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    May 3rd, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Health Introduces Patient Decision Aids Product — Option Grid™
    ~ Decision Aids Reinforce EBSCO Health’s Commitment to Advancing Evidence-Based Shared Decision Making ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — April 5, 2018 — EBSCO Health, the leading provider of evidence-based clinical resource tools including DynaMed Plus® and Dynamic Health™, has announced the launch of a shared decision making product, Option Grid™ decision aids. The Option Grid concept was originally created by Professors Glyn Elwyn and Marie-Anne Durand in 2010 and supported by work and research done at Dartmouth College. EBSCO Health is working with Professors Elwyn and Durand to deliver a product that is accessible and, powered by DynaMed Plus, always aligned with the most recent evidence.

    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 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 patient decision aids.

    Option Grid decision aids are interactive and personalized, enabling a tailored presentation of healthcare options that are most relevant to the patient. Brief enough to use during patient encounters, the decision aids provide evidence-based answers to questions that patients frequently ask and are designed to facilitate an informed dialogue between patients and clinicians. Now, under EBSCO Health’s editorial direction, Option Grid content is created using a rigorous editorial process that incorporates the most recent evidence, clinical expertise by editors that have no competing interests, and thorough literature searching, appraisal and synthesis. The content is easy to read, and patients are involved throughout the development process. The new decision aids in Option Grid offer unique features that can engage patients and their relatives or caregivers in meaningful ways, including:

    • Content produced by editors with no conflicts of interest
    • A development process that includes patients and patient panels reviews
    • Continuous content updating based on DynaMed Plus’ daily literature surveillance

    EBSCO Health Senior Vice President of Medical Product Management Betsy Jones says Option Grid’s new decision aids will help ease concerns for both clinicians and patients as they work together to make positive healthcare decisions. “The costs of healthcare can be reduced when patients choose less risky operations or use their medication more effectively. These aids were developed to not only address patient concerns, but also to reduce cost savings and provide incentives when they matter most.”

    Dr. Glyn Elwyn, BA MD MSc PhD, professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and co-founder of Option Grid, says the new decision aids were developed in response to patients looking to be more engaged in the decision-making process. “Shared decision making is a crucial step in the patient-clinician relationship that is often overlooked. These decision aids fill a critical need in healthcare and look to align the goals of care with the patient’s informed preferences.”

    To find out more about EBSCO Health Option Grid decision aids, visit:

    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®, Dynamic Health™, Nursing Reference Center Plus™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as MEDLINE®), plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO Health databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the electronic resource favored by libraries around the world.


    For more information, please contact:
    Jessica Holmes
    Communications Director
    (978) 356-6500 ext. 3485

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    April 27th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    For immediate release

    27th April 2018

    New book delivers firm understanding of XML for those working in modern information discovery services

    Facet Publishing have announced the release of Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata: Practical applications of XSD, XSLT, and XQuery by Timothy W. Cole, Myung-Ja (MJ) K. Han and Christine Schwartz.

    XML and its ancillary technologies XSD, XSLT and XQuery enables librarians to take advantage of powerful, XML-aware applications, facilitates the interoperability and sharing of XML metadata, and makes it possible to realize the full promise of XML to support more powerful and more efficient library cataloguing and metadata workflows.

    Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata illustrates with examples how XML and associated technologies can be used to edit metadata at scale, streamline and scale up metadata and cataloguing workflows and to extract, manipulate, and construct MARC records and other formats and types of library metadata.

    The authors said, “This is a work written by practitioners, intended for practitioners and especially for librarians new to the field who need to come up to speed quickly on XML and how it is used by libraries today. While by no means the only technology arrow in the modern–day cataloguer’s or metadata librarian’s knowledge and skills quiver, a firm understanding of XML remains relevant and helpful for those working in modern bibliographic control or with information discovery services.”
    Containing 58 sample coding examples throughout, the book covers:

    • essential background information, with a quick review of XML basics
    • transforming XML metadata in HTML
    • schema languages and workflows for XML validation
    • an introduction to XPath and XSLT
    • cataloguing workflows using XSLT
    • the basics of XQuery, including use cases and XQuery expressions and functions
    • working with strings and sequences, including regular expressions.

    - Ends

    Press and review copies contact:
    James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597

    Link to the cover image:

    Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata | Apr 2018 | 208pp | paperback: 9781783303694 | £54.95

    Timothy W Cole is Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Myung-Ja (MJ) K Han is a Metadata Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Christine Schwartz is a Metadata Librarian and XML Database Administrator at Princeton Theological Seminary.

    The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: | Web: | 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 26th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 26 April 2018

    On April 23rd, Dutch scholar and Brill author Ina Kok was announced as the winner of the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, for her magnum opus Woodcuts in Incunabula Printed in the Low Countries.

    Fabrizio Govi, ILAB Vice President and Prize Secretary, says: "The author has spent decades working on this book compiling an incredible census of illustrations used in editions printed in the 15th Century Netherlands. We cannot compare Ina Kok’s book to any other publication submitted for the 2018 Prize. Woodcut illustrations were often reused during the first period of printing, they were fragile and were easily worn down after a few impressions. As a result, they were sometimes repaired with a few minor changes or completely recut, trying to recreate the original block as closely as possible. This work, published in four volumes and based on the study of almost four thousand illustrations, is remarkable.”

    A second major bibliography published by Brill received an Honourable Mention: Jan Moretus and the Continuation of the Plantin Press by Dirk Imhof.

    This prestigious prize in the field of bibliographical studies, worth US$ 10,000 is awarded every fourth year to the most significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books on bibliography, published in the previous years and submitted to the Prize jury. For more information about the ILAB Breslauer Prize visit

    For more information about the prize winners, please contact Mr. Arjan van Dijk, Sr. Acquisitions Editor at Brill, via

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER) Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes 284 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. 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

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    April 25th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The First Digital Archive on Far-Right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe and Australia

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – April 25, 2018 – Gale, a Cengage company, is launching a new digital archive to help researchers explore the development, actions and ideologies behind political extremism. Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century: Far-right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe and Australia is the first digital archive documenting a range of radical right and fascist movements, communist and socialist groups and new left activists in never-before-digitized primary sources. By providing primary sources from a wide range of viewpoints in one meticulously indexed resource, researchers can make comparisons and connections that were not previously discoverable, enabling greater understanding and open dialogue on the topic. Read our blog about the new archive, here:

    In today’s world, there is an increasing polarization around social and political issues that challenge on-campus efforts to champion diversity and inclusion, teach critical thinking skills and foster open dialogue. Faculty and students need credible information to adequately address these issues in the classroom and beyond. Gale’s new Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century collection provides essential historical context on the controversial issues of extremism and radicalism, and how they have shaped the past, present and future of the world’s political and civil rights history.

    View the video on the new archive, here:

    The archive contains more than 600,000 pages of content and more than 42 audio histories with full transcripts, making it the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind. It offers researchers a diverse range of content, including campaign materials, propaganda, government records and various ephemera that allow researchers to explore extremism and radicalism in new and innovative ways. Researchers will gain unparalleled access to information on the extreme right, new left and radical activist groups, such as the Klu Klux Klan, the Communist Party of the United States, National Socialist Party of Australia and the British Union of Fascists.

    Additionally, researchers of contemporary topics can examine the origins and development of present-day issues, such as the resurgence of right-wing politics, evolution of civil rights movements and the nature of extreme or radical political thought.

    Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century source archives include:

    • The American Radicalism Collection (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI): Collection of ephemera on radical political groups across a range of extremist movements, including those involved in religion, race, gender, the environment and equal rights.

    • The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda (Brown University, Providence, RI): Includes printed propaganda from U.S. anti-integrationist, anti-Semitic and racist groups.

    • The Searchlight Archive (University of Northampton, U.K.): Consists of documents, audio histories and back issues of Searchlight Magazine (1965-2017) from Searchlight Associates, an information service that aims to expose racist and fascist groups.

    • The National Archives, U.K.: Includes government documents relating to inter- and post-war British extremist movements, including Security Service files and Home Office papers.

    View/download Images from the Political Extremism & Radicalism archive, here:

    “Gale created the Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century archive to provide historical context to increasingly polarized conversations,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We believe that from deeper knowledge comes greater understanding. So, we thank our source libraries for making their remarkable collections globally accessible through Gale Primary Sources.”

    Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century will be available in June 2018. The archive is the latest release in Gale’s award-winning suite of twentieth century primary source archives, helping researchers discover the hidden histories behind today’s most critical conversations including gender, race, diversity and sexuality.

    Gale will host a launch event and showcase the new archive at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, June 22-25 in New Orleans at the Gale booth #2331.

    For more information, visit Gale’s Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century page:

    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

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    April 24th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    DULUTH, Ga., April 24, 2018 -- Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of the Whitehall Township Public Library to Evergreen within the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.
    The project included the migration of 76,294 bibliographic records and 7,481 patrons. Equinox provided project management, software configuration, and bibliographic deduplication services in addition to the conversion of bibliographic records, items, patrons and transactions. The project also included onsite and remote training provided by Equinox.

    "I have worked in libraries for 33 years and have done other migrations, but I can honestly say this was the best!” said Patty Vahey, Director of Whitehall Township Public Library. “Working with Equinox and PaILS/SPARK made this so much more manageable. Weekly phone calls, emails to ask questions, and onsite training made this a great experience. It is not easy changing ILS. It is stressful for a director and tech staff but these folks made it possible and we are excited about Evergreen - SPARK and will be joining ten other libraries in Lehigh - Carbon counties here in Pennsylvania. This move will help our libraries be user - friendly and community resources for our patrons."

    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 was a real pleasure to work with the Whitehall Township Public Library. The staff is delightful and dedicated to serving their community. Whitehall will be an asset to the PaILS/SPARK consortium and to the Evergreen community." Felicia Beaudry, Product and Implementation Trainer for Equinox.

    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

    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


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