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    June 17th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    United Kingdom, June 2009 – Emerald Group Publishing is pleased to announce a new consortium agreement in Portugal. Lisbon-based Biblioteca do Conhecimento Online (B-ON) has signed a deal with the publisher, giving B-ON’s 78 members the opportunity to subscribe to Emerald Management Xtra or Emerald Subject Collections at discount rates.

    Seven institutions have already confirmed their subscriptions to Emerald online collections of journals through this agreement:

    • Escola Superior de Turismo e Hotelaria do Estoril (Estoril)
    • Universidade Catolica Portugesa (Porto)
    • Universidade da Beira Interior (Covilha)
    • Universidade de Aveiro (Aveiro)
    • Universidade do Minho (Guimaraes)
    • Universidade do Porto (Porto)
    • Universidade Nova de Lisboa

    Jordi Caralt, Emerald’s Country Manager for Southern Europe, comments "This is the latest in a series of successful deals with prestigious academic partners for Emerald in Southern Europe, reinforcing our mission to be the publisher of choice for academics, researchers and professionals in the fields of management and information science."

    Established in 1999, the Portuguese consortium ensures access to a vast number of publications and electronic services to the academic community, and promotes knowledge sharing.
    For more information about B-ON visit
    For further information about this agreement contact Mr Jordi Caralt at

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    June 17th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., JUNE 17, 2009 – Kirtas Technologies, the worldwide leader in bound-book digitization, and OCLC, a global online library service and research organization; have signed an agreement that will enable streamlined access to the ever-increasing numbers of digitized books to users of OCLC’s WorldCat and

    As part of the agreement, OCLC will now be able to provide its users with data indicating that a book is either available as digitized content or that it can be made available for digitization.

    In addition, OCLC will provide Kirtas with bibliographic records for use on, ensuring consistent and accurate descriptions of the books being offered for sale by its library content providers.

    “The demand for digitized content is only going to increase, so our ability to provide our customers with access to it is essential,” said OCLC Director of Partner Programs Cindy Cunningham. “Providing global access to electronic files streamlines costs and improves efficiencies, which is part of our mission and tremendously important in today’s global economy.”

    WorldCat is a global network of library content and services that enables libraries to be more connected, open and productive. is a retail Web site that allows libraries to offer copies of their public domain books for sale before they are digitized. Books are only digitized once they are ordered allowing consumers to prioritize the demand for content as well as pay for the digitization. Once a book is digitized it can be made available as an eBook or print on demand.

    Kirtas Founder and CEO Lotfi Belkhir said, “OCLC is a significant part of the library’s online world, and we’re honored to be partnering with them. Working together to support the initiatives of all our customers is the future of online collaboration and will enable us to provide digital content to scholars and educators around the world.”

    About OCLC
    Founded in 1967 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC is a nonprofit library service and research organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing, eContent, preservation, library management and Web services to 69,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories. OCLC and its member libraries worldwide have created and maintain WorldCat, the world's richest online resource for finding library materials. Search on the Web at For more information, visit

    About Kirtas Technologies
    Kirtas Technologies has pioneered and perfected the technology used today in quality, high-speed, nondestructive mass 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, or

    Contact: Bob Murphy

    Contact: Todd Whiting
    585-924-2420 x2248
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    June 15th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire


    BCR is pleased to welcome the University of Denver (DU) Penrose Library to its new Shelf2Life program. By joining the Shelf2Life program, the Penrose Library is bringing its collection of pre-1923 U.S.-published monographs back into the public domain, along with other collections that have had limited or no access due to age, condition or scarcity. The Library's initial Shelf2Life collection is focusing on a variety of subjects, from the history of the American West to railroading topics and more. The books will be available as print-on-demand through hundreds of online retailers and through the library as eBooks.

    "This is a wonderful opportunity to improve access to strategically selected collections of general or scholarly interest. We know this program will help us re-balance our commitments to the culture of the book while energetically embracing the digital world," said Nancy Allen, Dean and Director of the Penrose Library.

    "I'm pleased that the University of Denver Penrose Library has joined BCR's Shelf2Life," said BCR's President and CEO Brenda Bailey-Hainer. "With these collections we are now able to make available resources that have been inaccessible to all but a few users."

    The overriding goal of BCR's Shelf2Life program is to help libraries and cultural heritage organizations share their collections with new audiences. By providing libraries with the tools to digitize and widen access to their collections, BCR's Shelf2Life program helps libraries increase the visibility, use and recognition of their important collections. The program helps researchers, collectors and readers by putting these editions within easy reach-in print-on-demand or electronic format.

    About The University of Denver Library
    The University of Denver Library has a threefold mission. First, to provide collections, services, personnel and systems that support the teaching and research programs of the University.  Second, to organize, interpret and maintain those collections, services and systems. Third, to enable the members of the University community to use information resources creatively, analytically and critically toward the acquisition of knowledge. In order to continue to meet this mission and their high level of service to the University, research, higher education, local, national and international communities, the DU Library continually strives to innovate and adapt their collections and delivery options.

    About BCR
    BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation's oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach patrons, increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, visit or email

    Brandie Baumann, communications coordinator

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    June 11th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    July 12, 2009, Chicago, IL, and Medford, NJ—Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the publication of The Accidental Library Marketer, by Kathy Dempsey. The publisher is launching the title with a special book signing at the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, which takes place at Chicago’s McCormick Place West from July 9–15.

    The Accidental Library Marketer fills a need for library professionals and paraprofessionals who find themselves in an awkward position: They need to promote their libraries and services in the age of the internet, but they’ve never been taught how to do it effectively. In this results-oriented A-to-Z guide, Dempsey—long-time editor of the Marketing Library Services newsletter—reveals the missing link between the everyday promotion librarians actually do and the “true marketing” that’s guaranteed to assure funding, excite users, and build stronger community relationships. The book combines real-life examples, expert advice, and checklists in a reader-friendly style. It includes chapters on getting buy-in for projects, using websites for publicity, and working with the press.

    To release The Accidental Library Marketer to the library industry, Dempsey will sign copies at ALA’s annual Swap & Shop—a festive event where marketers gather to share colleagues’ promotional materials and to honor the Swap’s Best of Show winners along with the John Cotton Dana (JCD) Library Public Relations Award winners. This year’s Swap will take place from 11 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. on Sunday, July 12, in the Special Events area of the Exhibit Hall. “Launching my first book at the ALA Swap & Shop is a natural for me, since I’ve attended it for a decade and have become an exhibitor there in more recent years,” Dempsey said. “Plus, it’s where I get to meet and chat with folks I ‘see’ on the marketing listservs all year long. I’m excited to debut my book there!”

    Judith Gibbons, Chair of the ALA Advocacy Training Sub-Committee, a member of the JCD Library Public Relations Award Committee, and an incoming ALA Councilor, writes in the book’s Foreword: “If you follow [Dempsey’s] tips, you will graduate from accidental marketer to professional and proactive marketer. Dempsey’s book puts you on the fast track and helps you avoid the pitfalls that ensnare marketing amateurs.”

    Florida State University marketing professor Christie Koontz, Ph.D., agrees: “Kathy Dempsey’s years as editor of Marketing Library Services serve her well for capturing the best of true marketing in this timely publication. ... Every professional library shelf should offer the book, and staff should make use of the experience and insight gathered.” Koontz, a judge for the IFLA International Marketing Award, publishes and presents her own research on the topic around the world.

    The Accidental Library Marketer is written for all library supporters, whether they’re directors, front-line staffers, volunteers, board members, or students. Since so few library schools have full-semester courses to prepare students for the real marketing they’ll need to do during their careers, the title is also designed to fill the need for marketing education. It could accompany a grad-school course or serve as independent reading for students who don’t have an option for a class. In fact, one prominent educator is already using pre-publication copies to supplement a marketing course at Simmons College; Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr., an adjunct faculty member at Simmons and a visiting associate professor at Pratt Institute, calls the book “a no-nonsense marketing guide that is comprehensive in scope and professional in style.”
    Kathy Dempsey has been in the library industry for more than 20 years. Her experience working at several libraries along with her journalism degree was the perfect combination for a key role at Information Today, Inc. (ITI), a publisher and conference organizer specializing in the library and information industry. Since 1994, she has served as Editor of the Marketing Library Services (MLS) newsletter, while also editing Computers in Libraries magazine between 1995 and 2007. In 2005, Dempsey started her own consultancy, Libraries Are Essential (LAE). In this capacity, she has worked with a partner to write major marketing plans for two large organizations.

    Wearing both her MLS and her LAE hats, Dempsey has presented numerous library marketing and promotion workshops, conference sessions, and keynote speeches for national, regional, and local library meetings as well as for Canadian and Dutch audiences. She has guest-lectured for LIS graduate students and written countless articles for publications including Marketing Library Services, Computers in Libraries, Information Today, and Information World Review. She is an active member of the New Jersey Library Association and a contributor to “The M Word,” a blog about library marketing.

    The Accidental Library Marketer (312 pp/softbound/$29.50/ISBN 978-1-57387-368-0) is published by Information Today, Inc. (ITI). 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

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    June 11th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    "Any time someone puts a lock on something that belongs to you, against your wishes, and won't give you the key, they don't have your best interests at heart," warns Cory Doctorow, technology activist, journalist and best-selling science fiction author who will give the opening keynote at this year’s Internet Librarian International ( 15 & 16 October, London).

    Doctorow, who is co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing and a contributor to The Guardian, Wired, and the New York Times, is active in legislative issues related to copyright, internet neutrality, and censorship. He calls for librarians to lend their support to the fight against current copyright and privacy controls:

    “This includes all the companies that have mandatory DRM that prohibits copyright holders from authorising moving media from one device to another: the Apple Store, the Kindle Store, iTunes, etc.

    “The ALA's Office of Intellectual Freedom and IFLA have been kicking ass and taking names for years now, especially at the World Intellectual Property Organization; they need active support from librarians. For library patrons, the top issues are net-nannies that spy on their clickstreams and DRM that spy on their reading.”

    Doctorow will air his sometimes controversial views in his opening keynote Copyright, Copyleft, Privacy, Librarians and Freedom at Internet Librarian International on Thursday 15 October.

    The Internet Librarian International conference programme is published today. This year’s conference provides comprehensive coverage of the tools libraries must embrace in order to thrive and compete in the current climate, including ebooks; Google book search; mobile devices; computer gaming; blogs, microblogs and social networks; and social search.

    In the event’s second keynote on Friday 16 October, Cambridge University’s Peter Murray-Rust shares his predictions for the future of libraries in a world where people increasingly bypass library collections and librarians in favour of the internet.

    Show producers, Information Today, have held 2008 prices and are offering 40% discounts for colleagues and group attendance. The full programme is available at:

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