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EBSCO Information Services Names Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources

LISWire - Thu, 05/09/2019 - 10:05

EBSCO Information Services Names Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources
~ Carroll Brings More Than 25 Years of Industry Experience to Global Technology Company ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — May 8, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the hiring of Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources (HR). Carroll brings extensive experience in HR to EBSCO and will be responsible for HR strategy on a global level.

Carroll was most recently the Vice President, Human Resources, at OSRAM Sylvania, Inc., where she was responsible for developing the organization’s HR strategy and establishing long-term plans to attract, retain and develop employees. Carroll focused on increasing engagement by fostering an innovative employee brand and culture.

Carroll holds an MS from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., and a BS from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Before her time at OSRAM, Carroll worked in HR at Aspen Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and held earlier positions with Teradyne, UNICCO Service Company and Deloitte & Touche.

EBSCO Information Services Founder and CEO Tim Collins says Carroll has the experience needed for the company to continue to foster its employees’ development while attracting and retaining new talent. “EBSCO revolves around a culture of entrepreneurship, hard work and integrity. Patty possesses the knowledge and characteristics that will help ensure EBSCO employees feel valued, while being given the freedom to thrive in their roles.”

Carroll will work out of the company’s international headquarters in Ipswich, Mass., and will be responsible for more than 3,000 employees in more than 30 countries. She says she looks forward to working with the company to continue to develop innovative HR solutions to help drive business results. “EBSCO is a leading information technology company that is growing at a rapid pace. My goal is to work with the leadership team to be a change agent for employees and support the positive work environment here at EBSCO.”

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:
Jessica Holmes
Communications Director
978-356-6500 ext. 3485
[email protected]

Tags: EBSCOEBSCO Information ServicesInformation Technologynew hireTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Santaquin City Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 04/30/2019 - 10:42

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Santaquin City Library in Utah, is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 16,000 plus holdings from Follett ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://santaquin.bywatersolutions.com/.

Jessica Zairo, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator recently commented on the migration:

We are so excited to have another library in Utah join the Koha Community and ByWater Family! We love watching the relationships build between libraries using Koha and when we heard they will be working with Payson Library, we were thrilled!

About the Santaquin City
Santaquin is located in the southernmost part of Utah County, approximately seventy miles south of Salt Lake City. It is a picturesque and beautiful community with a view of Utah Lake to the north and peaks of the Wasatch Range surrounding the valley. Approximately 12,000 residents call Santaquin home. Read more about Santaquin: https://www.santaquin.org/.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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: https: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/.

For more information
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha ILSKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

ArabLit Quarterly publishes beautiful literary translations digitally

LISWire - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 11:46

The first two issues of brand-new publication, ArabLit Quarterly, are now available on web, iOS and Android platforms in collaboration with digital publishing experts Exact Editions. Each subsequent issue will add value to the ever-growing digital archive, rendering it an indispensable resource for scholars, students and enthusiasts of Arab literature around the world.

The title brings together within its pages the English translations of short stories and poetry originally penned by Arabic-language writers. Some of the prestigious writers that have featured thus far include South Sudanese writer Stella Gaitano, Syrian short-story writer Zakariya Tamer and Palestinian poet Asmaa Azaizeh.

ArabLit Quarterly was launched in late 2018, propelled by the enthusiasm of the ArabLit website community, as well as listeners of the Bulaq podcast that examines the Arab region through the lens of literature. Each quarterly issue aims to bring out beautiful literary translations, new work by Arab artists and new forms of literary criticism that re-frame the discussions around Arabic literature, translation and art.

ArabLit Quarterly is available in the Exact Editions individual and institutional shops here:

Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/arablit-quarterly

Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/arablit-quarterly

Editor-in-chief Marcia Lynx said: “The new state-of-the-art digital edition enables our ever-expanding treasure trove of literary content to reach new international audiences. We’re particularly excited about the opportunity to target the institutional market, as the stories and poems will prove invaluable for students of Arab studies.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “Any individual who is interested in the world of Arab literature, whether from an academic or amateur perspective, will benefit from ArabLit Quarterly - especially as the archive will grow issue by issue.”

About ArabLit Quarterly:

ArabLit Quarterly is a magazine launched in 2018 stemming from the community around the ArabLit website and Bulaq podcast. It aims to bring out beautiful literary translations from Arabic, fresh work by Arab artists, and also new forms of literary criticism that re-frame the discussions around Arabic literature, translation, and art. In the publication’s pages, you can find classical Arabic recipes in translation, illuminative infographics, and literary playlists.

About Exact Editions:

Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content and selling subscriptions across web, iOS and Android platforms, for individuals and institutions.

Tags: arab literatureExact EditionsPoetryliteratureonline magazinelibraryOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrarians

EBSCO Information Services and the American Library Association Awards Ten Librarians with Scholarships to Attend ALA Annual Conference

LISWire - Mon, 04/29/2019 - 11:25

EBSCO Information Services and the American Library Association Awards Ten Librarians with Scholarships to Attend ALA Annual Conference

~ Awardees Include International Recipients from Three New EBSCO/ALA Scholarships Specifically Available to Librarians Outside the United States ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — April 29, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded ten scholarships, including three new awards specifically for international recipients, to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. The scholarships are in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA). The scholarships aim to help the winning librarians defray the cost of travel and other expenses so they can take advantage of the conference’s professional development and networking opportunities.

International Scholarship Winners:
• Elizabeth Wangari Mwangi, Library Assistant/MLIS Student, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya (first-time attendee)
• Olivia Kerubo Ongera, Library Assistant, South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui, Kenya (first-time attendee)
• Marie-Eve Berthiaume, Student Librarian, HEC Montreal, Montreal, Canada (first-time attendee)

EBSCO/ALA Scholarship Winners:
• Rebecca J. Campbell, Adult Services Manager, Eustis Memorial Library, Eustis, Florida
• Tracy S. Drake, Archivist/Librarian, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois
• Alice Erickson, MLIS Student, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (first-time attendee)
• Aubrey Iglesias, Cataloging Librarian, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
• Ji Hye Lee, Electronic Cataloging Librarian, Nova Southeastern University Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (first-time attendee)
• Ayaba Logan, Research and Education Informationist/Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina Library, Charleston, South Carolina
• Brianna N. Thurman, Administrative Support Specialist, Gaston County Public library and Library Student, East Carolina University, Gastonia, North Carolina (first-time attendee)

As part of the application process, international applicants were asked to write an essay discussing how technology can help them face some of the current challenges in their libraries. Award winner Marie-Eve Berthiaume said that the advancement of technology will help with productivity in the library. “Technology could address the automation and execution of repetitive, time-consuming tasks such as cataloguing, programmed searches and current awareness using sophisticated Boolean operators and keyword combinations, it would help librarians and researchers be more productive.”

Traditional applicants were asked to share how attending the conference will contribute to their professional development. Award winner Brianna Thurman wrote about the impact that the conference has on a young library student who is the “blazing bright future of a field.” She wrote, “being a first-time attendee and recent graduate will allow me to use this professional development opportunity to sketch out my first contributions to our field as a degree-holding librarian. This work is my purpose, one that I have been lucky to know and pursue early in life.”

EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the library community around the world and maintains a long-standing tradition of co-sponsoring scholarships to ALA conferences that provide funds for conference registration, travel and expenses. The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a scholarship breakfast.

About ALA
The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 57,000 librarians, library trustees and other friends of libraries dedicated to providing and improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society: www.ala.org.

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]

Tags: Academic LibrariesEBSCOALA AnnualAmerican Library AssociationEBSCO ALA ScholarshipTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

Whitney Museum of American Art Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 04/25/2019 - 12:32

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 65,000 plus holdings from Voyager ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://whitney.bywatersolutions.com.

Ivy Blackman, Managing Librarian at the Whitney Museum of American Art recently commented on the migration:

Thank you for working with so much flexibility and energy on this project. It’s been a fantastic experience so far—every single person I’ve worked with has been knowledgeable, supportive, and cheerful (which really goes a long way with a big scary project like this).

About Whitney Museum of Art
As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art. Read more online at: https://whitney.org/about.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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: https: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/.

For more information, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha ILSkoha open sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Goldey-Beacom College Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 15:25

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Goldey-Beacom College Library in Delaware is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 46,000 plus holdings from Symphony ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://gbc.bywatersolutions.com/.

Nate Curulla, CRO at ByWater Solutions recently commented on their migration:

It was great to work with the staff at Goldey-Beacom College Library! We are excited to have them join the ByWater Family and Koha Community!

About Goldey-Beacom College
An independent, multilevel college, Goldey-Beacom College offers challenging undergraduate and graduate programs. As a teaching-oriented institution of higher learning, the College emphasizes instructional excellence in the classroom and is committed to sustaining faculty who are caring, dedicated and knowledgeable in their respective fields, who motivate their students to realize their full learning potential, and, above all, who represent teaching excellence.

Goldey-Beacom College is further committed to providing a caring, wholesome, intellectually stimulating learning environment to its students so they may grow as individuals and become worthy, productive members of society. Read more at: https://www.gbc.edu/about/mission.html

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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: https: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/.

For more information, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha open sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Gale and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries Partner to Provide Residents and Students Free Access to New Digital Resources

LISWire - Tue, 04/23/2019 - 11:31

Gale Digital Resources Now Available at More Than 2,600 Libraries Across Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Penn. & FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – April 23, 2019 – The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has partnered with Gale, a Cengage company, to provide more than 2,600 public, school (K-12) and intermediate unit libraries throughout Pennsylvania with free access to Gale digital resources through POWER Library, the state’s electronic library. These new resources provide Pennsylvania residents, students and teachers with reliable, high-quality content that supports their educational, professional and informational needs.

“Providing Gale resources throughout our schools and public libraries ensures that all Pennsylvanians have equal access to high-quality, vetted information -- regardless of where they live in the Commonwealth,” said Glenn Miller, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Libraries at the Pennsylvania Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Gale resources now available to POWER Library users include:

• Academic OneFile & General OneFile — with InfoTrac Collections: Full-text periodicals and popular magazines, plus, peer-reviewed journals aligned to state educational curriculums.

• Books and Authors: A readers’ advisory database for discovery of books by author, genre and topic.

• Business Insights: Essentials: News, in-depth reports and statistics on companies and industries.

• Educator's Reference Complete: Academic journals and reports covering the education field.

• GREENR: Authoritative reference content in the areas of the environment, energy and natural resources.

• Health & Wellness Resource Center: Authoritative source for health information, updated daily.

• Informe Académico: Spanish-language periodicals.

• InfoTrac Newsstand: Searchable access to more than 2,000 global newspapers, broadcasts and transcripts.

• InfoTrac Student Edition: Magazines, newspapers and journals for high school students.

• Kids InfoBits: Age-appropriate, reliable, curriculum-related content to support elementary students’ research and homework needs.

• LitFinder: Literary works and secondary-source materials covering world literature and more than 80,000 authors throughout history.

• Research In Context: Authoritative, multimedia reference and periodical content covering the most-studied topics for middle school students.

With a library card, Pennsylvanians can access Gale’s digital resources 24/7 from any computer or mobile device. Additionally, many of the resources feature integrated workflow tools from Google and Microsoft, as well as language translation, downloadable audio and easy ways to share and save content.

Pennsylvanians can access these new resources through the POWER Library website: https://www.powerlibrary.org/e-resources/.

“Libraries are critical infrastructure in the knowledge economy and are key to driving economic growth in their communities through the resources and services they offer,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We are pleased to partner with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and together we will revolutionize the research experience for libraries and patrons throughout the state with access to educational resources that empower change and lifelong learning.”

About POWER Library
POWER Library is the online portal to all services provided statewide and include the E-Resources, Chat with a Librarian, PA Photos and Documents, and the Access PA Catalog & ILL System (‘Find Books, Movies, and More’). POWER Library is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

• Follow POWER Library on Twitter - @PowerLibrary

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.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

Tags: Gale Digital CollectionsGaleOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

Point Park University Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 13:13

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Point Park University Library in Pennsylvania is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 70,000 plus holdings from Sierra ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: http://pointpark.bywatersolutions.com/.

Brenton Wilson, Associate Library Director at Point Park University Library recently commented on the migration:

I also wanted to let you know that I have been involved in multiple ILS migrations and you and your team made this one the easiest one by far.

About Point Park University
At Point Park, Pittsburgh's only Downtown university, you'll engage in a more active, more real, more professional education. You'll have professors who teach from their own real-world experience when you pursue a degree from among more than 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs that we offer. Read more about Point Park here: https://www.pointpark.edu/About/index

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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: https: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/

For more information, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohaKoha open source ILSkoha open sourceOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

O’Neill Middle School Improves Student Literacy Skills with Thorndike Press Large Print Books from Gale

LISWire - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 11:04

Thorndike Press Large Print Books Helps Readers Develop and Strengthen Reading Skills to Become Confident, Successful, Lifelong Readers

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and Downers Grove, Ill. – April 17, 2019 – Large print books help O’Neill Middle School students improve their reading skills and become more confident readers. The school is using Thorndike Press large print books from Gale, a Cengage company, to help striving readers develop and strengthen their literacy skills. This empowers students to overcome reading challenges and develop the confidence and determination to become future-ready learners.

O’Neill Middle School is located in Downers Grove, Illinois with nearly 500 students in the 7th and 8th grades. With a mission to provide students with quality educational programs and support services, the school needed resources to help students who were struggling to read at their grade level. O’Neill turned to Thorndike Press large print books as an alternative to the regular print books they were using.

“When I learned more about large print books from Thorndike Press, I realized I had to add them to my collection,” said Tasha Squires, School Librarian at O’Neill Middle School. “It struck me that large print could be a great connection between the lower-level reading materials and regular text/reading level books.”

View a video from Squires about how she has successfully integrated large print books into her collection and how she introduces the format to her students, here: http://bit.ly/2ZpsFTc.

Thorndike Press large print books are similar in size to other standard editions and have the same cover art. By using a 16-point font on thinner, higher quality paper and laying out the text to maximize the use of white space, the books reduce eyestrain and increase readability.

As students started to use the large print books, Squires noticed significant improvements in their reading skills. In a survey she conducted of the students reading large print books,[i] nearly 70% said they were able to concentrate better. The findings also showed that the majority of students preferred large print over regular print books because they:

• remembered more of the story
• found themselves reading for longer periods of time
• enjoyed the reading process more
• were able to find their place faster, when looking up from the book

“Giving students the choice to decide what format they would prefer reading a book in, is incredibly powerful and makes them more willing to engage with the content,” said Squires. “It also allows them the ability to comprehend more because it’s in a format that’s accessible to them.”

Since beginning their large print initiative in October 2018, O’Neill’s large print titles have had total circulation of 4.85%—an impressive percentage considering large print makes up only 136 titles of the library’s total collection of 13,000 items.

“These books aren’t just for striving readers—they work for ALL readers,” said Squires. “Large print texts are part of the larger picture for reading in general, because they help students overcome challenges they might have and allows them to be successful.”

Read the entire story about O’Neill Middle School’s success with Thorndike Press books, here: http://bit.ly/2V4YDET.

For more information on Thorndike Press visit the webpage, here: http://bit.ly/2GjUtPZ.

About Thorndike Press
As the world’s leading large print publisher, Thorndike Press, a Gale company, helps readers of all ages enjoy books. Publishing unabridged reprints in large print format for middle grade and young adult readers started in 1999 and our catalogue of nearly 400 titles grows monthly with high-interest fiction and nonfiction books, including contemporary classics, award-winners and bestsellers. Our commitment to producing high quality, 100% guaranteed large print books supports young readers as they develop the skills necessary to become successful, confident, lifelong readers. For more information visit: gale.com/thorndikepress/ya.

Follow Thorndike Press on:
• Twitter - @ThorndikePress
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ThorndikePress/

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.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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[i] From a survey of 66 participating O’Neill Middle School 7th–8th graders regarding reading large print for the first time in classroom and library settings (January – May 2018).

Tags: GaleThorndike Presslarge print booksOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool Librarians

University of Montevallo Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 07:05

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the University of Montevallo Carmichael Library in Alabama is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 200,000 plus holdings from Horizon ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://libcatalog.montevallo.edu/

Cate Guenther, Carmichael Librarian recently commented on the training and migration:

Thank you for the training experience. We are so thoroughly pleased with the new system and your training sessions were extremely informative. It was great getting to know you and getting a glimpse of ByWater Solutions as a company. I am impressed and so thankful we are able to be a new customer of yours!

About the Carmichael Library
The Carmichael Library connects people with information, fosters individual and collaborative research and study, cultivates critical thinking, and promotes creativity.

Read more at: http://libguides.montevallo.edu/mission

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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: https: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/

For more information, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha open sourceKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Decatur Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Wed, 04/17/2019 - 06:47

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Decatur Public Library in Alabama is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 96,000 plus holdings from TLC ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://catalog.mydpl.org/.

Sherry Sakovich, Director at the Decatur Public Library recently commented on the migration:

I just wanted to thank you and EVERYONE at ByWater for taking such great care of us during our migration. Andrew, Jess, Lucas, and Melissa been absolutely incredible. You guys were on fire with answering questions and making adjustments to what we needed with our configuration. Thank you so much to all of you!

About the Decatur Public Library
The purpose of the Decatur Public Library is to provide to all those who live, work, own a business, or attend school in Morgan County, Alabama access to resources to fulfill their informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs and interests.

Read more at: http://mydpl.org/about-us/

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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: https: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/

For more information, please contact
Jessica Zairo
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
ByWater Solutions
bywatersolutions.com
Phone:(888)900-8944

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha open sourceKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

Equinox migrates Degenstein Community Library to the PaILS/SPARK Consortium

LISWire - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 16:17

Duluth, Ga., April 16, 2019: Equinox is pleased to welcome Degenstein Community Library to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

The Degenstein Community Library’s move will support 7,516 patrons. The migration included a total of 63,991 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. The library prepared for the migration with on site and remote training from Equinox.

“Has anyone ever said a migration or change in the library world, for that matter, is easy?,” said Melissa Rowse, director at Degenstein Community Library. “The Degenstein Community Library certainly can. Erika Rohlfs and the team at Equinox made the transition to SPARK painless. Our weekly phone calls kept us abreast of upcoming discussions and topics. Our training with Felicia Beaudry helped to alleviate fears and concerns from the staff. Our Go-Live day had very little issues all because we were prepared by Equinox. We thoroughly enjoyed working with Equinox and highly recommend them.”

PaILS was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide an open source integrated library system. It oversees SPARK, a consortia of Evergreen libraries across Pennsylvania. Equinox and PaILS have been collaborating on the SPARK consortia since 2013.

“It has been a great pleasure working with Melissa during Degenstein's migration to SPARK,” said Erica Rohlfs, Senior Implementation Project Manager at Equinox. “She gives thoughtful consideration to how the process may affect her community and made the patrons her top priority during the decision making process.”

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. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

About Evergreen
Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed to provide an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1500 libraries around the world are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

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ACRL and Gale Launch Libraries Transform Toolkit

LISWire - Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:07

New Marketing Toolkit Provides Academic Libraries With Guidance and Tools for Campus Engagement and Outreach

ACRL 2019 Conference, CLEVELAND – April 11, 2019 – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Gale, a Cengage company, have collaborated to create the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit. This free new toolkit provides academic and research libraries with easy-to-use tools and resources to develop effective marketing and outreach strategies to promote their services and impact to students, faculty and administrators. The toolkit extends the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Transform Campaign, that’s designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals.

“We created this toolkit in response to an evaluation we conducted with academic libraries on marketing and outreach activities, where they expressed a need for access to easy-to-use, outreach best practices and materials that are flexible and adaptable. In addition, the toolkit also allows for materials to be uploaded and shared as part of each section, so that everyone can contribute to its content,” said Cinthya Ippoliti, chair of the ACRL Libraries Transform Task Force. “The toolkit provides academic libraries with the guidance needed to develop, execute and measure their community engagement efforts alongside their strategic marketing plans.”

Key resources in the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit include:

• Marketing Instructional Materials: Foundational guidance on how to create a marketing strategy, define message positioning by target audience, and plan campaigns.

• "Because" Statement Templates: Designed to help libraries develop messaging statements to promote their services and resources or issues of importance. Example statements are provided as well as ALA’s formula where libraries can create their own.

• Community Engagement Framework: Provides a framework and tactics to develop, support and sustain effective community outreach and communication strategies.

• Methods for Communicating and Measuring Impact: Provides insight and best practices on analyzing, measuring and communicating library outreach strategy results.

“Academic libraries play an important role in supporting student success and connecting researchers to new insights and ideas, but they often lack the staff, time and money it takes to promote their resources to these audiences.” said Harmony Faust, vice president of marketing and communications at Gale. “Our mission is to connect libraries to learners, and we are proud that our close collaboration with ACRL makes such a valuable marketing toolkit available to help our libraries more efficiently and effectively create awareness of the value and impact they bring to the communities they serve.”

To access the toolkit, visit the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit webpage: https://acrl.libguides.com/transform

About ACRL
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 10,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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Gwinnett County Public Library is newest OCLC Wise early adopter

LISWire - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 17:51

DUBLIN, Ohio, 10 April 2019—Gwinnett County Public Library in Lawrenceville, Georgia, has signed on to implement OCLC Wise, the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries.

Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) joins Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Anythink, in Adams County, Colorado, as an early adopter for Wise. This robust system seamlessly integrates the power of customer relationship management, marketing, and analytics with typical integrated library system (ILS) functionality, such as circulation and acquisitions. Wise transforms traditional library management with a holistic, people-centered approach—empowering library staff to better understand and meet community needs.

“GCPL is consistently pushing the boundaries of library service—from being the first library in the U.S. to provide customer self-service access outside of regular operating hours, to committing to active and inventive community engagement. We’re delighted that GCPL is joining us as a Wise early adopter,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO.

The GCPL team has been transitioning many aspects of the organization over the past several years to transform into a true community-oriented library. Adding Wise is another significant step in that transformation.

“GCPL is excited to play a part in the ongoing development of what promises to be a revolutionary new approach to library automation and engagement, one that focuses on the customer, not the collection,” said Charles Pace, Executive Director at GCPL. “We look forward to partnering with OCLC to enhance this robust, secure system that will serve not only our needs, but the needs of the library industry more generally.”

“We’re impressed with GCPL’s dedicated efforts to innovate outreach and community partnerships, and their determination to embrace technology advancements for the benefit of their community. GCPL’s leadership and staff understand where we’re headed with Wise, and their partnership will help us get there,” said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management.

Wise is the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries. The system is currently used by more than 75 percent of public libraries in the Netherlands and has been tailored to address the specific needs of U.S. public libraries. OCLC will work with early adopters, other public libraries, and the library community at large to help inform Wise development efforts.

OCLC is actively recruiting early adopter partnerships for Wise. This special group of libraries will work closely and collaborate with OCLC's product team to evaluate ongoing development opportunities and to shape future library innovation.

Learn more about Wise at www.oclc.org/en/wise.

About Gwinnett County Public Library
The award-winning Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) system was formed in 1996 after the dissolution of the Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library. For more than 20 years, GCPL has provided resources and services that enrich and inspire our community. The Library has 15 branches that offer free access to computers and Wi-Fi, classes, materials, and programming for people of all ages. In 2018, more than 4.5 million items were checked out at GCPL, more than any other library system in Georgia. In 2018, GCPL was recognized as a Top Workplace by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. For more information about Gwinnett County Public Library programs and services, visit www.gwinnettpl.org.

About OCLC
OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible. www.oclc.org

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: Gwinnett County Public LibraryOCLC WiseOrganization Type: LibraryNon-ProfitCompany Name: OCLCIntended Audience: LibrariansPublic LibrariesTopics: Press ReleaseLISWire

Gale Introduces New Digital Archive on Religions of America

LISWire - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 10:21

Traces the History of Religious Developments and Movements Unique to America

ACRL 2019 Conference, CLEVELAND – April 10, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, is introducing a new digital archive that explores the history and unique character of the American religious experience. Religions of America provides scholars and researchers access to the largest resource of its kind that follows the development of religions and religious movements born in and significantly reshaped by the United States from 1820 to 1990. This never-before-digitized collection contains thousands of rare resources that opens a window for scholars and researchers onto the contemporary religious condition and its impact on modern American society and politics. Read Gale’s blog about this new archive: http://bit.ly/2FYgbsH.

Religions of America pays close attention to America’s unique role as a birthplace for new religious movements, particularly after World War II. It provides distinctive coverage of the expression of and reaction to various religious movements from Pentecostalism and Mormonism to modern Judeo-Christian organizations and non-Christian movements. It also offers robust coverage of alternative, lesser-known, but culturally important religious traditions, including New Age, Neopagan, Wicca, neo-Christianity and Christian Identity, and independent fundamentalist movements.

The archive’s wide variety of periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, newsletters, ephemera and visual materials lets scholars examine America’s religious life through the lens of politics, sociology, economics, psychology, women’s studies and other disciplinary perspectives. It draws on a variety of collections, including the largest multi-denominational religious collection of its kind, assembled by J. Gordon Melton, the premiere scholar of 20th-century American and Canadian religious life.

Cross searchable with other Gale Primary Sources, Religions of America comprises five unique collections:

• The American Religions Collection: Includes materials from Hebrew Christians and Pentecostal groups to Baptist organizations and Grace Gospel organizations. It features serials on neo-Pagan and occult religious traditions as well as important subject files on LGBTQ churches, church-and-state controversies, women and female spirituality and political extremism.

• The Shaker Collection: Documents the life and history of Shakers from several communities during the 18th through the early 20th centuries. Content includes correspondence, diaries, journals, photographs, community laws, church covenants, hymnals, spiritual communications, inspirational writings and drawings, lectures and speeches, as well as writings by and about members.

• The FBI Files on Jonestown, Moorish Science Temple of America, and the Branch Davidians: Explores the events surrounding the Free Peoples Temple in Jonestown; the activities of the early Black-Moslem Moorish Science Temple of America and, through reproduced negotiation transcripts, the beliefs and practices of David Koresh and his Branch Davidian followers.

• The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda: From Brown University presents more than 30,000 pages of rare materials on Christian identity movements from its founding in the late 1940s until the 1990s.

• Utah and the Mormons: Includes periodicals, doctrinal and controversial works covering Mormon thought and history, pro- and anti-Mormon writings, and newspapers from Mormon communities.

“Religions of America allows researchers to study the unique American religious experience,” said Seth Cayley, vice president of Gale Primary Sources. “By providing a diverse range of materials on both major religious traditions and less mainstream belief systems, this remarkable archive allows researchers to explore the evolution of American religions and examine how its changed and impacted social attitudes over time.”

To provide a better research experience, Religions of America has been integrated into the Gale Digital Scholar Lab. This integration allows researchers to apply natural language processing tools to raw text data (OCR) from the collections or Gale Primary Sources archives and perform textual analysis on large corpora of historical texts. Now researchers can analyze and explore historical text more interactively, generating new research insights and content sets not previously possible.

Religions of America offers:

• access to more than half a million pages of unique and rare content, making it the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind for the study of religions and religious movements in America.

• Thousands of research files and rare serial publications covering a variety of religious movements from Pentecostalism and Mormonism to such lesser-known religious traditions as Wicca and Neopagan.

• Cross-searching and textual analysis with Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab and Gale Primary Sources, opening new research opportunities.

Gale will showcase the Religions of America at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, April 10-13 in Cleveland at the Gale booth #311.

To request a trial, visit the Religions of America webpage: http://bit.ly/2G7ihaN.

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.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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EBSCO Information Services Releases Music Index™ with Full Text

LISWire - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 10:58

EBSCO Information Services Releases Music Index™ with Full Text
~ The Essential Resource for Music Scholars ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — April 9, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) introduces Music Index™ with Full Text to meet the increasing demand for music-related resources. Music Index™ with Full Text is an essential tool for music scholars with more than 170 full-text journals, from 1970 to the present, covering every aspect of classical and popular music.

Music Index with Full Text includes cover-to-cover indexing and abstracting for more than 600 periodicals, performance reviews, sound recordings and videos. The collection covers every genre from jazz, folk, rock, blues, country, opera and classical music to choral and band music, gospel, and electronic & experimental music. Additionally, the resource includes journals devoted to specific musical instruments including the organ, guitar, concertina, viola and tuba. Subjects covered in the database include:

• Classical Music
• Film Scores
• Music and Society
• Music and Subculture
• Music Business and Management
• Music Education
• Music History
• Music Industry
• Music Theory
• Music Therapy
• Musicology
• Performance
• Popular Music
• Vocal Performance

Designed to meet the needs of international students as well, Music Index with Full Text has a broad global perspective with content representing more than 20 languages and full-text journals from more than 30 countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

EBSCO provides a wide variety of music resources that complement one another, including RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text and RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals with Full Text, and provides researchers with extensive coverage from renowned sources all on one platform.

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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The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Improves Student Exam Scores with Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy

LISWire - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 10:35

Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy Boosts Student Engagement, Comprehension and Retention of Complex Science Concepts, Strengthening Spatial Literacy and Student Success

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and IOWA CITY, Iowa – April 8, 2019 – The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine has seen improvements in student engagement and exam performance from using 3D interactive learning tools. The university is using Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy from Gale, a Cengage company, to conduct virtual 3D exploration. Now students and instructors can interactively explore anatomy from every angle, streamlining lectures and lab work that fosters an active learning environment improving student outcomes. Read the blog post from one of the university’s assistant professors about how he's using Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy for teaching: http://bit.ly/2U0nGEB.

Ranked among the best medical schools in the country for research and innovation, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is located in Iowa City, with nearly 600 medical students enrolled. With a strong commitment to supporting student success, the university needed an interactive resource that gives students a clear and complete understanding of the human body, where students can visualize essential concepts with hands-on interaction. They chose Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy, a 3D interactive learning tool.

View a video about Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy: http://bit.ly/2G3Xp4B.

Darren Hoffmann, assistant professor in the university’s department of anatomy and cell biology, has a passion for discovering new ways to improve the quality of learning and the student experience in anatomy coursework with 3D interactive learning. Before using Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy, Hoffmann purchased an app to create videos for each of his lectures. This was very time consuming and had limitations for adequately preparing students for labs.

“When you put a ton of objects in front of someone, they don’t know what to look at. That’s really the magic piece of Gale Interactive,” said Hoffmann. “It’s preconstructed in the sense that it’s oriented around a specific region or concept, but it’s completely free play for the students when they start going into it.”

Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy is an innovative learning aid that allows students to examine virtual 3D structures of the human body with guided instruction that’s aligned with course curriculum. Created with both students and faculty in mind, it can be used for in-classroom demonstrations or help with homework and research assignments. The interactive aspect allows students to dive deeper into complex concepts with tools that allow them to zoom, rotate and explore the human body in real-life scenarios.

“Guidance: That’s the most important, unique feature of Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy. That’s what keeps me coming back,” said Hoffmann. “I can trust my students to go there on their own and they can figure it out. The structure of the interface and the website is very clear and obvious what you’re going to see when you go to click on a session.”

For Hoffmann, the best scenario for students in an anatomy course is to blend live dissection with a really good 3D model, which is what Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy makes possible. Using 3D Anatomy tools to prepare his students for cadaver dissections resulted in dissections being completed quicker and subsequently led to improved exam performance.

“On comprehensive exams, scores went up for those who used these 3D anatomy tools as pre-lab prep,” said Hoffmann. “Most importantly, feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. They want more! They want the same type of resource for other subjects. I know that Gale Interactive is making a difference. It’s giving people a way to actually see what’s real in a way that’s stylized and almost hyper-real.”

Read the entire story about the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine success with Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy: http://bit.ly/2YKIvaF.

Gale will showcase Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy at the Experimental Biology Conference, April 7-9 in Orlando, FL at Gale booth #1041 and at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, April 10-13 in Cleveland at the Gale booth #311.

To request a free trial, visit the Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy webpage: http://bit.ly/2FRMcCD

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.

Follow Gale on:
• Twitter - @galecengage
• Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
• Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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The Williamson County Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:21

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Williamson County Public Library in Franklin Tennessee, is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 225,000 plus holdings from Sierra ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://wilco.bywatersolutions.com.

Brendan Gallagher, ByWater Solutions CEO, recently commented:

"We are very excited to have the chance to partner with the Williamson County Public Library. We can't wait to see what the future holds for them!"

About Williamson County Public Library
The Williamson County Public Library System seeks to meet the recreational, educational, and information needs of county patrons through: a significant collection of digital and print materials housed at a network of county wide locations head-quartered in Franklin; extensive personal computer and related technology; and diverse and interesting programs targeted to various age groups.

Read more about the Williamson County Public library at: http://lib.williamson-tn.org/about_us.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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: https://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: Open SourceTags: kohakoha open sourcekoha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

The University of Bridgeport Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

LISWire - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 15:20

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Wahlstrom Library at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 168,000 plus holdings from Voyager ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://bridgeport.bywatersolutions.com.

Nathan Curulla, CRO of ByWater Solutions, recently commented:

"We are thrilled to have the Wahlstrom Library at the University of Bridgeport join the Koha Community and ByWater Family!"

About the Wahlstrom Library
The four-floor, newly renovated Wahlstrom Library is at the center of the UB campus. Overlooking the Long Island Sound, the Library offers comfortable, open and varied spaces for study, collaboration, computing, reflection, relaxing, or even having a coffee and pastry before class. Staffed by professional librarians 7 days a week and offering 68 PCs and 100+ Docking Stations, students and faculty can not only find the most sophisticated search tools available for today’s research needs, but assistance using the rich collection of databases, ejournals, ebooks, and streaming video content. Read more online.

About ByWater Solutions
ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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: https://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/

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Opera Now digitises archive to broaden reach of publication

LISWire - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 12:06

Published since 1989, and now available monthly, Opera Now has an excellent reputation as one of the best sources of in-depth opera news, international reviews and wide-ranging features. With a loyal print readership in the UK and beyond, the digital archive will attract and engage new subscribers, particularly those who prefer to read online and on handheld devices. In an era of immediacy and availability, the provision of instant access to the complete archive is paramount to the future success of any magazine. The development of a dedicated iOS app designed by Exact Editions will also ensure that they will be ready to embrace the growing market of phone consumers.

The Mark Allen Group have a positive history of working with Exact Editions; Gramophone, Jazzwise and a range of other titles have found success on the platform. Part of this success has de-rived from selling high-value site-wide subscriptions to academic and specialist libraries worldwide. Now an established provider to the institutional market, Exact Editions will build a lucrative and annually recurring revenue stream for the publisher.

The long-term strategy is to establish Opera Now as an essential resource in music libraries, conservatoires and schools. With the superb content now hosted on an intuitive platform designed specifically for research purposes, the publication is now in a position to grow in the institutional sphere.

The complete archive of Opera Now is available in the Exact Editions institutional shop: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/opera-now

Luca Da Re, Head of Marketing and Digital Strategy at Mark Allen Group, said: “We’ve worked with Exact Editions for a long time and know that the digitisation of Opera Now will yield new revenue and bring the magazine to new eyes. We hope that academics and enthusiasts will be able to find new use for the brilliant archive, bringing old articles back into conversation and spreading enthusiasm about opera as an art form.”

Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, said: “We’re very pleased to have Opera Now on the platform - it’s a great magazine with a rich history and potential for growth. We have a lot of success with music titles amongst institutions and will be adding it to our robust music collection.”

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