with a new design and additional features that provide an improved listening experience for libraries. EBSCO Audiobooks now offers a new audiobook app for listening on the go, an expanded collection of titles, improved delivery systems and a new, easy-to-use design.

By partnering with Findaway, a global leader in digital content delivery, EBSCO Audiobooks now provides access to audiobooks directly from mobile devices. With a simplified workflow and a fun, intuitive design, EBSCO Audiobooks pairs its quick and easy searching with the new EBSCO Audiobooks App, making on-the-go listening easier. The app allows library users to download audiobooks from their library collections directly to their device, and begin listening immediately.

The collaboration with Findaway also expands the collection of EBSCO Audiobooks, which now includes more than 50,000 titles that will appeal to a vast range of library users including leisure readers, researchers, language learners, alternative K-12 learners, vision impaired readers and hobby enthusiasts. EBSCO’s team of collection developers and librarians have created several new collections for academic, public library, K-12 and corporate libraries, including Award Winners, Popular Fiction and Popular Non-Fiction.

Laura Ricci, Senior Product Manager at EBSCO, says the new upgrades to the EBSCO Audiobooks offering will give libraries a bigger and better audiobook experience. “The upgrades to EBSCO Audiobooks were designed to help libraries meet the diverse needs of their library users. EBSCO Audiobooks will transform their listening experience by offering a vast collection that they can access quickly and easily from anywhere.”

Acquiring an EBSCO Audiobook is simple with the new, easy purchase model. Audiobooks are all available to purchase in EBSCOhost Collection Manager through a Single User perpetual access model. Authentication methods for EBSCO Audiobooks now include Personal User Authentication and SSO authentication to provide secure access to the audiobooks from both inside and outside of the library.

About Findaway
Findaway is a global leader in digital content delivery. With the invention of Playaway Preloaded Products, they transformed the way that audiobooks, eBooks, videos and learning tools are circulated in 40,000 libraries, schools, and military installations. They also revolutionized digital audiobook delivery with AudioEngine, the industry’s largest B2B audiobook delivery platform that enables brands to deliver one of the world’s largest collections of digital audiobooks within their own experience. To learn more about Findaway and the Findawayers who make it all happen, visit www.findaway.com.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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 900,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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

Tags: EBSCOEBSCO AudiobooksaudiobooksTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

A research-grounded, theoretical foundation for evidence based library and information practice

LISWire - Thu, 09/01/2016 - 06:04

31/8/2016

For immediate release

A research-grounded, theoretical foundation for evidence based library and information practice

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Being Evidence-based in Library and Information Practice

This new book by Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle takes an open and encompassing approach to exploring evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP) and illustrates how librarians can incorporate the principles to make more informed decisions in the workplace.

EBLIP is an approach to professional decision making which involves, questioning existing practice, gathering or creating evidence, using information or evidence wisely, and using professional skills to help others.

Being Evidence-based in Library and Information Practice develops and rethinks the original EBLIP model and builds upon Booth and Brice’s seminal work, Evidence Based Practice for Information Professionals (Facet, 2004).

The editors of the book said, “This book brings together recent theory, research, and case studies from practice environments across the broad field of librarianship to provide librarians with a new reference point for how they can use and create evidence within their practice in order to better meet the needs of their communities”.

Dr Denise Koufogiannakis is Associate University Librarian at the University of Alberta Libraries in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Denise co-founded the open access journal Evidence Based Library and Information Practice and has held several editorial positions since the journal’s inception in 2006, including Editor-in-Chief from 2009-2011. Denise has contributed numerous research papers to the scholarly literature of EBLIP, and has served on the Program Committee of the international EBLIP conference series since 2003.

Dr Alison Brettle is a Reader in Evidence Based Practice at the University of Salford, UK. She has over 20 years experience of health, social care and library related research and teaching environments and has led and supported a wide range of projects and published extensively. She has been involved with the open access professional journal, Evidence Based Library and Information Practice since its inception, and was Editor-in-Chief 2012-2014. She also hosted and co-chaired the 6th International Evidence Based Library and Information Practice in Salford in 2011.

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Press and review copies contact:

James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]

Notes:

Link to the cover image: http://www.booksonix.co.uk/facetpublishing/9781783300716.jpg

Being Evidence-based in Library and Information Practice | Aug 2016 | 224pp | paperback: 9781783300716 | £54.95 | hardback: 9781783301195 | £89.95 | eBook: 9781783301454| £54.95

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available 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 is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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Libraries choose Backstage for cataloging expertise in non-English languages, non-Roman scripts and music scores

LISWire - Tue, 08/30/2016 - 20:24

Contact:

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
Phone: 801.356.1852 | Fax: 801.356.8220
[email protected] | www.bslw.com

PROVO, Utah, August 30, 2016 –– As library collections around the world continue to reflect a diverse community of users, Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is meeting the challenge in providing highly-descriptive bibliographic metadata adapted to best serve the needs of libraries and their patrons. Backstage works with materials in any format to provide rich catalog records for academic, public, and special libraries.

Nicole Arbuckle, vice president of metadata services for Backstage states:

“Libraries face a growing need to have materials available in a range of languages and formats. At Backstage, we’re pleased to partner with libraries to meet their challenges.”

Four cataloging projects currently underway represent a small percentage of Backstage’s multi-lingual contracts. Catalogers are working from original materials and from digital surrogates of title pages and other key elements.

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) – Backstage has been awarded a contract to deliver full-level cataloging from scanned surrogates for 650 Georgian, Russian, and other non-English language monographs and some serials. Original cataloging will be provided to UCSB in RDA.

Illinois Wesleyan University – Backstage will continue with a sixth year of full-level cataloging support to the library. This will include the provision of LC classification and subject headings for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese books; additional materials may include music scores.

University of Oregon – The library is initiating its first cataloging project with Backstage. Full-level cataloging from item-in-hand will be provided for approximately 100 Thai monographs. Copy cataloged records will be edited according to AACR2 or RDA, as found. Original records will be cataloged in RDA.

Connecticut College – Backstage is excited to have the opportunity to initiate a first-time project with the library to provide non-Roman cataloging. Full-level cataloging from item-in-hand will be provided for monographs, vinyl sound recordings, and DVDs in Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. All cataloging will be performed in RDA.

About Backstage Library Works

Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced, high quality, yet efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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Celebrating 45 years of WorldCat

LISWire - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 13:04

DUBLIN, Ohio, August 26, 2016—Today is the 45th anniversary of the launch of WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections.

On August 26, 1971, the OCLC Online Union Catalog (now known as WorldCat) began operation. From a single terminal, catalogers at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, were able to catalog 133 books online that day. Today, WorldCat comprises more than 380 million records representing more than 2.4 billion titles in libraries worldwide.

“WorldCat represents the cooperative spirit of thousands of librarians and catalogers around the world who have contributed to this unique resource for the past 45 years,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “What started as a database created for Ohio libraries to share work and resources has become a global network of data about the collective collection of the world’s libraries. Technologies have changed and evolved over time, but the objectives of WorldCat have remained the same—to improve access to information through library cooperation. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of library staff around the world working with OCLC staff, the creation and evolution of WorldCat is a remarkable achievement.”

Ohio University’s Alden Library was the first library to catalog a book online using WorldCat. The title of the first book cataloged in WorldCat: The Rand McNally Book of Favorite Pastimes.

“Our contribution and participation in the creation of WorldCat with the submission of the first record is an incredible legacy and an incredible part of our history,” said Scott Seaman, Dean of Libraries at Ohio University. “The ability to electronically share library cataloging—and library holdings—revolutionized not just libraries, but also scholarship. What WorldCat has become in the 45 years since is just as extraordinary. It speaks to the dedication and the hard work of librarians everywhere.”

Since 1971, 380 million records have been added to WorldCat, spanning more than 5,000 years of recorded knowledge. This unique collection of information encompasses records in a variety of formats—books, e-books, DVDs, digital resources, serials, sound recordings, musical scores, maps, visual materials, mixed materials, computer files and more.

Libraries cooperatively contribute, enhance and share bibliographic data through WorldCat, connecting people to cultural and scholarly resources in libraries worldwide. Each record in the WorldCat database contains a bibliographic description of a single title or work and a list of institutions that hold the item. Institutions share these records, using them to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work. Libraries contribute records for titles not found in WorldCat using OCLC shared cataloging systems.

When libraries share their data through WorldCat, they support a variety of network services, such as global resource sharing, collection evaluation and collection management.

WorldCat gives people the ability to view library collections from anywhere in the world, giving them access to a rich assortment of information much deeper than what can be found through a basic internet search. There are 491 languages and dialects represented in WorldCat, and 62 percent of records are in languages other than English.

WorldCat makes it possible for libraries to share data and improve the visibility and accessibility of library resources where users begin their searches. Once records have been added to WorldCat, they can be discovered on the Web through popular websites and through WorldCat.org.

On average, a bibliographic record is added to WorldCat every second. To watch WorldCat grow in real time, visit the OCLC website.

Read a blog post by Scott Seaman, Dean of Libraries at Ohio University, at http://oc.lc/yFVaM2 and watch a brief video featuring library staff, faculty and students describing the university’s role in the history of WorldCat http://oc.lc/sEF9Ky.

About OCLC
OCLC 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. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

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The Edsel Ford Memorial Library at The Hotchkiss School Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:28

7/14/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

The Edsel Ford Memorial Library at The Hotchkiss School Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that The Edsel Ford Memorial Library at The Hotchkiss School, of Lakeville, CT is now live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support. ByWater Solutions had completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 70,000 titles earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: https://bearcat.hotchkiss.org/

Robert Hilliker, Director of the Ford Library, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

"I think the biggest factor in our decision to move to Koha was the sense of ownership: knowing that we have the ability to make the changes we need to suit our workflows. We were also blown away by the support the ByWater team have us during our migration, especially Rocio, who put us at ease that our data would transfer smoothly out of our old system. Our users love the new Koha interface too: in fact or students actually cheered when I demonstrated the shelf browsing feature in the OPAC!"

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater also commented on the library's partnership with ByWater

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Rob and the team at the Ford Library at The Hotchkiss School. Having come from a private school in Connecticut I know the value of personalized education and we are thrilled to be able to help by supporting a vehicle to effectively deliver the resources of the library to the students.

About The Edsel Ford Memorial Library:
The Edsel Ford Memorial Library provides students with a wealth of research tools — and an ideal place for both individual and group study. In addition to cozy armchairs and quiet study carrels, the library offers ample space for collaborative work: a smart classroom, two media viewing rooms, and a multimedia lab. Wireless computer access is available throughout the building, and students can check out a variety of equipment, such as computers, calculators, cameras, and tripods.

  • Personal Librarian Program
  • Departmental Liaison Program
  • Research Consultation
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Spaces to study, meet, and socialize
  • Classrooms and viewing rooms
  • Maker Space:
    • Programmable sewing machine, Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits, desktop laser cutters
    • Innovation Club
  • Children's Library

Beyond the library’s collection of books, multimedia, and reference volumes, students can access a wide range of online databases for research. Each academic department has a designated librarian to help students make the most of the library’s resources, and a knowledgeable staff is available during library hours to provide assistance. Town residents are welcome to use the Library. For more information please visit:

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 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 to support Koha 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: http://bywatersolutions.com/

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: koha ILSkoha open sourceKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Backstage Library Works to host one-day seminar for library leaders and metadata professionals September 21, 2016

LISWire - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 20:37

Contact:

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
Phone: 801.356.1852
[email protected]
www.bslw.com

PROVO, Utah, August 25, 2016 –– Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce its upcoming seminar Metadata Matters: New England to be held on Wednesday, September 21st in Boylston, Massachusetts. It is the second in a series of leading-edge programs focusing on library topics. The event will be attended by library and metadata specialists throughout the region.

As library content and the systems for hosting and indexing content continue to multiply, rich metadata becomes ever more important. Librarians from leading institutions will discuss their current and future plans for creatively tackling the challenges of today’s metadata landscape.

Speakers will include metadata innovators from Harvard University, Massachusetts Medical Society, MidPointe Library System, and Backstage Library Works. They will discuss projects that include:
◾Developing solid metadata to enable discovery
◾Preparing materials for transcription
◾Current metadata trends in libraries
◾Exploring untapped metadata collaboration between libraries and publishers

Following the talks, the audience will be invited to join roundtable discussions on the following topics:
◾What’s new with BIBFRAME
◾The modern cataloger’s evolving role in metadata
◾Practical steps toward linked data
◾Preparing data for migration to a new ILS
◾Collaborating with non-library partners: cross-domain metadata sharing
◾Finding and dealing with duplicate records in your catalog

John Merrill, president of Backstage states:

“We are thrilled to have Michelle Durocher, Rob Chavez, and Adam Wanter in the same meeting sharing their expertise and leading discussions about metadata issues. The world is so much more complex and our patrons so much more demanding that we all have to be as informed as possible about developments that can improve the user’s experience. We hope this seminar is of value to everyone who can attend.”

For more information, visit: http://www.bslw.com/presentations/metadata_matters

About Backstage Library Works

Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced, high quality, yet efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

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Information professionals can lead the fight against information overload

LISWire - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 07:13

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals

David Stuart’s new book is the first accessible introduction and practical exploration of ontologies specifically written for library and information professionals.

More data and information are being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today’s information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit explanations for a wide variety of concepts, in a machine readable format, has the power to both improve information retrieval and discover new knowledge. Information professionals are key users of and contributors to the development of new and increasingly useful ontologies.
Speaking about the book, David Stuart said, “Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals has three aims; firstly to demonstrate the importance of ontologies for knowledge discovery, secondly to show the important contribution information professionals can make to the development of ontologies, and finally to provide a practical introduction to the development of ontologies. The book covers the semantic web and existing ontologies including RDF, RDFS, SKOS and OWL 2 and shows you how to adopt, build and interrogate ontologies.”

David Stuart is an independent information professional and an honorary research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, and was previously a research fellow at King's College London and the University of Wolverhampton. He regularly publishes in peer-reviewed academic journals and professional journals on information science, metrics, and semantic web technologies, and in 2015 began writing a regular column for the journal Online Information Review called 'Taming Metrics'. He has previously published Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals (Facet Publishing, 2014) and Facilitating Access to the Web of Data (Facet Publishing, 2011).

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Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals | Aug 2016 | 224pp | paperback: 9781783300624 | £59.95 | hardback: 9781783301041 | £89.95 | eBook: 9781783301522| £59.95

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available 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 is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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Brill Adopts Two Libraries in Indonesia

LISWire - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 05:15

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG) – 19 August 2016

The international scholarly publisher Brill has adopted two libraries in Indonesia as part of its Adopt a Library Program. Last year Indonesia was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, celebrating the theme ‘Imagining 17.000 islands’ which lead to choosing West Kalimantan and South Sulawesi in Indonesia as two islands to benefit from the adoption.

The Adopt a Library Program involves a donation of scholarly books covering subject areas in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law and Biology. Each year the company donates a collection of frontlist titles to one or more libraries in developing and emerging countries. This year’s adopted libraries are Tanjungpurah University in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, and Halu Oleo University in Kendari, South Sulawesi.

The formal handover at Tanjungpura University took place in the presence of the Rector professor Thamrin Usman, followed by the workshop ‘How to get your research published internationally’, co-presented by Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, Asia Business Development Manager at Brill, and Dr Susi Moeimam, who is a Brill author and journal editor, for a.o. the Journal of Humanities and Humanities of South East Asia and Wacana, Journal of the Humanities of Indonesia.

Prof. Thamrin Usman, Rector of Tanjungpura University, delivered his gratitude for Brill’s support towards higher education in Indonesia, especially in West Kalimantan, by saying: ”Hopefully, this can act merely as a beginning of future collaboration between Brill and Tanjungpura University.”

Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, who is responsible for Brill’s Developing Countries Program, is delighted about the adoption and partnership with Tanjungpura University: ”We are keen to establish relations with such a growing and forward-thinking university. They already have some international collaborations in place and are actively encouraging their academic faculty members to publish in English and internationally, providing language courses to support them. We hope that our resources in International and Criminal Law and Biology, particularly ecology, biodiversity and forestry, will strengthen their core research areas to help support the local communities.”

Dr Susi Moeimam is pleased to support the endeavours of Tanjungpura University in increasing the number of academic publications in accredited journals. “Informing Indonesian academics about the requirements to publish internationally will hopefully increase the number of publications in accredited journals and support the dissemination of research done by Indonesians to a wider international audience.”

The handover and workshop at Halu Oleo University will take place later this year to coincide with the
Indonesian International Book Fair this Autumn.

For more information, contact Liesbeth Kanis, Brill’s Business Development Manager Asia (+65-82981548 / [email protected]) or the Office of International Affairs, Tanjungpura University (+62-561739630 / [email protected]).

To find out more about Brill’s Developing Countries Program, including Brill’s Adopt a Library, visit http://www.brill.com/about/brills-developing-countries-program/brills-ad....

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden, Boston and Singapore, Brill publishes over 265 journals and around 1000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. 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 www.brill.com.

About Tanjungpura University
Tanjungpura University (Universitas Tanjungpura) or UNTAN is a public university located in the city of Pontianak in West Kalimantan, Indonesia and was first established in 1959. The university focuses on three areas of service: education, research and community service. Currently there are around 1.500 staff and over 30,000 students enrolled in 96 programs in nine different faculties. The University of Tanjungpura continues to enhance the quality standard of education through investing and developing human resources, modernising education and research facilities, to bring forth graduates who can compete at the national and international level.

View this Media Alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-adopts-two-libraries-indonesia
Read the Media Alert in Indonesian: http://website.untan.ac.id/berita/detailberita/70

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