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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

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has been a global provider of research resources for libraries and businesses for more than 60 years. Gale is passionate about supporting the continued innovation and evolution of libraries by providing the content, tools, and services libraries need to promote information discovery, enable learning, and support economic, cultural, and intellectual growth in their communities. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.

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Breaking Big Money's Grip on America by Bruce Berlin

LISWire - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 17:05

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

Press Contact:

PenPower Book Marketing Services
Jeanie C. Williams, Director
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The Secondary Target by Diane Lynn

LISWire - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 16:51

Announcing the Release of The Secondary Target by Diane Lynn

In The Secondary Target, author Diane Lynn immerses readers in the fascinating world of Manhattan’s elite as they interact with some of the city’s darkest characters, creating a fast-paced and suspenseful page-turner that culminates in a gripping conclusion.

(Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 21, 2016) Part mystery, part romance, part medical thriller, The Secondary Target satisfies readers who crave a one-of-a-kind fusion of these three genres. Lynn takes her readers on a riveting joy ride, with murder, secret codes, threatening letters, and ruthless characters.

The Secondary Target, Lynn’s debut novel, features Beth Scott, a smart, strong, and high-profile New York divorce attorney whose cases often involve protecting her female clients from domestic abuse. But then Beth becomes the victim. She returns home from work one day and is brutally assaulted, left with no memory of the assailant’s identity or the attack itself.

As detectives work the case, Beth must confront not only her physical condition but also her emotional one as well. Conflicting feelings for her former love interest (a coworker) and the doctor who saved her life create a complicated, impassioned love triangle. Meanwhile, detectives focus on obvious suspects, but new possibilities soon emerge and the case proves more complicated than imagined.

“Diane Lynn makes an auspicious debut in The Secondary Target, a thrill ride of violence, deception, and passion. This story has it all: romance, danger, suspense, and a cliff-hanger ending that will have readers eagerly awaiting Ms. Lynn’s next novel!”
—Robert D. Kidera, Tony Hillerman Prize–winning author of
Red Gold and the Gabe McKenna Mystery series

“The Secondary Target delights the erotic palate while at the same time offering a mystery that engages the mind. These ingredients, supplemented by a host of captivating characters, provide a glimpse into the modern world of millennials, where getting ahead means probing the limits of morality, sometimes with deadly consequences.”
—Lawrence A. Beer, JD, international attorney, professor, and author

Author bio:
Lynn’s passion for writing began in childhood. She grew up in Virginia and loved reading and writing as a young girl, particularly mysteries. But, as an adult, a growing family and a career in surgical nursing and emergency medicine sidelined her passion.

Throughout this time, Diane never lost sight of her dream. She read mysteries and romance novels, took writing courses, attended workshops and conferences. When her life slowed down, she jumped right into writing, infusing it with her life and professional experiences. The result: an exciting debut novel that masterly weaves a story of mystery, romance, and suspense unlike any other.

Lynn is an inspiration to women everywhere. She believes that you are never too old to pursue your dreams. Her mantra: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” She is a perfect example that dreams come true, no matter where you are in life. She did not begin writing The Secondary Target until her retirement years, when her family and work responsibilities were behind her.

Diane Lynn lives in the Phoenix area, and is currently working on a sequel to The Secondary Target.

Title: The Secondary Target
Publisher: Canta Bello Publishing
Category: Mystery/Romantic Suspense
Publication: February 2016
Distribution: Baker & Taylor
ISBN: 978-0-9970595-0-2
Price: $14.00 Quality Paperback
330 pages
www.dianelynn.info

Press Contact: Jeanie C. Williams, Director
PenPower Book Marketing Services
150 Washington Street, Suite 201
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
(505) 395-4540
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Nunavut Public Library Services Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 15:14

3/18/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Nunavut Public Library Services 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 Nunavut Public Library Services, made up of 11 community libraries spread across Nunavut’s three regions: Kitikmeot, Kivalliq, and Qikiqtani, is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the eleven Libraries' more than 80,000 items earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library using ByWater's Canadian based hosting facility. The Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://catalogue.publiclibraries.nu.ca/

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater commented on their partnership with NPLS:

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the staff and patrons of the Nunavut Public Library Services. With Koha we will be bringing improved functionality to the library users and staff at an affordable price and we are happy to be part of this transition. The feedback we have gotten from library staff has all been very positive and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with then!

About the Nunavut Public Library Services:
Created in 1999, Nunavut is the newest Canadian territory. It is both the least populated and the largest of the provinces and territories in Canada. Nunavut’s geography spans over 2.2 million square kilometres (three times the size of Texas!), with an estimated population of approximately 36,000 people residing in 25 communities organized into 3 regions with 3 different time zones.Nunavut Public Library Services (NPLS) is the division of the Government of Nunavut (GN) empowered to provide resources for the eleven public libraries located in the Territory. NPLS is part of the Department of Culture and Heritage.

In 2006, Nunavut Public Library Services opened its new office and distribution facility in Baker Lake which has a full-time staff of five. NPLS also continues to operate the Iqaluit Centennial Library, which is the busiest public library in Nunavut, and has two full-time and two part-time staff. Support is currently provided to eleven community libraries located in all three regions of the territory. These libraries vary program and resource offerings according to the needs and aspirations expressed by members of the community. Part of the support provided by NPLS is a single catalog for the NPLS collection housed in the eleven branches. For more information please visit: http://www.publiclibraries.nu.ca/about.html

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/

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Münster University of Applied Sciences is first in Germany to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services

LISWire - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 13:23

Münster University of Applied Sciences (The Fachhochschule Münster) is the first academic institution in Germany to select OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

The announcement was made during the Bibliothekskongress 2016 conference in Leipzig.

WorldShare Management Services (WMS) is a complete, cloud-based library management system that offers all the applications needed to manage a library, including Acquisitions, Circulation, Metadata, Resource Sharing, License Management and a single-search Discovery interface to connect library users to the information they need. WMS also includes a range of Reports based on local data that help libraries understand their activities and track key metrics over time.

“It has always been our goal to replace existing workflows with efficient, staff friendly processes so that we can spend less of our valuable time on routine tasks,” said Dr. Bruno Klotz-Berendes, head of the library of the Münster University of Applied Sciences. “Our experience with WorldShare License Manager and the WorldCat knowledge base in managing our electronic resources confirmed that the use of shared information is useful and efficient. Moving to WorldShare Management Services is the next logical step—to move all our workflows to the cloud environment. As an innovative university, we look forward to working together with other libraries through WorldShare.”

"We welcome FH Münster as the first library in Germany to join the WorldShare Management Services community,” said Eric van Lubeek, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and APAC. “Management of electronic, digital and print resources via WMS will enable the library to make their processes more efficient. These efficiencies will enable the library staff to spend more of their time on different objectives and priorities in service to their users.”

More than 390 libraries worldwide are using WMS to share bibliographic records, publisher and knowledge base data, vendor records, serials patterns and more. With WorldCat at its foundation, WMS enables libraries to draw on the collaborative data and work of libraries worldwide for more efficient workflows. WMS also provides libraries with the unique opportunity to share innovation, applications, infrastructure, vision and success in serving their users.

About the library of the Münster University of Applied Sciences
The library of the Münster University of Applied Sciences makes all media that are needed for research, teaching and studies available for everyone who is interested - but primarily for associates and members of the university. It supports users with the acquisition of information and media as well as with using information services and provides possibilities for studying and working.

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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PPF Reaches Subscription Fulfillment Agreement with the Canadian Medical Association

LISWire - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 14:56

Birmingham, Ala. — March 17, 2016 — Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF), a division of EBSCO Information Services, will provide subscription fulfillment services for the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) for its STM journals. The partnership will ensure that the needs of CMA journal subscribers are met while allowing CMA to focus on editorial aspects of its business.

The partnership between PPF and CMA, which began in 2012, provides long-term value and stability to CMA’s subscription service. The partnership lets CMA shift responsibility for managing non-member institutional subscriptions to PPF, a company well-suited to managing the entire spectrum of subscription fulfillment services. PPF handles all aspects of subscription fulfillment, including customer service, renewals and retention, and new subscriber acquisition.

PPF Client Relations Manager, Heather Bean, anticipates continued success in the relationship between PPF and CMA as the organizations work together to build CMA’s subscription base and service existing customers. “PPF has enjoyed a true partnership with CMA and we look forward to continuing to work with them to provide the best services possible.”

For more information, visit the PPF website at www.ppfebsco.com.

About Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF)
Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF), a division of EBSCO Information Services, has partnered with publishers worldwide since 1975 to provide customized journal subscription fulfillment services for scientific, technical, medical and business publications. A trusted publisher partner in the STM community, PPF offers a comprehensive solution for publishers, including renewal and marketing services, journal subscription fulfillment, customer service and production. Visit www.ppfebsco.com to learn more.

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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Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
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Dr. Peter Oettgen Named EBSCO Health DynaMed Editor in Chief; Dr. Kevin Loughlin Appointed Chief Medical Officer

LISWire - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 11:28

Dr. Peter Oettgen Named EBSCO Health DynaMed Editor in Chief;
Dr. Kevin Loughlin Appointed Chief Medical Officer

Leading Clinical Decision Support Reference Enhances Team
To Build On Innovation And Product Depth

IPSWICH, Mass. – March 17, 2016 - EBSCO Health, a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, today announced two additions to its DynaMed senior leadership team. Dr. Peter Oettgen assumed the role of DynaMed Editor in Chief and Dr. Kevin Loughlin was appointed Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Brian Alper, the founder of DynaMed, previously held those positions and will continue to serve as VP of Innovations and EBM Development for EBSCO Health.

“DynaMed has driven significant innovation in clinical decision support for more than 20 years and with the launch of DynaMed Plus™ in 2015, we further aligned DynaMed with the way a physician works,” said Betsy Jones, Senior Vice President of Medical Product Management, EBSCO Health. “Peter and Kevin were instrumental in driving that innovation by helping to broaden our depth of content and clinical application while maintaining the high quality of our evidence-based approach our users expect. We are confident with their increased roles, Dr. Oettgen and Dr. Loughlin will continue to build DynaMed’s tradition of being the most trusted resource for physicians by providing them with the information necessary to provide point-of care decision support in a way that works for them.”

About Dr. Peter Oettgen
Before joining EBSCO Health as Editor in Chief, Dr. Oettgen served as the Associate Chief, Division of Molecular and Vascular Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). His major research interests and contributions have included determining the molecular mechanisms of vascular inflammation, angiogenesis, and vascular development.

For the past year and a half, Dr. Oettgen has served as the Deputy Editor of Cardiology, Pulmonology and Critical Medicine at DynaMed, where he recruited more than 25 specialty editors and added significant new content in heart failure, electrophysiology, valvular heart disease, and cardiac transplantation.

He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Preventive Cardiology at BIDMC. Dr. Oettgen is a recipient of an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). He has served as a reviewer for several scientific journals, was a Chair for an AHA study section, and Co-Chair and reviewer for several NIH study sections. He served as a scientific advisor for the NIH (NHLBI) in their Vascular Biology and Hypertension branch from 2008-2010. In 2014 he was selected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. Dr. Peter Oettgen is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

About Dr. Kevin Loughlin
Dr. Loughlin is now serving the DynaMed editorial team as Chief Medical Officer. For the past year and a half he has served as DynaMed’s Deputy Editor for Oncology. Dr. Loughlin has been a member of the urology division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for more than twenty-five years and is a full professor at Harvard Medical School.

Throughout his career, Dr. Loughlin has been the recipient of numerous best doctor and teaching awards, including the Alumnus Medal of Honor from New York Medical College and the Lifetime Achievement Award given by his peers in the New England Section of the AUA. He has served on the editorial boards of all three of the major North American urology journals and is the author or editor of nine books.

Dr. Loughlin is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B.), New York Medical College (M.D.), Harvard University (M.A. Honorary) and Boston University (M.B.A). Dr. Loughlin was a National Kidney Foundation Scholar during his residency and has held many regional and national leadership roles in organized urology throughout his career.

About EBSCO Health
EBSCO Health, part of EBSCO Information Services, is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, healthcare business intelligence, and medical research information for the healthcare industry. EBSCO Health users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include DynaMed Plus™, CINAHL®, Nursing Reference Center™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as MEDLINE®), plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the electronic resource favored by libraries around the world.

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 700,000 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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Media Contact
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Creative ideas and practical guidance for librarians supporting research and scholarly communication

LISWire - Thu, 03/17/2016 - 07:06

Facet Publishing have announced the release of two new books, Practical Tips for Facilitating Research and Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries.

Higher education is in a period of rapid evolution and academic libraries must continually evaluate and adjust their services to meet new needs. Librarian roles are changing and new specialisms, such as data librarians are emerging. Activities are being driven by researcher requirements such as the demand for wider dissemination and the impact of research.

Two new books from Facet Publishing, Practical Tips for Facilitating Research and Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries, will provide inspiration and practical guidance to enable LIS staff developing their role in the research environment to evaluate their current provision and develop services to meet the evolving needs of the research community.

Practical Tips for Facilitating Research offers innovative tips and reliable best practice to assist academic liaison librarians, research support librarians and all library and information professionals who work with research staff and students.

Author Moira Bent said, “my book bridges the gap between theory and practice, grounding the very practical ideas garnered from library and information staff around the world in current research in the library and information science discipline.”

Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries provides inspiration through illustrative examples of emerging models of research support and is contributed to by library practitioners from across the world.
Editor Starr Hoffman said, “Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries is designed to inspire librarians and administrators to think of ‘research support’ not merely as Reference 2.0, but as an innovative, holistic activity that should be distributed throughout the organization.”

Both titles are available through Bookpoint.

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Press and review copies contact:

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

Notes:
Practical Tips for Facilitating Research | Mar 2016 | 288pp | Paperback; 9781783300174; £49.95 | Hardback; 9 781783301096; £89.95

Moira Bent is Faculty Liaison Librarian and National Teaching Fellow at Newcastle University and is one of the authors of the 2007 Facet book, Providing Effective Library Services for Research.

Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries | Mar 2016 | 176pp | Paperback; 9781783300495; £49.95 | Hardback; Hardback; 9781783301089; £89.95

Starr Hoffman is Head of Planning and Assessment at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she assesses many activities, including the library’s support for and impact on research. Previously she supported data-intensive research as the Journalism and Digital Resources Librarian at Columbia University in New York. Her research interests include the impact of academic libraries on students and faculty, the role of libraries in higher education and models of effective academic leadership. When she’s not researching, she’s taking photographs and travelling the world.

Both titles are published by Facet Publishing and are available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. They are available in North America from the American Library Association.

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YBP Library Services Partners with Rittenhouse Book Distributors

LISWire - Tue, 03/15/2016 - 11:25

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 15, 2016 — Rittenhouse Book Distributors Inc. will now offer its R2 Digital Library through YBP Library Services’ GOBI acquisition platform. This partnership provides thousands of top health sciences e-books from Rittenhouse to the academic libraries served by GOBI. Once purchased through GOBI, the e-books are available instantly.

The partnership combines Rittenhouse’s strength in the medical space with GOBI’s large reach to provide academic customers with a comprehensive collection of medical, nursing and allied health e-books from key STM publishers. GOBI provides access to more than 13 million titles, including more than one million digital titles from leading aggregators and publishers. The R2 Digital Library integrates STM titles into the academic workflow and brings top medical titles to mutual customers.

R2 Digital Library e-books on GOBI will be available to customers instantaneously and will include 100 percent accurate links, searchable full text and access to tables of contents. This instant access is the result of a refined workflow that YBP is rolling out to its publisher partners and is applicable to Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse looks forward to the partnership and the improved workflow it brings to medical, nursing and allied health users in academic libraries. “Having our e-book Database represented in GOBI, enables us to easily integrate into the workflow of academic libraries and, ultimately, improve the experience of their health sciences users,” said Rittenhouse Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Nicole Gallo.

YBP’s Senior Vice President Mark Kendall says this collaboration will help mutual academic library customers to add quality medical and science resources to their collections in their familiar e-book purchasing workflows. “We want to help customers build their STM libraries, and R2 Digital Library provides a great way to do that. GOBI customers will be able to take advantage of the extensive content the R2 Digital Library provides and enjoy instant access to these titles.”

For more information on Rittenhouse Book Distributors, please visit: www.rittenhouse.com

About Rittenhouse
Rittenhouse Book Distributors Inc. provides retailers, libraries and other businesses with print and electronic books in the fields of medicine, nursing and allied health from the leading health sciences publishers.

Specialized
Connecting our partners with the information, services and expertise, critical to their success, is what Rittenhouse strives to do every day. The R2 Digital Library, Rittenhouse’s market-leading eBook platform, provides institutional partners with access to thousands of essential and specialized titles in an intuitive interface optimized for use in health sciences. This innovative platform, along with print materials, enables partners to access information any way they wish.

Established
Rittenhouse Book Distributors Inc. was founded by in 1946 as a retail medical bookstore in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia. The original goal was to provide institutions and physicians in the Philadelphia area a place to purchase medical books locally. Since then, Rittenhouse has evolved into an established wholesaler, distributing print and electronic resources globally. Today, Rittenhouse Book Distributors, Inc. is a privately held firm headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and is an EEO/AAP employer.

About YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries throughout the world. GOBI, YBP's acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 13 million titles. YBP has 300 employees with customers in 63 countries and is headquartered in Contoocook, N.H., USA. For more on the company, visit www.ybp.com.

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

Tags: YBP Library ServicesRittenhouse Book Distributorse-booksGOBIEBSCOOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic Libraries

EBSCO’s Software-as-a-Service Plays Integral Role in Nationwide Sociology Portal in Germany

LISWire - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 11:07

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 14, 2016 — Two software-as-a-service components from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will play a significant role in the creation of a national sociology research portal in Germany. The portal’s search index will be built on EBSCO Discovery Service™, and researchers will use PlumX™ Dashboards to track the impact of their sociology research via real-time analytics.

The sociology portal is being created in cooperation with the German Association of Sociologists (DGS) and is one part of a multi-disciplinary research tool funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). DFG is sponsoring a nationwide initiative (Specialised Information Program, or FID) that encourages university libraries to build infrastructures for high-level research.

Out of the many subjects that will be covered in this initiative, the sociology portal is the first FID to use EDS and PlumX Dashboards, and it is expected that these services will provide a powerful search tool and valuable metrics by which to judge the value of the research.

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: EBSCOPlum AnalyticsEBSCO Discovery ServiceGerman Academic Research PortalOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic Libraries

EBSCO Information Services Improves Access to Patent Searching for Organizations

LISWire - Tue, 03/08/2016 - 11:16

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 8, 2016 — R&D teams and corporate librarians can now quickly determine the novelty of an idea or technology across the broadest set of content available with the introduction of Global Patents™ from EBSCO Information Services. The online resource opens up a wealth of patent information to researchers and operational professionals.

Updated monthly, Global Patents includes more than 77 million patent records — with over 29 million in full text — from more than 100 patent authorities around the world. R&D specialists can combine Global Patents with EBSCO’s vast collection of STM content to create comprehensive research landscapes and analyze the novelty of a given development opportunity.

Researchers access content via the EBSCOhost® or EBSCO Discovery Service™ platforms, or directly within their company’s intranet. Because the content is designed to be accessible for all user types, it provides a jumping-off point for all levels of researchers — especially those on R&D teams who may not have a great deal of experience with complex patent searching. Using Global Patents, R&D teams can access the information they need to assess the viability of new projects without having to enlist premium patent search services — saving the organization valuable time and money.

EBSCO Senior Director of Product Management Joe Tragert says Global Patents can play a key role in making patent searching accessible to organizations enterprise-wide. “In many companies, patent searching is not easily accessed or convenient for non-IP professionals due to technical or licensing restrictions. We have designed Global Patents to be accessible and usable by all people in the organization. Global Patents opens up a trove of valuable information to more people in more places.”

For more information on the Global Patents database, visit https://www.ebscohost.com/corporate-research/global-patents

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services provides premium content and solutions to help corporate employees advance their research and make informed decisions. EBSCO’s 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. EBSCO also offers 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. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com.

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

Tags: patent searchingpatentsEBSCOOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Special Libraries

EBSCO Information Services and Capita Increase Efficiency for Mutual Customers

LISWire - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 14:45

EBSCO Information Services and Capita Increase Efficiency for Mutual Customers
~ Electronic Data Interchange Available for EBSCO Customers Using Alto Library Management System ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 3, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Capita are working together to make customers’ workflow more efficient. Following customer testing, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) invoicing using the EDIFACT standard is now available to EBSCO customers who use Capita’s Alto Library Management System (LMS).

Importing electronic invoices when purchasing serials saves librarians time by eliminating the need to manually input invoice data. By streamlining the workflow librarians can spend less time managing subscriptions and more time helping researchers achieve their objectives.

EBSCO supports the exchange of EDI for serials invoices, claims and orders with a variety of Library Management Systems using industry standards as well as proprietary formats and continuously works to test new releases and interfaces as they become available.

For more information about EBSCO’s EDI Services, visit the website for the EBSCO’s Subscription Services Division.

About Capita
Capita is a leading UK provider of technology-enabled customer and business process services and integrated professional support services. With 74,000 people at over 400 sites, including 80 business centres across the UK, Europe, India and South Africa, Capita uses its expertise, infrastructure and scale benefits to transform its clients' services, driving down costs and adding value. Capita is quoted on the London Stock Exchange (CPI.L), and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 with 2014 revenue of £4.4 billion. Further information on Capita can be found at: www.capita.co.uk.

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: CapitaAltoEBSCOEDIOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic Libraries

ByWater Solutions Spring 2016 Conference Exhibits

LISWire - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 12:08

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

ByWater Solutions Spring 2016 Conference Exhibits

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha support, will be exhibiting across the country this April.

ByWater Solutions can be found demoing and answering questions about the Koha open source integrated library system with full integration of the EBSCO Discovery Service at the following conferences:

Public Library Association (PLA) Booth #757
April 5th - 9th in Denver, Colorado

Alabama Library Association (ALLA)
April 12th - 15th in Gadsden, Alabama

Texas Library Association (TLA) Booth #2204
April 19th - 22nd in Houston, Texas

Connecticut Library Association (CLA)
April 21st - 22nd in Hartford, Connecticut

To learn more contact us at [email protected] or visit our booths this April.

About ByWater Solutions:

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

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/

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: koha supportOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Health and Duodecim Partner to Make DynaMed Plus mit EbM Guidelines™ Available to German Physicians

LISWire - Thu, 03/03/2016 - 12:01

EBSCO Health and Duodecim Partner to Make
DynaMed Plus mit EbM Guidelines™ Available to German Physicians
~ Physicians Will be Able to Search for the Latest
Evidence-Based Information in Their Native Language ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 3, 2016 — To ensure that physicians have access to the most current and relevant, evidence-based information available, EBSCO Health is partnering with Duodecim to include German guidelines in DynaMed Plus mit EbM Guidelines™. German users of DynaMed Plus™ will now be able to search for relevant guidelines in German and link out to DynaMed Plus for the latest information on a particular disease or treatment.

The EbM Guidelines from Duodecim are created by Finnish, German and Austrian physicians and edited by a German editorial board. By using DynaMed Plus mit EbM Guidelines, German-speaking users can search and receive results in German, and then link to the relevant topic in DynaMed Plus. This integration will give physicians access to nearly 1,000 primary care practice guidelines and more than 4,300 high-quality evidence summaries supporting the given recommendations as well as more than 4,500 DynaMed Plus topics, including overviews, recommendations, graphics, images, drug content and more.

Professor Andreas Sönnichsen, a leader of the German editorial board along with Doctor Susanne Rabady, says that DynaMed Plus mit EbM Guidelines provides the best features of the best resources for German physicians. “DynaMed Plus mit EbM Guidelines allows German-speaking physicians to utilize the well-known EbM-Guidelines in electronic version in combination with the ability to search in German and find the English evidence-based clinical information in DynaMed Plus. By providing access to both in DynaMed Plus mit EbM Guidelines, we are helping to improve how quickly a physician can get to the right information when and where he or she needs it.”

“With Dynamed Plus mit EbM Guidelines, users have access to the greatest combination of richness of content, frequency of updates and convenience of use,” states Dr. Pekka Mustonen, CEO of Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd.

For more information on DynaMed Plus mit EbM Guidelines, please visit https://www.ebsco.com/e/de-de/produkte-services/dynamed-plus.

About Duodecim
The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim is a scientific association established in 1881 to develop the professional skills and clinical practice of doctors through continuing education, publications and grants. The Society’s membership comprises more than 22,000 doctors and medical students and almost 100 member associations.
Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd is a company owned by the Society. It publishes information content intended for healthcare professionals as study material and in support of everyday activities in their work. Members of the public interested in medicine and health can find reliable and easy-to-use information in the company’s published material on health and illnesses, not only in general reference books but also in online material and services integrated into healthcare systems. EbM Guidelines is published as a book and as an on-line service in 10 different languages.

About EBSCO Health
EBSCO Health, part of EBSCO Information Services, is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, healthcare business intelligence, and medical research information for the healthcare industry. EBSCO Health users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include CINAHL®, DynaMed Plus™, Nursing Reference Center™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as MEDLINE®), plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the electronic resource favored by libraries around the world.

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

Topics: Press ReleaseTags: DynaMedDuodecimEBSCOEvidence-based MedicineIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesSpecial Libraries

Backstage Library Works launches new service: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) deconstruction

LISWire - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 20:02

Contact:

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

PROVO, Utah, February 29, 2016 –– In a recent pilot project with Drexel University, Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) developed a unique service that solves the challenge of deconstructing MeSH authorities. Backstage’s innovative program is designed to follow the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) practices for faceted headings, allowing libraries that participate in Backstage’s service to update medical subject headings consistent with NLM’s recently modified CATFILE and SERFILE databases.

Drexel University offered to collaborate with Backstage to explore the conversion process. Drexel provided Backstage with 60,000 bibliographic records containing MeSH terms and provided valuable suggestions and feedback to help improve the service. Backstage also worked very closely with NLM to ensure Backstage processes follow NLM’s specific guidelines. NLM provided insight on the methodology behind its database structure as well as the logic for deconstruction.

Holly Tomren, head of metadata services for Drexel University Libraries relates:

“I was pleased to partner with Backstage Library Works to test its Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) deconstruction service, following the National Library of Medicine’s announcement that it would be re-formatting its headings using a faceted approach. I provided Backstage with a file of approximately 60,000 bibliographic records that contained MeSH terms, which Backstage processed according to NLM’s instructions. Backstage’s processing correctly separated out geographical terms and publication types to their appropriate MARC fields, as well as re-ordered the fields according to NLM’s guidelines.

“After reviewing Backstage’s work, I made additional suggestions about de-duplication of headings, as well as detection of coding errors in the source data that would impact the processing. I was thrilled that Backstage was able to incorporate all of my suggestions to improve their service. Overall I am very satisfied with Backstage’s quality of work, responsiveness to feedback, and willingness to collaborate with Drexel University Libraries on this project.”

Ms. Tomren will be presenting: Unlocking the Fresh Air Archives with APIs and URIs at the Metadata Matters seminar in Philadelphia on March 30, 2016. Metadata Matters is part of a series of one-day seminars hosted by Backstage Library Works.

Nate Cothran, vice president of automation services at Backstage states:

For more information on NLM’s Change to Subject Headings in Distributed NLM CATLINE and SERLINE Products, see:

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so15/so15_cataloging_unstringing_s...

For more information on Backstage’s one-day seminar, Metadata Matters see:

http://www.bslw.com/presentations/metadata_matters

About Backstage Library Works

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

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Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireTags: Backstage Library WorksDrexel Universitymetadata mattersauthority controlMeSH authoritiesMeSH deconstructionMedical Subject Headingsbibliographic recordssubject recordsOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google

LISWire - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 16:56

Gale Content Now Discoverable through Google

Company hits milestone indexing scholarly content with Google for easier researcher access

Farmington Hills, Mich., February 29, 2016 — Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning, has reached a major milestone in its quest to improve discoverability and researcher workflow, completing indexing work with Google. Researchers can now easily discover scholarly content from Gale and its partners on Google or Google Scholar, through a pathway that leads directly to their institution or local library.

“We know researchers begin searching in Google before they are ready to delve into their library’s resources. With this collaboration we’re making it easier for them to quickly and easily connect with quality content, and in the workflow they’re accustomed to,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager for Gale. “This is only one step in our approach to improving discovery. We’ve also increased our work with library discovery services, and have initiatives underway to put library resources on the student path with the integration of Google Apps for Education in our products, and making Gale primary sources available to faculty and students from within Cengage Learning's MindTap e-learning platform."

Google Scholar, a free search engine for scholarly research often used by students and instructors in higher education, has indexed full-text scholarly content from Gale Academic OneFile, an online resource that aggregates peer-reviewed articles from the world’s leading journals covering physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, literature, and more. Users beginning their research in Google Scholar or Google can find content from Gale and its partners, and subsequently be taken to the full-text of an article (if authenticated users of a subscribed library) or directed to an abstract and information on how to access the article through their institution or local library. This integration helps researchers more easily discover Gale content and will bring more users directly into the library.

In addition, Gale has integrated Google Apps for Education – Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs, and more – with more than 70 of its products, making it easy for schools to leverage Gale library content directly in the classroom.

For more information on Gale’s efforts to increase discovery, please visit http://www.gale.com/discovery. For more information on Gale’s work with Google, please visit http://www.gale.com/google.

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

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has been a global provider of research resources for libraries and businesses for more than 60 years. Gale is passionate about supporting the continued innovation and evolution of libraries by providing the content, tools, and services libraries need to promote information discovery, enable learning, and support economic, cultural, and intellectual growth in their communities. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTopics: Press ReleaseTags: GaleGoogleOrganization Type: For ProfitIntended Audience: Academic Libraries

Lancaster Theological Seminary Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:26

2/26/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

The Lancaster Theological Seminary 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 Schaff Library at the Lancaster Theological Seminary of Lancaster, PA. is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the library's more than 130,000 titles earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: https://library.lancasterseminary.edu

Deaconess Myka Kennedy Stephens, Seminary Librarian and Assistant Professor of Theological Bibliography, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

"Schaff Library at Lancaster Theological Seminary has been a Koha library for just over a year. We expected and welcomed the tremendous improvement over our outdated proprietary ILS. What we did not expect was to become a member of a broad family of Koha users and recipients of fantastic out-of-this-world service and support from ByWater Solutions. There are bumps in every ILS migration, but the team at ByWater was very supportive and responsive throughout the migration process. Once migration was complete, the level of service and support did not change. Because Koha is open source, all of us who use Koha participate in its ongoing development. This has been one of the most exciting parts of becoming a Koha library. Our needs lead to ideas that are funneled into developments, and this is how Koha continues to improve the way libraries manage their resources. It is a beautiful thing and we are so proud to be a part of it."

About the Lancaster Theological Seminary:
Lancaster Theological Seminary is a richly diverse and dynamic graduate school of theology located in the historic city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the United Church of Christ, our campus is home to an engaged community of students and faculty from many Christian traditions and backgrounds. Our mission is to educate and nurture leaders to join in God's redemptive and liberating work so that all creation may flourish. For more information please visit: https://lancasterseminary.edu/

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

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

About ByWater Solutions:
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions 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 sourceOpen Source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

LearningExpress Helps Students Prepare for the New SAT® Test

LISWire - Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:47

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 25, 2016 — LearningExpress, an EBSCO company and leading provider of standardized test preparation, is rolling out its new SAT® test preparation resources to help students succeed on the redesigned SAT test. Schools, institutions, and libraries with subscriptions to LearningExpress Library™ or PrepSTEP™ 2-Year College Edition have immediate access to the new resources to meet the needs of their students who will be taking the new SAT test.

The new SAT test will be administered beginning March 5, 2016, and it includes sweeping changes. Students not only have to navigate the new test format, they’ll need strong core academic skills to do well. Instead of memorizing vocabulary words or cramming for the test, students will need to use more sophisticated skills such as logic, reasoning and the ability to interpret evidence presented in a range of sources like charts, tables, graphs and multi-paragraph passages. In addition, the questions and problems on the new test will utilize real-world contexts to better align with what students have learned in the classroom and to measure their readiness for college-level work.

LearningExpress SAT test resources provide an authentic testing experience and personalized test preparation for each student. The integrated resources help students identify their strengths, overcome their weaknesses, and gain practice and confidence with the new test’s format, timing and content. Students will also receive learning paths, resource recommendations, and guidance for self-study.
Test-takers will benefit from:
• Timed full-length practice tests with SAT-like scoring
• Robust tutorials for each subject area of the test with extensive instruction, interactive practices, benchmarking, diagnostic score reports, and personalized study plans
• Instant test scoring with resource recommendations for further study
• Individual practice tests for each section of the test
• Detailed answer explanations with pathways to related content
• An introductory tutorial for the 2016 SAT test with everything students need to know about the new test
• Extensive, built-in guidance for effective self-study

Students can use the skill-building and the section-specific SAT practice tests right now, and the SAT test preparation tutorials and full-length practice tests will be released in late March.
Kheil McIntyre, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of LearningExpress says that improving its resources is an ongoing process, whether it is to address changes in tests or to incorporate features that will provide students with greater benefits. “Libraries and schools across North America depend on LearningExpress to provide them with skill-building and test preparation resources that can be life-changing for their students, patrons, and communities. We’ve provided SAT test preparation for more than 15 years and are proud to continually offer new resources that will help students succeed.”

LearningExpress materials are created to the highest academic standards by an experienced team of subject matter experts, educators, and editors. The development process produces authentic and content-valid tests and supporting tutorials based on sound psychometric principles. In addition to the SAT test content available in LearningExpress Library and PrepSTEP 2-Year College Edition platforms, each resource also includes a vast collection of math, reading and writing skill-building resources that are essential to strengthening the core skills needed for the redesigned test.

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 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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SAT® is a trademark registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

For more information, please contact:

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

Tags: LearningExpressSAT TestEBSCOOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool Librarians

BCALA and BiblioBoard Announce the 2016 EBook Literary Awards Winners

LISWire - Wed, 02/24/2016 - 09:29

Press Release
For Immediate Release
February 1, 2016

Contact: Gladys Smiley Bell 757-727-5185
or [email protected]

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) and BiblioBoard announce winners of the 2016 Self-Publishing EBook Award. Following the model of the current BCALA Literary Awards, the new award honors the best self-published EBooks in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the U.S. The recipients will receive the awards during the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Orlando, FL.

The first awards are dedicated to Cynthia Hurd, whose life was tragically cut short in the Mother Emanuel AME Church attack in Charleston, South Carolina. Hurd was a beloved public servant and dedicated librarian at Charleston County Public Library for over 31 years.

Dudley Gregorie, Charleston City Councilman and a trustee of Mother Emanuel AME, believes this to be an outstanding tribute to Hurd. “Cynthia [Hurd] was a cherished member of our church and our community. Her exceptional work in service of the library and local community and her tremendous spirit are more than deserving of an award in her honor, especially an award of such significance.”

The BCALA 2016 Self-Publishing EBook Award marks the first award from an ALA affiliate to acknowledge literary excellence in self-published digital content. “I believe a priority in the library should be to promote culturally diverse literature,” says Gregorie. “This award and the two winners it honors represent a remarkable and growing shift in the library world, wherein the library becomes an institution that doesn’t just serve its community, but actively engages it and evolves to meet its needs. The winning selections are relevant, socially aware texts that speak to readers and ask that they think on what it means to be a part of a community that is diverse but connected, a community with empathy. As a librarian whose true passion was to help make sure her patrons and community had every opportunity to grow together, I’m confident Cynthia would be proud to affix her name to an award in service to that cause.

FICTION
Song of Blood and Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One (Heartspell Media, LLC) by L. Penelope. This book is an action packed novel that is both a story of romance and magical fantasy. Jasminda, an orphaned outcast from Elsira, encounters Jack and the two fight evil, to solve a mystery that may prevent war between two nations. Ironically, the two nations have a skin-color bias that resonate racial tensions of today. Leslye Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She lives in Maryland with her husband.

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Backstage launches 2016 seminar series

LISWire - Tue, 02/23/2016 - 18:11

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

PROVO, Utah, February 23, 2016 –– Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to introduce its new leading-edge seminar series focusing on modern library topics. The first seminar, Metadata Matters, will be hosted by Backstage in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The seminar will be attended by library and metadata specialists throughout the region.

Library leaders will discuss their current and future plans for tackling the challenges of today’s metadata landscape. Speakers will include metadata innovators from Stanford, Drexel, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania, discussing projects that involve linked data, authorized headings in non-MARC environments, and XML approaches to indexing collections.

John Merrill, president of Backstage states:

“We are thrilled to have Philip E. Schreur, David McKnight, Chew Chiat Naun, Holly Tomren, and Anu Paul in the same meeting sharing their expertise and leading discussions about metadata issues. The world is so much more complex and our patrons so much more demanding that we all have to be as informed as possible about developments that can improve the user’s experience. We hope this is of value to everyone who can attend.”

About Backstage Library Works

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

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