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Metaliteracy in Practice

LISWire - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:14

The latest release from Facet Publishing, Metaliteracy in Practice, will provide inspiration for librarians and educators in need of up-to-date and thought-provoking information literacy curricula and instructional approaches.

Editors Trudi E. Jacobson and Thomas P. Mackey, respected leaders in distance education and library instruction, reframed information literacy in their acclaimed previous book, Metaliteracy: Reinventing information literacy to empower learners, which provided an inclusive framework that encompasses all the newer literacies such as digital, visual, cyber and media literacy. Metaliteracy in Practice builds on the success of this book, placing its concepts firmly in real-world practice and delivering a compilation of innovative and practical teaching ideas from some of the leading thinkers in library and information literacy instruction today.

Each chapter takes readers through the process of using the metaliteracy framework in new and exciting ways that easily transfer to the classroom and to work with students. These ideas are grounded in teaching traditional information literacy competencies but brought up-to-date with the addition of methods for teaching and learning about metacognition, information creation and participation in learning communities.

The case studies contained in this collection detail the hows and whys of curricular design for metaliteracy, suitable for both beginners and seasoned professionals. Readers will also benefit from the book’s practical ideas for:

• teaching students about the importance of format choice
• assessing user feedback
• creating information as teachers
• evaluating dynamic content critically and effectively
• sharing information in collaborative environments.

The collection has some of the most innovative teaching ideas for inspiring librarians and educators to revise lessons on critical thinking and information literacy, so that their students will graduate with the ability to formulate and ask their own questions.

More information: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=300938#.Vp-jmvmLTct

Metaliteracy in Practice; January 2016; paperback; 256pp; 9781783300938; £49.95; is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD The book is available in North America through ALA Editions and in Australasia through Co Info.

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Topics: Press ReleaseTags: Information LiteracymetaliteracyinfolitAcademic LibrariansAcademic Librariesacademic librarylibrarylibrarianinformation scienceIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial Libraries

Farmington Libraries Commemorate Five Years of Koha Library System

LISWire - Tue, 01/19/2016 - 14:00

1/19/2016
CONTACT:
Leah Farrell
Community Services
860-673-6791 x211
[email protected]

Farmington Libraries Commemorate Five Years of Koha Library System

On Friday, January 15, 2016, Farmington Libraries Executive Director Jay Johnston, Library Board Chairman Alan Sherman, and ByWater Solutions Co-Founder Nathan Curulla gathered to sign a 6-year extension of the Koha integrated library system software. In 2011, the Farmington Libraries became what at the time was the largest library to adopt the Koha software with ByWater Solutions. In the years since this decision was made, the savings and increased efficiency afforded by Koha has allowed the Farmington Libraries to double their collection size and offer better, more streamlined services to the community.

Transitioning to Koha to manage the library collection and circulation was a no-brainer for Libraries Executive Director Johnston, who saw the advantage of 90% savings over the Libraries’ previous system, along with constantly improving features and functionality. “The benefits of the Koha system have enabled the Farmington Libraries to build a strong collection and meet the ever-evolving needs of our community,” says Johnston. “I’m happy with the knowledge that we have 6 more years ahead of us with Koha and ByWater Solutions. The savings we have seen in conjunction with the strong and stable relationship we have with ByWater has been integral to the Libraries’ growth in the past several years.”

ByWater Solutions has also grown exponentially since 2011--according to co-founder Curulla--growing in reputation, client base, and staff size. Confidence in the software they support has been the most important contributor to this growth. “Koha provides all the features and functionality of a system that costs 10 times as much, and because it’s open source, the software continues to improve with new features and innovations while the price stays the same.” One new feature being used by the Farmington Libraries allows patrons to have their photo taken so that they can still check out items if they don’t have their library card or other identification on hand, a huge convenience for busy patrons. Forthcoming innovations include streamlined access to eBooks.

The Farmington Libraries Board of Trustees agrees the decision to adopt the Koha software was the right one in light of its successful implementation, huge cost savings. “The Library Board is reassured that Koha will continue to offer great service and improving functionality at the same great price range,” says Chairman Alan Sherman. “As the needs of the community continue to change at a rapid pace, the Farmington Libraries are able to keep up, thanks in part to Koha,” says Johnston.
The Farmington Libraries are part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association.

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: koha supportkoha ILSopen sourceOpen Source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Salisbury Free Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 10:51

1/15/2016
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Salisbury Free 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 Salisbury Free Library of Salisbury, NH. is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 10,000 titles earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Salisbury Free Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://salisbury.bywatersolutions.com

Mindy Flater, Director of the library, commented on their experience moving to Koha with ByWater:

"We moved to Koha nine months ago from, if you can believe it, stamping books and borrower's cards. It's been like going from a horse-drawn buggy to a Ferrari! We are very happy with Koha and ByWater's support and our patrons really appreciate all the added convenience of an automated system too."

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 ILSkoha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

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