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    October 28th, 2008LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Norcross, GA – October 28, 2008
    Franklin County (Ind.) Public Library District has gone live with Evergreen, the consortial-quality open-source library automation software. The successful migration of these libraries is part of a process that will see a total of 16 new libraries running Evergreen by the end of 2008 as part of Evergreen Indiana, a shared-catalog project administered by the Indiana State Library. Eight libraries have already made the transition and are live with the software. Equinox Software, Inc., the support and development company for Evergreen, is providing bumper-to-bumper support for the migrations as well as round-the-clock ongoing technical support once the new library system is in place.
    “Evergreen Indiana’s bold decision to move to open source provides these libraries with software that is both high-quality and affordable, with a great development path for the future,” said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. “Features such as patron bookbags, easy-to-place holds, and a friendly circulation interface make Evergreen an appealing choice, and Evergreen scales to the demands of large consortia. Plus these library managers can rest easy knowing they once again own their own data.”
    Franklin County Public Library District has two branches. The Brookville branch was built in 1912 with funding from Andrew Carnegie. The Laurel branch, in western Franklin County, was established in 1998. The library’s website is at
    About Evergreen
    Evergreen is consortial-quality, open-source library software initially developed to support Georgia PINES, a resource-sharing consortium with over 270 public libraries. Evergreen was designed from the ground up to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, yet its robust, fault-tolerant architecture elegantly scales down to the smallest sites. Evergreen is also adaptive software that due to its service-oriented, standards-compliant design can nimbly evolve to meet changing library needs and user expectations.
    From its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has consistently outperformed expectations and resulted in acclaim and praise from users worldwide. Evergreen has received significant attention, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include the Michigan Library Consortium, British Columbia SITKA, Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, and the University of Prince Edward Island. For more information about Evergreen, visit

    About Equinox Software, Inc.

    Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled developers and other professionals who provide comprehensive support for Evergreen, the consortial-quality, open source Integrated Library System (ILS). Equinox develops, supports, trains, migrates, integrates, and consults on Evergreen, and engages with the rapidly expanding Evergreen community. Instead of one-size-fits-all support, Equinox works closely with libraries to ensure Evergreen is implemented in the manner that best fits their individual needs.
    In addition to support, custom development and integration services, Equinox offers complete Evergreen hosting packages for libraries wishing to outsource their ILS infrastructure. Equinox also provides consulting services for libraries seeking more insight into the value proposition of open source software.
    Press contact: Corinne Hall,, 678-269-6113
    For more information on Equinox Software, please visit

    Evergreen is open source software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL. Evergreen and the Evergreen logo are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.

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    October 26th, 2008LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Erie Looking Productions is proud to announce that a compact disc is available for purchase through of LISTen's coverage of BlogWorldExpo 2008. The disc contains remastered recordings of the three episodes at very high quality in Ogg Vorbis format. The disc is intended for library collections and for archiving. Archival concerns drove the decision to use the Ogg Vorbis format as it is an open standard.

    The page offering the disc is: Rather than handle fulfilment from Las Vegas, it was felt best to use a separate vendor for making this available. This is intended to reduce overhead on the content creator's end.

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    October 25th, 2008Badan BarmanUncategorized

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    October 24th, 2008LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Visitors to will notice a new look and feel today as the newly-redesigned site launches. The redesign brings in line with current web standards and adds new content and features. Note that old links willl be broken; please update your links and bookmarks.

    Highlights of the redesign include:

    * Better integration of the forum and other interactive site features.
    * Job ads that, as always, are free to both job seekers and employers.
    * New content on education and career development, including information on MLIS scholarships as well as on funding conference attendance and other CE opportunities.
    * A more standards-compliant and accessible design.
    * A new logo designed by Wendy Koff, Librarian and Web Designer.
    * Updated links to outside resources; all links were checked manually in October 2008.
    * Improved organization -- information for both job seekers and employers is now easier to find.
    * Opportunities for sponsorship -- relevant organizations can easily reach an audience of librarians and info pros.

    "I'm excited to launch the new and improved to better serve librarians, library workers, and info pros at all stages of their careers," says webmaster Rachel Singer Gordon. "Stay tuned for more additions and improvements soon!"

    Love the new logo? Grab yourself a t-shirt at the new Cafepress store. Find a job on Join the Flickr group, upload your photo, and you could see yourself featured on the site. (Don't have a Flickr account? Email your photo and story to offers:

    * Free job ads
    * Free bimonthly professional development newsletter
    * Low-cost resume posting
    * A library career- and professional development-related online discussion forum
    * Career Q&A from Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Allen
    * Rethinking Information Careers, a regular column by Kim Dority
    * ... and more!

    Come, explore, join in, and become part of the community.

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    October 24th, 2008LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    The Scotch Plains Public Library (NJ) and the Fanwood Memorial Library (NJ) produced a customer service training video to help library staff serve individuals with autism and their families more effectively. The video focuses on what you need to know about autism spectrum disorder and empowers the viewer with specific techniques to offer more inclusive and comprehensive customer service when interacting with this growing and underserved population. Nationally, autism affects one in every 150 individuals, and in New Jersey, as many as one in ninety-four.

    The video was created by the two libraries as a part of the "Welcoming Library Spaces for the Autism Community and Their Families" incubator project, which was made possible by a contract with Infolink: The Eastern New Jersey Regional Library Cooperative. The Cooperative and its services are funded by the New Jersey State Library, which is responsible for the coordination, promotion and funding of the New Jersey Library Network. This was one of six successful projects funded to meet the strategic need for libraries to provide services in proactive and creative ways to children and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. "We commend Infolink for choosing this important health topic for its pilot program," said Norma Blake, New Jersey State Librarian. "The project exemplifies the best work that libraries can do to help people - to be a valuable resource for parents and families, making their lives easier and better"

    The success of the video project is the result of the cooperative partnership the libraries have embraced over the past 3 years, and the contributions of many partners and participants. The libraries engaged the services of Engel Entertainment, a renowned documentary production company based in New York City, and all aspects of the video were overseen by producer, director and cinematographer Mary Olive Smith. In addition, replicated DVDs of the video were sent to every public library in New Jersey, many schools, special and academic libraries, as well as to every New Jersey State legislator.

    As suggested in the video, the two libraries provided additional in-depth training to their combined staff as well as to local school media specialists. The session was conducted by representatives from our project partners: Dr. Linda Meyer, Executive Director of COSAC, The NJ Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community; Dr. Jill Harris, Director of Psychology and Coordinator of The Autism Center of Excellence at Children's Specialized Hospital; and Adrienne Robertiello, Founder of Community Partnership for People with Autism.

    Staff members are enthusiastic about the training they received and ready to embrace their role as ambassadors for their libraries, confidently utilizing new strategies and tips. As a result of this training, the libraries now display the Libraries and Autism: We're Connected decals on their front doors to alert the community to the staff's newly heightened awareness and willingness to provide inclusive service. In addition, the libraries, which share a combined database, have developed a large, up-to-date collection of resources available to assist the many individuals, families and professionals who are dealing with this spectrum of disorders.

    As the project evolved, it became clear a website would be the best way to share and disseminate the depth and variety of valuable information and tools that were created. Libraries and other organizations are encouraged to explore the site (, watch the video and make free use of the support resources. The video was posted to YouTube and has already begun to generate national and international attention from both libraries and individuals in the autism community. As one parent who responded to the online survey said, "It was about time that the community got involved in such an important topic. We need the support. I took my son to the library a couple times when he was 3, right before his diagnosis, since then I never took him back because people used to stare at us when he was acting up. My son is now 8 and after I found out about your web site, I took him back last week. Thank you for the great info and support!"

    The video and website clearly achieved one of the stated goals of the initial project, which was to create a documented model to serve as a replicable program for other libraries. Cheryl O'Connor, Executive Director of INFOLINK stated; "We are thrilled by the enthusiasm this project has generated within both the library and autism communities. The need is now for libraries to serve the autism community, and this professionally produced staff training film empowers them to do so effectively. "

    An additional benefit was the realization that the basic customer services skills and techniques provided can serve as universal models for best-practices library service to all members of the public. Good service provision is universal regardless of who the target group is and whether it's in a library or at some other public agency, business, retail outlet, healthcare facility, restaurant, or retail outlet. These service tips and strategies can be successfully utilized, with little or no modification, by any group dealing with the general public where there is a desire or mandate to be inclusive of those in the autism community.

    Our goal now with this project is to spread the word as widely as possible. This training and information has had a tremendously positive impact on our own staff and the towns we serve, and we know it has the potential to do likewise for others. The project has been garnering great responses from both the library and autism communities. After a workshop session for Children's librarians in Pennsylvania, Susan Pannebaker, State Youth Services Advisor said, "Thank you so much for a great program! You have really put together an easy to replicate program for all public libraries. Everyone left talking about what they were going to do when they got back to work today. To me that shows great success; usually I hear - if only I had money to do that."

    The video and website resources provide an excellent starting point. As recommended in the film, an extended workshop session will drive home the message and spirit by providing training to learn about autism spectrum disorder, and will empower staff with specific techniques to offer more inclusive and comprehensive customer service. Meg Kolaya and Dan Weiss are making themselves available to provide these in-depth customer service training workshops for the library community.

    For more information about this project and to receive a free "Libraries and Autism: We're Connected" decal for your library, please contact the libraries at

    Press Contact:
    Meg Kolaya, Director, Scotch Plains Public Library
    908.322.5007 x202
    Dan Weiss, Director, Fanwood Memorial Library

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