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    April 14th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Washoe County Library System in Reno, Nevada. Aspen will be working with Washoe's already existing Koha ILS to provide patrons seamless access to all of the library's print, electronic, and enhanced content resources.
    You can view Washoe's Aspen interface by visiting: https://catalog.washoecountylibrary.us/

    Addie Van Salisbury of the Aspen Discovery Implementation Team recently commented, "Washoe was already a Koha partner of ours and they have been so excited to get live on Aspen. They really made use of all the features to customize the CSS to get the site exactly how they wanted. Washoe did a soft roll out of their site, using the Web Builder functionality to survey their patrons! Overwhelmingly, patron and staff response has been great. Washoe is a very hands on partner and I am so excited about them going live on Aspen!"

    About Washoe County Library System
    The Washoe County Library System began in 1904 with the opening of Reno's Carnegie Free Public Library at the corner of South Virginia and Mill Streets. Today, the Washoe County Library System operates 12 library branches.

    The Washoe County Library mission is to connect people with information, ideas and experiences to support an enriched and engaged community, one person at a time.

    Read more about the library system's history here: https://www.washoecountylibrary.us/about/history.php

    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.

    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
    Director of Library Sales & Outreach
    ByWater Solutions
    bywatersolutions.com
    Phone:(888)900-8944

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    April 12th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    US magazine BirdWatching has launched brand new digital subscription options for individuals and institutions through the Exact Editions platform. Subscriptions feature fully-searchable access to a growing modern archive of back issues that can be browsed seamlessly across web, iOS and Android devices.

    For over 25 years, BirdWatching has been North America’s premier magazine about wild birds and birding. Each issue contains feeding and attracting tips, reviews of books, new products and news about conservation hotspots, as well as articles written by experts in the field.

    The brand new archive, which stretches back to the beginning of 2019, offers intuitive navigational tools such as linked contents pages, URLs and email addresses that provide an integrated browsing experience. Additionally, an advanced Boolean search function enables readers to easily pinpoint references to specific species, topics or writers.

    BirdWatching is available in the Exact Editions individual and institutional shops here:

    Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/birdwatching

    Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/birdwatching

    Jason Pomerantz, Vice-President Circulation Strategy at Madavor Media, commented: “Regardless of whether readers enjoy watching birds in their backyard or further afield, the new archive will arm enthusiasts with the information they need to find, attract, identify and understand birds.”

    Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, said: “The wealth of information available at the touch of a button in the digital edition of BirdWatching will be extremely valuable to anyone with an interest in birds, whether in an amateur of professional capacity.”

    About Madavor Media:

    Madavor is a world-class media company that produces content across multiple platforms for a diverse audience of passionate enthusiasts and those seeking to take charge of their well-being. It publishes titles spanning aviation, photography, music and wellness.

    About Exact Editions:

    Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals and books into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content, selling subscriptions and providing streaming solutions across web, iOS and Android platforms. Exact Editions are also the innovators of ‘Reading Room’ technology, so publishers can provide streaming, time-limited, access to digital editions.

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    April 8th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden – 8 April 2021

    Brill, the international scholarly publisher, signed agreements with the Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Philosophie (Specialised Information Service (SIS) Philosophy) for an E-Book purchase of 1900 titles, and to collaborate on a digitization project of over 1300 titles from the publisher’s book archive.

    The FID Philosophie’s goal is to simplify and optimise access to specialist literature and research-relevant information for philosophical science. The first of its kind, the partnership includes titles under the imprints of Brill, Ferdinand Schöningh, Wilhelm Fink and mentis, increasing their accessibility to the broader scholarly community.

    The digitized titles will be available on the FID Philosophie platform to their community, as well as on brill.com, where they will be available for purchase to institutions and individuals worldwide. The purchased E-Books will be accessible to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Philosophie (DGPhil) and Gesellschaft für Analytische Philosophie (GAP) societies via brill.com.

    “In the Humanities books can have a high relevance even after decades. This is one of the reasons why we are very excited about this special cooperation with the FID Philosophie. We will not only make a large collection of recent E-Books available to its patrons, but digitize more than 1300 titles from Brill’s book archive. Step by step our backlist will come to life again. Customers world-wide will get a chance to complete their collections and discover our top sellers from the past,” says Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill.

    “The FID programme of the DFG funds the establishment and expansion of specialised information services to enable researchers of all disciplines – including Philosophy – to access specialised literature and research-specific information quickly and directly, irrespective of work location. The FID Philosophie would like to establish in the area of monographs a model in which a classical license is combined with making backlist titles available for the scientific community. We consider it a great success that we were able to conclude a model contractual agreement with Brill, a leading publisher for the subject of Philosophy”, says Prof. Dr. Andreas Speer, Co-Lead of the FID Philosophie, University of Cologne.

    For more information about the agreement, contact Eva Wantzen, Brill’s Sales Manager | BrillOnline Europe via wantzen@brill.com. For more information about the digitization project, contact Lauren Danahy, Acquisitions Editor at Brill, via danahy@brill.com.

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law, and Biology. With offices in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, the USA and Asia, Brill today publishes more than 360 journals and 2,000 new books and reference works each year as well as a large number of databases and primary source research collections. Commitment to Open Access and the latest publishing technologies are at the core of Brill’s mission to make academic research available for the scholarly community worldwide. 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 brill.com.

    About FID Philosophie / SIS Philosophy
    The Specialized Information Service (SIS) Philosophy is developing an online portal that is intended to simplify and optimise access to specialist literature and research-relevant information for philosophical science. At the same time, it serves to increase the visibility of research projects as well as the networking of researchers in the community. SIS Philosophy is a project managed by the University and City Library of Cologne in close cooperation with the Department of Philosophy and the Cologne Center for eHumanities (CCeH) of the University of Cologne. The SIS Philosophy is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). For more information about the FID Philosophie contact Eric Eggert via fid-philosophie@ub.uni-koeln.de.

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    April 7th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Marshall Breeding recently released the fourteenth edition of the International Survey of Library Automation. You can view the survey at https://librarytechnology.org/perceptions/2020

    The survey presents the latest data on how libraries perceive the effectiveness of the strategic technology systems upon which they depend for their daily operations and to fulfill the expectations of their patrons. This report presents and interprets survey responses gathered from November 2020 through February 2021.

    Nate Curulla, Owner and CRO, recently commented on the feedback from the survey, "This year’s annual Perceptions Survey has been posted and I wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who took the time to fill out this survey and share your experiences with the world!! We greatly appreciate all of the positive comments and ratings we received, as well as the feedback we have gotten on how we can improve our services.

    Although we had a very strong showing for 2020, we are always looking to improve so as always, if you have a specific request or concern please let us know (you can always reach out to me by phone or email!) and we will do our very best to take care of it for you.

    Thank you again, we are blessed to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of diverse libraries. You are all leading the way in this industry and we are thrilled to be a part of your journey."

    Narrative comments for Koha and ByWater Solutions can be viewed here: https://librarytechnology.org/perceptions/2020/comments.pl#Koha%20--%20B...

    About Library Technology Guides
    Library Technology Guides provides comprehensive and objective information surrounding the many different types of technology products and services used by libraries. It covers the organizations that develop and support library-oriented software and systems. The site offers extensive databases and document repositories to assist libraries as they consider new systems and is an essential resource for professionals in the field to stay current with new developments and trends.

    Read more at: https://librarytechnology.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 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.

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    April 6th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    District Invests in Digital Social and Emotional Learning Resources to Support Youth Mental Health and Wellness

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and NORTH BEND, Ore. – April 6, 2021 – With additional pressure being placed on students due to the pandemic and other stressors, Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the North Bend School District 13 (NBSD) support mental health and wellness. Located in North Bend, Oregon, the district is using Cameron’s Collection and Cameron’s Camp for Wellness on the Gale eBooks platform to help students better understand their mental health and provide guidance to strengthen their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.

    More than 4,000 students can privately and anonymously access the digital collections from the district’s library website, 24/7 from any location or device. School staff, including counselors, can also access the resources to assist students and their family members.

    Nationally, one out of five teens suffer from mental health challenges, and more than 75% don’t seek help[i]. With COVID-19 and other stressors impacting students every day, it’s important that they are equipped to navigate emotions in a healthy way.

    “When I first heard about Cameron’s Collection, it resonated with me because I was that teenager who wouldn’t have sought out a counselor,” says Laurie Nordahl, librarian at North Bend High School. “I wouldn’t have opened up to a staff member or taken a book with a mental illness topic to the library desk to check out - I know there are students just like me, and I wanted resources for them.”

    Providing mental health and wellness resources through Gale supports the district’s mission to provide for the health and safety of students by increasing social-emotional, mental and behavioral health support.

    “The real ‘gotta-have-it-right-now’ moment came when we lost a student to suicide,” Nordahl said. “It devastated our school community, and after the initial surge of support, some students were still processing. If a student was up in the middle of the night thinking about these things, I wanted them to have access to these quality, vetted resources.”

    NBSD’s Gale eBooks collections include:

    • Cameron’s Collection: This collection focuses on helping students cope with everyday stressors and stay in the present moment. More than 90 digital titles span a wide range of topics including: ADD, ADHD, alcohol, anorexia, anxiety, bulimia, caregiving, cutting, depression, divorce, drugs, eating disorders, homelessness, OCD, self-injury, stress and suicide. Created in partnership with the Cameron K. Gallagher (CKG) Foundation, this collection aims to inspire students affected by mental illness to seek help.

    • Cameron’s Camp for Wellness: More than 100 eBooks provide targeted guidance on sensitive issues for K-5 students, teachers and counselors with topics on managing emotions, teamwork, problem-solving, family issues, staying positive, being safe and much more. The core foundation of this collection is helping students recognize and manage emotions, social skills and safety.

    The collections were created in honor of Cameron Gallagher, a bright and talented young girl battling depression and anxiety whose dream was to raise awareness and prevent the unnecessary suffering from stigma. At the age of 16, she suddenly passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition after crossing the finish line of a half marathon, a goal she set which helped her cope. Gale, in collaboration with the CKG Foundation, created Cameron’s Collection to ensure schools are equipped with educational resources to help struggling teens.

    “The big thing for me is letting kids know that they’re not alone,” Nordahl explained. “I have always tried to make the library not only a warm, welcoming place, but the place students can get answers and help for anything – I feel like Cameron’s Collection fits right into this philosophy.”

    “We’re inspired by educators like Nordahl who work tirelessly to provide valuable resources to their students,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “While it isn’t a substitute for a professional, Cameron’s Collection offers essential content to support the mental wellness of students who aren’t ready to seek in-person help or want privacy while they explore.”

    Read more about North Bend School District’s success with Cameron’s Collection and how they secured funding for the collections: https://bit.ly/3rOWCJi.

    For more information, visit Gale’s SEL webpage: https://bit.ly/3mpWtL5.

    About Cengage and Gale
    Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, believes in the power and joy of learning. For schools, the company helps drive positive outcomes by providing essential, curriculum-aligned content that empowers educators to solve curriculum challenges and meet students where they are. Today, that includes supporting distance and social and emotional learning as well as equity and inclusion goals. Gale’s K-12 offerings extend from educational databases and custom eBook collections to instructional tools and professional development resources. For more information, please visit: www.gale.com/schools.

    Follow Gale on:
    • Twitter - @galecengage
    • Gale Blog - https://blog.gale.com/
    • Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/
    • LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/3836963/admin/

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    [i] National Alliance on Mental Illness: Mental Health by the Numbers

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