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    March 26th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Evergreen to Power Newly-formed South Carolina Consortium, SC LENDS
    Norcross, GA – March 26, 2009

    Evergreen open source library software will power SC LENDs (South Carolina Library Evergreen Network Delivery System), a statewide consortium for a massive shared catalog and other services spearheaded by the South Carolina State Library. Equinox Software Inc., “The Evergreen Experts,” will provide data migration, software configuration, and post-migration 24-7 technical support.
    The initial pilot group of 11 libraries, which includes South Carolina State Library, provides direct service to 1.3 million people in 10 counties and has 2.5 million books and serial volumes (FY2006 data). When the pilot group finishes migrating in the fall of 2009, SC LENDS will then be the second-largest Evergreen consortium. More libraries will come on board in 2010 and beyond.
    South Carolina’s library users “will have greater access to more materials than ever before,” said David S. Goble, Director of the South Carolina State Library and State Librarian. “Evergreen gives us more control over our destiny,” added Laura Sponhour, SchoolRooms Project Manager at South Carolina State Library. “It’s amazing to watch people come together and see the project gaining momentum. We will also be smarter as a group. It’s a lot of fun, too.”
    “Part of the value of Evergreen is that it adapts to local conditions, rather than forcing libraries to adapt to the software,” said Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox company president. “SC LENDS adopted a unique configuration, with dispersed system administrators, shared cataloging duties, and a decision to share all materials except reference—even DVDs and audiobooks. Evergreen has the power and flexibility to support massive and hugely diverse library ecosystems.”
    About the South Carolina State Library System
    The South Carolina State Library is located in Columbia, South Carolina. During the depths of the Great Depression, the Works Project Administration created the first statewide library program with bookmobiles in 32 rural counties which previously had no library service. Today, South Carolina State Library provides superior services to all South Carolinians through collaboration and cooperation with information providers and cultural institutions. Their 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 be robust, fault-tolerant, service-oriented, and standards-based. Evergreen nimbly evolves to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia, while elegantly scaling down to the smallest library sites.
    The growing, multinational Evergreen development community has shepherded Evergreen through a series of carefully-planned releases that have further strengthened Evergreen’s consortial capabilities while adding popular and useful functionality. Evergreen 2.0, due out in 2009, will add acquisitions, serials, and reserves to Evergreen’s outstanding functionality.
    From its debut in September 2006, Evergreen has earned acclaim and praise from users worldwide, including a Technology Collaboration Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional Evergreen implementations include consortial projects such as Evergreen Indiana, Michigan Evergreen, and British Columbia SITKA, and libraries such as Kent County Public Library in Maryland, Marshall Public Library in Missouri, the National Weather Center Library, and the University of Prince Edward Island.
    Other libraries contracting with Equinox software for future Evergreen services include King County Library System (a public library system in Washington State), the thirteen libraries of Natural Resources Canada, and North Texas Regional Library System. A number of libraries “go it alone” with Evergreen by providing their own migration and support, which further demonstrates the power, ease, and reliability of this state-of-the-art library software.
    For more information about Evergreen, see
    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 trademarks of the Georgia Public Library Service.

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    March 26th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Columbus, OH--LibLime, the leader in open solutions for libraries,
    announced today the results of a study conducted in 2008, that finds
    Koha to be the open-source ILS of choice for respondents--across every
    library type. LibLime is the foremost provider of Koha automation
    solutions worldwide.

    The study--conducted by Outsell, Inc--surveyed hundreds of library
    decision-makers across the US and Europe. When current and potential
    users of open source were asked which ILS package they preferred,
    respondents selected Koha as their first choice across all segments by
    a hefty margin. Library segments included corporate, government,
    academic, K-12, public and nonprofit libraries.

    Outsell’s study also found that over half of the nearly 300
    respondents surveyed had either implemented an open source ILS or
    would consider a move to an open-source ILS. Interest was highest
    among public and academic libraries. Flexibility and adaptability of
    open source was the highest-rated reason for the implementation or
    considered implementation of an open-source ILS.

    "The preference for Koha is not at all surprising," says Joshua
    Ferraro, CEO of LibLime. Ferraro has been an active member of the Koha
    project since 2001 when he oversaw implementation of Koha at the first
    library in the US to select an open-source ILS, the Athens County
    Library System in Ohio.

    "One of the strenghts of the open-source development model is that
    libraries have direct access to development resources thorugh a
    process called Sponsored Development", Ferraro explains. "As a result,
    Koha's community, codebase and feature-set continue to evolve at an
    amazing pace."

    As part of its support environment, LibLime maintains the LibLime
    Development Exchange, a database of features being sponsored by
    customers. This facilitates co-sponsorship and further collaboration
    between customers. There are currently over 200 active development
    projects, many of which are in the process of being completed and will
    be in the 3.2 Version of Koha, set for release later this year.

    For more information or to purchase Outsell's report, visit:

    About LibLime

    LibLime is the global leader in open solutions for 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 Contacts

    Tina Burger
    Vice President, Marketing LibLime
    (888)Koha ILS (564-2457)

    LibLime, ‡biblios and ‡ are either registered trademarks or
    trademarks of LibLime. Other company and product names may be
    trademarks of their respective owners.

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    March 26th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    March 31, 2009, Arlington, VA—At the opening of the 24th Annual Computers in Libraries conference and exhibition, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced the publication of You Don’t Look Like a Librarian: Shattering Stereotypes and Creating Positive New Images in the Internet Age, by Ruth Kneale. In this new book, librarian and blogger Kneale debunks outdated preconceptions about librarians and their profession that still exist in the digital era.

    “Ask any Joe or Jane Q. Public what comes to mind when they think of a librarian,” Kneale said, “and they’ll inevitably describe an older woman, her hair in a tight bun, wearing glasses, a cardigan, and sensible (meaning ugly) shoes, who wouldn’t know a computer from a cat (of which she owns many).” Kneale adds, “She usually says ‘Shh’ a lot, too!”

    In You Don’t Look Like a Librarian, Kneale offers a fascinating look at the evolution and current state of the librarian stereotype and, more importantly, provides her fellow librarians with information and inspiration they can use to create positive new images that promote the future of the profession. In addition to presenting the results of a 1,000+-respondent survey and Kneale’s interviews with opinionated librarians across the spectrum, the book draws on pop culture, published literature, and lively discussions on the author’s website.

    Although the book’s subject matter may seem lighthearted, it explores a serious issue underlying perceptions of the library profession. “Sure, it’s fun to talk about what librarians look or don’t look like, but take that a step further,” says Elizabeth Burns in the Foreword to the book. “Connect the dots from the assumptions people make about librarians to how the public perceives us, and you’ll quickly realize the impact stereotypes have on everything from customer expectations to salaries.”

    Karen G. Schneider, community librarian and blogger ( called You Don’t Look Like a Librarian, “A readable and entertaining look into the images of librarians in popular culture.” Schneider added that the book “also functions admirably as a kind of What Color is Your Biblio-Parachute? for people interested in librarianship or those who are in the profession and considering a change of direction.”

    You Don’t Look Like a Librarian includes the following chapters:

    1. Stereotypes? What Stereotypes?
    2. Pop Culture and Librarians
    3. Breaking the Stereotype
    4. Thoughts on the Future

    In addition to the Foreword by Burns, You Don’t Look Like a Librarian features an Introduction by the author, two appendices, resources for librarians, a list of relevant websites relating to the profession, and a companion website at Practical yet entertaining, this book is a must have for librarians who want to market themselves and their library, and change their community’s perception of librarians.

    About the Author
    Ruth Kneale is the Systems Librarian for the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to that, she was the Librarian and Webmaster for the Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, and the Gemini 8m Telescopes Project. Kneale has written on computer topics for Information Outlook and Computers in Libraries, and publishes a regular column about librarians in Marketing Library Service called “Spectacles: How Pop Culture Views Librarians.” She started the website You Don’t Look Like a Librarian! ( in 2002, and a companion blog called Random Musings from the Desert ( in 2006.

    You Don’t Look Like a Librarian: Shattering Stereotypes and Creating Positive New Images in the Internet Age (216 pp/softbound/$29.50/ISBN 978-1-57387-366-6) is published by Information Today, Inc. It is available in bookstores and direct from the publisher by calling (800) 300-9868 [outside the U.S., call (609) 654-6266]; faxing (609) 654-4309; emailing; or visiting the ITI website at To request a review copy email:

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    March 26th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Friday, April 24, 2009, 9 am to 3 pm

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Library
    Rockefeller Research Laboratories (RRL) Building (Auditorium)
    430 East 67th Street NY NY 10065

    An engaging dialogue about User Experience (UX) and its relevance within the information profession. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. William Gribbons, reknown UX expert and Director, Master of Science in Human Factors Information Design Program, Bentley College, MA.

    COST: $50
    Buffet lunch will be provided

    Payment is due the day of the event. Check or money order is acceptable and should be made payable to: User Experience Symposium c/o Donna Gibson, MSKCC. We are unable to accept credit cards at this time. Online Registration closes on April 17, 2009.

    To register, visit:

    Co-sponsored by Rockefeller University Library, Cornell-Weill Medical Library, and the Library Association of the City University of New York (LACUNY), and ACRL/NY

    For more information contact Donna Gibson (; Brian Lym (; or Valeda Dent Goodman (