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LISWire - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:24

Facet Publishing announce the publication of Digital Literacy Unpacked edited by Katharine Reedy and Jo Parker.

This book brings together thought-leaders and experts in the field of digital literacy, providing a blend of research and practice across sectors.

Digital Literacy Unpacked not only offers a snapshot of innovative approaches to digital literacy, but also intends to provoke discussion, encourage collaboration and inspire – whatever the role or context. The editors open up the whole area of digital literacy in all its kaleidoscopic richness, and provide diverse perspectives, content and ideas to inform thinking and practice. The cross-sectoral and global significance of digital literacy is a key theme of the book but crucially at its heart it is a citizenship and inclusion issue, necessary for the full participation and achievement of all in society. Coverage includes a discussion of terminology, institutional approaches, existing frameworks, digital literacy in learning and teaching, copyright literacy, teaching the use of digital tools, critical approaches to literacy and combatting social exclusion using digital skills.

Rosie Jones, Director of Library Services at The Open University said of the book, 'Its timing is key, given the rate of technological change and advances in our thinking around skills, and it contributes practice, theory and research to a topic that is important on a global scale. Across all sectors, we can’t avoid the digital agenda and this text provides a fabulous insight into digital literacy and learning'

The book will be useful reading for library and information professionals across the sector, institutional leaders and managers, and LIS students. It will also be useful reading for educational technologists, learning and teaching professionals.

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Press and review copies contact:

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

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More information: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=301973

Digital Literacy Unpacked | August 2018 | 240pp | paperback: 9781783301973 | £64.95 | hardback: 9781783301980 | £129.95 | eBook: 9781783301997

Katharine Reedy is a digital literacy and learning design specialist at the Open University. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Jo Parker is a senior library manager at the Open University Library, with responsibility for developing digital and information literacy strategy. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a fellow of the Leadership Foundation. She has co-edited two previous books for Facet Publishing.

Contributors:

Liz Bennett, University of Huddersfield; Bonnie Cheuk, Senior Business and Digital Transformation Leader; Mark Childs, Open University; Vedrana Vojković Estatiev, University of Zagreb; Sue Folley, University of Huddersfield; Josie Fraser, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Dean Groom, Macquarie University; Janet Hetherington, independent consultant; Charles Inskip, University College London; Norman Jackson, University of Surrey (Professor Emeritus); Gordana Jugo, Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet); Clare Killen, independent consultant; Adam Micklethwaite, Good Things Foundation; Chris Morrison, University of Kent; Chrissi Nerantzi, Manchester Metropolitan University; Joe Nicholls, Cardiff University Library; Judy O'Connell, Charles Sturt University; Philip Seargeant, Open University; Jane Secker, City University London; Caroline Tagg, Open University; Geoff Walton, Manchester Metropolitan University.

The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available to pre-order 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. It will be available in North America from the American Library Association.

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Gale Helps Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools Improve Student Engagement with Kids InfoBits

LISWire - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:45

Gale’s Kids InfoBits Provides Tools and Resources to Develop Future-Ready Research Skills in Young Learners

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and Chagrin Falls, Ohio – August 29, 2018 – Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools has seen an increase in student engagement by making database researching fun. The district is using Kids InfoBits from Gale, a Cengage company, to design lesson plans that focus on developing students’ research and critical thinking skills. This enables students to gain comfort with database researching as they transition to higher grade levels, putting them on a path to discovery that fosters future-ready skills. Read Gale’s blog about Chagrin Falls, here: http://bit.ly/2oiMQAP.

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools District is located just outside of Cleveland in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with nearly 2,000 prek-12 students across four schools. As a technology-focused district with a mission to provide an educational experience that empowers students to maximize their potential, the district needs digital resources that not only teach students how to properly conduct research, but easily integrate into classroom curriculum and workflow. Chagrin Falls chose Kids InfoBits, an intuitive resource that introduces students to database researching.

“I love the browsing ability that comes with Kids InfoBits,” said Angie Jameson, Library Media Specialist for Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools. “Introducing our students to research and synthesis skills using topics they are interested in results in much deeper engagement compared to assigning students a research topic while attempting to teach these difficult skills.”

Kids InfoBits’ research-friendly platform allows students to explore age-appropriate content that’s continuously updated to match elementary-level curricula. Students can dive into key subjects by exploring categories like animals, arts, geography, health, literature, social studies, people and technology.

“Kids love the graphics! When we design lessons, we use the graphics to help guide the instruction,” said Jameson. “Plus, students can easily find appropriate content and news with a ‘child-friendly spin.’ The read-aloud option and ability to translate the content into any given language…that’s what made us realize just how amazing the Kids InfoBits accessibility features are.”

When thinking back on her 10th grade class who had difficulty with citations, Jameson is excited that she and her team are actively introducing intermediate students to these practices—and building a strong foundation that is getting them excited about research.

Read the entire story about Chagrin Falls’ success with Kids InfoBits, here: http://bit.ly/2PIM8JH.

For more information on Kids InfoBits, visit: http://bit.ly/2Nvxowd.

About Cengage and Gale
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

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GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO and TIND Partner to Improve Acquisitions Workflows

LISWire - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 10:57

~ Partnership will Create a Unified Acquisition Workflow to the TIND Library System ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — August 23, 2018 — A new partnership between GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO (GOBI Library Solutions), a division of EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), and TIND is aimed at streamlining GOBI acquisitions for TIND libraries. Libraries using the TIND ILS are now able to use new functionality to streamline the acquisitions process. Utilizing the GobiAPI will allow TIND systems to fully integrate with the GOBI platform in real-time, facilitating the immediate transfer of bibliographic and order data from GOBI to TIND ILS.

This partnership will enable TIND ILS users to easily search for e-book and print titles in the extensive GOBI online catalog. All orders placed in GOBI will be automatically delivered to TIND ILS, creating a brief bibliographic and order record in the ILS. The API service, which will work on TIND ILS Version 1.6 and higher, will further enhance the workflow process and make it easier and more efficient for customers to locate titles and place orders.

GOBI Library Solutions Chief Operating Officer Darby Kopp says GOBI’s partnership with TIND enhances the ability to provide the most efficient, streamlined workflows to customers. “As a major supplier of e-books and print books for libraries, GOBI Library Solutions is committed to partnering with ILS vendors like TIND to help make workflows more efficient for libraries and their patrons. The integration of GOBI with TIND gives librarians the assistance they need to better streamline their acquisitions process and, ultimately, better serve the end user.”

“As part of TIND’s acquisitions development partnership with the UC Berkeley Law Library, it was a natural step to pursue an API integration with GOBI. It’s modern, simple and efficient. GOBI is a great example of a modern platform that is easy to integrate with,” says Alexander Nietzold, CEO at TIND.

GOBI customers interested in learning more and setting up the workflow should contact their GOBI representative. For more information, visit the GOBI Library Solutions website at: gobi.ebsco.com.

TIND is an official CERN spin-off providing library management systems, digital preservation- and research data management solutions based on CERN open source software (Invenio). For more information, visit: www.tind.io.

About GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO, formerly YBP Library Services, offers over 15 million print and e-books to academic, research and special libraries worldwide. From streamlining workflows to partnering with library staff, GOBI Library Solutions is committed to providing the best solution for libraries’ acquisition, collection development and technical service needs. For more than 40 years, the mission has remained same—to partner with libraries in providing access to the broadest selection of scholarly content available. For more information, visit the GOBI Library Solutions website at: gobi.ebsco.com.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 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 1,000,000 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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Equinox migrates Keystone College to Koha

LISWire - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 16:42

Duluth, Ga., August 22, 2018: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of Keystone College to Koha.

The migration encompassed 41,028 bibliographic records and 3,561 patrons including bibliographic, patron, item, and transactional data. Equinox provided Koha support, hosting, and auxiliary services to Keystone College as well as implementation and project management. Remote training was also provided by Equinox’s staff. Keystone College was founded in 1868 as Keystone Academy as one of the first institutions of higher education in northeastern Pennsylvania. This year they are marking their 150th Anniversary.

“Equinox and its staff truly embody the spirit of “open source” in sharing expertise and extending collaboration to help build something that makes library life easier,” said Mari Flynn, library technical services coordinator at Keystone College. “Who knew migrating could be so easy and so pleasant?”

Founded in 1999 Koha is the first free and open source library automation package. Equinox's team includes long-standing Koha developers.

"It was inspiring to see the care that the librarians at Keystone College’s Miller Library showed for their patron and item data during the migration process,” said Erica Rohlfs, project manager at Equinox. “We are excited to have them a part of the Koha community. "

To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

About Equinox Open Library Initiative
Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies.

About Koha
Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

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The Marie Curie ITN proposal ‘Mediating Islam in the Digital Age’ has been awarded

LISWire - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 05:40

Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 10 August 2018

An international consortium of research institutes, universities and non-academic partners in six European countries has been awarded with a research grant from the Department for Research and Innovation of the European Commission in June 2018. Mediating Islam Digital Age (MIDA) is coordinated by the ‘Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique’ (CNRS) in Paris. The consortium includes twelve beneficiaries and thirteen partner organisations, Brill being one of them.

The MIDA-project rests on the premise that digitisation and technological innovation do have a tremendous impact on Islam, the effects of which are diverse and ubiquitous, and they are reminiscent of technical revolutions in the past such as print technology.

MIDA assesses these developments in all their dimensions by formulating three major questions: How does digitisation (1) shape Islam (i.e. beliefs, practices, societies, political organisations, social institutions, and outlooks); (2) modify the relations Muslims have with their past; (3) modify and reorganize scholarship and research on Islam?

Innovative Training Networks programs are designed to combine scientific research with an intensive training trajectory for young scholars in order to equip them with the necessary comprehensive knowledge and skills. These researchers work in an inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary and international environment to deepen their knowledge and to find answers to pressing contemporary societal issues. As a result of the partnership, in the next few years several PhD candidates will fulfil an internship with Brill.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Ms. Nicolette van der Hoek, Acquisitions Editor at Brill, via [email protected].

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes 284 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit www.brill.com.

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Geoffrey Yeo investigates the relationships between information, data and records

LISWire - Wed, 08/08/2018 - 08:54

Facet Publishing announce the release of Records, Information and Data: Exploring the role of record-keeping in an information culture by Geoffrey Yeo.

In a society that increasingly emphasizes digital information and data, questions arise about the place of longer-established concepts such as records and archives. Records, Information and Data sets out to investigate the relationships between information (or data) and records, and, to examine the place of record-making and record-keeping in today’s information culture.

Eric Ketelaar, Professor Emeritus of Archivistics at the University of Amsterdam said, “Yeo’s book argues that the prevalent discourse which equates records simply with information or data is wrong. His innovative analysis of the performativity of records results in a fascinating new conceptual and practical understanding of the roles of records and archives in social action. Professionals in handling records, information and data, as well as users of records and archives and everyone interested in ‘the archive’, will gain from this perceptive and highly readable book a new comprehension of past, present and future information cultures.”

The book starts with an exploration of the concepts of records and archives; setting today’s record-keeping and archival practices in their historical context whilst examining changing perceptions of how these concepts are understood. It asks whether and how far understandings derived from the fields of information management and data science/administration can enhance our knowledge of how records function. Finally, it argues that concepts of information and data cannot provide a fully adequate basis for reflective professional thinking about records and that record-keeping practices still have distinct and important roles to play in contemporary society.

Professor Emeritus at The University of British Columbia, Terry Eastwood praised "Yeo's searching examination" and said that "everyone in the records field or aspiring to enter it should read this book and ponder its many cogent arguments."

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

Notes:

Records, Information and Data (http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=302260) | Jul 2018 | 208pp | paperback: 9781783302260 | £59.95 | hardback: 9781783302277 | £119.95 | eBook: 9781783302284

Geoffrey Yeo is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Information Studies at University College London, UK. His previous work for Facet includes Managing records: a handbook of principles and practice (with Elizabeth Shepherd, 2003), and Managing records in global financial markets (with Lynn Coleman, Victoria Lemieux and Rod Stone, 2011).

The book 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. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO and ByWater Solutions Partner to Improve Koha Workflows

LISWire - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:15

~Partnership will Create a Unified Acquisition Workflow to the Koha Open Source Library System ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — August 7, 2018 — A new partnership between GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO (GOBI Library Solutions), a division of EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), and ByWater Solutions is aimed at helping Koha libraries. Libraries using the Koha Open Source ILS are now able to use new functionality to streamline the acquisitions process. The GobiAPI Plug-in, which allows Koha systems to fully integrate with the GOBI platform in real-time, will now facilitate the immediate transfer of bibliographic and order data.

The result of this partnership is the ability for Koha users to easily search for e-book and print titles in the extensive GOBI online catalog. All orders placed in GOBI will be automatically delivered to Koha, creating a brief bibliographic and order record in the open source ILS. The plug-in, which will work on Koha Version 17.05 and higher, will further enhance the workflow process and make it easier and more efficient for customers to locate titles and place orders.

EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Sales, United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordic Countries, Gareth Smith, says the partnership with ByWater Solutions enhances GOBI Library Solutions’ ability to develop more efficient, streamlined workflows. “We’re committed to working with partners like ByWater to improve technologies that make the lives of librarians easier, ultimately improving the experience for library patrons. Librarians at sites using the Koha Open Source Library System will now be able to quickly find and acquire new titles, building more robust print and e-book collections.”

Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions stated: “We are thrilled to introduce the new GOBI plugin to the Koha community and are excited to expand on our already robust partnership with EBSCO and GOBI Library Solutions. By streamlining these processes, we are improving the workflows of libraries using our products to make their day to day jobs more efficient and streamlined.”
This development is a result of an agreement between ByWater Solutions, the American University of Rome and EBSCO. GOBI customers interested in learning more and setting up the workflow should contact their GOBI representative or view the plug-in specification on GitHub. For more information about GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, visit the website at gobi.ebsco.com.

About GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO, formerly YBP Library Services, offers over 15 million print and e-books to academic, research and special libraries worldwide. From streamlining workflows to partnering with library staff, GOBI Library Solutions is committed to providing the best solution for libraries’ acquisition, collection development and technical service needs. For more than 40 years, the mission has remained same—to partner with libraries in providing access to the broadest selection of scholarly content available. For more information, visit the GOBI Library Solutions website at: gobi.ebsco.com.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 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 customisation. 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 1,000,000 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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