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In this post-truth world, can we still rely on archives to tell the truth?

LISWire - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:21

Facet Publishing have announced the release of The Silence of the Archive by David Thomas, Simon Fowler and Valerie Johnson

In recent years big data initiatives, not to mention Hollywood, the video game industry and countless other popular media, have reinforced and even glamorized the public image of the archive as the ultimate repository of facts and the hope of future generations for uncovering ‘what actually happened’. The reality is, however, that for all sorts of reasons the record may not have been preserved or survived in the archive. In fact, the record may never have even existed – its creation being as imagined as is its contents. And even if it does exist, it may be silent on the salient facts, or it may obfuscate, mislead or flat out lie.

The Silence of the Archive, written by three expert and knowledgeable archivists, with a foreword by Anne J. Gilliland, draws attention to the many limitations of archives and the inevitability of their having parameters.

Co-author David Thomas said, "In The Silence of the Archive, we explore the question of whether archives are all that they seem. Are there silences, omissions and falsehoods which undermine their truth claims? Are their holdings, as some of us were taught, the unselfconscious products of administrative processes, or are they the products of powers relations? Is there a democratic deficit in archives?"

The book, part of the Principles and Practice in Records Management and Archives series, will make compelling reading for professional archivists, records managers and records creators, postgraduate and undergraduate students of history, archives, librarianship and information studies, as well as academics and other users of archives.

About the authors:

David Thomas is a Visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria. Previously, he worked at The National Archives where he was Director of Technology and was responsible for digital preservation and for providing access to digital material.

Simon Fowler is an Associate Teaching Fellow at the University of Dundee where he teaches a course on military archives. Previously he worked at The National Archives for nearly thirty years.

Dr Valerie Johnson is Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives. She has worked as an archivist and a historian in the academic, corporate and public sectors.

Contributors:

Anne J Gilliland is Professor, Department of Information Studies, Director, Center for Information as Evidence, University of California, USA.

​The series editor: Geoffrey Yeo is honorary researcher in archives and records management at University College London (UCL), London.

About the book:

The Silence of the Archive | May 2017 | 224pp
Paperback: 9781783301553 | Hardback: 9781783301560 | eBook: 9781783301577
http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=301553

About the series:

http://facetpublishing.co.uk/category.php?category_code=607&series=y

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireTags: archivesArchival Turnarchival sciencepost-truthIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

EBSCO Information Services Introduces Accel5™

LISWire - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:39

~ New Micro-Learning Solution Helps Busy Professionals Sharpen Soft Skills in Five Minutes or Less ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 22, 2017 — Accel5™, a new micro-learning solution designed to help time-strapped employees strengthen soft skills, is now available from EBSCO Corporate Solutions, a division of EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Accel5 supports continuous, self-directed learning by providing best practices from leading business authors, coaches and executives.

Accel5 provides concise, actionable content to enable employees to develop critical soft skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership, innovation, managing change and many more. Content is designed to be consumed in five minutes or less, making Accel5 ideal for busy professionals at all career levels—from millennials to seasoned executives.

Accel5 uniquely enables employees to learn from the best of the best in three different formats: videos, book summaries and articles. Brand new videos feature thought leaders such as Dan Pink, Liz Wiseman, Marshall Goldsmith and Tim Sanders. Books from top authors and publishers, including Harvard Business Review Press, are summarized in audio and text with a focus on key takeaways. Articles from key business magazines provide important insights. Concepts and ideas are diverse and actionable so employees can put learnings into practice immediately. Fresh content is added daily to support continuous, self-directed learning.

EBSCO Corporate Solutions Vice President of Product Management Tad Goltra says Accel5 provides time-pressed professionals the ability to learn on their own schedule. “Employees are busier than ever, but skills development is still critical. We created Accel5 to enable employees to learn in short bursts, whether waiting for a train, during lunch or between meetings. Not everyone has time for e-learning courses, but most of us can find five minutes to watch a best practices video or read or listen to a book summary.”

Accel5 is accessible via a modern, fully mobile responsive interface that gives users seamless access to content anytime, anywhere, on any device. Accel5 is easily integrated into a company’s existing Learning Management System, SharePoint or other platform, and can be customized to meet a company’s learning priorities and branding requirements.

For more information about Accel5, please visit: https://www.ebsco.com/corporations/accel5

About EBSCO Corporate Solutions
EBSCO Corporate Solutions, a division of EBSCO Information Services, provides premium information and tools to help employees advance their research and grow professionally. Our Corporate Learning products include Accel5™ which provides best practices to facilitate soft skills development. Our business research and R&D products include Business Source® Corporate Plus a comprehensive collection of full-text business magazines and journals, research reports, news sources and company information. We also offer EBSCO Discovery Service™, an enterprise research platform that provides a single search of the world’s largest collection of premium business and STM content, as well as e-books, e-journals, e-packages and subscription management services.
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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Tags: EBSCO Corporate SolutionsEBSCO Information ServicesEBSCOAccel5Corporate LearningMicro-learningBusiness Book SummariesTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Equinox adds Haslet

LISWire - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 14:45

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DULUTH, Ga., May 16, 2017 -- Equinox is pleased to announce that they have successfully migrated the Haslet Public Library to Evergreen within the North Texas Library Consortium.

Haslet joins the North Richland Hills Public Library, Roanoke Public Library, and eleven other libraries on a shared Evergreen system. Equinox performed the migration services, including bibliographic data extraction, policy configuration, and project management. The addition of Haslet brings nearly 20,000 more bibliographic records into the consortium, allowing patrons at all libraries to benefit from expanded choices.

Barbara Thompson, Director of Haslet Public Library, was quoted as saying, “Haslet is excited to offer the opportunities that being in the North Texas Library Consortium presents. The migration has been a smooth process with great support from Equinox and the consortium.”

Equinox Project Manager, Erica Rohlfs, had this to say about the project, “It was exciting to be a part of Haslet’s migration and to witness NTLC’s continued growth. The Haslet staff, along with Geoff Sams [Library Manager, Roanoke Public Library], worked hard to make this a successful migration.”

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 2000 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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Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: Evergreen. EquinoxEvergreen ILSOpen Source ILSconsortiumintegrated library systemsOrganization Type: Non-ProfitCompany Name: Equinox Open Library InitiativeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

Brill releases 21 Books in Open Access via Knowledge Unlatched

LISWire - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:41

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore – 18 May 2017

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, releases another 21 books in Open Access via library crowdsourcing platform Knowledge Unlatched.

Knowledge Unlatched brings academic libraries and publishers together to create a sustainable route for Open Access books and journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Brill has been participating in the award-winning scheme since it first launched in 2014.

The recently unlatched collection with over 300 titles includes 21 Brill books in fields such as Political Science, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Classics, and Religious Studies. There’s no extra charge for authors for their Open Access titles to be included in KU. All titles are available with a CC BY-NC license on OAPEN, the HathiTrust, as well as Brill’s own Books and Journals platform to guarantee the widest possible electronic distribution. On the Brill platform, individual customers may acquire a MyCopy paperback version of each Open Access title for just 25 Euro / 25 USD.

With the 21 books funded through Knowledge Unlatched Brill’s Open Access book program is growing to more than 220 titles, making Brill one of the most successful Open Access book publishers in the Humanities. Services to authors include publication in high quality book series, full peer review, typesetting and production to highest standards, print publication, compliance support, marketing and distribution. For more information on Brill Open please visit www.brill.com/brillopen.

Knowledge Unlatched has recently started to collect funding for the 2017 collection. Brill is participating again with several books as well as three journals.

For questions about this media alert please contact Jasmin Lange, Director Business Development at Brill (+31 (0)71-53 53 428 or [email protected]).

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 (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER) and Singapore (SG), Brill today publishes over 270 journals and close to 1,200 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 Knowledge Unlatched
Knowledge Unlatched is an Open Access cooperative funding Open Access books and journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Founded by Frances Pinter in 2012, the initiative has so far unlatched nearly 500 titles and just launched its fourth round, KU Select 2017 with 364 titles.

View this media alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-releases-21-books-open-access-knowledge-...

Tags: open accessKnowledge UnlatchedBrillOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsSpecial Libraries

The Salinas Public Library goes live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 09:20

5/16/2017

CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

The Salinas Public Library 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 Salinas Public Library, of Salinas, CA. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library's 190,000 plus holdings from Liblime Koha and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to the system's three branches; The John Steinbeck, Cesar Chavez and El Gabilan Libraries.  The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://salinas.bywatersolutions.com/

Nathan Curulla, ByWater's CRO and Co-Owner commented on the library's decision to move to ByWater support:

"One of the greatest benefits to adopting an open source solution such as Koha is its freedom from vendor lock in. With Koha, vendors compete for a library's business based on service, and libraries have the choice of over 40 vendors to provide support for this one product. We are thrilled that the services ByWater provides line up with the needs and wants of the Salinas Public Library and we look forward to a long and productive partnership with them!"

About the Salinas Public Library:
The Salinas Public Library houses over 190,000 volumes in English and Spanish and serves a population of over 150,000. The Library provides free Internet access and is well known for its innovative youth programming such as poetry slams. The Library celebrated its centennial in September 2009. The Library's Mission is to encourage reading, the appreciation of books, and to provide materials and services to help members of the community meet their personal, informational, educational, and cultural needs. For more information please visit: http://www.salinaspubliclibrary.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, 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: Open SourceTags: kohakoha open sourceKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Information Services Certified Under Privacy Shield Framework

LISWire - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:51

~ Privacy Shield Framework Is a Mechanism for Companies in the United States
to Comply with European Union Data Protection Requirements ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 16, 2017 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has self-certified under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The Privacy Shield Framework replaces the earlier U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Framework that was invalidated in October of 2015. It is intended to provide a reliable mechanism for companies to transfer personal data from the EU to the U.S. while retaining adequate protections and safeguards and providing transparency related to the information collected. It also builds in accountability for data transfers and mechanisms for dispute resolution.

By participating in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, EBSCO certified that it adheres to the framework’s principles, as set out by the US Department of Commerce, in the collection, use, and retention of personal information transferred from the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA) to the United States.

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Sales, United Kingdom and Nordics, Gareth Smith says the certification show EBSCO’s commitment to privacy and compliance with current EU data protection rules and regulations. “Certifying to the Privacy Shield Framework signals to our customers that we are dedicated to complying with data protection standards. As a global company, it is important to take privacy seriously and secure the data we manage.”

The certification Privacy Shield Framework covers EBSCO Information Services’ parent company, EBSCO Industries, Inc., and its subsidiaries, EBSCO Publishing, Inc. dba EBSCO Information Services, DynaMed, LLC and Yankee Book Peddler, Inc. dba GOBI Library Solutions. More detail about EBSCO’s privacy practices, including our compliance with the Privacy Shield Framework, can be found in EBSCO’s privacy policies available at ebsco.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 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

Tags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesPrivacy ShieldprivacyTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Software Selection Made Easier

LISWire - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 16:19

Problems Finding Software?

It is fairly easy to find a general purpose software package. But what do you do when you need software to perform a highly specific task? “Computer Software Evaluation: Balancing User’s Needs & Wants” by Dale Carpenter tells you how to determine your specific ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ and how to compare multiple software packages.

“What Library function or functions would provide the greatest return to you and your department?” This is how Dale Carpenter started interviews with department managers when he was asked to select software for the company Library. Carpenter immediately focused on how to best serve his users.

After surveying department managers about their needs, the IT department about software and hardware standards, Carpenter value-ranked the needs and wants into functional requirements. Then software packages were reviewed to see if they met those requirements. Each step of this process is detailed in the book, from user surveys, value ranking spreadsheets, a line item quote example to a management project proposal.

After mentioning this project at professional meetings, Carpenter received so many requests for help he decided to write up his software selection process. Unable to find a publisher, he self-published the book which is available at www.Lulu.com, both in paper and as an e-book.

Dale Carpenter has over 30 years’ experience with computers and computer software. He has worked with everything from UNIX to the present desktop software packages. He has a Masters of Library Science Degree from SUNY Geneseo.

“Computer Software Evaluation: Balancing User’s Needs & Wants” is available at all book outlets and directly from www.Lulu.com. The print version is $18.51 and the e-book is $8.99.

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Tags: computer softwaresoftware selectionneeds analysislibrary managementOrganization Type: Non-ProfitPublisherTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

The Payson City Library goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

LISWire - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 21:15

5/9/2017

CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944

[email protected]

The Payson City 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 Payson City Library, of Payson, UT. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the migration of the library's 35,000 plus holdings from Follett and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: http://catalog.paysonlibrary.org/

The library is utilizing ByWater's new OPAC theme which is being rolled out to all current and future customers, and features many improved UX design elements to enable a more intuitive search and discovery interface for the library staff and patrons.

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: kohakoha open sourceKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Historic Hudson Valley goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

LISWire - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 09:34

5/2/2017

CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla

(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Historic Hudson Valley 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 Library at Historic Hudson Valley, of Pocantico Hills, NY is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library's 20,000 plus holdings last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them.

Historic Hudson Valley is a not-for-profit education organization that interprets and promotes historic landmarks of national significance in the Hudson Valley for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. In support of its educational mission, Historic Hudson Valley owns, restores, and preserves several sites that possess documented historical integrity, architectural distinction, superb decorative and fine arts collections, and exceptional importance of landscape and setting. These sites help Historic Hudson Valley make meaning for visitors in a variety of settings, including traditional house and landscape tours, formal educational programs for schoolchildren, popular on-site special events, and digital media

 

About the Historic Hudson Valley Library:
Historic Hudson Valley's Library collects a broad spectrum of research materials to explain the cultural and historical significance of the Hudson River Valley. The Library's special collections include more than 4,000 rare books and 3,000 manuscripts, as well as maps, pamphlets, prints and microfilm. The Library's general book collection consists of more than 12,000 titles in the subject areas of early African American history, agriculture, American 18th and 19th century culture, art, architecture, biography, cooking, decorative arts, the history of science and technology, social/political history, museum studies, women, and the works of Washington Irving. For more information please visit: http://www.hudsonvalley.org/education/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: kohakoha open sourceKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

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