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    March 31st, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Editorial Introduction - Issue 6
    Christine Schwartz

    The intelligent use of technology in libraries continues to be one of our most crucial challenges. For those of us who became librarians because we loved to explore the book stacks, we are now finding new ways to explore both old and new content in digital form. With issue 6 of the Code4Lib Journal we hope you will find new ways to explore, experiment, and bring to your library users what they want and need.

    Using OAI-ORE to Transform Digital Repositories into Interoperable Storage and Services Applications
    David Tarrant, Ben O'Steen, Tim Brody, Steve Hitchcock, Neil Jefferies and Leslie Carr

    In the digital age libraries are required to manage large numbers of diverse objects. One advantage of digital objects over fixed physical objects is the flexibility of ‘binding’ them into publications or other useful aggregated intellectual entities while retaining the ability to reuse them independently in other contexts. An emerging framework for managing flexible aggregations of digital objects is provided by the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) with its work on Object Reuse and Exchange (ORE). This paper will show how OAI-ORE is being used to manage content in digital repositories, in particular institutional repositories, and has the potential ultimately to transform the conception of digital repositories.

    Semi-automatic Citation Correction with Lemon8-XML
    MJ Suhonos

    The Lemon8-XML software application, developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), provides an open-source, computer-assisted interface for reliable citation structuring and validation. Lemon8-XML combines citation parsing algorithms with freely-available online indexes such as PubMed, WorldCat, and OAIster. Fully-automated markup of entire bibliographies may be a genuine possibility using this approach.
    Automated markup of citations would increase bibliographic accuracy while reducing copyediting demands.

    The Wise Use of Statistics in a Library-Oriented Environment
    Mathias Weyland

    As with most businesses, libraries use statistics to justify expenses, to monitor the library’s expansion and to predict prospective developments. This article describes SQL and shell techniques for data retrieval as well as further processing of the data using the open source statistical environment R. The article emphasizes some of the pitfalls and reasoning errors librarians could easily slip into.
    Having an academic background on statistics, the author is appointed to projects and tasks which need mathematical and statistical methods to be successfully accomplished.

    Tree Representations: Graphics Libraries for Displaying Hierarchical Data
    Mark Wilhelm

    Tree representations can be useful for presenting hierarchical data on the screen. In this article I’ll briefly describe building trees using the Dojo, Yahoo User Interface, Java Server Faces, and Google Web Toolkit libraries.

    Visualizing Media Archives: A Case Study
    Chris Beer, Courtney Michael, and Mayo Todorovic

    The WGBH Media Library and Archives is piloting an online media archive for scholarly research. In conversation with users, we have discovered they want to quickly pinpoint items relevant to their work and get an overview of collections and their relationships to other materials. To demonstrate the size and complexity of our collection to users in a meaningful way, WGBH is employing data visualization techniques to provide an interactive, graphical representation of the various relationships between items. This article discusses the techniques employed in implementing our relationship map, emphasizes the cataloging techniques required for this effort, and offers code and examples to spark discussion about ways to improve or extend this effort.

    Course Views: A Scalable Approach to Providing Course-Based Access to Library Resources
    Jason Casden, Kim Duckett, Tito Sierra and Joseph Ryan

    The NCSU Libraries’ Course Views project, along with a locally developed widget web service, improves course-based access to library collections and services by dynamically generating library course pages for all 6000+ courses at NCSU. By automatically generating custom content when possible and showcasing authored content when available, Course Views is able to achieve full course coverage without significantly increasing staff time to create and manage content. This paper will describe the system and the use of web services to achieve scalable and sustainable delivery of course-related library content.

    Integrating Process Management with Archival Management Systems: Lessons Learned
    J. Gordon Daines, III and Cory L. Nimer

    The Integrated Digital Special Collections (INDI) system is a prototype of a database-driven, Web application designed to automate and manage archival workflow for large institutions and consortia.
    This article discusses the how the INDI project enabled the successful implementation of a process to manage large technology projects in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. It highlights how the scope of these technology projects is set and how the major deliverables for each project are defined. The article also talks about how the INDI system followed the process and still failed to be completed. It examines why the process itself is successful and why the INDI project failed. It further underscores the importance of process management in archival management systems.

    How to Build an XML Web Client for the Gold Rush Link Resolver’s XML Gateway Web Services Layer
    Brian Kysela

    The Gold Rush link resolver (GRLR) is part of a suite of programs developed by the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (CARL) which help manage a library’s electronic resources. It contains the essential features required to perform link resolution, and comes at a substantial discount compared to other commercial Link Resolvers.
    After a comprehensive review of the available options, the library at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) chose to implement Gold Rush over the summer of 2008. The UTC library also decided to take advantage of the release of the Gold Rush XML Gateway Web Services Layer by the Colorado Alliance in the spring of 2008. This article is a case study of how the UTC XML Web client was built and the steps necessary to successfully deploy such a client.

    Using Book Data Providers to Improve Services to Patrons
    Mike Beccaria

    At Paul Smith’s College, I recently implemented a “New Books” display using open APIs and an image scroller. In this article I’ll give a brief overview of Google Book Search, OpenLibrary and Worldcat, explain how I created this New Books Widget using book cover data, and provide readers with some practical and simple code to show how to collect this data. This article will be of interest to anyone who wants to read about a brief overview of current state of free book data service providers. Additionally, beginner programmers will likely find the examples at the end of the article helpful when getting started with projects of their own.

    CONFERENCE REPORT: Code4Lib 2009
    Jie Chen, Joanna DiPasquale, Lauren Ko, and Andreas Orphanides

    Conference reports from the 4th Code4Lib conference, held in Province, RI from February 23 to 26, 2009. The Code4Lib conference is a collective volunteer effort of the informal Code4Lib community of library technologists. Included are four brief reports on the conference from the recipients of conference scholarships.

    BOOK REVIEW: Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist
    Tom Keays

    Written by two of the leading authorities on the semantic web, the “Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist” is a timely and thorough introduction to the topic. Covering RDF, RDFS, and OWL, the book takes a logical, trainerly approach, with practical and illuminating examples. Well worth a read.

    Christine Schwartz
    Metadata Librarian
    Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries

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    March 30th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., MARCH 24, 2009 – Housed within Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Cary Graphic Arts Collection is the Bernard C. Middleton Collection, one of the finest resources in the world for the study of bookbinding history and practice.

    And as ironic as it may seem, even a collection of books about bookbinding can find a place to call home in the online world. Kirtas and RIT today announced that RIT’s famed Middleton Collection is available on, joining the growing number of content partners providing collections and titles to the site.

    Using existing information from the Cary Collection’s catalog records, Kirtas is able to offer access to the collection through its own retail site,, as well as through the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press Web site, What makes this initiative unique is that the books can be offered for sale at cost-conscious prices before they are ever digitized, so there is no up-front printing, production or storage cost.

    “We are delighted to participate in this ground-breaking venture with Kirtas,” said David Pankow, Cary Collection curator. “Imaging and innovation are the hallmarks of RIT and the Rochester community and our partnership with Kirtas is another example of that spirit.”

    Kirtas currently has 12 partnerships with universities and public libraries to make special collections available for sale online. Virtually any library with a modern records database can participate in the Digitize on Demand (DOD) program. Distribution rights are non-exclusive so the books can also be made available through other distribution channels at a library’s request.

    “We’re thrilled to have RIT on board as a partner in this initiative,” Kirtas Founder and CEO Lotfi Belkhir said. “Our business is built around providing high-quality images, and the historic role RIT has played in imaging technology is clearly significant to us. We’ve had a collaborative relationship with RIT on various projects in the past, and I’m glad we’ve been able to build upon it.”

    About Kirtas Technologies
    Kirtas Technologies has pioneered and perfected the technology used today in quality, high-speed, nondestructive mass book digitization. A proven workflow ensuring superior image quality, advanced search capabilities, unique archiving technology, and extensive metadata enabling multiple output options that stand the test of time are what set us apart and keep Kirtas at the forefront of the digital revolution. Learn more at

    About Rochester Institute of Technology
    Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students with hearing loss. Nearly 16,500 full- and part-time students are enrolled in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs at RIT, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

    For two decades, U.S. News & World Report has ranked RIT among the nation’s leading comprehensive universities. RIT is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2009 edition of The Best 368 Colleges and in Barron’s Best Buys in Education. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognizes RIT as a “Great College to Work For.”

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    March 30th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    COLUMBUS, OH - March 30, 2009 - LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, and WALDO (Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization) have announced that Warren County Community College (WCCC) in New Jersey has selected Koha ZOOM for their next integrated library system (ILS).

    The library has selected LibLime's fully-managed Koha ZOOM Hosted package. In this model, the system is installed, operated and maintained at one of LibLime's carrier-class data centers. LibLime will provide the library with installation, data migration, systems administration, ongoing maintenance, software development and staff training. Joining the WALDO consortium will enable Warren County Community College to take advantage of the discounts available to WALDO members for LibLime services.

    Why choose Koha?

    "WCCC library wishes to be in the forefront of technology innovation in the information sciences to better service our students and faculty," explains David Orenstein, Library Director at WCCC.

    "Migrating to Koha makes economic sense, improves access to our collections and allows us to be the first College in the state to move to the open-source platform," he adds.

    David has this to say to other directors considering a move to Koha:

    "Koha is here, it is tested and has shown itself to be a valuable research tool. Open source is the next step in ILS evolution and the community of libraries moving to Koha shows that it has an important and growing place at the table."

    About Warren County Community College (WCCC)

    WCCC has the distinction of being one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country. The college is fully accredited through Middle-states, has an NLNAC accredited nursing program, as well as, academic (degree and certification) and continuing education curriculums which support the employment and intellectual growth of the community.

    About WALDO

    Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO) is a membership organization supporting the procurement & administration of electronic information services for libraries since 1982. Supporting over 900 member libraries, WALDO offers consortial discounts for over 5,000 products and services. For more information, please visit the WALDO Website located at or contact Robert Karen at (800) 326-6495 ext. 1 or

    Other advantages of choosing a LibLime solution through the WALDO consortium include volume discounts, standard contracts, consolidated renewals and invoicing and centralized billing. Participation in the LibLime discounts through WALDO is available to all WALDO full, associate and limited members.

    About Koha

    Since it was first put into production in early 2000, Koha has enabled new realities of open access, affordability, and free innovation for hundreds of small and medium-sized libraries around the world. Koha has lived up to its name, which means ‘Gift’ in the Maori language of New Zealand. From the outset, many libraries understood the power of this gift. They downloaded it, they installed it, they changed it and they contributed their solutions back to the library community.

    Several companies around the world support Koha, providing libraries with a full array of services including installation, migration assistance, data integrity testing, staff training, software maintenance, support and customization.

    About LibLime

    LibLime is the global leader in open-source solutions for libraries, with a mission to make open source accessible to libraries. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates implementation of open source in libraries by providing outstanding development, customization, support and training solutions--solutions tailored to each library's needs. For more information, see

    Press Contact:

    Tina Burger

    Vice President, Marketing LibLime

    (888)Koha ILS (564-2457)

    LibLime and the LibLime logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of LibLime. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

    Contact Sales:


    Phone: (888) Koha ILS (564-2457)

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    March 30th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Emerald’s approach to publishing embraces the notion that ‘diversity brings strength in knowledge ecology’ and encourages the ‘export’ of ideas into the developing world.

    In her introduction to the special issue, Maria Aluchna Comments: “The issue offers a wide range of topics presenting aspects of current challenges of both topic of CSR and corporate governance. I truly recommend all the articles published in this special issue”.

    The issue consists of two sections, the first discusses the status and development of CSR and the second focuses on corporate governance.

    Social Responsibility Journal is edited by Professor David Crowther of De Montfort University, who comments: “A study of transitional economies is important in the present time, as they grasp with issues concerning their adaptation to a global perspective on business. This, of course, involves the implementation of governance and CSR programmes. SRJ always focuses upon current issues and debates and in this issue the progress of firms in transitional economies is considered from a variety of perspectives both by experts from within those economies and by experts from outside. The issue is guest edited by Maria Aluchna, Warsaw School of Economics, who has a particular expertise in this area.”

    Among the articles in the Special Issue Maria Aluchna is the author of “Implementation of best practice code: Practical implications from the Warsaw Stock Exchange”. Nicholas J.F. Ragadoo has written “CSR as a tool to fight against poverty: The case of Mauritius”. “Corporate governance and law- role of independent directors: theory and practice in India” by Iti Bose and “Status and direction of corporate social responsibility in Indian Perspective: an exploratory study” by Sudhir Chandra Das.

    Social Responsibility Journal presents ‘methodological and substantive debates in the area of social responsibility’. Submissions to the journal are accepted from any part of the world with the exception that it addresses one or more of the journals objectives.

    Emerald will be providing free access to the journal between 24/03/2009 – 30/04/2009, this will be available To gain access users must login with the username: srjaccess and the password: emerald

    For further information contact Andrew Smith on

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    About Emerald

    Established in 1967, Emerald Group Publishing Limited is the world’s leading publisher of management research. In total, Emerald publishes over 700 titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book series as well as an extensive range of online products and services. Emerald is COUNTER-compliant, meeting the international code of practice for reports that measure usage of online information products and services consistently.

    Emerald’s publishing philosophy is “Research You Can Use”, which means that our content is both rigorous and relevant, connecting the academic world with the world of management practice.

    The Emerald online collection of journals, abstracts and resources, Emerald Management Xtra, serves business schools and management departments world-wide. For managers in corporate and public organizations, Emerald Management First provides fast access to applied research, ideas, insights and interviews from the world’s best management thinkers.


    Arnaud Pellé
    Corporate Communications Manager
    Emerald Group Publishing Limited
    Howard House, Wagon Lane, Bingley BD16 1WA
    United Kingdom
    Phone: +44 (0)1274 777700

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    March 27th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    SOMERDALE, NJ, March 24, 2009: Library Automation Technologies, Inc. (LAT), a leader in library automation products, is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting at the Texas Library Associations Annual Conference (TLA) at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on April 1-3.

    LAT will be demonstrating the allCIRC™ Media Dispensing System that provides libraries both media protection and patron self service all in one portable unit. In addition, the ultra-small MAXine™ Self Checkout System will be setup for hands-on demonstrations.

    LAT-Max™, LAT-MAXine™ and LAT-MAXwell™ is a family of self-service machines for libraries based on FlashScan™ technology. By providing multiple form-factors, such as desktop, floor-standing, kiosk and even wall-mount, all with the same patron interface and multiple finishes, the machines allow libraries to take advantage of the modern self-service technology regardless of their physical space constraints. Coupled with an array of impressive features and capabilities, such as on-demand, field-upgradable RFID capability, desensitization support, wireless networking, included multi-language support, as well as over 400 features and settings, these machines are installed in hundreds of libraries worldwide and have gained a solid, industry leading reputation for value.

    For more information about LAT's technology and all library products, jump to:

    Library Automation Technologies Inc., (LAT) founded in 2001 has installations in hundreds of libraries throughout the United States. LAT's sole mission is to help libraries and data centers to work better, smarter and more securely. LAT’s innovation earned the firm the coveted “#1 Fastest Growing in South Jersey, 2005” by the Philadelphia Business Journal, as well as a “Finalist in the Family Business of the Year, 2006” award presented by Farleigh Dickinson College. LAT further continues its growth expanding into automation by delivering media dispensing line of products solely dedicated to library operations.

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    If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Oleg Boyarsky / CEO, please call Robert Baker at:
    856-566-4121 or e-mail Robert at:

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