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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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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.

POETRY
Streetlights, J’s and Hip Hop: Making of a Poet (Create Space Publishing) by King Shakur. A poetic walk down memory lane renders thought-provoking words at the height of the “Black Lives Matters” movement with poems that illuminate feelings from The African American community. Shakur urges readers to question one’s own society and purpose in life. He is a poet and spoken word artist heavily influenced by poverty, youth engagement, Hip Hop and Soul music. Born in Dallas, TX and raised in the South Dallas neighborhood. He wrote his first poem at 12 and his first performance was in a Baptist church, at the age of 17.

Members of the BCALA Literary Awards Jury are: Gladys Smiley Bell (Chair), Hampton University; Tiffany A. Duck, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library; Jamillah Gabriel, Purdue University; Dominique Luster, University of Pittsburgh; Carol Nurse, Montclair University; Annie Payton, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University; Stacy Williams, University of Southern California.

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Backstage launches 2016 seminar series

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

Contact:

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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ByWater Solutions Team Members to Speak at Computers in Libraries

LISWire - Wed, 02/17/2016 - 10:09

2/17/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

ByWater Solutions Team Members to Speak at Computers in Libraries

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, is happy to announce that Owner/CRO, Nathan Curulla and Educator, Jessica Zairo will be speaking at this year's Computers in Libraries conference.

On Tuesday, March 8th, Jessica will help attendees decide if an open source integrated library system right for their library. She and co-speaker Adam Brooks will talk about how Koha is working out at some libraries which have made the switch. Learn more here: http://computersinlibraries.infotoday.com/2016/Sessions/C105-Migrating-to-an-Open-Source-ILS-9371.aspx.

Wednesday morning Nathan will be on the keynote panel discussing the technology and business trends currently in play for libraries, including industry consolidation, differing approaches to opening software to library programmers, and the shift toward cloud-based technologies. Learn more here: http://computersinlibraries.infotoday.com/2016/Sessions/Keynote-Panel-Executive-Perspectives-of-the-Library-Tech-Industry-9403.aspx.

Don't miss out on learning about Koha and open source from these two ByWater experts.

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: ByWater SoluitonsOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

EBSCO Information Services is One of the Top Boston-Area Companies According to Boston Business Journal

LISWire - Mon, 02/15/2016 - 14:23

EBSCO Information Services is One of the Top Boston-Area Companies According to Boston Business Journal
~ The 2016 Boston Business Journal Book of Lists ranks EBSCO 10th among Private Companies and 37th Overall ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 15, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the 10th largest private company and the 37th largest company overall (public or private) in Greater Boston according to the Boston Business Journal. The ranking was part of the 2016 Boston Business Journal Book of Lists, which aims to provide an overall awareness of the current economic health and industry.

EBSCO consistently appears in the Boston Business Journal rankings as one of the most successful companies in a highly competitive area. Boston is one of the top 20 largest metropolitan area economies in the world as measured by gross metropolitan product (GMP). This environment of success, as well as Boston’s status as the academic and medical center of the United States, gives EBSCO access to a tremendously talented pool of technologists, product managers, editorial staff and more. This allows EBSCO to continue to be on the forefront of technology and product development which contribute to its ongoing financial success.

Visit the EBSCO website for more information on ESBCO’s business philosophy, awards and career opportunities.

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: EBSCOBoston Business JournalTop CompaniesOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

EBSCO Information Services Introduces the Architectural Digest Magazine Archive™

LISWire - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:00

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 11, 2016 — An extensive, searchable digital archive of the renowned design magazine Architectural Digest is now available from EBSCO Information Services. The Architectural Digest Magazine Archive™ includes cover-to-cover access to issues of the iconic and influential design magazine from the 1920s to 2011.

Each issue in the Architectural Digest Magazine Archive is presented in its entirety, including the front and back covers and its high-quality photo spreads. All articles and advertisements have been indexed with subject terms to allow users to find relevant results quickly, as well as research and analyze trends in topics and advertising materials. With over 90 years’ worth of issues available, the Architectural Digest Magazine Archive is a valuable resource for everyday design enthusiasts, researchers of architecture and interior design and those interested in the history of business, advertising and popular culture.

Architectural Digest is the latest addition to EBSCO’s magazine archives. Other magazine archives that are available include Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, The National Review, The New Republic and New Scientist. For more information, visit: http://www.ebscohost.com/archives. Architectural Digest and Architectural Digest Archive are trademarks owned by Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.

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 and 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.

About Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest is the international authority on design and architecture. AD provides exclusive access to the world’s most beautiful homes and the fascinating people who live in them, bringing its audience a wealth of information on architecture and interior design, art and antiques, travel destinations and extraordinary products; its AD100 list of top architects and designers is one of the industry’s most relied-upon indexes of talent. Every day Architectural Digest inspires millions of affluent readers to redesign and refresh their lives through a multiplatform presence that includes print and digital editions, social media, signature events and the magazine’s website, www.archdigest.com.

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

Tags: Digital ArchivesOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesPublic Libraries

ByWater Solutions Issues $1,500 VoteLibraries Fundraising Challenge

LISWire - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 15:49

2/10/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

ByWater Solutions Issues $1,500 VoteLibraries Fundraising Challenge

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, has generously made a commitment to donate $1,500 to EveryLibary's VoteLibraries project if we can get $1,500 in matching donations. Donations can be made at https://votelibraries.nationbuilder.com/bywatermatching2016 to help put ads about voting for libraries in front of 300 thousand Americans through online adspace during the primaries.

Since early 2013, EveryLibrary has successfully supported over a dozen bond, levy, parcel tax, and other referendum campaigns for libraries, helping to secure more than $40 million in stable tax revenue for these libraries. The Votelibraries project will not only convince Americans to vote for libraries, but it will help us accomplish another important goal to improve the political eco-system for libraries. Through this project we will be to identify library supporters and create a database of individuals in the public who love libraries and can be activated during a local campaign to help turn out the vote. This is incredibly important because we believe that more than 200 library campaigns will be fought during this presidential year. If we can provide ballot committees and local PACs with the names of local library supporters gathered throughout the primaries, they can get a headstart on winning their campaigns and improve the funding levels of libraries across the country.

Follow EveryLibrary on Twitter and Facebook for updates on this $1,500 challenge from ByWater Solutions.

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 www.bywatersolutions.com.

About EveryLibrary:
EveryLibrary is a politically active organization that is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations, and unions nationwide who believe that libraries matter in our society. You can learn more about EveryLibrary and its work building voter support for libraries at www.everylibrary.org.

Organization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press ReleaseCompany Name: ByWater Solutions

ByWater Solutions Ranked #1 in Satisfaction with Customer Support for Medium Sized Libraries in 2015 Perceptions Survey

LISWire - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 10:00

2/8/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

ByWater Solutions Ranked #1 in Satisfaction with Customer Support for Medium Sized Libraries in 2015 Perceptions Survey

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support is happy to announce that it was rated #1 in Customer Support for Medium Sized Public Libraries in this year's "Perceptions 2015: An International Survey of Library Automation." ByWater was ranked by their customers for their services supporting the Koha Open Source Integrated Library System. Other mentionable rankings for Koha and ByWater this year include the following:

  • ByWater ranked #2 in Effectiveness of Electronic Resources and Company Loyalty for Medium Sized Public Libraries
  • ByWater ranked #3 in General ILS Satisfaction for All Public Libraries
  • Koha, supported independently, and Koha supported by ByWater ranked in the top 3 for all Academic Libraries in the categories of:
    • General ILS Satisfaction
    • General ILS Functionality
    • Effectiveness in Managing Print Resources
    • Satisfaction with Customer Support
    • Company Loyalty

Nathan Curulla, Co-Owner of ByWater commented on the results of this year's survey:

"I am very excited with the results of this year's Perceptions Survey! We are seeing a steady increase in our scores from year to year and use this report as an important gauge of how our customers view our performance. Although our #1 ranking in support for medium sized libraries was not highlighted in the narrative of the survey we think this accomplishment is the most important benchmark of how well we are doing as a company. Quality of support in a relationship such as this is paramount to everything else in our view, particularly when supporting a product that gives its customers the freedom to choose who to use as a vendor."

The full results of this year's survey can be viewed at: http://librarytechnology.org/perceptions/2015/

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 supportOpen Source ILSkoha open sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Mancos School District Goes Live on the CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog

LISWire - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 13:48

Mancos School District Goes Live on the CLiC AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog
North Bethesda, MD, February 5, 2016 – The Mancos School District Libraries have now joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services. The Libraries and CLiC staff worked with the LibLime Project Management team to successfully transfer bibliographic, item and patron data to the AspenCat union catalog.

About The Mancos School District
The Mancos School District serves the community of Mancos, CO. and outlying areas. The building that houses the Mancos High School is the oldest school building in Colorado that is still used as a school. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The School District includes the Mancos Early Learning Center, the Mancos Elementary School, the Mancos Middle School, and the Mancos High School. Mancos is located in southwest Colorado, between Durango and Cortez on US 160. It is five miles east of the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park, and about 40 miles northeast of the Four Corners Monument. Mancos was a stop along the Denver, Rio Grande & Southern Railway, connecting to Durango to the east, and to the Telluride mining districts up north, via Dolores. Ranchers in the Mancos Valley provided beef, timber, and other agricultural products to the mining camps.

About CLiC
The Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC), headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, serves over 450 libraries throughout the state, many of which also belong to the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog. Currently the CLiC database includes over 1,000,000 items. Resource sharing is one of the key components of the system with libraries requesting over 1,200 items from each other every month. Requests are growing as more patrons discover how easy it is to request an item not held at his or her home library. CLiC is committed to maintaining AspenCat as a fully featured, patron-focused system. In partnership with the Colorado State Library, AspenCat offers integration with external databases using EZproxy, integration through the State Library’s Plinkit-based web site hosting service and inter-connectivity with SWIFT, the statewide ILL system. AspenCat also currently offers a cooperative purchase for downloadable audio books from Recorded Books and eBooks from the 3M Library Cloud system. For more information, please contact Bob Bennhoff at 303-422-1150 or [email protected].

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

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: LibLimekohaCLiCOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: LibLimeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

Penguin Random House eBook Titles Now Available on EBSCO eBooks

LISWire - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:38

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 4, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has partnered with Penguin Random House to offer digital libraries the entire collection of Penguin Random House eBooks through EBSCO eBooks™. Libraries can access 21,000 fiction and nonfiction e-book titles from prominent authors including John Grisham, Mindy Kaling, Paula Hawkins, Toni Morrison and Danielle Steel.

Penguin Random House titles are included in several EBSCO eBooks™ collections such as EBSCO’s Popular Adult Fiction Collection, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Fiction Collection, Popular Adult Nonfiction Collection and others. Flexible pricing models will help librarians acquire popular frontlist and backlist e-book titles according to their needs and allow libraries to own purchased Penguin Random House eBooks in perpetuity. EBSCO does not add markups or fees to this or any collection of titles, making it easy for libraries to grow their collections.

Penguin Random House eBooks add essential titles to EBSCO’s growing collection of more than 800,000 e-books to serve all types of libraries. EBSCO offers multiple options for purchase as well as a refined interface for downloading and reading e-books. John Brennan, EBSCO’s Senior Director of eBook Product Management, says this will provide libraries with easy access to high-demand e-books with pricing options to suit varying budgets. “The Penguin Random House catalog offers libraries e-book titles from widely read fiction and nonfiction authors who are popular with a variety of readers. Having these titles available from EBSCO eBooks means that libraries can cost-effectively build e-book collections on a foundation of quality trade fiction and nonfiction titles.”

Skip Dye, Vice President Library Marketing and Sales, Penguin Random House, says that increased exposure of the Penguin Random House catalog ensures that customers will be able to access the e-books they’re looking for, both in the library and online. “We are pleased that our partnership with EBSCO will ensure digital libraries greater access, both in the library and online, to the full range of our fiction and nonfiction titles.”

EBSCO eBooks are available from EBSCO or through YBP's GOBI, Ingram's OASIS and Baker & Taylor's TitleSource 3. For more information on EBSCO eBooks and featured collections including Penguin titles, go to: http://www.ebscohost.com/ebooks/popular-fiction

About Penguin Random House
With nearly 250 independent imprints and brands on five continents, more than 15,000 new titles and close to 800 million print, audio and e-books sold annually, Penguin Random House is the world’s leading trade book publisher. The company, which employs about 12,500 people globally, was formed on July 1, 2013 by Bertelsmann and Pearson, who own 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively. Like its predecessor companies, Penguin Random House is committed to publishing adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print editions, and is a pioneer in digital publishing. Its book brands include storied imprints such as Doubleday, Viking and Alfred A. Knopf (United States); Ebury, Hamish Hamilton and Jonathan Cape (UK); Plaza & Janés and Alfaguara (Spain); and Sudamericana (Argentina); as well as the international imprint DK. Its publishing lists include more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors. Penguin Random House champions the creative and entrepreneurial independence of its publishers, who work tirelessly to maximize readership for its authors and to protect their intellectual property.

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]

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Backstage announces new projects and increased innovations

LISWire - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 19:56

Contact:

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
800.288.1265
[email protected]
www.bslw.com

PROVO, Utah, January 29, 2016 –– The new year is off to an accelerated start at Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) as their automated services department takes on new and innovative projects. Backstage continues to expedite processes, implement new technologies and allow libraries more customized settings than any other service provider.

In addition to implementing Library of Congress’ RDA enrichment requirements, Backstage is taking the lead in creating supplemental RDA elements that will benefit its clients. Backstage is adding 344, 345, 346, and 347 fields to bibliographic records. Options under consideration are other 38x fields in addition to the 382, 383 and 384 fields currently in place. Overall, Backstage processed nearly 80 million records in 2015.

New authority control projects have included:

◾Suffolk County Library System, New York
◾Eastern Shores Library System, Wisconsin
◾Round Rock Public Library, Texas
◾Linn Libraries Consortium, Oregon

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

“We have had a great set of libraries come onboard recently. We love to work with clients who may have had some particular issue about their records that needed a creative solution that’s eluded them thus far. Providing authority control and RDA enrichments to their files will go a long way towards maintaining the consistency in their records and affording better access for their patrons.”

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.

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTopics: Press ReleaseTags: Backstage Library Worksautomated servicesauthority controlbibliographic recordsRDARDA enrichmentOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

Follett, EBSCO Announce eBook Partnership

LISWire - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 13:54

McHENRY, Ill., February 1, 2016 – Follett announced it is partnering with EBSCO Information Services to make approximately 600,000 EBSCO-hosted eBooks available for ordering through Titlewave, Follett’s premier collection development and order platform for K-12 schools.

EBSCO offers high-quality eBooks from more than 1,500 major publishers, including eBooks from more than 115 worldwide university presses. The Follett-EBSCO partnership provides schools with the flexibility to purchase EBSCO eBooks™ on Titlewave, a platform already integral to their workflow, and provides an easy, cost-effective way for libraries to provide educators with full-text EBSCO eBooks coverage to support their curricula.

Moreover, EBSCO eBooks support a quality learning experience across all subject areas taught in K-12 schools, and their content aligns with curriculum standards in the U.S. and Canada.

“The partnership with Follett will provide schools with quality K-12 eBooks on the Titlewave platform,” said Ken Breen, Vice President of Product Management, EBSCO eBooks. “Since Titlewave is the premier source of curriculum-specific content, the partnership allows K-12 libraries to choose from thousands of EBSCO eBooks titles from within their preferred acquisition workflow.”

Lindsay Bozzani, Teacher Librarian of La Cañada (Calif.) High School’s Information Resource Center and a Follett user for 20 years, explained the benefit of purchasing new EBSCO eBooks from Titlewave to complement her use of both EBSCO eBooks subscriptions and the Follett catalog.
“With the advent of so many eBook titles in nonfiction, we recently purchased EBSCO High School and Academic collections,” Bozzani said. “In an effort to expand awareness about this new endeavor, we merged the titles into our Follett catalog. Students have found it easy to access the actual digital book via a link in the Destiny record, while teachers are interested because they are seeing a huge increase in the size of our collection.”

As books increasingly move to digital formats, Follett is at the forefront of the transition providing solutions that help educators and students access, integrate and increase the utility of digital content within schools. Currently, more than 30 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use eBooks provided by Follett.

“We look forward to partnering with EBSCO as it is a win-win for all of our customers,” said Nader Qaimari, Executive Vice President, Follett Corporation, and General Manager, Follett School Solutions.
For more information about Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com; for more information about EBSCO Information Services, visit www.ebsco.com.

Tags: e-booksEBSCOFollettK-12Organization Type: PublisherTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: School Librarians

Backstage appoints Thomas Forsythe as Client Support Manager

LISWire - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:27

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

PROVO, Utah, January 28, 2016 –– Backstage Library Works (www.bslw.com) is pleased to announce that Thomas Forsythe has joined their sales and marketing team representing retrospective conversion, cataloging, digitization, microfilm, authority control, reclassification, on-site, and data conversion services.

Mr. Forsythe has seventeen years of library experience and has been working with Backstage clients for more than nine years as senior on-site services project manager. He holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Since joining Backstage in 2006, Mr. Forsythe has trained, led and managed on-site service teams across the United States and the United Kingdom. Seventeen large scale projects with renowned public and private institutions have included the Library of Congress, the Birmingham Central Library, San Diego County Libraries, and academic libraries on both sides of the Atlantic. Projects have included reclassification, RFID tagging, shifting, inventory, shelving, barcoding and scanning.

As client support manager, Mr. Forsythe continues to work closely with libraries and museums ensuring they receive the highest quality of service from every Backstage department.

Jeff Calcagno, vice president of sales for Backstage states:

“For almost a decade, Thomas has been a key on-site manager for Backstage as we’ve developed highly customized solutions for our clients worldwide. His considerable knowledge of library operations, and his face-to-face contact with our clients on a day-to-day basis, is a natural fit for his new role serving libraries and archives in our group. We look forward to having him support our clients’ needs and contribute to the growth and enhancement of our services.”

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.

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J. Drake Edens Library at Columbia College Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 13:24

1/27/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

The J. Drake Edens Library at Columbia College 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 J. Drake Edens Library at Columbia College of Columbia, SC. is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 150,000 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: http://cat.columbiasc.edu

Jane Tuttle, Library Director, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

"Our transition to Koha has been a great experience due to the knowledge and skill of the ByWater Solutions staff. Koha has the ease of use and functionality we were looking for in a system, and with ByWater Solutions’ help, we are able to fully take advantage of all the aspects of the system, including course reserves. Our students, faculty, and staff like the ease of use that Koha brings. ByWater Solutions was able to help us tailor the system to better fit our library and collection."

About the J. Drake Edens Library:
The mission of the Edens Library is to support the educational program of the College. The library has established five goals to serve this mission.

Goal I - To develop a collection of library materials in a variety of formats that support the curriculum.
Goal II - To provide access to the library collection as well as to off-site resources in a timely and efficient manner.
Goal III - To provide an information literacy program for the academic community.
Goal IV - To renovate the library and to acquire additional interior library space in order to enhance the learning environment.
Goal V - To maintain a highly qualified library staff capable of providing appropriate service to support the library mission.

For more information please visit: http://libguides.columbiasc.edu/library/about

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 source ILSopen sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Egypt Selects Resources from EBSCO Information Services

LISWire - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 12:01

Egypt Selects Resources from EBSCO Information Services in National Project
~ National Project in Egypt to Make EBSCO’s Arab World Research Source, Academic Search Complete and K12 Resources Available to All Research Institutions in Egypt ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — January 26, 2016 — Every research institution in Egypt will soon have access to five resources from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) due to a national project launched by the Presidential Council for Education and Scientific Research. The project, The Egyptian Knowledge Bank, selected EBSCO to provide every person in Egypt with easy access to rich information with the aim of furthering scientific research and the formation of Egypt's Knowledge Society.

The National Project strives to develop both educational and scientific research in Egypt by providing easy access to rich and diversified content to all Egyptians. After a thorough evaluation, project leaders determined that EBSCO resources provided the most diversified and scholarly content. Arab World Research Source™ is one of the resources offered in the EBSCO package. All people in Egypt will benefit from its comprehensive collection of academic journals, magazines, trade publications, conference papers and industry profiles that are published in or pertain specifically to the Arab World.

On November 14, EBSCO’s regional representative, Mohamed Ibrahim, was invited to attend the official contract signing at the Presidential Palace. After the signing, The President of the Arab Republic of Egypt publicly announced the launch of the national project.
The four-year contract officially begins in January 2016 and all institutions will gain access to Arab World Research Source™, Academic Search Complete™ and K12 resources MAS Ultra, Middle Search Plus™ and Primary Search™.

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 750,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
[email protected]

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