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    August 23rd, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Facet Publishing have announced the release of Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals

    David Stuart’s new book is the first accessible introduction and practical exploration of ontologies specifically written for library and information professionals.

    More data and information are being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today’s information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit explanations for a wide variety of concepts, in a machine readable format, has the power to both improve information retrieval and discover new knowledge. Information professionals are key users of and contributors to the development of new and increasingly useful ontologies.
    Speaking about the book, David Stuart said, “Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals has three aims; firstly to demonstrate the importance of ontologies for knowledge discovery, secondly to show the important contribution information professionals can make to the development of ontologies, and finally to provide a practical introduction to the development of ontologies. The book covers the semantic web and existing ontologies including RDF, RDFS, SKOS and OWL 2 and shows you how to adopt, build and interrogate ontologies.”

    David Stuart is an independent information professional and an honorary research fellow at the University of Wolverhampton, and was previously a research fellow at King's College London and the University of Wolverhampton. He regularly publishes in peer-reviewed academic journals and professional journals on information science, metrics, and semantic web technologies, and in 2015 began writing a regular column for the journal Online Information Review called 'Taming Metrics'. He has previously published Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals (Facet Publishing, 2014) and Facilitating Access to the Web of Data (Facet Publishing, 2011).

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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

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    Link to the cover image: http://www.booksonix.co.uk/facetpublishing/9781783300624.jpg

    Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals | Aug 2016 | 224pp | paperback: 9781783300624 | £59.95 | hardback: 9781783301041 | £89.95 | eBook: 9781783301522| £59.95

    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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    August 19th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG) – 19 August 2016

    The international scholarly publisher Brill has adopted two libraries in Indonesia as part of its Adopt a Library Program. Last year Indonesia was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, celebrating the theme ‘Imagining 17.000 islands’ which lead to choosing West Kalimantan and South Sulawesi in Indonesia as two islands to benefit from the adoption.

    The Adopt a Library Program involves a donation of scholarly books covering subject areas in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law and Biology. Each year the company donates a collection of frontlist titles to one or more libraries in developing and emerging countries. This year’s adopted libraries are Tanjungpurah University in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, and Halu Oleo University in Kendari, South Sulawesi.

    The formal handover at Tanjungpura University took place in the presence of the Rector professor Thamrin Usman, followed by the workshop ‘How to get your research published internationally’, co-presented by Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, Asia Business Development Manager at Brill, and Dr Susi Moeimam, who is a Brill author and journal editor, for a.o. the Journal of Humanities and Humanities of South East Asia and Wacana, Journal of the Humanities of Indonesia.

    Prof. Thamrin Usman, Rector of Tanjungpura University, delivered his gratitude for Brill’s support towards higher education in Indonesia, especially in West Kalimantan, by saying: ”Hopefully, this can act merely as a beginning of future collaboration between Brill and Tanjungpura University.”

    Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, who is responsible for Brill’s Developing Countries Program, is delighted about the adoption and partnership with Tanjungpura University: ”We are keen to establish relations with such a growing and forward-thinking university. They already have some international collaborations in place and are actively encouraging their academic faculty members to publish in English and internationally, providing language courses to support them. We hope that our resources in International and Criminal Law and Biology, particularly ecology, biodiversity and forestry, will strengthen their core research areas to help support the local communities.”

    Dr Susi Moeimam is pleased to support the endeavours of Tanjungpura University in increasing the number of academic publications in accredited journals. “Informing Indonesian academics about the requirements to publish internationally will hopefully increase the number of publications in accredited journals and support the dissemination of research done by Indonesians to a wider international audience.”

    The handover and workshop at Halu Oleo University will take place later this year to coincide with the
    Indonesian International Book Fair this Autumn.

    For more information, contact Liesbeth Kanis, Brill’s Business Development Manager Asia (+65-82981548 / kanis@brill.com) or the Office of International Affairs, Tanjungpura University (+62-561739630 / untan_59@untan.ac.id).

    To find out more about Brill’s Developing Countries Program, including Brill’s Adopt a Library, visit http://www.brill.com/about/brills-developing-countries-program/brills-ad....

    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, Boston and Singapore, Brill publishes over 265 journals and around 1000 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.

    About Tanjungpura University
    Tanjungpura University (Universitas Tanjungpura) or UNTAN is a public university located in the city of Pontianak in West Kalimantan, Indonesia and was first established in 1959. The university focuses on three areas of service: education, research and community service. Currently there are around 1.500 staff and over 30,000 students enrolled in 96 programs in nine different faculties. The University of Tanjungpura continues to enhance the quality standard of education through investing and developing human resources, modernising education and research facilities, to bring forth graduates who can compete at the national and international level.

    View this Media Alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brill-adopts-two-libraries-indonesia
    Read the Media Alert in Indonesian: http://website.untan.ac.id/berita/detailberita/70

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    August 18th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

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    Round Rock Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Round Rock Public Library of Round Rock, Texas is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

    ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 190,000 titles early this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Round Rock Public Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at: http://catalog.roundrocktexas.gov/

    Michelle Cervantes, Library Director of the Round Rock Public Library, commented on their move to Koha with ByWater:

    "We are excited to join the Koha Community and become a ByWater Library Partner.  Migrating to a new library system is no easy task, but our staff and the ByWater team are working great together.  ByWater’s reputation for Koha support and new feature development along with Koha’s robust and mobile-friendly catalog was the right combination to enhance the user experience for our customers and staff."

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater also commented on the Library's move to Koha:

    "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Michelle and the staff of the Round Rock Public Library for their implementation and ongoing Koha support. The library is full of great resources and fantastic programs for the residents of Round Rock and Koha will only serve to enhance those services. The team at the library have been a real pleasure to work with and we look forward to a long a productive relationship together. "

    About the City of Round Rock:
    Round Rock, Texas, with a population of around 105,000, is located 15 miles north of Austin in the Central Texas hill country. Round Rock is the 31st largest City in Texas, according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data. Major employers include Dell, Sears Teleserv, Emerson and Texas Guaranteed Student Loan. Its combined property tax and utility rates are among the lowest in the region. It has an award-winning park system, school district and is one of the safest cities with a population of at least 100,000 population in the United States. Round Rock is the one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and one of the best-managed cities in Texas. The city has maintained high quality of life while becoming a major center for economic growth in Central Texas, with industry clusters in Clean Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Computer/Software Development. For more information please visit: http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/library/

    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 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 to support Koha 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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    August 18th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services Expands U.S. Software as a Service Team Hiring Andrew Nagy as Director of SaaS Innovation

    ~ Andrew Nagy Brings Extensive Library Technology and
    Open Source Experience to Expanding SaaS Innovation Team ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — August 18, 2016 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has expanded its Software as a Service (SaaS) Team, hiring Andrew Nagy as Director of SaaS Innovation. In this role, Nagy will work directly with libraries to help support the growth and development of the open source FOLIO Library Services Platform and the EBSCO SaaS portfolio. With his background in open source software, Nagy will continue to champion open source software in libraries.

    Nagy was one of the initial developers of Summon and eventually became the Product Owner and the Lead Product Manager for Discovery at ProQuest. Earlier, Nagy was a Technology Development Specialist at Villanova University where he founded and launched the open source discovery tool VuFind.

    EBSCO Information Services Senior Vice President of SaaS Products and Platforms, John Law, says Nagy has extensive experience in library and open source technology. “Andrew brings an impressive range of successes which will serve us well as EBSCO expands its discovery service and works with libraries and other service providers to change the way libraries innovate using FOLIO.”

    Nagy, who has written about discovery and open source technology and has spoken at a variety of library conferences, says he looks forward to evangelizing for EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and FOLIO. “This is a tremendous time to join EBSCO. I have a lot of respect for the company’s dedication to make discovery the foundation for libraries and building a powerhouse team to grow EDS into the most-used discovery service. To then take the unprecedented step of introducing a clear pathway to make open source a viable alternative for libraries with FOLIO, EBSCO is changing the future of libraries and I want to be part of that.”

    Nagy says his background as a technologist and an open source innovator are perfectly aligned with EBSCO’s plans for FOLIO. Nagy has a B.S. in Information Management and Technology from Syracuse University, and both a Master of Science in Computer Science and Master of Technology Management from Villanova University.

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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 800,000 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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    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
    kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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    August 16th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    IPSWICH, Mass. — August 16, 2016 — An authoritative international collection of journals and publications from more than 60 countries that make-up the One Belt, One Road trade initiative is now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO.) The only available resource of its kind, One Belt, One Road Reference Source™ helps researchers build a more robust understanding of the cultures and economies that make-up the initiative and helps identify new trade possibilities.

    The One Belt, One Road initiative is a trade and growth strategy proposed by the People’s Republic of China. The initiative is designed to further connect mainland China with trading partners in Western Europe, along the One Belt/New Silk Road route and through development of the Maritime Silk Road. Upcoming maritime improvement strategies include new cargo infrastructure and construction of regional seaports to help support overseas shipping initiatives.

    EBSCO Vice President of Sales Peter Kung says the One Belt, One Road Reference Source will become an important education portal for researchers and a key resource for multi-regional development initiatives. “We believe the One Belt, One Road Reference Source helps researchers gain important knowledge about the people and financial traditions that make up the One Belt, One Road initiative and hope the resource will become the research foundation for future economic endeavors.”

    The One Belt, One Road Reference Source offers more than 5,300 full-text journals, including many hard-to-find local publications from the small countries involved in the initiative. The resource also includes close to 65 full-text newspapers and more than 270 reports and conference proceedings. The development of One Belt, One Road Reference Source is another example of EBSCO’s continued commitment to global scholarly research. By providing access to quality regional content, One Belt, One Road Reference Source helps support the local and global perspectives necessary in multi-national environments.

    With subject content from multiple disciplines, the collection includes articles from the Journal of Architecture and Civil Engineering (China) Journal of Surveying, Construction & Property, (Malaysia) Educational Sciences, (Turkey) Journal of Theoretical & Applied Information Technology, (Pakistan) Biomedical Chemistry, (Russian Federation) GSTF Journal of Mathematics, Statistics & Operations Research, (Singapore) China Economist (China) and more.

    For more information about One Belt, One Road Reference Source, please visit: https://www.ebscohost.com/academic/one-belt-one-road-reference-source.

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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 800,000 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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