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    January 20th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 20, 2017 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has renewed its commitment to helping libraries “go green” by bringing back an expanded version of its EBSCO Solar grant program for 2017. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is currently soliciting grant applications to help libraries fund solar installations. EBSCO is making two $100,000 grants available to bidders that will allow the winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenditures and install a solar array at their institution.

    In August 2007, EBSCO installed a photovoltaic array on the roof of one of the buildings of its Ipswich, Massachusetts campus. At the time, the 192 solar panels made up one of the largest installations on the North Shore of Boston. Two more arrays were added to buildings on campus, and EBSCO now has more than 500 solar panels offsetting the amount of “brown power” the company buys from the grid and generating clean energy to reduce EBSCO’s environmental footprint. After seeing the benefits of “going green” on its own campus, EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant so libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays can do so...on EBSCO.

    In 2016, Austin Community College District’s Highland Campus Library in Austin, Texas was awarded the first EBSCO Solar grant, a single grant providing up to $150,000 for the installation of a solar array on the campus library’s roof. Nearly 80 libraries submitted entries for the grant. The expanded 2017 grant is designed to reach more libraries interested in reducing their environmental footprint.

    EBSCO Industries President and CEO Tim Collins says expanding the program is a direct result of two things, EBSCO’s continuous dedication to green initiatives and the level of interest libraries showed last year. “The EBSCO Solar grant program is exciting for us because we know the value of being a supporter of green technology. It sends an important message to our community and we expect the same to be the case for our winners. Having 79 libraries submit applications in 2016 tells us that there is a lot of interest in alternative energy. It is an honor to be able to help libraries take that next step and go solar.”

    More information is available on the EBSCO Solar webpage at www.ebsco.com/solar including the timeline, submission form and FAQs. Interested libraries are encouraged to submit questions until February 28th. Submissions are due by April 28th, and the winner will be announced on June 23th, 2017 both online and at ALA-Annual.

    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 900,000 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
    kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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    January 20th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    1/19/2017
    CONTACT:
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944
    sales@bywatersolutions.com

    ByWater Solutions Offers Free SSL Certificates to all Hosted Customers

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, is pleased to announce that they will now provide SSL certificates, acquired through Let's Encrypt (https://letsencrypt.org/), for all our hosted partners free of charge. ByWater will acquire the certificate, and include all configured URLs for their partner's site. They will also handle the automatic renewal of the certificate. There will be no extra charge for this service. ByWater will be bringing up all new hosted installations on a secure SSL connection and will be slowly transitioning their existing customers utilizing ByWater Hosting to SSL throughout the next several months. 

    SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a browser and a server. SSL allows sensitive information, such as patron logins, search queries, etc., to be transmitted securely, and rendering it immune from network eavesdropping. If you have ever gone to a site using 'https://', instead of 'http://', you've used SSL.

    About Koha:
    Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

    Koha's OPAC, circulation, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies, HTML5, CSS and Javascript, making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit: http://koha-community.org/

    About ByWater Solutions:
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality 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: http://bywatersolutions.com/

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    January 18th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    January 17, 2017
    Contact: Valerie Colston
    artprofessor@gmail.com

    For Immediate Release

    San Diego, California January 17, 2017-Fun, Relaxed, Informative! Recommended by Librarians. Learn where to locate and use the tools, techniques and programs that make your job easier and more professional.

    See what graphic design projects other librarians are creating and why this is such an informative class.

    Enroll through the first week of the workshop. Class starts February 6. Join through February 13th. Open to all.

    Approved for 12 TLEUs (Indiana State Library)

    Sign up at http://www.artmuseums.com/graphicdesign.htm

    A Sampling of Closing Comments from Librarians who took the most recent class:

    Throughout this class I have learned that I don’t need any amazing software to be great, there are so many wonderful resources out there that can offer free materials and help with just the click of a button. I have used several of these resources before but I have never fully grasped how much use they really could be. I think I have found a way to make my work a more sophisticated and creative type of design. This will prove to be extremely beneficial as my work counts on me for a lot of our in house advertising. I am not sure I could pin point the most helpful information, I really loved seeing all of the examples and seeing how creative people can become with just a few websites and new templates to spice up their designs. I love how aware I am of shapes, colors, lines, and even the white space in any project I find myself doing. There are so many hidden rules and standards that help a piece flow together in a whimsical way. I couldn’t be more excited to have all of the information that has been given to me and I thank you for being such a wonderful teacher.

    Learning the terminology has been something I have enjoyed. I tend to be a bit technical so having a better understanding of the process in this regard is helpful.

    I have enjoyed viewing other people's projects and reading what they have to say about their projects. I find it fun to view other people's projects and the different style that they use.

    The most helpful information has been the links to free image sites. I had a few bookmarked already, but now I have a ridiculous amount of images to look through.

    I feel like this course was worthwhile for me to take. I now feel like I have lots of ideas for platforms as well as ideas to use to be more creative in my role. I enjoyed reading and watching videos about how to use Canva, book trailers and infographics. It was quite useful at the beginning of the course to remember the elements and principles of design as I had forgotten what they were about.

    I feel I will now be more independent when designing posters, ads, book trailers, imovies and ebooks. I can help the students to think about design features like font and colours to make sure they are visually pleasing and good for any task where they need to be persuasive.

    I would love to see a part 2 of this course as I feel I still have so much to practice and learn. I will recommend this course to others and felt it wasn't too overwhelming especially during the holiday season when I actually had time to do the course.
    ENERGIZED BY THE WHOLE THING. I am a little sad for it to end. Very well done in a cool 'show me' format.I had fun.
    As a result of taking this course, I've gained the ability to use and love Canva effectively. I have gained insight and a vocabulary surrounding graphic design I didn't have before. For example, I used to see library webpages that I liked and try to replicate them wholesale for our library, with mixed results. Now, I can pick apart the different components and think critically about what works in that particular design, and try to replicate the harmony of the components instead.

    I have already used what I've learned in my work. I'm made attractive flyers and a social media post for current programs. As I was reading about writing effective website copy, I was in our website editor, adjusting the copy I had written to be more user-friendly.

    The most helpful tip, hands-down was that we can use Microsoft Word to remove the background of images. That was amazing!

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    January 18th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ One Library Will Be Awarded a Free Three-year Library Website Makeover ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 17, 2017 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Stacks Inc. (Stacks) are now accepting applications for the inaugural Stacks Public Library Website Makeover Award. One winner will receive a free three-year library website makeover as well as up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Entries must be received by April 3, 2017.

    Stacks, a hosted, turnkey web content management system designed specifically for libraries, will work with the winning applicant to create a website that offers a relevant and robust user experience tailored for their patrons and administrator’s needs. As part of their submission, entrants are asked to include information about the challenges the library administrators and patrons face with their current library website.

    President and CEO of Stacks Inc., Kristin Delwo, says the new award was developed to help a qualified library create a powerful and effective website for its patrons. “The winner of the makeover contest will be able to experience firsthand, the power of Stacks. Not only will they be able to create a truly unique library website tailored to their patrons needs, but one that can be easily managed by their administrative team. We are thrilled to work closely with the winning library to create a new library website experience.”

    Applicants can submit entries via the Stacks website at www.stacksdiscovery.com/makeover. In order to enter the contest, entrants must be an employee of a public library in the United States or Canada and by at least 18 years old. The Public Library Website Makeover Award will be presented during 2017 ALA Annual Conference in June.

    About Stacks Inc.
    The Stacks platform has supported more than 500 libraries since its first iteration in 2009, even the Microsoft Faculty Library is part of the Stacks story. Kristin Delwo, President and CEO of Stacks Inc., is a former Systems Administrator & Management Consultant for a large consortia serving over 150 public libraries. Inspired by the solutions she was able to create, Kristin partnered with her then vendor, Chad Smith to evolve the products they had built into what we now know as Stacks. The team's deep library technology expertise was recognized in 2014 when the TALOnline project was recognized with the ALA Award for Collaboration and the CLA Award for Innovation in Technology. These accomplishments attracted the last key members of an all-star team that is reinventing the library experience.

    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 900,000 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
    kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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    January 18th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    North Bethesda, MD, January 18, 2017 - LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be participating in the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. The conference exhibit hall will be open January 20 to January 23 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. All conference attendees are encouraged to visit LibLime at booth #748 to see a sneak preview of our new stand alone Discovery Layer.

    LibLime will be presenting our new Discovery Layer, which will be formally released in March, 2017. This new Discovery Layer will be available to all LibLime customers, but it has been specifically designed to be used by any library that is dissatisfied with their current ILS OPAC or third party Discovery service. Several features in the Discovery Layer include:

    • Support for the EBSCO EDS API with sponsorship from WALDO
    • Support for open access databases and independent commercial databases
    • Easy access to Overdrive eBook collections including current circulation status and holds capability
    • Digital object import with full-text search & retrieval
    • Easy access to bibliotecha’s cloudLibrary eBook collections including current circulation status and holds capability.
    • Rich social media immersion using community-based tags & reviews, and integration with social media tools such as Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, & others.

    To find out more about our new Discovery Layer and to enter a naming contest to win an Amazon gift certificate, visit LibLime at Booth #748 at the ALA Midwinter Exhibit Hall. Additional access to our naming contest is at the entry page at www.liblime.com

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

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