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    April 19th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Providers of DynaMed Plus® and Option Grid™ Decision Aids Come Together to Create the Future of Well-Informed Patient/Doctor Discussions for Choosing Healthcare Options ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — April 19, 2017 — EBSCO Health, a division of EBSCO Information Services and the creator of DynaMed Plus®, has entered into a licensing arrangement with Dartmouth College and the founders of the Option Grid™ Collaborative to advance evidence-based shared decision making. With this new collaboration, EBSCO Health will combine methodologies utilized at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) at the Geisel School of Medicine with EBSCO Health’s expertise in evidence-based medicine to develop a multitude of new patient decision aids to be distributed under the Option Grid trademark.

    Shared decision making is becoming an essential part of the patient-doctor relationship and an emerging focus in health care. The National Learning Consortium of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) says shared decision making is important in situations where “there is no single ‘right’ health care decision.” The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of HHS sees shared decision making as a way to provide consistent, evidence-based information to patients and “increase knowledge, improve risk estimates, increase patient’s involvement in decisions, and help clarify treatment preferences.”

    Patient decision aids are tools to help achieve shared decision making by enabling patients to understand and compare their healthcare options in the context of their personal preferences and values, and arrive at informed decisions. State and national efforts to require and incentivize shared decision making are underway, including legislative changes in Washington State that afford enhanced legal protection to physicians who use evidence-based decision aids, requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the use of evidence-based decision aids to be eligible for payment for certain procedures, and the availability of funding opportunities from CMS to test shared decision making models.

    Option Grid decision aids are brief, easy-to-read decision aids that can be used in the clinical encounter, allowing patients and their doctors to compare healthcare options based on high-quality, evidence-based answers to patients’ commonly asked questions. Research shows Option Grid decision aids increase patient knowledge and shared decision making without increasing the length of a clinical visit.

    Since 2012, TDI has operated the Option Grid Collaborative — a network of researchers, practitioners and other individuals who have developed and disseminated Option Grid decision aids. The Option Grid Collaborative was founded by Glyn Elwyn, MD PhD, and Marie-Anne Durand, PhD, CPsychol, professors at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, who are key opinion leaders in the field of shared decision making, having published international research and served on national advisory committees in United States and the United Kingdom.

    Dr. Elwyn notes that, as the demand for shared decision making resources increased, the Option Grid Collaborative recognized that a much larger-scale operation than that conducted by the Collaborative was required to keep pace with this demand. “As we began mapping out how to expand, we realized that EBSCO Health, with its product experience and search expertise, its evidence-based expertise, and its technological savvy has the wherewithal to expand significantly the resources needed to support shared decision making.” Professors Elwyn and Durand will serve as consultants to EBSCO Health, applying their expertise to the development and dissemination by EBSCO Health of new patient decision aids. Dartmouth will serve as EBSCO Health’s “preferred academic research partner” for conducting research primarily on the Option Grid decision aids that are developed by EBSCO Health.

    EBSCO Health Senior Vice President of Medical Product Management Betsy Jones says as a point-of-care provider, EBSCO Health is always looking for ways to impact the clinical workflow. “We created DynaMed Plus as a reaction to the way clinicians search for information and their research expectations. This research allowed DynaMed Plus to better fit into the clinical workflow and we expect to take the same approach with shared decision making. By having resources available during a patient/doctor encounter, shared decision making is more natural and better informs treatment decisions.”

    An April 4, 2017 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled “Prime Time for Shared Decision Making” calls for “the implementation of high-quality and achievable shared decision making,” including trustworthy decision aids that can be easily integrated into clinical practice with minimal burden. EBSCO Health believes that the new generation of EBSCO Health Option Grid decision aids will provide a considerable step forward to achieving that vision, allowing shared decision making to become a reality in the routine practice of healthcare.

    About EBSCO Health
    EBSCO Health, part of EBSCO Information Services, is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, healthcare business intelligence, and medical research information for the healthcare industry. EBSCO Health users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include CINAHL®, DynaMed Plus®, Nursing Reference Center™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as MEDLINE®), plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the electronic resource favored by libraries around the world.

    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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    April 19th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    4/18/2017

    CONTACT:
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944
    sales@bywatersolutions.com

    The College for Creative Studies goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the College for Creative Studies, in Detroit, MI, is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library's 60,000 plus holdings from Millennium and is providing ongoing Koha hosting and support services to them. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: http://lib.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/

    Nathan Curulla, Co-Owner of ByWater commented on the library's move to Koha:

    "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the College for Creative Studies and have loved working with the team in the library to mold Koha to fit the needs of this unique institution. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the College for Creative Studies and greatly appreciate their decision to move to Koha and ByWater."

    About the College for Creative Studies:
    The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a nonprofit, private college authorized by the Michigan Education Department to grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. CCS, located in midtown Detroit, strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. CCS fosters students’ resolve to pursue excellence, act ethically, engage their responsibilities as citizens, and learn throughout their lives. With world-class faculty and unsurpassed facilities, students learn to be visual communicators who actively use art and design toward the betterment of society. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. Its graduates are exhibiting artists and teachers, design problem solvers and innovators, as well as creative leaders in business. For more information please visit: http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu

    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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    April 13th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    13/4/2017

    For immediate release

    Facet Publishing have announced the release of Information Literacy in the Workplace, edited by Marc Forster with a foreword by Jane Secker

    In today’s information-driven workplace, information professionals must know when research evidence or relevant legal, business, personal or other information is required, how to find it, how to critique it and how to integrate it into their knowledge base. To fail to do so may result in defective and unethical practice which could have devastating consequences for clients or employers. There is an ethical requirement for information professionals to meet best practice standards to achieve the best outcome possible for the client. This demands highly focused and complex information searching, assessment and critiquing skills.

    Using a range of new perspectives from contributors including Christine S Bruce, Annemaree Lloyd, Bonnie Cheuk, Andrew Whitworth and Stéphane Goldstein, Information Literacy in the Workplace demonstrates several aspects of IL’s presence and role in the contemporary workplace, including IL’s role in assuring competent practice, its value to employers as a return on investment, and its function as an ethical safeguard in the duty and responsibilities professionals have to clients, students and employers.

    Editor, Marc Forster said, “This book includes new theories on how IL functions and manifests itself in the workplace; and new methods for developing IL in professional groups, and fostering information-literate workplaces. All of this should be of value to library and information professionals and researchers as they attempt to survey the wide and complex workplace information horizon.”

    Dr Marc Forster is a librarian at the University of West London, looking after the needs of the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare. His research interests include Information Literacy’s role in learning and in the performance of the professional role.

    Contributors:

    Jane Secker, Copyright and Digital Literacy and Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group

    Christine S. Bruce, Professor, Information Systems School, Queensland University of Technology

    Bonnie Cheuk, Executive, Euroclear

    Stéphane Goldstein, Executive Director, InformAll

    Annemaree Lloyd, Professor, Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås

    Stephen Roberts, Associate Professor, Information Management, University of West London

    Elham Sayyad Abdi, Associate Lecturer, Information Systems School, Queensland University of Technology

    Mary M. Somerville, University Librarian for University of the Pacific Libraries in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton, California, USA

    Andrew Whitworth, Director of Teaching and Learning Strategy, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester

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    Press and review copies contact:

    James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
    Email: james.williams@facetpublishing.co.uk

    Notes:
    Link to the cover image: https://www.booksonix.co.uk/facetpublishing/9781783301324.jpg?L=0O149192...

    Information Literacy in the Workplace | Apr 2017 | 208pp | paperback: 9781783301324 | £64.95 | hardback: 9781783301331 | £129.95 | eBook: 9781783301348

    The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: facet@bookpoint.co.uk | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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    April 11th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    4/11/2017

    CONTACT:
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944
    sales@bywatersolutions.com

    Blake Austin College goes live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Library at Blake Austin College, of Vacaville, CA. is now live on Koha! ByWater Solutions completed the migration of the library's holdings last year and is providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: http://catalog.blakeaustincollege.edu/

    About Blake Austin College:
    Blake Austin College’s vision is to provide each student a quality educational experience in a safe, environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence. Our hands-on approach supports the student from the introduction of training through the employment process. We are dedicated to providing education programs that are relevant to current employment demands.

    Blake Austin College staff and faculty are challenged to administer to each individual and is receptive to each student’s needs, ability and capacity to learn. Each person on our staff supports our goals to do what is right for the right reason and to help a fellow human succeed with confidence, respect and dignity.

    At Blake Austin College, our nationally accredited programs represent the real-world, real knowledge, hands-on skills and preparation for licensure for all programs. At Blake Austin College you will graduate job-ready, prepared to excel in your career. With our certificate programs you get a quality education so you can start working within your chosen career field upon graduation and licensure.

    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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    April 11th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore – 11 April 2017

    International publisher Brill launches a new journal: Shii Studies Review, in collaboration with Professor Sabine Schmidtke and Dr Hassan Ansari, General Editors, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA.

    Brill adds the peer-reviewed journal to its growing publishing portfolio in Shii thought and traditions, spanning across Brill publishing areas, such as Middle East and Islamic Studies, Iran and Persian Studies, Asian Studies (Central and South Asia), Religious Studies, Philosophy, and History.

    Shii Studies Review will initially consist of two issues per year, and will be available online and in print. Its inaugural issue will be published this April and is dedicated to Professor Hossein Modarressi in recognition of his enormous contributions to Shii Studies.

    Shii Studies Review’s advisory board member Professor Etan Kohlberg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) said that "with the greatly increased interest in Shiism in recent years, this new peer-reviewed journal provides a much-needed forum for informed, reliable and up-to-date studies on the history, culture, law, philosophy and literature of Shiism in its variegated forms. Led by an international editorial and advisory board, the journal takes a broad perspective on the rich traditions of Shiism within the general field of Islamic studies, and should thus be welcomed by both specialists and students."

    “This new journal fits in very well with Brill’s wider publishing portfolio and with our current strategy within the Islamic Studies publishing program to embrace diverse scholarly traditions,” says Kathy van Vliet-Leigh, Acquisitions Editor at Brill and responsible for the new journal at Brill. “Shii Studies Review with its new accompanying book series, Shii Islam: Texts and Studies, is yet another important addition to our growing scholarly forum for research on Shiism, which also includes the Encyclopaedia Islamica and two recently added book series on Shiism.”

    The journal’s editorial board enthusiastically welcomes previously unpublished manuscripts on Shii thought and traditions, and can be reached at ssr@ias.edu.

    For general information about this journal, please contact Kathy van Vliet-Leigh, Acquisitions Editor at Brill: vliet@brill.com, or visit brill.com/SSR.

    For customer queries please contact your regular distributor or directly contact Brill sales and customer services for journals: brill@turpin-distribution.com; T: +44 (0)1767 604 954 (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia-Pacific), or brillna@turpin-distribution.com; T: (844) 232 3707 (Toll free US and Canada); T: +1 (860) 350 0041 (the Americas).

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER) and Singapore (SG), Brill today publishes over 270 journals and close to 1,200 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit www.brill.com.

    View this media alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-launches-new-journal-shii-studies-review

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