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    May 16th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services Partners with The Carroll Center for the Blind to Advance User Research and Design
    ~ Partnership Leverages Center’s Expertise and Reinforces EBSCO’s Commitment to Accessibility ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — May 16, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and The Carroll Center for the Blind today announced a partnership in which the two organizations will work together to improve and enhance the experience across EBSCO products for users with a varying array of disabilities. The Carroll Center for the Blind, based in Newton, Massachusetts, offers a wide range of comprehensive services for the blind and visually impaired at all ages and all stages of vision loss.

    The announcement coincides with Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019, a community-powered effort to advance digital accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities.

    The Carroll Center will work with EBSCO to support the company’s existing design and user research processes, while facilitating user testing and providing support for best practices in accessibility. The Carroll Center’s Accessibility Services team offers technical and human resources which support a wide array of vision impairment ranging from low vision to complete blindness. EBSCO’s Accessibility team focuses on ensuring that all products are accessible, maintaining a positive experience for all users.

    EBSCO Senior Vice President of Product Management Tim Lull says this partnership was formed through a thoughtful, informed exploration of EBSCO’s user research and design needs as the company continues to enhance existing products, as well as develop new software solutions. “One of EBSCO’s main goals is to provide access to relevant and reliable information when, where and how people need it, regardless of any accessibility challenges. Our partnership with The Carroll Center will significantly impact our commitment to continuous improvement of our products and services to meet the needs of all our customers and users.”

    Bruce Howell, Accessibility Services Manager at The Carroll Center for the Blind, said the partnership with EBSCO’s user experience designers will ensure that people with vision impairment and other disabilities can successfully access and use EBSCO online products. “Whenever The Carroll Center brings its accessibility expertise and knowledge of blindness and vision impairment to an innovative, industry-leading company like EBSCO, we know we will be ensuring greater access to information and research materials for a wider body of current and potential product users. Collaborating on projects like this supports both of our missions to provide equal access to important digital learning tools and resources.”

    For more information about EBSCO’s commitment to accessibility, visit www.ebsco.com/technology/accessibility. For more information on The Carroll Center for the Blind, visit www.carroll.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.

    About The Carroll Center for the Blind
    Established in 1936, The Carroll Center for the Blind empowers those who are blind and visually impaired to achieve independence and to lead a fulfilling life. The nonprofit organization provides services for individuals of all ages and all stages of vision loss, including vision rehabilitation services, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support, services for seniors, and an optical shop. For more information, visit www.carroll.org.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Jessica Holmes
    EBSCO Information Services
    Communications Director
    978-356-6500 ext. 3485
    jmholmes@ebsco.com

    Greg Turner
    Ball Consulting Group, LLC. (The Carroll Center for the Blind)
    Vice President
    617-243-9950
    greg@ballcg.com

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    May 15th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the following library partners sponsored new features in Koha 18.11 Release.

    Bedford Public Library
    Allow skipping of patrons with valid emails for Talking Tech (Bug 19620)

    Carnegie Stout Library
    Create an additional column in the Batch Item Modification Tool (Bug 19490)
    Add ability to void any credit (Bug 20703)

    CLiC - Colorado Library Consortium
    Holds - Branch Transfer Limits (Bug 7534 and 7614)

    The Farmington Libraries
    Print hold slips without confirmation (Bug 19383)

    Fargo Public Library
    Add a ‘Collection’ column in the patron loans data table (Bug 19719)
    Block renewals by arbitrary item values (Bug 15494)
    Allow 'writeoff of selected' (Bug 19617)
    Holds rerouting dialog improvements (Bug 21346)

    Middletown Public Library (MTPL)
    Restrict number of holds placed by day (Bug 15486)

    Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS)
    Share patron lists between staff (Bug 19524)

    Portsmouth Public Library
    Add spans with classes around callnumbers in OPAC for additional styling (Bug 21340)

    Port Orford Public Library
    Add ability to merge patron records (Bug 9302)

    Round Rock Public Library
    Set limit on maximum possible holds per patron by category (Bug 15524)
    MARC modification templates - Add an 'Add' option (Bug 13560)
    Add collection and language facets to results (Bug 17169 and 18213)

    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

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    May 15th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in Iqaluit, NU Canada, is now live on Koha!

    ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 6,000 plus holdings from Insignia ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://nll.bywatersolutions.com/.

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

    About Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
    Nunavut Legislative Library & Information Services provides reference and lending services to Members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff, Assembly staff and Government of Nunavut employees across Nunavut. The Library provides other patrons with reference and research assistance as requested.

    For more information visit: https://www.assembly.nu.ca/legislative-library-0

    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

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    May 15th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Nevada Supreme Court Law Library, is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 73,000 plus holdings from Polaris ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://catalog.nvcourts.gov/.

    Nate Curulla, CRO recently commented on the migration:

    We are thrilled to have another Law Library joining the Koha Community and ByWater Family. The Law Library Koha contingent is growing and we can't wait to see what this group does.

    About Nevada Supreme Court Law Library
    The Nevada Supreme Court Library, with over 130,000 volumes, is one of the largest law libraries in the state. The collection was established to support the federal district court judges of the Territorial Supreme Court and, upon Nevada's gaining statehood in 1865, became part of the State Library. It was transferred to the judicial branch in 1973.

    Read more at: https://nvcourts.gov/Law_Library/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
    Jessica Zairo
    Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
    ByWater Solutions
    bywatersolutions.com
    Phone:(888)900-8944

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    May 9th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services to Be Gold Sponsor at Annual Koha Conference
    ~ Sponsorship and Presentation to Benefit the Open Source Community Conference in Dublin, Ireland ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — May 9, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will be a gold sponsor at the Koha Open Source Library System Annual Conference, KohaCon19. KohaCon19 is being held in Dublin, Ireland, from May 20 – 24. This is a free conference for the Koha open source community, making sponsorships like EBSCO’s essential.

    During KohaCon, community members share their findings and experiences with open source technology in efforts to further develop Koha library automation technology. The conference will include presentations and sessions focusing on technical issues and trainings for librarians.

    EBSCO speakers, Executive Vice President Sam Brooks and Vice President of Open Source Platforms and Communities Christopher Spalding, will be presenting at KohaCon19. Their presentation on Supporting Data Integrations for Open Source Communities will review the areas in which EBSCO provides support for Koha and other open source projects, including financial help, technology advancements and integrations. Additional library automation leaders speaking at KohaCon19 include Ken Chad and Marshall Breeding.

    EBSCO has been committed to helping further the innovation of open source technology for years. EBSCO was a member of the board of the original Kuali OLE and has funded extensive Koha development. EBSCO is also an active member of the Open Library Foundation.

    Open source technology allows libraries, vendors and developers to collaborate and redefine the future of libraries. EBSCO’s continuous support of open source technology like Koha and its partnership with ByWater Solutions allow the community to move forward toward an open library environment for libraries of all sizes and needs. ByWater Solutions is currently the largest service provider for the Koha Open Source Library System, supporting more than 1,000 Koha libraries.

    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
    kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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