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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]

Tags: e-book collectionsEBSCOPenguin Random HouseOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Librarians

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

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