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    August 28th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Atlanta, GA - (August 19, 2009) The streets of retail have changed. They have become high speed self-serve virtual expressways. So what’s an independent brick and mortar retailer to do? Fight Back!

    For over 20 years, Arnie Capitanelli has helped retailers nationwide in developing and executing successful sales strategies based on superior customer experience techniques. He brings this expertise and candid straight talk about today's retail environment to specialty retailers everywhere with his inaugural book, Retail Street Fight.

    Retail Street Fight debunks the conventional thinking of the world of specialty retail and addresses the current retail environment. Topics include - How we have gotten here and what retailing lacks that has resulted in consumers believing they are better off serving themselves. From this position, Capitanelli provides tactics and actions that specialty retailers can follow to compete and, most importantly, win. Talking tough, Capitanelli's Retail Street Fight is a motivational tool for dealing with the sales associates of today. "It is going to take more than the same old motivational speech about hitting performance goals or empty threats of consequence to get today’s sales force to respond," said Capitanelli. "Beliefs, discipline, awareness and commitment are needed to slay the beast."

    Aimed specifically at the independent retailer who is ready to throw off the gloves, Retail Street Fight provides the know-how for doing what it takes to reclaim customer base. Capitanelli's sound retail advice and customer advocacy thinking will benefit all in retailing from those entering the arena to veterans.

    Retail Street Fight is available via Arnie Capitanelli's website at www.arniecap3.com as well as at the author's seminars and speaking engagements. See the website for dates and locations.

    For more information about Retail Street Fight, CAP seminars or consulting services, contact Arnie Capitanelli at 770-845-7059 or visit www.ArnieCap3.com.

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    August 27th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    PHILADELPHIA, August 26, 2009—To better welcome the city’s older adults, the Free Library of Philadelphia opened a spacious resource center for seniors at the Parkway Central Library this morning.

    Central Senior Services, the new resource center, offers computers with databases and Internet connections, special workstations for Braille and large-print reading, and a variety of books as well as newspapers and magazines in regular and large-print formats. Audiobooks will also be available. In addition, free monthly programs will invite Philadelphians to learn more about the health care system, fitness and nutrition, theater, travel, creativity, and legal needs of seniors. For funding the center, the Free Library thanks the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, which administers funds from the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

    The Fall Focus on Health series of programs begins on Wednesday, September 9 at 11:00 a.m., with “Live to be 100!” a seminar offering practical tips to extend and enrich health. Future programs include: “Doctors Are from Mars…Communicating with Your Doctor” on September 16, “Sexy at 60 or 70+” on October 9, and “what Every Hospital Patient Should Know” on October 21, 2009.

    For more information, please call 215-686-5331 during business hours or access the website (you can even enlarge the print on their page).

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    August 25th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Smart Poodle Publishing announces the Deadline for the "I Love Costa Rica's Rainforest" Writing and Art Contest for Kids has been extended to November 30, 2009!

    On Top of all the Great Prizes Already, New Prizes Have Been Added!

    $100 Will Be Awarded by Smart Poodle Publishing
    to the First Place Winners in Each Category

    All Other Prizes donated by Rand McNally’s online store at www.RandMcNally.com

    Please go to http://smartpoodlepublishing.com/contest.html for all the details

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    August 20th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    COLUMBUS, OH --August 20, 2009-- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that WALNET (Walla Walla Area Library Network) in Washington, has selected a Koha ZOOM hosted solution for their next integrated library system.

    The Koha installation will be hosted at one of LibLime's secure data centers. The Library has also contracted with LibLime for full migration of their ILS data, as well as support and training services.

    WALNET includes Walla Walla Public Library, Walla Walla Community College Library and the Walla Walla County Library. Formed in 1990, WALNET allows reciprocal borrowing among its members.

    Using Koha's granular permissions, the WALNET libraries will share all ILS modules including cataloging, patron database, and the OPAC.

    "We are the first public library in Washington state to join LibLime," said library director Martha Van Pelt. "We chose Koha for its flexibility and our desire to part company with proprietary software. We chose LibLime to reduce staff’s burden of server and infrastructure maintenance duties."

    "We are looking forward to having a stronger and more participatory role in the future of our ILS," Martha adds.

    LibLime is delighted to welcome WALNET to our growing family of Koha libraries in the Pacific Northwest and the very first, as Martha notes, in Washington. The libraries have always held a strong role in their community and we look forward to their input and creativity within the LibLime Koha community.

    About WALNET

    Formed in 1990, WALNET includes the Walla Walla Public Library which serves the city of Walla Walla, WA, Walla Walla Community College Library and the Rural Library District of Walla Walla County.

    For more information about WALNET, visit: www.walnetlib.net

    The Walla Walla Public Library is 112 years old but still looking at the future!

    About Koha ZOOM

    Koha ZOOM is the next-generation release of the award-winning Koha open-source integrated library system. Notably, it includes a powerful search engine based on Zebra, a high-performance indexing and retrieval engine. Koha ZOOM's search engine can read structured records in practically any input format (e.g., email, XML, MARC) and allows access to them through exact boolean search expressions and relevance-ranked free-text queries. It supports large databases (more than ten gigabytes of data, tens of millions of records) as well as incremental, safe database updates on live systems.

    To try out Koha ZOOM for yourself, visit LibLime's demos:

    http://liblime.com/demos

    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 http://liblime.com.

    Press Contact:

    Tina Burger
    Vice President Marketing LibLime
    (888)Koha ILS (564-2457) ext. 705

    tnb@liblime.com

    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.

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    August 19th, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., AUGUST 20, 2009 – Inc. magazine ranked Kirtas Technologies No. 382 on its 28th annual Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs.

    “If you want to know which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500,” said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. “These are the most dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones finding innovative solutions to problems, creating smart systems, and inventing products we soon discover we can't live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. magazine’s tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition.”

    This is Kirtas’ second year on the list. The company pioneered the book digitizing revolution with the introduction of the first automatic page turning system in 2004. Since that time, the demand for digitized books has exploded with the ubiquity of digital book readers and numerous applications for smart phones allowing you to download a book from virtually anywhere.

    “Kirtas has faced the same struggles as everyone else in terms of the global economy, which makes our ability to maintain a position on the Inc. 500 even more rewarding,” said Kirtas Founder and CEO Lotfi Belkhir. “My heartfelt thanks go out to our loyal customers and our outstanding and innovative employees for bringing passion to their work everyday and contributing so much to the company’s success.”

    Companies such as Microsoft, Zappos, Intuit, GoDaddy, Under Armour, Jamba Juice, American Apparel, Oracle, and hundreds of other powerhouses have all gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500.

    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 www.kirtas.com.

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