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    April 10th, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium) has added Colorado Parks and Wildlife Research Library to their consortium. They will be using Koha for their ILS and Aspen Discovery for their catalog.

    ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 25,000 plus holdings from EOS ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Catalog/Discovery can be viewed at https://cpw.catalog.aspencat.info/.

    About Colorado Parks & Wildlife Research Library
    The primary purpose of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Research Library is to access and store information on wildlife conservation and related topics for CPW. This has been accomplished through the creation of a collection containing over 28,000 items. These items include approximately 3700 Colorado Parks and Wildlife publications, 1100 of our researcher’s published articles, 3900 locally-written Federal Aid Reports, 3000 U.S. government documents, 1000 theses, 128 journal titles and over 10,000 other books related to wildlife topics. The information gathered and stored in the Library is to support the work of CPW wildlife biologists, researchers, and managers. ​

    Read more at https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/ResearchLibrary.aspx

    About CLiC (Colorado Library Consortium)
    CLiC is an infrastructure for libraries throughout Colorado.

    Vision
    Helping libraries achieve greatness in their communities

    Mission
    Connecting. Energizing. Inspiring. Services for libraries throughout Colorado.

    Core Values
    Deliver friendly service
    Seek opportunities for collaboration
    Support growth and discovery
    Celebrate successes
    Save money for libraries
    Blend work & play to create fun

    Read more at https://www.clicweb.org/about-clic/who-we-are/

    About ByWater Solutions
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

    Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS 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.

    About Aspen Discovery
    Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives, and enrichment from all major third-party providers, improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/aspen-discovery

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

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    April 1st, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that Wasatch County Library of Heber City, Utah is now live on Koha! They are joining the Uintah Basin Library System which is made up of libraries from Vernal, Roosevelt and Duchesne Utah.

    ByWater completed the transition of the libraries' 95,000 plus holdings from Horizon ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. Wasatch's Koha system will be working in concert with Aspen Discovery to provide patrons seamless access to all of the library's print, electronic, and enhanced content resources.

    The libraries' customized Aspen Discovery interface can be viewed at https://catalog.wasatchlibrary.org/.

    About Wasatch County Library
    The Mission of Wasatch County Library is to provide patrons with an expanding collection of resources to improve lives.

    Read more about Wasatch County Library at http://www.wasatch.lib.ut.us/about.html

    About ByWater Solutions
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high-quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in the first-rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

    Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS 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

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    April 1st, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    DUBLIN, Ohio, 31 March 2020—OCLC’s COVID-19 page brings together timely information, valuable resources, and opportunities for online discussion and instruction to help library professionals continue to serve their communities during the pandemic.

    The COVID-19 resource page http://oc.lc/covid19-service-info offers options to provide remote access to library collections, optimize OCLC products and services, and connect and collaborate with other libraries.

    “These are unprecedented times for all of us. Libraries globally are navigating in a new and uncertain environment. Their commitment to sharing information and serving their communities has never wavered. And OCLC is committed to serving libraries everywhere by providing resources and expertise to help,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO.

    Resources available on the page include:

    • Information to guide library professionals through options available to modify OCLC services if necessary.

    • A growing list of freely available content, including recommended options to access this content through OCLC services, made accessible by OCLC partners.

    • A COVID-19 Discussion Board available on the OCLC Community Center to help OCLC customers share information, ideas, and best practices about how they are responding to the pandemic.

    • An evolving list of resources from WebJunction, including examples of how libraries are managing the COVID-19 crisis, links to other library-specific resource compilations, and relevant events.

    Visit the COVID-19 resource page at http://oc.lc/covid19-service-info for updates and additional information.

    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.

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    March 31st, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The Koha Community, one of the world's largest and most active Open Source communities, has come together to fast track a feature to allow libraries to bulk update due dates within the system. Previous to this, libraries and vendors would need to complete this action within the database which was more difficult and required vendor intervention if not self-hosted/supported.

    The speed at which this feature was written, quality assurance tested, and rolled out was much faster than a typical timeline and illustrates how quickly an Open Source community can react to the needs of their libraries, especially during times of crisis.

    Some of the immediate feedback we received from our libraries included

    Wow! You guys are amazing. Thanks for all you do to keep our libraries going.

    This is absolutely awesome!

    Brilliant! Thank you!

    Additionally, ByWater Solutions has green lit and is in the process of fast tracking further API integrations for Koha with e-content providers such as Hoopla so as to make it even easier for patrons to find all of the resources libraries provide within one interface. This in addition to Koha's already existing APIs for Overdrive, Recorded Books, and Cloud Library makes for a full featured multi-format interface which is perfect for the social distancing required during this time.

    Using the Tool
    This tutorial will show you how to use the tool within Koha. Monday Minutes: Bulk edit due dates.

    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 Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

    Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com.

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    March 31st, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    COVID-19 Healthcare Information Portal Now Available from EBSCO Information Services
    ~ Site Curates Valuable Resources for Healthcare Professionals, Medical Librarians, Health IT Professionals and Medical Researchers ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — March 31, 2020 — A team of healthcare professionals and evidence-based medical experts at EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has launched a COVID-19 portal which aggregates real-time information updates from authoritative sources to provide information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The portal was created to meet the needs of the healthcare information community in a time when information is released at a rapid rate, from all areas of the knowledge ecosystem. The COVID-19 portal provides researchers and healthcare professionals with consolidated access to real-time, credible information. Librarians and information professionals are also called upon to suggest resources that should be added to the site.

    EBSCO Information Services Chief Medical Knowledge Officer Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, FAMIA, says the portal was developed to provide useful information to many professionals seeking information about COVID-19. “This is a time of massive and rapid information demand. By creating this portal, we are responding to the needs of many sectors of society by making COVID-19 information available for a diverse set of users. To meet this great need, we have enabled information professionals and others to contribute — to leverage their expertise developing collections and vetting sources — which we’ve made possible through this portal.”

    The portal was created in collaboration with EBSCO’s Stacks division. Stacks Founder and EBSCO Information Services Vice President of SaaS Product and Technology Kristin Delwo says the portal is an evolving platform that aims to include all trusted resources to best meet the needs of the online research community. “At its simplest level, the COVID-19 portal is a way to help people share and find information. As experts in clinical content, EBSCO is well positioned to curate a site of this magnitude and to understand the best curators of this valuable content.”

    The EBSCO Clinical Decisions division provides clinical decision support resources to healthcare institutions around the world. The COVID-19 portal is one of several ways that EBSCO has made healthcare information accessible during the pandemic. DynaMed®, EBSCO’s clinical decision support tool, has made its COVID-19 clinical topic open, offering easy access to evidence-based information related to treatment that is updated daily. EBSCO has also developed a healthcare resource center to provide open access to the content it provides to medical, nursing and allied health professionals.

    To learn more, visit covid-19.ebscomedical.com.

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

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    For more information, please contact:
    Jessica Holmes
    Communications Director
    978-356-6500 x3485
    jmholmes@ebsco.com

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