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LISWire - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 07:08

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Barbara Allan’s latest book, Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning.

It is both an exciting and challenging time to be working in higher education as the sector experiences rapid changes including: an increasingly diverse student population with evolving expectations; changes in technology such as the rise in the use of social media; increased emphasis on employability and internationalization; development of new social learning spaces; as well as an ever-decreasing resource base. As a result of these changes, new approaches to supporting student learning are developing rapidly.

In the past five years, developments in both the theory and practice of learning and teaching have created a complex landscape which it is sometimes difficult to navigate. Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning provides practical guidance and brings together theory and practice in an accessible style. The book covers a wide range of tools and techniques (relevant to face-to-face, blended learning and online practices) which will suit students in different contexts from large groups of 500+ to very small classes of research students.
Making extensive use of case studies, examples, checklists and tables, the book covers key topics including, digital literacies, working with diversity, employability and designing, delivering and evaluating learning and teaching activities.

Author Barbara Allan said, “In writing this book, I wanted to capture the many different ways in which information professionals are supporting student learning in a time of rapid change. As ideas about learning and teaching have changed, so have professional practices which involve supporting students online, in social learning spaces, the library, as well as in classrooms. Practitioners use a variety of technologies ranging from their institution’s virtual learning environment through to social media. The relationships between students and information professionals is changing and the idea of ‘students as co-creators’ is producing new forms of working together. Overall, this is an exciting (although challenging) time to be supporting student learning and this book explores current practices.”
Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning will be essential reading for different groups working in colleges and universities such as library and information workers, staff developers, educational technologists, educational development project workers, educational change agents and students of library and information science who are planning their careers in higher education institutions.

Find out more: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=300709

Topics: Press ReleaseTags: librarieslibrary and information scienceInformation Literacyhigher educationIntended Audience: Librarians

Ritzville Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Fri, 04/15/2016 - 17:05

4/15/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Ritzville 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 Ritzville Public Library of Ritzville, WA. is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 12,000 titles late last year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Ritzville Public Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://catalog.ritzvillelibrary.com/

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

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

About 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/ILSsOpen SourceTags: koha supportkoha open sourceOpen Source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

A Gruffalo! What’s a Gruffalo? World famous children’s book illustrator shares his skills at Mini Literature Festival (in Bradford)

LISWire - Wed, 04/13/2016 - 06:14

Gruffalo co-creator Axel Scheffler will be leading a Mini Literature Festival for West Yorkshire school pupils at (12.30pm, Bradford Grammar School, 18 April).

Axel Scheffler, who brought to life one of the world’s best-loved monsters, will be leading a Mini Literature Festival for West Yorkshire school pupils to celebrate a new 2.1 million library at Bradford Grammar School (BGS).
Axel Scheffler, co-creator of ‘The Gruffalo’, will visit BGS on Monday 18 April to open the new library and take part in a day of Gruffalo-related activities including ‘festival workshops’.

Simon Hinchliffe, Headmaster at Bradford Grammar School, said: “We are thrilled that Axel will be opening our new library and the unique opportunity this gives for our pupils to get creative with the help of such an experienced children’s book artist.”

The workshops will include arts and crafts tips, reading sessions, making art displays for the classroom, a LIVE drawing workshop by Axel himself, where he will show pupils his very own techniques, and a book signing.
As part of the ‘Mini Literature Festival’ Axel will also be joined by award-winning sculptor and writer, Anthony Padgett, renowned poet and best-selling children's writer Nick Toczek and children's writer Saci Lloyd, author of the Carbon Diaries.

The collective will also run a series of exciting workshops with pupils from Years 2 to 13 (6 to18 year olds) including poetry recitals, open mic sessions, talks about their work, careers and life experiences and Q and A sessions throughout the afternoon.

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LearningExpress Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist

LISWire - Tue, 04/12/2016 - 11:57

LearningExpress Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best College and Career Readiness Solution
~ PrepSTEP™ Earns Prestigious Education Industry Recognition ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — April 12, 2016 — LearningExpress, an EBSCO company and leading provider of standardized test preparation, today announced that PrepSTEP™ was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in the Best College and Career Readiness Solution category. PrepSTEP™ was named as one of the 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology.

Winners will be announced during a virtual award ceremony on May 18. The top honour of best overall educational product will be presented at Education Industry Symposium, the nation’s leading education technology conference, in Denver July 26. The announcement will take place during a special celebration party and dinner.
PrepSTEP™ is a dynamic online learning platform that can change the lives of students, through academic success and preparation for today’s workplace. It is packed with powerful resources for self-guided skill building, supplemental development materials, as well as vital tools for career preparation and workforce readiness.
Kheil McIntyre, LearningExpress’ Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director said about PrepSTEP’s status as a CODiE finalist, “Our passion is to provide agile and innovative online resources that empower people to succeed. PrepSTEP is just another example of how we remain true to mission of helping students and adult learners achieve academic and career success.”
“Every year the list of CODIE finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs. They’re opening doors for learners of all ages.” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN.

Details about each finalist are listed at http://www.siia.net/codie/Finalists

About SIIA
SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company. This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.

About ETIN
ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.

About LearningExpress
LearningExpress, founded in 1995 and a part of EBSCO Information Services since April 2015, is an award-winning educational technology company and recognized leader in providing online workforce skills, academic, and career content for the business, education, government, and library markets. 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 800,000 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:

EBSCO Information Services:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

LearningExpress:
Janine Y. Swenson
Director of Marketing
LearningExpress, an EBSCO company
[email protected]

SIIA/ETIN Communications Contact:
Allison Bostrom
+1.202.789.4466
[email protected]

Tags: LearningExpressEBSCOCODiETopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

PlumX Metrics Help University of Helsinki Gauge Reach of Research

LISWire - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 12:01

PlumX Metrics Help University of Helsinki Gauge Reach of Research
~ New Type of Metrics Provide University Researchers Greater Insights ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — April 11, 2016 — The University of Helsinki is the first university in Finland to use altmetrics provided by Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company, to gain greater insight into the research output of its scholars. Departments in several different disciplines are using PlumX Dashboard to monitor and quantify the digital footprint of its research, and in the process, are seeing how the instant feedback these metrics offer can be useful alongside standard academic citations when analyzing how its research is being used.

PlumX metrics have been an effective measure of real-time use of research articles for the university. The participating departments have seen feedback from several of the unique metrics that PlumX provides, including usage, captures, mentions, social media and citations. Through PlumX, the University is able to see a graphical summary, or Plum Print, of metrics for articles from researchers that are grouped by discipline. PlumX also shows metrics for individual researchers within their disciplines. Each type of metric can be analyzed separately, providing researchers with a granular view of their research’s impact.

Researchers at the university who are working with PlumX Dashboard believe that the PlumX metrics it provides will play an increasing role in the way researchers evaluate the impact of their research, especially as these tools become more entrenched in universities and libraries. According to Service Director Pälvi Kaiponen, “Altmetrics is still in its early stages, but as technology advances, its importance is likely to grow. It is essential to be involved from the beginning, so that we can influence the development of the tools. Perhaps in the near future altmetrics in sciences and other disciplines will be just as commonplace as traditional metrics are now.”

For more information on PlumX Dashboard and the entire PlumX Suite, visit http://plumanalytics.com/.

About University of Helsinki
The University of Helsinki is the oldest and largest institution of academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. In international university rankings, the University of Helsinki typically ranks among the top 100. The University of Helsinki seeks solutions for global challenges and creates new ways of thinking for the best of humanity. Through the power of science, the University has contributed to society, education and welfare since 1640.

About Plum™ Analytics
Plum Analytics was founded in 2012 to bring modern ways of measuring research impact to individuals and organizations that use, fund, support, perform, publish or analyze research. Plum Analytics provides contemporary information about research impact and gather metrics (often called altmetrics) about research from more than 30 sources (including PLOS, PubMed and YouTube) and categorizes them into Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. The PlumX Suite is comprised of five products that ensure that information on research output is available to those that fund, perform, support or publish research based on the unique needs of each group. For more information, 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 8,000 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 800,000 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 AnalyticsEBSCOUniversity of HelsinkialtmetricsTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Brill Books Now Indexed by Google Scholar

LISWire - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 08:47

Leiden (NL) / Boston (USA) / Singapore (SG) – 11 April 2016

As one of the first publishers, Brill’s edited book volumes will be indexed by Google Scholar, the most influential web search engine for the scholarly world. Google Scholar allows users to search for digital or physical copies of articles, whether online or in libraries. It indexes full-text journal articles, technical reports, preprints, theses, books, and other scholarly documents. So far, Google Scholar has already been indexing Brill’s journal articles. As of now, this is also the case for Brill’s e-books.

Albert Schoenmaker, Senior Product Manager Platforms with Brill: “We see that Google Scholar is an important discovery tool for scholars to find our journal articles. In Brill’s main subject areas, books are an important channel for scholarly communication. Our users will welcome the enhancement of Google Scholar in relevant books in their field.”

Brill has adjusted its Books and Journals platform to allow book content to be indexed by Google Scholar, thus improving the discoverability of this content. The adjustments have been made in close cooperation with platform provider Ingenta.

Justin Ackerman, Customer Services Director at Ingenta commented: “We have been working closely with Google Scholar for some time now, looking at innovative ways to link researchers with the wealth of information available via our platforms. Our work on Brill Online should significantly improve the discovery of its book titles via the indexing facility and ultimately drive more traffic to the site as a result.”

For more information, please contact Albert Schoenmaker, Sr. Product Manager Platforms: [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 and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 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 more information, visit www.brill.com.

View this media alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-books-now-indexed-google-scholar

Tags: BrillAcademic eBooksebook indexinggoogle scholarOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthors

Brill Starts Partnership with Kudos

LISWire - Fri, 04/08/2016 - 08:11

Leiden (NL) / Boston (USA) / Singapore (SG) – 8 April 2016

International publisher Brill has signed an agreement with Kudos to help authors maximize their impact. Starting April 2016, the Kudos platform will be available for all authors within Brill’s publishing program.

Kudos is a platform which allows authors to enrich their publications, and to maximize their visibility, by providing new means to engage with their digital community on social media, in just a few clicks. By providing this new service, Brill will further improve the dissemination and visibility of their high quality research.

“Our new partnership marries Brill’s long tradition in publishing high quality scholarly research with the Kudos team’s expertise in new media and its ability to help increase visibility and impact of research,” says Charlie Rapple, Sales & Marketing Director and Co-founder of Kudos. “We are proud to be working with Brill and look forward to helping their researchers broaden the reach of their work.”

"Today’s top quality service to authors asks for support in the digital world as well. Kudos helps Brill to further improve that top quality author service and at the same time creates better visibility for its publications. A valuable innovation has been added to Brill’s 333 years of publishing experience," says Peter Coebergh, EVP Sales & Marketing.

For more information, contact Caroline van Erp, Marketing Manager: [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 and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 243 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 more information, visit www.brill.com.

About Kudos
Kudos is a new service that helps researchers and their institutions to measure, monitor and maximize the visibility and impact of their published articles. It builds on three core principles: that readers are increasingly struggling to filter the growing quantity of published research; that information which supports filtering – such as lay summaries and impact statements – often exists but is not made public; and that authors are well placed to increase awareness and impact of their own work, but don't always know how to do this. Kudos provides a platform for assembling or creating information to help filtering, for sharing information to drive discovery, and for measuring and monitoring the effect of these activities. More information at: www.growkudos.com.

View this media alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-starts-partnership-kudos

Tags: BrillKudosOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthors

Poe vs Doyle - Canadian Anthologies Short Listed For Aurora SF Award

LISWire - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 12:43

EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is pleased to announce that two of their most popular anthologies have been shortlisted for the Aurora awards/Prix Auroras in the Best Related Works category

About the Anthologies

"nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre"
Neo-Gothic fiction inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

"nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre" is an homage to the great American writer, the incomparable Edgar Allan Poe. Compiled by multi-award winning editors, Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles, nEvermore! presents a tantalizing selection of imaginative stories by New York Times bestselling and prize-winning authors.

Featuring works by: Margaret Atwood; David Morrell, Kelley Armstrong; Richard Christian Matheson; Tanith Lee; William F. Nolan (with Jason Brock & Sunni Brock); Nancy Holder; Christopher Rice; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro; Michael Jecks; Lisa Morton; J. Madison Davis; Barbara Fradkin, Colleen Anderson, Robert Bose, Jane Petersen Burfield, Rick Chiantaretto, Robert Lopresti, David McDonald, Loren Rhoads, Thomas S. Roche, and Carol Weekes & Michael Kelly, this anthology consists of 21 original tales that blend supernatural and mystery elements in unique reimaginings of Edgar Allan Poe’s exquisite stories.

About the Editors

Nancy Kilpatrick is a writer and editor with 18 novels and over 225 short stories in print. In her editorial capacity, nEvermore! is her 15th anthology. She enjoys wearing two hats and exploring both hemispheres of her brain. She won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Mystery Story, and several awards for her dark fantasy writing and editing, including the Paris Book Festival’s Best Anthology of the Year for Danse Macabre.

Caro Soles is the founder of Bloody Words, Canada’s biggest annual mystery convention. Her work includes mysteries, erotica, gay lit and science fi ction. She received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada for her work in the mystery fi eld and was short listed for the Lambda Literary Award.

"Professor Challenger: New Worlds. Lost Places" edited by Charles Prepolec and J. R. Campbell

Brilliant, belligerent and bearded in equal measure, incapable of suffering fools, or journalists, gladly, the greatest scientific mind of his generation - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Professor George Edward Challenger returns in ten all-new tales of scientific adventure and wonder. He is the discoverer of The Lost World, the prophet of The Poison Belt, the destroyer of The Disintegration Machine, and the man who made the World Scream! Who can deliver mankind from the shackles of ignorance? Who else but that great self-proclaimed champion of science? We give you, ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the one, the only, Professor George Edward Challenger!

Edited by Charles Prepolec and J. R. Campbell, this Doyle estate endorsed anthology features stories by: Guy Adams & James Goss, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mark Morris, Josh Reynolds, John Takis, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Stephen Volk, Wendy N. Wagner, Andrew J. Wilson and J. R. Campbell. With an introduction by Christopher Roden.

About the Editors:

J. R. Campbell’s fiction has appeared in a wide variety of publications including Spinetingler Magazine, Wax Romantic, and Challenging Destiny. From time to time his writing can also be heard on radio’s Imagination Theater and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Charles Prepolec has contributed articles and reviews to All Hallows, Sherlock Magazine, Scarlet Street, and Canadian Holmes. An active Sherlockian for more than 20 years with The Singular Society of the Baker Street Dozen, Charles lives in Calgary with his wife Kristen and their cat Karma.

EDGE would like to congratulate all of the short listed nominees. In order to see the full list please click here:
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http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/

For further information or to book interviews with the editors/authors please contact:

Janice Shoults
Marketing Director
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
www.edgewebsite.com
403-254-0160

Book Details

nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery and the Macabre
edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles
PRINT BOOK:
ISBN: 978-1-77053-085-0
Trade Paperback

Professor Challenger: New Worlds. Lost Places
edited by Charles Prepolec and J. R. Campbell
PRINT BOOK:
ISBN: 9781770530522
Trade Paperback

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Flipster® and Boopsie Integration Helps Libraries Provide More Options to Access Digital Magazines

LISWire - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 12:13

Flipster® and Boopsie Integration Helps Libraries Provide More Options to Access Digital Magazines
~ Integration Offers Solution to Patrons Who Prefer Mobile Access ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — April 5, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Boopsie, Inc. have extended their mobile technology partnership to integrate Flipster®, EBSCO’s digital magazine solution, into the Boopsie mobile platform. Flipster is a one-stop-shop for digital magazines and allows patrons to browse the latest issues of the most sought after magazines, courtesy of their library.

The integration between Flipster and Boopsie enables libraries to provide mobile access to library users to all the content and features of Flipster, via their library-branded Boopsie apps, creating seamless access to their favorite magazines anywhere, anytime via their mobile devices.

“Over 40 percent of Americans age 16 and older are more likely to read magazines and other long-form content when it’s available in digital format[1],” says Megan Vizzini, Boopsie’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “By partnering with Flipster, we’re able to promote literacy by offering magazine access to this digitally native and digitally inclined audience. With a customized Boopsie app, libraries can connect with their patrons and students, providing the digital experience that their users have become accustomed to in a mobile-focused world. The easy user experience will result in increased circulation as well.”

Tracey Paine, Director of Product Management at EBSCO, says the integration will make access more convenient for library users that are accessing on the go. “Flipster makes it easy for library users to access the latest issues of popular magazines and our integration with Boopsie will make it even easier by giving more options to mobile device users.”

EBSCO and Boopsie first announced their partnership, establishing Boopsie as an official Moblie Technology Partner, back in April 2014.

About Boopsie
Boopsie, Inc. is the industry-leading mobile platform-as-a-service (PaaS) provider for over 4,000 library locations worldwide. Boopsie’s apps have been downloaded over 3.5 million times and are used by over 500,000 unique app users per month. Boopsie’s library-branded mobile apps are affordable, easy to deploy and maintain, and enable libraries of all types and sizes, including academic, corporate, public and special, to quickly acquire new users and increase circulation. Boopsie’s mobile apps are fully hosted and maintained by Boopsie’s U.S. based customer service organization and are designed for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Kindle Fire and even Blackberry platforms. Boopsie enables 24/7 remote library access via the user’s device of choice. Contact Boopsie here or visit www.boopsie.com for more information about a mobile app for your library. In 2015 Boopsie was acquired by an affiliate of Demco, who has 110 years of library experience and offers a full range of supplies, equipment, furniture and software, as well as comprehensive interior design services for libraries and schools nationwide.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 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 800,000 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: EBSCOBoopsieMagazinelibraryDigital MagazinesOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

OCLC and the National Library of the Netherlands sign long-term agreement to serve public libraries

LISWire - Thu, 03/31/2016 - 17:34

LEIDEN, Netherlands, 31 March 2016—OCLC and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), the National Library of the Netherlands, signed a new long-term partnership agreement today for metadata management and discovery services that will increase the visibility of Dutch public libraries’ collections.

Under the new agreement, library metadata workflows will be moved to WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive network of data about library collections, and the WorldShare technology platform. WorldCat Discovery Services will also be integrated in the Dutch national infrastructure to increase the visibility of public library collections.

“The KB’s mission is to bring people and information together in networks of publicly funded libraries to enable research, and to stimulate reading to help make the Netherlands more skilled and more creative,” said Lily Knibbeler, Director General of the national library. “Reinforcing national and international cooperation is one of the strategic aims of the KB. This agreement with OCLC on behalf of the public libraries, and the transition to WorldShare, support this mission.”

The National Library of the Netherlands was one of the founding partners of the national library infrastructure that have been cooperating closely throughout the years through Pica, which later became OCLC, in the Netherlands. Since January 2015, under the Public Library Provisions System Act (Wsob), the National Library plays a central role in continued development of public libraries, and is responsible for development of a national digital library.

Key elements of the new partnership with OCLC include standardized and long-term metadata management with a focus on efficient workflows, and increased visibility of collections for all Dutch public library organizations and their users. The WorldCat Discovery API will be integrated in the national digital library infrastructure, which will enable public libraries and their users to find information they seek in the rich collections of libraries around the world through WorldCat.

“This new long-term agreement on behalf of Dutch public libraries expands and builds on a 2014 UKB Consortium agreement to migrate Dutch university libraries and the National Library to the OCLC WorldShare platform,” said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and APAC. “As a result of both agreements, library users in the Netherlands will be able to use the nationwide digital library structure and access collections from libraries around the world.”

The new long-term agreement is the latest in a decades-long record of library automation collaboration in the Netherlands. The Dutch library community will be the first in EMEA to have a nationwide OCLC infrastructure in place.

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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LibLime, a division of PTFS, to exhibit at PLA 2016 Conference in Denver, CO

LISWire - Tue, 03/29/2016 - 18:05

North Bethesda, MD, March 29, 2016 - LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be exhibiting at the PLA 2016 Conference in Denver from April 6th through April 8th. All conference attendees are encouraged to visit LibLime at booth #505 to see a presentation of Bibliovation 3.0.

LibLime will be presenting Bibliovation 3.0, their latest Library Services Platform (LSP) offering. Bibliovation provides traditional bibliographic management services along with digital content management services, so that libraries can maintain print and digital collections in a single system. Bibliovation includes:

  • A cataloging editor with MARC21 validation and the option to embed local cataloging guidelines; with support for MARC Authority records, MARC Bibliographic records, and MARC Holdings records
  • EDI-compliant acquisitions
  • Asynchronous reporting module
  • Support for RDA and GeoMARC
  • Digital object import with full-text search & retrieval
  • An expanded messaging package for patron Discovery Layer interaction covering purchase requests, ILL requests, call slip requests, general library messages, digital object ingest, and holds
  • Discovery Layer support for the EBSCO EDS API
  • Discovery Layer visual search using ESRI and Google Maps interfaces

To find out more about Bibliovation 3.0, email [email protected] to request a presentation, or visit LibLime at Booth #505 at the PLA Exhibits at the Colorado Convention Center.

About LibLime - PTFS
LibLime, a division of PTFS, is the global leader in providing support for open development Library Service Platforms (LSP). Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open development, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates deployment of the LSP in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting services. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, Knowvation, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com.

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Eleven Libraries Join to Form the Black Hills Library Consortium with ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:50

3/29/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Eleven Libraries Join to Form the Black Hills Library Consortium with ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Eleven libraries in South Dakota have joined together to create the Black Hills Library Consortium. Members of the Black Hills Library Consortium include:

  • Custer County Library
  • The Deadwood Library
  • Edgemont Public Library
  • Grace Balloch Memorial Library
  • Hearst Library
  • Keystone Town Library
  • Piedmont Valley Library
  • Rapid City Public Library
  • Sturgis Public Library
  • Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library
  • Whitewood Public Library

ByWater Solutions completed the first phase of migrations for the Consortium last year and will be providing implementation services for future libraries joining the cooperative, as well as ongoing Koha support and hosting services. The Consortium contains over 250,000 titles and the migration brought in libraries from four different proprietary ILS systems.

Sean Minkel, Assistant Director of the Rapid City Public Library, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

"We went with Koha because it had competitive features and promised to keep our ILS up to date without expensive extras and upgrades. Migrating isn't an easy process, but ByWater made it as seamless as possible. Their migration specialists - Dani and Joy - worked tirelessly to merge data from 11 separate libraries into a working consortium."

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater, also commented:

"We love to see libraries coming together to improve the services they deliver to their patrons, especially when they can enjoy cost savings at the same time. We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Black Hills Consortium and look forward to seeing it grow to support more libraries in the future."

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:
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/ILSsOpen SourceTags: koha supportOpen Source ILSKoha open source ILSkoha open sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesTopics: Press Release

Library Journal and NoveList Announce the LibraryAware Community Award Recipients

LISWire - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 11:36

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 28, 2016 — Three communities are recipients of the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services. The Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky was the first place recipient; the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and the Queens Public Library entered jointly and took second place; third place went to Cranston Public Library in Rhode Island.

The award recognizes model communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create lifelong learners and library users. The Louisville Free Public Library is a model of this goal as a leader in improving the overall literacy of its community, from children to adults, and supporting lifelong learning for residents. Through a deep awareness of community needs, collaborating with partners, and innovative programming, the Louisville Free Public Library provides the residents of the Louisville community with broad access to knowledge, ideas and information to support them in their pursuit of learning throughout their lives.

“The Louisville Free Public Library works collaboratively with stakeholders to identify and address areas of need. Our commitment to improve literacy and support lifelong learning has been formalized using the Public Libraries United with Schools brand. In addition, offering fun, recreational programming and building community with interactive programs like the How-to Festival and Living Library expands our appeal to the public. Together we are making measureable differences in our community and working to ensure the success of all our residents,” says Director of Education and Outreach Julie Scoskie.

The three joint winners, the Queens Library, New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library have been selected in recognition for their work in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs and for their role in the implementation of IDNYC, a municipal identification card. This program provides a way for undocumented immigrants, teens and others without access to official photo ID to get alternative identification. It serves as a model for the place of the library in a community, to provide everyone in that community with easy access to information and the opportunity to learn. As of January 2016, more than 250,000 people have been enrolled in IDNYC through these three outstanding public library systems.

The Cranston Public Library was recognized for its deep understanding of the evolving needs of its community and reflecting those needs in their programs and policies. Seeing an increase in the number of residents speaking languages other than English at home, the CPL, in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative, began offering ESL classes in a variety of levels and continues to seek out partnerships that will provide for future residents. Cranston Public Library not only adapted to the meet the needs of the community at present, but also anticipates the needs of the future.

LibraryAware Product Manager Nancy Dowd says that the efforts shown by these libraries have led to positive, powerful changes felt throughout the community. “These winners are a shining example of how impactful the relationship between a library and its community truly is. Everyone in the community feels the benefits.”

The LibraryAware Community Award is given annually to a community of any size and its library.

Criteria for award include any and all components that create a LibraryAware community: strategic planning, marketing, outreach, partnerships, and programs, product or service development. The award emphasizes the library’s engagement with the community its ability to make its community “aware” of what the library can do for it — and has delivered on that promise. Libraries were also required to include one letter of recommendation from a representative from local government such as a city manager.

Submissions were judged by the following library and community experts:
• John Chrastka from EveryLibrary
• Amy Garmer from the Aspen Institute
• Gina Millsap, CEO of the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, a 2015 LibraryAware Community Award Honoree
• Randall Reid of the ICMA
• Lilly Weinberg of the Knight Foundation
The 2016 winners are also featured in an article in Library Journal. The LibraryAware Community Award will be given annually to a community of any size and its library.

About NoveList
NoveList is dedicated to transforming lives through reading. By helping libraries help readers, NoveList empowers libraries to engage and inspire their communities. NoveList has been helping readers find their next favorite book for more than 20 years, and continues to develop innovative solutions for connecting readers, books, and libraries. As a division of EBSCO Information Services, NoveList specializes in readers' advisory tools for libraries that include book discovery, catalog enrichment, and outreach. Find out more at www.ebscohost.com/novelist.

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 800,000 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 Text of the Bible in a New Light

LISWire - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 09:07

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG) – 24 March 2016

Brill launches Major Reference Work 'Textual History of the Bible'

The Bible is where it all began. Judaism would not be what it is today without the Bible. This foundation of Judaism has been transmitted and translated by both Jews and Christian over three millennia. The Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient witnesses show that scribes and translators have created manifold texts and translations. While doing so they wrote and rewrote the texts, inserted their interpretations and occasionally even erred. The so-called "text of the Bible" has a multitude of ancient translations. The scholars, students and the interested public that want to be informed about these areas are often at a loss in their search for an appropriate reference work. Until today there was no such comprehensive reference work to study the Bible in its many versions and to understand its complicated textual history.

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has launched a groundbreaking Major Reference Work for the study of textual history of the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament: Textual History of the Bible. It aims to bring together all available information regarding the textual history, textual character, translation techniques, manuscripts, and the importance of each textual witness for each book of the Hebrew Bible, including its deuterocanonical scriptures. In addition, it includes entries on the history of research, the editorial histories, as well as its auxiliary fields such a papyrology, codicology, and linguistics. THB is an excellent starting point for text-critical analysis of all biblical versions and books, as it offers the reader information about all the textual evidence for a specific biblical book and all the evidence for a specific textual source in one reference work.

Professor Armin Lange, General Editor: “THB is a good starting point for text-critical analysis of all biblical versions and books because it offers the reader information about all the textual evidence for a specific biblical book and all the evidence for a specific textual source. I have had the pleasure to conduct an orchestra of the best experts in this field who feel, like I do, that this work is a unique contribution which will forever change the field and which resulted in one grand finale; volume 1 covering the books of the Hebrew canon, each with primary and secondary translations.”

Professor Emanuel Tov, co-editor of the first volume: “Due to the many discoveries of texts and important new studies, textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and its translations is flourishing in the twenty-first century. THB brings all the new data together in up-to-date articles that give an excellent overview of current research and its many innovations will stimulate subsequent investigations.”

Senior Acquisitions Editor Suzanne Mekking praised the publication of the THB: “This reference work makes a great contribution to modern scholarship and is a jewel in the crown of Brill’s expanding list of reference works in Biblical Studies. Textual History of the Bible will be used by generations of students and scholars studying textual criticism, textual history, linguistics, the Hebrew Bible, the deuterocanonical texts, Antiquity, Ancient texts, the Ancient Greek language, Dead Sea Scrolls, Ancient Near East, Judaism, and Biblical Studies.”

For more information, please see brill.com/thbo (online edition) and brill.com/thb (print edition).

For customer queries and product trials please contact your librarian, or send an email to our Sales department at [email protected] (the Americas) or [email protected] (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia-Pacific).

For general questions on the reference work, contact Suzanne Mekking, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Brill: [email protected].

About Armin Lange
Armin Lange is professor for Second Temple Judaism at the University of Vienna, the Director of Vienna University's Institute for Jewish Studies, a member of the International Team editing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has published extensively on the Hebrew Bible, its textual criticism, Second Temple Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

About Emanuel Tov
Emanuel Tov is J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible emeritus at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He has published many monographs on the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and Qumran, and was the editor-in-chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences.

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 and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 243 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 more information, visit www.brill.com.

View this media alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/text-bible-new-light

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Participants selected for Libraries, Archives and Museums Conference Exchange

LISWire - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:06

DUBLIN, Ohio, March 23, 2016—The Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums has selected participants to form a learning cohort that will strengthen connections across sectors by attending three major sector conferences and engaging in virtual activities together throughout 2016.

The Collective Wisdom: Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAM) Conference Exchange, which is sponsored by the Coalition, will offer a unique experience and opportunity to break down barriers and support connections across libraries, archives and museums. The goal is to devise and strengthen sustainable continuing education and professional development programs that will transform the workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on communities.

The Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and administered by OCLC. OCLC is also a participating organization in the Coalition.

Cohort participants selected are:

· Stephanie Allen, Collection Manager of Ethnology, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma

· Stephanie Baltzer Kom, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, North Dakota State Library

· Sofía Becerra-Licha, Archivist, Stan Getz Library, Berklee College of Music

· Kenn Bicknell, Digital Resources Librarian, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library & Archive

· Jacqueline E. Chapman, Digital Collections Librarian, Smithsonian Libraries

· Genna Duplisea, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Salve Regina University

· M. Alison Eisendrath, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Collections, Chicago History Museum

· Joe Filapek, Consulting and Continuing Education Manager, Reaching Across Illinois Library System

· Jan Levinson Hebbard, Outreach Archivist, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries

· James Himphill, Territorial Archivist, Office of Archives and Records, American Samoa

· Jeffrey Inscho, Director, Innovation Studio, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

· Susan M. Irwin, Director, Library & Archives Division, Arizona Historical Society

· Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, Western Washington University

· Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, Librarian, University of Michigan Library

· Christina E. Newton, Assistant Director, Virginia Association of Museums

· Dr. Mega Subramaniam, Associate Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

· Gina Watkinson, Conservation Laboratory Coordinator, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona

· Darla Wegener, County Librarian, Tulare County Library

““The diversity of LAM professionals in the cohort means that each will speak from their experiences to engage a new vocabulary, forge new insights and develop synergies that will enrich and scaffold future LAM continuing education and professional development,” said Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, a member of the Collective Wisdom advisory team and Coalition participant.

National conferences for cohort attendance include:

Museums: AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, May 26–29 in Washington, D.C.
Libraries: ALA Annual 2016, June 23–28 in Orlando, Florida
Archives: Archives * Records 2016 (SAA/CoSA), July 31–August 6 in Atlanta, Georgia

Conference travel expenses will be funded in part by IMLS through the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums.

To stay in touch with activities of the selected cohort, follow @LAMCoalition on Twitter.

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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Koha Klassmates Adopted in 20 Library Schools Nationwide

LISWire - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 12:55

3/22/2016
CONTACT:
Nicole Engard
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Koha Klassmates Adopted in 20 Library Schools Nationwide

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that since its roll out six months ago, 20 library schools are now using the Koha Klassmates program nationwide. The Koha Klassmates program is dedicated to providing free hosted Koha installations for library schools in the US for the purposes of teaching and learning about integrated library systems and open source.

The following library schools are using Koha Klassmates in at least one class (many in multiple):

  • College of DuPage
  • Dominican University
  • IUPUI School of Informatics, Dept of Library and Information Science
  • Kent State University, SLIS
  • Mohawk College
  • Plymouth State University
  • Red River College
  • Robert Gordon University
  • Rutgers University
  • Texas Woman's University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Nebraska Omaha
  • University of North Texas College of Information
  • University of Pitt LIS
  • University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science
  • University of Washington Information School
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies
  • Wayne State University

William Helling, Instructor at IUPUI, spoke of his class's experience with Klassmates so far:

"My LIS graduate course, Library Systems, is going very well, and the Koha library we created is the cornerstone of the class that we build upon every week. Our library is not without blemishes, of course (as in real life!), but it was constructed from the ground up, from nothing."

Brian Rountree, MLIS, Instructor at Red River College spoke of his plans for Klassmates:

“I have found it very helpful to have the students practice using as many different library programs as I can find. It brings ‘real life’ to the classroom activities and assignments. It provides skills they can use when at their practicum sites. It is a bonus when they can say at an interview that they are familiar with certain products."

Nicole C. Engard, Vice President of Community Outreach, commented on the quick success of Klassmates:

"I'm so excited to see so many instructors using Koha in their classes. When I was in library school I didn't have this opportunity and strongly believe that using a full ILS in a classroom setting makes a huge difference when students enter the work force."

About Koha Klassmates:
Koha Klassmates is a service of ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support. This service offers free hosted installations of the Koha Open Source ILS to library school instructors for use in their classrooms. Using this service library school students can learn what it means to use a real ILS before entering the workforce. For more information or to sign up please visit: http://klassmates.us/

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:
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/ILSsOpen SourceTags: kohakoha ILSKoha open source ILSEducationOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

Plum™ Analytics Releases PlumX™ Funding Opportunities

LISWire - Tue, 03/22/2016 - 11:17

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 22, 2016 — Plum™ Analytics, an EBSCO company, is providing an integrated experience to help researchers find grant opportunities to fund their research. PlumX™ Funding Opportunities helps researchers search for available grants, and when used with the PlumX Suite, allows them to analyze the grant opportunities within the context of the impact of their current research.

PlumX Funding Opportunities is designed for anyone involved in research who needs to find grant money to fund their work. Researchers and their supporting institutions can perform customized searches of available research grants, and PlumX Funding Opportunities allows them to save relevant searches for funding opportunities to his/her PlumX Dashboards profile page. When new grants based on those searches become available, they will be automatically embedded in the user’s profile page.

When PlumX Funding Opportunities is integrated with the PlumX Suite, users have an integrated experience in understanding their research, beginning with finding appropriate new grants through tracking the grants they have received, and the research created as a result of the grants. Then PlumX provides the real-time data that describes the impact of the resulting research through altmetrics – all without leaving the platform. The timeliness of these metrics means that the impact of the research can be measured quickly, allowing researchers to target grants that align more closely to their work, without waiting years for citation data.

Plum Analytics President and Co-Founder Andrea Michalek says PlumX Funding Opportunities adds knowledge about the impact and stories of research and value to the workflows of researchers and those who support them. “This is a new way to look for funding opportunities. Using altmetrics helps to determine recent research that is having the most impact. By marrying this knowledge with recent funding opportunities, researchers can achieve higher productivity and success rates in winning grant awards.”

To find more information about PlumX Funding Opportunities and the PlumX Suite, visit the Plum Analytics website: http://www.plumanalytics.com/.

About Plum™ Analytics
Plum Analytics was founded in 2012 to bring modern ways of measuring research impact to individuals and organizations that use, fund, support, perform, publish or analyze research. Plum Analytics provides contemporary information about research impact and gather metrics (often called altmetrics) about research from more than 30 sources (including PLOS, PubMed and YouTube) and categorizes them into Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media and Citations. The PlumX Suite is comprised of five products that ensure that information on research output is available to those that fund, perform, support or publish research based on the unique needs of each group. For more information, 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 800,000 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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49 Tips & Insights for Understanding Addiction by Juan Blea, MA, LADC

LISWire - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 17:21

Santa Fe, New Mexico – March 21, 2016. Addicts and their self-destructive behavior can be exasperating, confusing, and heartbreaking for families, friends and therapists touched by their loved ones’ journey toward recovery. In 49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction, author Juan Blea urges readers to approach addiction from a place of compassion and love rather than judgment and anger.

This important addition to the recovery toolbox presents valuable information and practical exercises that can assist in understanding the complexities of substance abuse and addiction, as well as treatment and recovery. Blea discusses the inner struggle some addicts face, how our own perceptions of substances inform and guide recovery; and, how compassion can disrupt the shame and anxiety cycles, allowing for a shift to begin to take place.

This educational and inspiring book provides valuable information and practical exercises that can help in understanding not only the development and progression of substance abuse but also treatment and recovery. 49 Tips & Insights for Understanding Addiction is intended for anyone who interacts with addicts, including families, friends, therapists, and addiction specialists.

About the author:

Juan holds a Master’s in Education, is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and a licensed Continuing Education provider. It is his life’s mission to assist others in their healing journey. He is also the author of Butterfly Warrior and Journey to Aztlan, his personal story of overcoming depression. His work has also appeared in a number of journals, most notably in Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul. Juan is a native of Santa Fe.

Juan truly believes people want healthy lives, and that sometimes they don’t know how to achieve that health, especially if they suffer from depression, anxiety, or addiction. 49 Tips & Insights for Understanding Addiction exemplifies Juan’s mission to teach addicts and their loved ones how to cope with the vagaries of substance abuse and help them move closer to healing themselves and their relationships.

49 Tips and Insights for Understanding Addiction; Outskirts Press; ISBN 978-1-47876765-7, 136 pages; paperback, $14.95; January, 2016

For more information, contact Jeanie C. Williams, PenPower Book Marketing Services at [email protected] or follow the author at jblea1016.wordpress.com

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Gale Launches Largest Digital Archive of LGBTQ History and Culture

LISWire - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 17:21

First Collection of the Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity Now Available

Farmington Hills, Mich., March 21, 2016 — Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, has released the first part of Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, a milestone digital program that brings together the largest collection of primary source content on gender, sexuality and identity. The archives meet a growing interest for content to support research in these disciplines, and represents the diverse content of the Gale Primary Sources program.

“This archive demonstrates the unique content that only Gale is bringing to researchers – it shines a light on the important personal stories that provide a more complete picture of our history,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “By providing access to this information, we hope that it promotes greater understanding, tolerance and appreciation for individual rights.”

Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, Part I: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 brings together approximately 1.5 million pages of fully-searchable rare and unique content from microfilm, newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets and other types of primary sources. Content is sourced from major gay and lesbian organizations worldwide – the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, GLBT Historical Society and others, and covers social, political, health and legal issues impacting LGBTQ communities around the world, including the gay rights movement and the HIV/Aids crisis.

Available for all types of libraries, Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity will support research and instruction in queer history and activism, psychology, sociology, health, political science, policy studies, human rights, gender studies and more. Parts Two and Three are in the planning stages with the product’s Advisory Board.

For more information on Gale’s Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, please visit gale.com or view the short video here.

For questions or reviewer access, please contact Kristina Massari at [email protected].

About Cengage Learning and Gale

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Breaking Big Money's Grip on America by Bruce Berlin

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Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America by Bruce Berlin

Berlin starkly exposes Big Money’s increasing control of our government and calls for a grassroots, nonpartisan, nationwide Democracy Movement to fix our broken political system and revive democracy in America.

(Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 21, 2016) Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America is a call to the American people to focus the nation’s attention on a very critical issue: the United States is becoming a plutocracy run by and for the very wealthy. Part I of the book examines the country’s broken political system caused by this emerging plutocracy. Part II explores how the American people can fix this broken system and create a truly representative democracy.

Berlin defines Big Money as the power of vast sums of money to influence the outcome of elections and the formation of public policy to favor special interests. Part I of the book begins by declaring that the great political challenge of our time is: Can the American people eliminate Big Money’s control over their government before the United States becomes a full-blown plutocracy? While admitting this is a daunting task, Berlin explains that America’s history provides numerous examples of people joining together and forming grassroots movements that have made very significant advancements against great odds.

Part I continues with an in-depth examination of how Big Money and corporate America control our government through huge campaign contributions and massive lobbying efforts. Berlin illustrates in great detail how this extreme influence results in incredible damage to our country as well as to millions of Americans. Consequently, he describes the means by which the oil industry’s power over the government led to the Iraq War that resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives and trillions of dollars. In another example, the author explains how Wall Street’s grip on our government resulted in the Great Recession of 2008 and tremendous harm to a great many Americans. The section concludes by asserting that the United States is at a pivotal time in its history. Will the country succumb to the power of Big Money, or will the people rise up and reclaim their right to a self-governing democracy?

Part II of the book offers a step-by-step process for Americans to come together, break Big Money’s grip, and build a political system that will work for everyone. First, Berlin notes the various elements of grassroots actions that are currently available for the formation of a Democracy Movement. He then considers the obstacles to developing a mass movement and the methods for overcoming them. From there, Berlin offers a six-point program for fixing our political system. Moreover, he shows that the movement is already underway. Finally, the book warns that the American people cannot expect a new president, whether it’s Trump, Bush, Clinton or Sanders, to save our democracy. Berlin concludes that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” That is, only a broad-based, nonpartisan, grassroots movement consisting of Democrats, Republicans and Independent; conservatives, moderates and liberals, can break Big Money’s grip and revive democracy in America.

“A brilliant analysis of where we are and where we need to go. Read this book!”
—Thom Hartmann, author and talk radio show host

A retired, public sector attorney, Bruce Berlin has devoted himself to social justice concerns for over forty-five years. He has worked on issues from the improvement of conditions for county jail inmates to the diversification of Los Alamos National Laboratory to the advancement of U.S.-Soviet relations. Berlin is the founder and former executive director of The Trinity Forum for International Security and Conflict Resolution, a nonprofit organization that developed broad-based, bipartisan approaches to a variety of national policy issues from security in the nuclear age to economic development and diversification. Berlin was awarded a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace in 1988 to produce a dialogue exploring paths to a Nicaraguan peace agreement between representatives of the warring factions and US ambassadors to Central America. A co-founder and state coordinator of the New Mexico Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign, he directed a lobbying effort resulting in the state legislature’s passage of a resolution supporting a US-Soviet nuclear weapons freeze. Berlin graduated from Cornell University with a major in government and the New York University School of Law. A father and Buddhist meditator, he lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is his first book.

Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America by Bruce Berlin
Paperback: ISBN: 978-0-9966232-0-9, 160 pp., $14.95
E-Book, ISBN: 978-0-9966232-1-6, $8.95160 pages
Publication Date: February 2016
Publisher: Our Time Books
www.breakingbigmoneysgrip.com
Current Affairs/Politics Non-Fiction
Distribution: Baker & Taylor

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