You are hereFeed aggregator / Categories / LISWire - Latest Releases

LISWire - Latest Releases


EBSCO Information Services Releases Communication Source™ – the Most Comprehensive Resource for Communication Research Available

LISWire - Fri, 01/24/2014 - 11:23

EBSCO Information Services Releases Communication Source™ – the Most Comprehensive Resource for Communication Research Available
~ New Communication Database Includes Unique Sources Never Previously Available ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 24, 2014 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) continues to expand coverage in the field of communication with the release of Communication Source™. Communication Source is the most comprehensive resource for communication research available today. The resource was developed from a merger of high-quality EBSCO databases, Communication and Mass Media Complete™ and Communication Abstracts ™ (formerly published by SAGE), and includes many unique sources never previously available.

Communication Source includes coverage of more than 1,000 core titles and features full text for more than 600 active periodicals, including 150 full-text titles not found in other EBSCO academic databases. The database offers abstracts and indexing as well as full-text content from publications worldwide pertaining to communication, linguistics, rhetoric and discourse, speech-language pathology, media studies and related fields. Back file coverage includes top titles in communication reaching deep into the 20th century.

Communication Source also features a subject-specific thesaurus with more than 4,500 preferred and 8,500 non-preferred terms, as well as searchable cited references to help researchers identify material relevant to their search results.

Communication Source is part of a growing collection of subject-specific resources offered by EBSCO including: Library & Information Science Source™, Art Source™, Education Source™, Applied Science & Technology Source™ and Humanities Source™.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 500,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

###
For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Birmingham Museum of Art Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 16:50

1/24/2014
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
sales@bywatersolutions.com

Birmingham Museum of Art Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Birmingham Museum of Art, of Birmingham, Alabama, is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Birmingham Museum of Art last year and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. Their custom mobile-friendly OPAC can be viewed at http://bma.bywatersolutions.com

Tatum Preston, Librarian at Birmingham Museum of Art, spoke of her decision to move to Koha:

“I have long been a fan of both the flexibility and value offered by open source products like Koha. I chose to go with ByWater Solutions as my support and hosting provider due to their excellent customer service, automatic software upgrades, and competitively-priced hosting options.”

About Birmingham Museum of Art:

Founded in 1951, the Birmingham Museum of Art has one of the finest collections in the Southeast. More than 24,000 objects displayed and housed within the Museum represent a rich panorama of cultures, including Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American. Highlights include the Museum’s collection of Asian art, Vietnamese ceramics, the Kress collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the late 13th century to the 1750s, and the Museum’s world-renowned collection of Wedgwood, the largest outside of England. For more information about Birmingham Museum of Art, please visit: http://www.artsbma.org

About Koha:

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

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

About ByWater Solutions:

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/

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

LYRASIS and ProQuest Introduce Easy DDA

LISWire - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 16:38

Atlanta, GA - January 23, 2014 - LYRASIS has developed an exclusive new eBook program, in partnership with ProQuest, to offer demand-driven eBook content to our members in an easy-to-manage, pay-as-you-go format. The program, entitled, Easy DDA, gives LYRASIS members access to thousands of books, with the ease of getting started and managing the collection, all while showing the value of actual monograph budget expenditure

With very little setup cost and minimal implementation time, LYRASIS members can begin to use Easy DDA to enhance their collections and improve their users' experience. Easy DDA is a great solution for libraries that have been reluctant to try eBooks and are skeptical of demand-driven acquisition (DDA). The Easy DDA program is straightforward and simple to administer, helps relieve space issues, and will prove popular with academic administrators. Members can also decide along the way, based on actual usage data, how much to expand access to the content and to which subject packages.

Easy DDA is easy to setup and manage, and provides a measurable return on investment. What makes Easy DDA so easy are the combined benefits of pre-set subject packages, pre-established DDA settings, space and cost savings, and the ease of managing eBook collections.

Pre-Set Subject Packages
The subject packages are built on the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system. Each of the 18 subject packages can be parsed according to publication dates or used as a whole, based on need and budget. And, LYRASIS and ProQuest have eliminated very high priced books that can be budget busters.

Pre-Established DDA Settings
The default settings for purchase triggers, short-term rentals and other parameters are pre-set, yet adjustable per preferences or firsthand experiences with Easy DDA, supported by comprehensive real-time usage data. The settings are based on analysis of hundreds of DDA programs from around the world that EBL, the ProQuest company whose technology governs the program, has collected since 2005. LYRASIS and EBL staff will work with libraries to select collections and parameters that will come in within 5 percent of the specified budget.

Space and Cost Savings
Easy DDA is valuable for libraries that face space and monograph budget constraints. The analytic reports provide tangible data that demonstrate to library directors, provosts or university presidents the wise way in which libraries are using their monograph budgets.

eBook Benefits
Because eBooks are cost-effective in providing users access to current books on a continuous basis, the desired content is available to patrons anywhere, anytime. Every book in the Easy DDA program (more than 300,000 to start) allows multiple users at the same time. The books' full text is searchable, and notes can be taken, persist online for each user and are easily exported. And, the eBooks are downloadable to almost all devices.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer increased online access to eBook content that has never been easier, more efficient or more cost-effective," stated Kate Nevins, Executive Director of LYRASIS. "Easy DDA brings a wealth of content to our members and their users in a real-time, easy-to-use program that has not been available previously."

According to Kari Paulson, head of ProQuest's eBook division and a founder of EBL, "DDA is past the experimental stage, and eBooks should be a fact of life in academic libraries. DDA makes libraries better. By partnering with LYRASIS, we hope to bring value to libraries as they establish innovative ways to serve their patrons."

LYRASIS is debuting Easy DDA at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, PA, from January 24 through January 27, at booth #1261. For more information on Easy DDA, please visit www.lyrasis.org/easyDDA.

About LYRASIS
LYRASIS partners with member libraries and cultural heritage organizations to create, access and manage information with an emphasis on digital content, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buying power. For more information, please visit www.lyrasis.org.

About ProQuest
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company's products are a gateway to the world's knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information. For more information, please visit www.proquest.com.

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

American Chemical Society Implements Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink for Open Access Solution Read more about American Chemical Society Implements Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink for Open Access Solution - BWWGeeksWorld by www.broadwaywor

LISWire - Thu, 01/23/2014 - 09:53

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a global licensing and content solutions organization, announced today the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, has selected CCC's RightsLink for Open Access to manage Article Processing Charges (APCs) for its Open Access publications.

ACS will use RightsLink for Open Access to streamline payments from authors by providing easy-to-use tools for paying Open Access charges. The RightsLink solution provides authors with invoices and utilities that ease the process of institutional reimbursement and increases efficiencies for customer service, finance and operations.

“We were looking for an automated solution to capture author payments efficiently,” said Brandon Nordin, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Web Strategy, ACS. “ACS has a large base of authors and service offerings for them. It was important for us to select a partner that was flexible, could support our Open Access pricing models, including ACS Author Rewards, and grow with us.”

ACS currently offers an Open Access option for all its journals, which are hybrid-OA titles, but plans to offer a fully Open Access journal in 2014.

CCC's RightsLink for Open Access securely manages APCs, as well as page and color charges. Additionally, RightsLink offers 24/7 OA-aware permissions services at the article level; complies with funding agencies' mandates; provides author support, billing, and rapid collection services.

Since RightsLink for Open Access can be integrated with any journal production system and manuscript submission workflow, it helps publishers save time and money and allows their authors to place orders with confidence and ease.

CCC has been helping publishers improve the author experience in collecting APCs for more than six years and welcomes efforts toward standardization and transparency. It recently joined the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, working with its members on issues such as collecting APCs and Open Access-aware licensing. CCC was named one of “10 to Watch” by information industry analyst Outsell in its 2013 Open Access Market Report, recently endorsed the Research Information Network's call for cooperation among funders, universities and publishers.

CCC, in collaboration with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), recently launched an Open Access Resource Center that links to the latest Open Access news, reports, industry whitepapers, webinars and websites. CCC hosts webinars and podcasts on many aspects of Open Access and works with organizations such as the National Information Standards Organization on creating standards related to Open Access.

About Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the rights licensing expert, is a global rights broker for the world's most sought-after materials, including in- and out-of-print books, journals, newspapers, magazines, movies, television shows, images, blogs and ebooks. Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC provides smart solutions that simplify the access and licensing of content. These solutions let businesses and academic institutions quickly get permission to use copyright-protected materials, while compensating publishers and content creators for using their works. We make copyright work. For more information, visit www.copyright.com.

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Three New Libraries Join VOKAL With ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 13:26

1/22/2014
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
sales@bywatersolutions.com

Three New Libraries Join VOKAL With ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha support, is happy to welcome Illsley Public Library, Essex Free Library and Maclure Library to the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL). All three libraries are now live on the Koha integrated library system through VOKAL.

VOKAL now has nearly 60 libraries using the system which has over 1 million items available to 100,000 patrons. The VOKAL shared catalog can be searched at http://catalog.kohavt.org.

Nicole C. Engard, VP of Education at ByWater Solutions spoke of VOKAL’s growth:

“I have had the pleasure of visiting many VOKAL libraries over the years and am always happy to see new members. The staff at these libraries are eager to learn about and participate in open source and always make great additions to both the Koha and ByWater communities.”

About the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL):

The Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL), is a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium dedicated to creating a shared catalog and Integrated Library System.

In 2007, the Stowe Free Library, the Carpenter-Carse Library (Hinesburg), and the Kimball Public Library (Randolph) joined with Sheila Kearns of the Vermont Department of Libraries to explore options for an ILS system to replace Follett. They decided on Koha, and in May of 2008, this team became VOKAL. For more information about VOKAL, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/vokalvtpublic/home

About Koha:

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

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

About ByWater Solutions:

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

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

OCLC introduces WorldCat Discovery Services

LISWire - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:57

OCLC introduces WorldCat Discovery Services, a new suite of cloud-based applications that brings together the FirstSearch and WorldCat Local services. Set to launch in March, the new suite will enable discovery of more than 1.3 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat and a central index that represents nearly 2,000 e-content collections. This will make it possible for more than 18,000 FirstSearch libraries to offer a richer discovery experience.

“Development of WorldCat Discovery Services is another significant step in our work with members to deliver innovations and new services that drive library costs down and information access up. We have enormous potential to use our collective talents and the capacity of cloud computing to deliver continuous innovation for our users,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO.

WorldCat Discovery Services will offer library users and staff access to rich, global bibliographic content available only through WorldCat. A central index will enable information seekers from mutually subscribing libraries to search authoritative sources from providers such as EBSCO, Gale and ProQuest. Direct link resolution from citations to full-text resources will be available for libraries with holdings in WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base. Resources not available electronically can be delivered through integrated interlibrary loan.

“OCLC is letting its mission drive its actions,” said Angi Faiks, Associate Director of Access, Instruction and Research Services, Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and a participant in beta testing. “OCLC is reinforcing its public purpose by providing more access to more information for more people. Making library collections more accessible can only help us fulfill our mission as libraries.”

“I see WorldCat Discovery Services as an ideal combination of applications for librarians and end users alike,” said Kurt Munson, Resource Sharing and Reserve Librarian, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and part of the Reference Advisory Group. “WorldCat Discovery can help us do the complicated work librarians do, and yet it is simple enough for users to just walk up, use it and find what they need.”

WorldCat Discovery Services will be available to FirstSearch users in March as part of existing subscriptions. FirstSearch will operate in parallel during a year-long transition so libraries can choose when to move to the new service.

New features for FirstSearch subscribers include access to the central index that represents more than a billion articles, e-books and other e-content; a new user interface that adapts automatically to mobile devices; and the ability to manage access to digital collections.

Additional new features provided for libraries that maintain up-to-date holdings in the WorldCat database include direct links to full-text resources to which they subscribe, a built-in A to Z list, and their library’s resources listed first in search results. Libraries that maintain holdings in WorldCat will also continue to benefit from increased visibility of their resources through search engines and other popular websites where research often begins.

The WorldCat Discovery Services suite also offers subscribers several optional features for a fee, such as real-time availability, group view of available resources, management of course reserves or reading lists, or customized traffic and usage reports.

“WorldCat Discovery Services is an important advancement for our loyal FirstSearch users,” said Andrew K. Pace, Executive Director, OCLC Networked Library Services. “This new suite has been developed and refined based on input and feedback from a 30-member Advisory Group and more than 650 FirstSearch beta test libraries around the world over the past 18 months.”

WorldCat Local libraries will also move to WorldCat Discovery Services over the next 18 months. The transition will begin in April with a beta period when WorldCat Local subscribers can begin using the new services and plan transition activities.

WorldCat Discovery Services is OCLC’s second cloud suite. WorldShare Management Services, released in 2011, is a cloud suite of library management applications that is helping libraries reduce library management costs, streamline workflows, and improve access to their collections and services. There are currently more than 180 libraries using WorldShare Management Services and 100 more libraries and library groups in implementation.

Learn more about WorldCat Discovery Services during the ALA Midwinter presentation, “The Future of FirstSearch and WorldCat Local: What OCLC’s New Discovery Services Mean for Your Library,” on Saturday, January 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 108 B.

More about the new WorldCat Discovery Services suite https://www.oclc.org/go/en/worldcat-discovery.html is on the OCLC website.

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

EBSCO Information Services Awarded Silver in Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards

LISWire - Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:38

EBSCO Information Services Awarded Silver in Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards
~ EBSCO’s Leadership & Management Learning Center™ Helps Achieve Silver for
Best Advance in Performance Support Technology ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 22, 2014 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) today announced that it won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Silver award for excellence in the Best Advance in Performance Support Technology category. EBSCO earned the award as a result of its robust organizational learning solution, Leadership & Management Learning Center™ (LMLC).

Leadership & Management Learning Center is a turnkey solution that supports and sustains formal and informal learning programs, promotes contextual learning, contains the most current content from business industry thought leaders and is easily accessible from mobile devices.

Leadership & Management Learning Center’s unique customization options allow professionals to have quick access to premium content that matches the company’s core competencies. The resource also enables social collaboration and is easily integrated into the learning workflow.

Tad Goltra, Vice President of Product Management, says recognition in Brandon Hall Group’s Excellence in Technology Awards shows the power of the LMLC solution. “Leadership & Management Learning Center is a unique, cloud-based solution that helps companies support and sustain their formal and informal learning programs. It offers an on-demand portal with strong collaboration capabilities, pre-populated with best practices content from industry thought leaders, which helps employees achieve their learning objectives.”

“It is our honor to recognize this year’s award winners, who exemplify the commitment to innovation and excellence that drives growth and over-the-top business results,” said Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group.

Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Office of Brandon Hall Group who runs the awards program, stated, “With the innovation and unique differentiators demonstrated in this year’s entries, it
is easy to see why these organizations are tremendously successful.”

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts, Brandon Hall Group senior analysts and executive leadership based upon the following criteria:

• Product: What was the product’s breakthrough innovation?
• Unique differentiators: What makes the product unique and how does it differ from any competing products?
• Value proposition: What problem does the product solve and/or what need does this product address?
• Measurable results: What are the benefits customers can expect to experience as a result of using this product?

For more information about Leadership & Management Learning Center please go to: http://www.ebsco.com/promo/corporate-learning-brandon-hall-excellence-aw...

About Brandon Hall Group, Inc.
With more than 10,000 clients globally and 20 years of delivering world class research and advisory services, Brandon Hall Group is the most well--‐known and established research organization in the performance Improvement industry. We conduct research that drives performance, and provides strategic insights for executives and practitioners responsible for growth and business results.

Brandon Hall Group has an extensive Repository of thought leadership, research and expertise in Learning and Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Human Resources. At the core of our offerings is a Membership Program that Empowers Excellence Through Content, Collaboration and Community. Our members have access to research that helps them make the right decisions about people, processes, and systems, combined with research--‐powered advisory services customized to their needs. (www.brandonhall.com).

About EBSCO Information Services

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) serves the organizational learning needs of more than 100,000 corporations and institutions around the globe with innovative products and robust content from industry thought leaders. EBSCO’s flagship learning product, Leadership & Management Learning Center™ is a turnkey learning solution with pre-populated, highly-relevant content including corporate training videos, business e-books, journals, employee training material, business book summaries, case studies, comprehension tests and much more. EBSCO’s learning solutions are powered by EBSCOhost® and may be accessed via dedicated portals, learning management systems (LMSs), or mobile devices. For more information visit EBSCO’s website at http://www.ebsco.com

###
For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Public Relations
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Tennessee Public Library Launches Publishing Program with IngramSpark Platform

LISWire - Tue, 01/21/2014 - 17:55

NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin, Tennessee has launched an innovative publishing program using IngramSpark®, Ingram's comprehensive print and digital independent publisher platform.

"The creation of our first book and the development of our publishing program has been a labor of love and illustrates how libraries of today can move forward in new and exciting ways to serve their patrons," said Dolores Greenwald, Library Director, Williamson County Public Library. "Through the tools available from Ingram, more public libraries can easily assist writers to independently publish their works to benefit the writer, readers and the communities they live in - IngramSpark is such a great program."

The Williamson County Library team used Ingram's easy-to-use publishing platform to develop and print copies of their first book, a children's book co-authored by library staff. The library has plans to expand the publishing program in 2014 with open submissions from the community.

"We've had great success using the tools of IngramSpark to launch our special library publishing program," Dolores Greenwald said. "Using IngramSpark, we were able to print stunning four-color books at great value, and all the proceeds from our book sales will go directly back into the library to fund new adult and youth programs, to maintain and increase collections, and to provide new technologies, equipment and other improvements."

The IngramSpark platform that was developed for independent publishers connects to Ingram's comprehensive print-on-demand and e-book technologies. Through the platform, libraries can easily launch publishing programs, and can set up and distribute print books and e-books simultaneously at minimal cost. The platform also provides worldwide access to leaders in online and traditional bookselling.

"Libraries have long provided an essential service by making books and other information freely available and accessible to local communities," said Dan Sheehan, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Library Services. "We are pleased that our IngramSpark platform provided the Williamson County Public Library team with the tools to take their publishing idea from concept to reality, and we look forward to assisting them with their future plans."

Ingram associates will be discussing the IngramSpark platform at Ingram booth number 431 at the American Library Association show, January 24 - 28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Follow IngramSpark:
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter @ingramspark
#alamw14

ABOUT INGRAM
Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram provides books, music and media content to over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 220 countries and territories. More than 30,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand, and realize the full business potential of book content. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and ICG Ventures Inc. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Code4Lib Journal Issue 23 Published

LISWire - Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:57

The Code4Lib Journal editors are pleased to bring you this latest issue. You can find it at http://journal.code4lib.org/issues/issues/issue23; titles and abstracts below.

=======================

Editorial Introduction: Conscious Resolutions
by Shawn Averkamp
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/9389

Hack your life with 10 New Year’s resolutions from Code4Lib Journal.

=======================

The Road to Responsive: University of Toronto Libraries’ Journey to a New Library Catalogue Interface
By Lisa Gayhart, Bilal Khalid, Gordon Belray
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/9195

With the recent surge in the mobile device market and an ever expanding patron base with increasingly divergent levels of technical ability, the University of Toronto Libraries embarked on the development of a new catalogue discovery layer to fit the needs of its diverse users. The result: a mobile-friendly, flexible and intuitive web application that brings the full power of a faceted library catalogue to users without compromising quality or performance, employing Responsive Web Design principles.

=======================
Recipes for Enhancing Digital Collections with Linked Data
by Thomas Johnson and Karen Estlund
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/9214

Standards-based metadata in digital library collections are commonly less than standard. Limitations brought on by routine cataloging errors, sporadic use of authority and controlled vocabularies, and systems that cannot effectively handle text encoding lead to pervasive quality issues. This paper describes the use of Linked Data for enhancement and quality control of existing digital collections metadata. We provide practical recipes for transforming uncontrolled text values into semantically rich data, performing automated cleanup on hand-entered fields, and discovering new information from links between legacy metadata and external datasets.

=======================

Implementing a Collaborative Workflow for Metadata Analysis, Quality Improvement, and Mapping
by Mark Phillips, Hannah Tarver, and Stacy Frakes
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/9199

The University of North Texas (UNT) and the Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) are collaborating to digitize, process, and make publicly available more than one million photographs from the Oklahoma Publishing Company’s historic photo archive. The project, started in 2013, is expected to span a year an a half and will result in digitized photographs and metadata available through The Gateway to Oklahoma History. The project team developed the workflow described in this article to meet the specific criterion that all of the metadata work occurs in two locations simultaneously.

=======================

How the WSLS-TV News Digitization Project Helped to Launch a Project Management Office
by Ivey Glendon and Melinda Baumann
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/8652

This article discusses how the WSLS-TV News Digitization Project at the University of Virginia Libraries was the catalyst for creating a more formalized project workflow and the eventual creation of a Project Management Office. The project revealed the need for better coordination between various groups in the library and more transparent processes. By creating well documented policies and processes, the new project workflow clarified roles, improved communication, and created greater transparency. The new processes enabled staff to understand how decisions are made and resources allocated which allowed them to work more efficiently.

=======================

Use of Cue Sheets in Audio Digitization
by Austin Dixon
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/9314

Audio digitization is becoming essential to many libraries. As more and more audio files are being digitally preserved, the workflows for handling those digital objects need to be examined to ensure efficiency. In some instances, files are being manually manipulated when it would be more efficient to manipulate them programmatically. This article describes a time-saving solution to the problem of how to split master audio files into sub-item tracks.

=======================

A Video Digital Library to Support Physicians’ Decision-making About Autism
by Matthew A. Griffin, MLIS, Dan Albertson, Ph.D., and Angela B. Barber, Ph.D.
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/9281

A prototype Digital Video Library was developed as part of a project to assist rural primary care clinics with diagnosis of autism, funded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The Digital Video Library takes play sample videos generated by a rural clinic and makes it available to experts at the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Clinic at The University of Alabama. The experts are able to annotate segments of the video using an integrated version of the Childhood Autism Ratings Scale-Second Edition Standard Version (CARS2). The Digital Video Library then extracts the annotated segments, and provides a robust search and browse feature. The videos can then be accessed by the subject’s primary care physician. This article summarizes the development and features of the Digital Video Library.

=======================

Unix Commands and Batch Processing for the Reluctant Librarian or Archivist
by Anthony Cocciolo
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/9158

The Unix environment offers librarians and archivists high-quality tools for quickly transforming born-digital and digitized assets, such as resizing videos, creating access copies of digitized photos, and making fair-use reproductions of audio recordings. These tools, such as ffmpeg, lame, sox, and ImageMagick, can apply one or more manipulations to digital assets without the need to manually process individual items, which can be error prone, time consuming, and tedious. This article will provide information on getting started in using the Unix environment to take advantage of these tools for batch processing.

=======================

Automated Processing of Massive Audio/Video Content Using FFmpeg
by Kia Siang Hock, Li Lingxia
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/9128

Audio and video content forms an integral, important and expanding part of the digital collections in libraries and archives world-wide. While these memory institutions are familiar and well-versed in the management of more conventional materials such as books, periodicals, ephemera and images, the handling of audio (e.g., oral history recordings) and video content (e.g., audio-visual recordings, broadcast content) requires additional toolkits. In particular, a robust and comprehensive tool that provides a programmable interface is indispensable when dealing with tens of thousands of hours of audio and video content.

FFmpeg is comprehensive and well-established open source software that is capable of the full-range of audio/video processing tasks (such as encode, decode, transcode, mux, demux, stream and filter). It is also capable of handling a wide-range of audio and video formats, a unique challenge in memory institutions. It comes with a command line interface, as well as a set of developer libraries that can be incorporated into applications.
=======================

On behalf of the Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee,

Shawn Averkamp
Code4Lib Journal Coordinating Editor for Issue 23
--
Shawn Averkamp
Interim Head, Digital Research & Publishing
University of Iowa Libraries
shawn-averkamp@uiowa.edu
319.384.3526

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Equinox Software to Introduce AIM and Sequoia at ALA Midwinter

LISWire - Mon, 01/20/2014 - 12:20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, GA —January 20, 2014

Equinox is heading to the “City of Brotherly Love” for the ALA Midwinter meeting and will debut a completely revamped suite of services, including the Sequoia services platform, AIM, and Idea Lab. Equinox staff will be available at booth 541 in the exhibit hall to provide demos for Evergreen, Koha, and FullfILLment and answer questions.

Sequoia is a brand new cloud-based services platform that provides users of Evergreen, Koha, and FullfILLment the highest level of uptime, performance, and stability. Sequoia was designed from the ground up, based on Evergreen’s existing service-oriented architecture, to leverage a large number of physical servers in a fully-redundant cloud environment. To the library, this translates to no unscheduled downtime, better performance, and the ability to meet even the most demanding load requirements seamlessly.

AIM, or Active Integrated Maintenance, is a new subscription service from Equinox. AIM allows libraries to target bug fixes for their software according to their specific needs. Three different subscription types will allow libraries to find a service level that best meets their budget. AIM will allow subscribing libraries to identify target fixes, prioritize their fixes, and receive immediate access to upgrades and repairs.

Idea Lab provides every participating library the ability to help direct and fund on-going software development within their open source community. Idea Lab subscribers pool funding and participate in the selection and development of new software features that are most important to their library.
Together, these three new services comprise the bulk of Equinox’s completely revamped services offerings, which were constructed based on customer demand and feedback.

Mike Rylander, Equinox Director of Research and Software Development, says, "We are very proud of our new service offerings: AIM, IdeaLab, and Sequoia. Each represents the culmination of years of experience, and has been designed to serve libraries and librarians in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. By listening to our customers and working with them to identify needs, we have put together a set of complementary services that allow organizations to offload many of their non-core activities while still staying actively engaged in the Open Source process."

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you.
We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you.

For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com

Press contact: Corinne Hall, corinne@esilibrary.com, 770-709-5575

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Brill first to sign French national license with the ISTEX Project

LISWire - Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:45

Brill first to sign French national license with the ISTEX Project

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 20 January 2013

Brill is the first to sign an agreement with the French national licensing project ISTEX, making key academic electronic resources available to the French research community.

The agreement includes access to Brill’s Journal Archives Online, covering over 125,000 journal articles in the humanities, international law and biology. The complete corpus of the encyclopedic reference Brill’s New Pauly Online is also included, together with the renowned Hague Academy Collected Courses Online / Recueil des cours de l'Académie de la Haye en ligne – each essential scholarly works in their respective fields.

Developed in 2012, the ISTEX project provides online access to digital publications in all disciplines throughout the French research community on one central platform. The project is a joint effort between the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the French National Agency for Research (ANR).

“Through ISTEX’s innovative approach we are able to provide widespread access to these essential scholarly resources throughout eligible French institutions,” says Sam Bruinsma, Vice President Business Development at Brill. “We are proud that these materials have been selected and that Brill was chosen as the first publisher in this prestigious project.”

For more information, please contact: Linda Empringham, International Sales Director (empringham@brill.com)

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, among others. With offices in Leiden and Boston, Brill today publishes 200 journals and around 700 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please visit www.brill.com.

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

The literary whole greater than the sum of its parts: EDGE and Lightspeed Magazine

LISWire - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:56

For Immediate Release

(Calgary, Alberta) EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing (EDGE) is pleased to announce that they are the new sponsor of Lightspeed magazine edited by bestselling anthologist John Joseph Adams.

"We are excited about sponsoring Lightspeed," says EDGE publisher Brian Hades. "John challenges his writers to push the genre envelope by creating highly thought provoking fiction: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. No subject is off-limit."

"Lightspeed is a three-time finalist for the Hugo Award, and stories from Lightspeed have been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. We are happy to do our part to bring Lightspeed to readers everywhere", says Hades.

EDGE is an imprint of Hades Publications, and publishes thought-provoking full length novels and anthologies of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Featuring works by established authors and emerging new voices, EDGE provides quality literary entertainment in both print and pixels.

"This sponsorship will bring benefits to readers of both Lightspeed and EDGE - resulting in the literary whole being greater than the sum of its parts." says Hades.

To read and listen to Lightspeed Magazine please visit: https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com

For further information about EDGE, or to see our current releases please visit our website at https://www.edgewebsite.com, or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/EDGEfbpage

-30-

For further information call:
Janice Shoults
Marketing and Events
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
403-254-0160
events@hadespublications.com
www.edgewebsite.com

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

EBSCO Releases Thematic Collection from American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals

LISWire - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:44

EBSCO Releases Thematic Collection from
American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals
~ New Digital Archives Collections Focus on Specific Subject Areas ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 16, 2014 — EBSCO Information Service (EBSCO) is introducing new collections drawn from American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals that focus on specific subject areas. The first set of 17 Thematic Collections for AAS Historical Periodicals are now available and a total of 50 of the digital archive collections will be released over the next several months.

The collections of historical periodicals provide rich content detailing American history and culture from the mid-18th century through the late-19th century. The 17 initial collections cover the following areas:

• Advertising
• Agriculture
• Alternative Medicine and Health
• The American West
• Business, Industry and Professions
• Canada
• Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, and Episcopal Religions
• Current Events of the Period
• Drama, Humor, and Fine Arts
• Education
• Foreign Language Periodicals in America
• Masons, Odd-Fellows and Other Societies
• Military and Law Enforcement
• Religious Issues Pertaining to Women, Children, and Families
• Science
• Slavery and Abolition
• Women's Periodicals of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century

The specialized focus of the collections will allow libraries to meet the needs of both researchers and faculty who have particular areas of interest. Title counts range from 87 in the most highly specialized collection to approximately 300 in the broadest collection.

The American Antiquarian Society is the premier research library documenting the life of America’s people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The Thematic Collections for AAS Historical Periodicals includes digitized images of the pages of American magazines and journals only available from the American Antiquarian Society.

For more information on the Thematic Collections for AAS Historical Periodicals, go to EBSCO’s digitals archives web page at: http://www.ebscohost.com/archives.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and nearly 500,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.
###
For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
kmcevoy@ebsco.com

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Full Sail University Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 01/16/2014 - 09:57

Full Sail University Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

1/16/2014
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
sales@bywatersolutions.com

Full Sail University Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Full Sail University Library in Winter Park, FL is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions completed the migration for Full Sail last year and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. Their custom OPAC can be viewed at http://fullsail.bywatersolutions.com

Nicole Engard, VP of Education spoke of her experiences with the library:

“Full Sail is such a unique school with an amazing library staff. The team was eager to learn how to use and customize their Koha system. They have been a pleasure to work with and will be great contributors to the Koha community.”

About Full Sail University:
Full Sail’s mission is to provide students with an innovative style of education, delivered by a staff of dedicated individuals, that addresses the career opportunities available in an ever-growing, constantly evolving industry. We do this by developing unique curricula that combine elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement. Our education is delivered via immersive teaching methods, both in Full Sail’s real world production studios and classrooms, as well as through our online learning environment. For more information about Full Sail University, please visit: http://www.fullsail.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–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/

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Portage County Public Library Joins the South Central Library System LibLime Koha Union Catalog

LISWire - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 16:31

North Bethesda, MD, January 15, 2014- The Portage County Public Library (Portage), comprised of 4 branches in Portage Country, Wisconsin, will soon participate in the South Central Library System (SCLS) LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services.

The Portage library staff will work with the SCLS ILS Support Team members and LibLime Project Management to migrate bibliographic, item, and patron data from their legacy ILS system. Portage staff will enjoy autonomy within the LibLime Koha union catalog, as LibLime Koha includes support for local ownership of patron records, local ownership of items records linked to communal bibliographic records, and OPAC group searching for pre-designated collections. Portage library patrons will also benefit from other functionality in the software sponsored by SCLS. With the addition of Portage, there will be over 3.5 million records in the SCLS LibLime Koha union catalog.

About Portage County Public Library
The Portage County Public Library is the learning place for a diverse community, inspiring all people with the love of reading and learning, advancing the pursuit of knowledge, and enhancing the quality of life of all patrons. The Library provides equal opportunity to access information, high quality materials, programs, and online resources to the meet the community’s needs for lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and intellectual stimulation.

About South Central Library System
The South Central Library System is a consortium of 53 member libraries that works to provide the best possible service to the public. SCLS assists its member libraries with sharing materials, providing members with guidance and direction in technology solutions, and supplying them with the training and expertise to cope with constantly changing technologies and demands for service. SCLS is a sponsor of many key features that have allowed LibLime Koha to be a feature-rich and innovative ILS solution. SCLS is an active leader within the LibLime Koha user group and works to help all LibLime customers benefit from their innovative ideas and services.

About LibLime - PTFS
LibLime – PTFS is the global leader in providing support for the Koha open source ILS. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, the PTFS LibLime Division educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. The PTFS LibLime Division then facilitates deployment of Koha in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting for libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, ArchivalWare, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization, and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com or http://archivalware.net.

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

EBSCO Industries President and CEO F. Dixon Brooke Jr. Announces Retirement And Appointment of Successor

LISWire - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 16:14

EBSCO Industries President and CEO F. Dixon Brooke Jr. Announces Retirement
And Appointment of Successor

January 15, 2014, BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – After four decades at Elton B. Stephens Co. (EBSCO), President and CEO F. Dixon Brooke Jr. announced his plans to retire at the end of this current fiscal year, June 30, 2014. Brooke joined EBSCO in
1973, and has spent the past eight and a half years serving as President and CEO— only the third President in EBSCO’s 70- year history.

“We owe a great thanks to Dixon for his long service to EBSCO,” said J.T. Stephens, Chairman of the Board. “We greatly appreciate his guidance and the continuing success of the company under his management. We thank Dixon heartily and wish him a well-deserved and enjoyable retirement.”

After a lengthy and thorough succession process, the Board of Directors has selected Tim Collins, President of EBSCO Information Services, to succeed Brooke effective at the beginning of the next fiscal year, July 1, 2014.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as EBSCO’s President,” said Brooke. “It has been challenging, demanding at times, and very rewarding. EBSCO is a great organization, full of wonderful, talented people. We are indeed fortunate to have Tim Collins ready and willing to step up to this new leadership challenge. Tim is an exceptionally accomplished leader with a proven management record marked by success.”

Brooke and Collins will work closely over the next six months to ensure a smooth transition; and during that time, Collins will continue to serve as President of EBSCO’s largest division, EBSCO Information Services. Following retirement, Brooke will continue to serve EBSCO as a member of the Board of Directors.

Collins has 27 years’ experience with EBSCO, beginning in 1987 when EBSCO acquired “Popular Magazine Review,” the company he co-founded with his stepfather, Jerry Seaman. Collins is a member of the EBSCO Founder’s Club, and he has never experienced a year without sales growth. “Tim possesses values consistent with the core values that have made EBSCO successful,” said Brooke. “He is an entrepreneur who manages with a determined outlook. He is a competitor who loves to win. Tim selects, supports, and retains good people. I have no doubt he will succeed in leading EBSCO to new performance highs.”

“I feel honored to have been presented with this opportunity. I’ve very much enjoyed my time working with many talented and committed people at EBSCO and am excited about being able to work with the entire EBSCO team in the future,” said Collins. “I am looking forward to working with Dixon over the coming months during the transition period and then working to help EBSCO realize its full potential over the long run.”

About EBSCO Industries, Inc.
Founded in 1944 by the late Elton B. Stephens, EBSCO Industries, Inc. has evolved into a global company with diverse business platforms that include Information Services, Publishing and Digital Media, Outdoor Products, Real Estate, Manufacturing, and General Services. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., EBSCO operates divisions and subsidiaries in 23 countries employing almost 6,000 people. EBSCO Information Services is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO Information Services is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. The Publishing and Digital Media Group provides services to the publishing industry while operating its own publishing companies, EBSCO Research and Grand View Media Group. EBSCO’s outdoor subsidiary, PRADCO Outdoor Brands, is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of major hunting and fishing brands. EBSCO’s Real Estate Group is active in commercial and residential real estate development in Alabama and Florida as well as in a growing investment portfolio of multi-family assets. EBSCO's manufacturing operations include commercial printing, retail merchandising solutions, promotional products supply and distribution, indoor and outdoor signage and loose-leaf binders and packaging products. The General Services Group of businesses includes property and casualty insurance and employee benefits, corporate branding and integrated marketing, as well as educational textbook distribution. For a complete listing of EBSCO's business groups, please visit www.ebscoind.com

###

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

New Open Access Resource Center Launched by Copyright Clearance Center in Partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers

LISWire - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:56

Two Organizations Come Together to Help the Publishing Community Stay on
Top of Latest Open Access News and Trends

Danvers, Mass. – Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work for everyone, has launched an Open Access Resource Center in partnership with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).

“Around the world, open access is changing scholarly and scientific publishing, not only for publishers of all sizes, but also for authors, librarians, content users, funders and others,” said Roy Kaufman, Managing Director of New Ventures, CCC. “The Open Access Resource Center aims to be a comprehensive resource for all things open access to make it easy for the marketplace to stay on top of the latest developments. We are very excited to be partnering with ALPSP on this effort."

“ALPSP members are committed to making content open access in the way their research communities need it, but keeping track of current thinking and policy developments on open access from across the globe can seem nigh-on impossible at times. This resource will help them access the information they need to make those decisions,” said Audrey McCulloch, Chief Executive, ALPSP. “We are delighted to work with CCC on this project, which has brought its considerable expertise to bear on getting the site up and running.”

The resource center includes links to the latest open access news, reports, whitepapers, webinars and websites. Users can complete the feedback survey to add suggestions for what they would like to see included going forward.

CCC is hosting a free webinar featuring McCulloch on January 16 to discuss the resource center as well as how ALPSP members are working with their communities to address their OA needs.

CCC, named one of “10 to Watch” by information industry analyst Outsell in its 2013 Open Access Market Report, has been helping publishers improve the author experience in collecting APCs for over six years. CCC hosts webinars and podcasts on many aspects of Open Access and works with organizations such as the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) on creating standards around Open Access.

About Copyright Clearance Center
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the rights licensing expert, is a global rights broker for the world’s most sought-after books, journals, blogs, movies, and more. Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC provides smart solutions that simplify the access and licensing of content. These solutions let businesses and academic institutions quickly get permission to share copyright-protected materials, while compensating publishers and creators for the use of their works. We make copyright work. For more information, visit http://www.copyright.com.

About ALPSP

ALPSP is the international membership body for not-for-profit organizations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content and those who work with them. ALPSP helps to connect, inform, develop and represent its members and has a broad and diverse membership of over 320 companies in 40 countries. Over 10,000 journals are published by ALPSP members as well as numerous books, reports, databases and other products and services.
Visit www.alpsp.org for further information.

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

A thought-provoking and up-to-date treatment of the digital library arena

LISWire - Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:43

Facet Publishing have announced the release of Exploring Digital Libraries, a landmark textbook for LIS students, educators and practising information professionals throughout the world.

Authored by librarian, writer and international speaker Karen Calhoun, Exploring Digital Libraries is a highly readable, thought-provoking authorative, and in-depth treatment of the digital library arena. The text provides a timely overview of digital libraries, from their collections and technology-centred foundations over two decades ago to their emergent, community-centred engagement with the social web.

This essential textbook:

• Brings students and working librarians up to date on the progress, nature and impact of digital libraries, bridging the gap since the publication of the best-known digital library texts
• Frames digital library research and practice in the context of the social web and makes the case for moving beyond collections to a new emphasis on libraries’ value to their communities
• Introduces several new frameworks and novel syntheses that elucidate digital library themes, suggest strategic directions, and break new ground in the digital library literature
• Calls a good deal of attention to digital library research, but is written from the perspective of strategy and in-depth experience
• Provides a global perspective and integrates material from many sources in one place - the chapters on open repositories and hybrid libraries draw together past, present and prospective work in a way that is unique in the literature.

Exploring Digital Libraries suits the needs of a range of readers, from working librarians and library leaders to LIS students and educators, or anyone who wants a highly readable and thought-provoking overview of the field and its importance to the future of libraries.

Exploring Digital Libraries - http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=8200 (January 2014, 352pp, paperback, ISBN: 978-1-85604-820-0, £49.95) is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: facet@bookpoint.co.uk | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD The book is available in North America through ALA Editions.

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Library demand drives 30% increase in Backstage automation services

LISWire - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 19:52

Contact:
Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
801.356.1852
news@bslw.com
www.bslw.com

PROVO, Utah, January 10, 2014 — Backstage experienced a 30% increase in contracts for authority control and metadata enhancement services in 2013 as a result of rising demand from libraries for the improvement and accuracy of local bibliographic information for print and electronic materials.

To make collection management decisions based on sound metrics, an increasing number of institutions are seeking accurate bibliographic information. Libraries are carefully refining collection management practices, focusing more on patron-driven acquisitions, examining materials purchasing practices, and planning for cooperative print programs.

Backstage’s vice president of automation services, Nate Cothran notes:

“Backstage is excited to be at the forefront in consulting with libraries on their metadata challenges. Developing and maintaining an integrated set of automated processing services is timely for today’s complex library metadata market. From transitioning to RDA, to ILS migration involving dozens or hundreds of libraries in a union catalog, to working with both MARC and non-MARC data in the same project, Backstage is experienced and well-equipped.”

Libraries with bibliographic record projects in-process or recently completed include:

• Art Institute of Chicago
• Clemson University, S.C.
• Drexel University, Pa.
• Edmonton Public Library, Alberta
• King County Library System, Wash.
• Murray State University, Ky.
• Northern Michigan University
• Southern New Hampshire University
• University of Edinburgh, Scotland
• University of Minnesota
• University of San Francisco

About Backstage Library Works

Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced and 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.

###

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases

Scripps Library Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

LISWire - Fri, 01/10/2014 - 11:13

01/10/2014
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
sales@bywatersolutions.com

Scripps Library Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Scripps Library at the Miller Center, University of Virginia is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Scripps Library this fall and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. Their custom mobile friendly OPAC can be viewed at http://catalog.scrippslibrary.org

Sheila Blackford, Librarian at Scripps Library, commented on their transition to Koha:

“ByWater Solutions was recommended to us by a very satisfied customer, and after our experience with moving to Koha and starting to use it, we are now also very satisfied customers. Koha has been easy to use and the ByWater team has been so responsive. The training from Nicole was detailed and answered all of our specific questions. We have been so excited with our new catalog system since teaming up with ByWater and moving over to Koha.”

Nicole Engard, VP of Education at ByWater Solutions commented:

“Sheila and her team were a pleasure to train. I love meeting new librarians, especially those who are so excited to learn new things. I’m very excited to have the staff at Scripps Library as our partners.”

About Scripps Library:

Scripps Library, at the Miller Center consists of a physical collection as well as a large digital one. The Library opened its doors in the spring of 2002 and serves as a research facility for Miller Center personnel. The Library’s collection is a specialized one focused on American politics and history with a particular emphasis on the American presidency. For more information about Scripps Library, please visit: http://millercenter.org/library

About Koha:

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

Koha’s OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies–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/

Categories: LISWire - Latest Releases