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    October 1st, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Smart Poodle Publishing reminds US writers and artists from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade that there are only 2 months left before the Smart Poodle Publishing Contest Deadline.

    Cash Prizes provided by Smart Poodle Publishing. All other prizes donted by Rand McNally's Online Store. Deadline November 30th, 2009.

    First Place Winners in three grade categories (5K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade) will each receive these three prizes (Value listed):

    * Rand McNally Personal Journeys World Pinable Wall Map
    * Rand McNally Hard Bound World Atlas ($24.95)
    * Kids' Travel Activity Bundle ($15.80)
    * A Check for $100 from Smart Poodle Publishing

    Second Place Winners in three grade categories (5K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade) will each receive these two prizes (Value listed):

    * Rand McNally Traveler Series Kids Illustrated Wall Map
    * Kids' Travel Activity Bundle ($15.80)

    Third Place Winners in three grade categories (5K-1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade, 4th-5th grade) will each receive this prize (Value listed):

    * World Knowledge Bundle ($22.90)

    Winners will be notified by December 15, 2009.

    Visit for rules and entry form.

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    October 1st, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    COLUMBUS, OH - October 1, 2009 - LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, has announced that Hiwassee College Library is now live on LibLime Enterprise Koha.

    The Library's system is installed, operated and maintained at one of LibLime's carrier-class data centers and distributed via Software as a Service on LibLime's cloud computing platform.

    LibLime Enterprise Koha is built on over two years of completed customer-sponsored development, including several highly-anticipated academic and consortia features. This Software as a Service offering on LibLime's new cloud computing platform will also feature regular monthly releases as additional customer-sponsored development is completed.

    "Maria Laude, our LibLime trainer, was very authoritative and informative. We not only learned about the catalog but we also had a lot of fun in the process!" said Tollie Banker, Library Director, Hiwassee College.

    "Moreover, I have to say that our whole experience with LibLime has been very positive," Tollie continued. "They have graciously accommodated our quick deadline, dealt willingly with our many problems and also provided wonderful customer support."

    "Working with Hiwassee College on their decision to select LibLime as their service and support provider was a very satisfying experience," said Marc Roberson, VP Library Partners at LibLime. "By partnering with LibLime, Hiwassee College will have a vehicle to assist the library in moving forward with new technology that will grow with it as it continues a rich tradition of providing its students and faculty with outstanding resources."

    About Hiwassee College Library

    Since opening its doors in 1849, Hiwassee College has been committed to providing great beginnings for its students. Hiwassee is a residential coeducational liberal arts college with historic ties to the Methodist Church. The campus, located in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains, occupies 60 acres of a 400-acre tract owned by the college. The mission of the college is to “provide quality education for all students in an atmosphere that promotes intellectual pursuit, spiritual growth, and social and personal responsibility.”

    The Hardwick-Johnston Memorial Library was built in 1955 and currently holds approximately 30,000 volumes. Students have access to numerous electronic databases and over 80 current magazines and newspapers. The library also houses a computer lab and comfortable study areas. There are two librarians and two library assistants on staff to help students with their research needs.

    About LibLime Enterprise Koha

    LibLime Enterprise Koha couples the award-winning Koha Community baseline with the latest enterprise enhancements sponsored by LibLime customers. Backed by LibLime support and documentation, LibLime Enterprise Koha represents the most advanced and comprehensive open-source ILS solution available to libraries.

    For more information, visit

    To try out LibLime Enterprise Koha for yourself, visit LibLime's 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

    Press Contact:

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

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

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    October 1st, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ROCHESTER, N.Y., SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 – Readers and researchers looking for hard-to-find books now have the opportunity to dip into the collections of one of the world’s most comprehensive libraries to purchase digitized copies of public domain titles. Through their Digitize-on-Demand program, Kirtas Technologies has partnered with The New York Public Library to make 500,000 public domain works from the Library’s collections available (to anyone in the world).
    “New technology has allowed the Library to greatly expand access to its collections,” said Paul LeClerc, President of The New York Public Library. “Now, for the first time, library users are able to order copies of specific items from our vast public domain collections that are useful to them. Additionally the program creates a digital legacy for future users of the same item and a revenue stream to support our operations. We are very pleased to participate in a program that is so beneficial to everyone involved."

    Using existing information from NYPL’s catalog records, Kirtas will make the library’s public domain books available for sale through its retail site before they are ever digitized. Customers can search for a desired title on and place an order for that book. When the order is placed, only then is it pulled from the shelf, digitized and made available as a high-quality reprint or digital file.

    What makes this approach to digitization unique is that NYPL incurs no up-front printing, production or storage costs. It also provides the library with a self-funding, commercial model helping it to sustain its digitization programs in the future. Unlike other free or low-cost digitization programs, the library retains the rights and ownership to their own digitized content.

    Whether patrons are looking for a title about a president—such as, Memories of President Lincoln, by Walt Whitman—or by a president—African Game Trails; An account of the African wanderings of an American hunter-naturalist, by Theodore Roosevelt—The New York Public Library is the place to turn. Collections available on are from NYPL’s General Research Division and include books from the local and U.S. history, genealogy, humanities and social sciences collections. Titles include several 19th century cookbooks, a first print edition of Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer, The Origin of the Werewolf Superstition (1909) by Caroline Taylor, and first edition version of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick from 1851.

    “The New York Public Library is an iconic institution that represents strength, history and knowledge,” said Kirtas Founder and CEO Lotfi Belkhir. “We’re honored to be partnering with them to help make their collections available to the world.”

    Kirtas currently has 13 partnerships with universities and public libraries to make special collections available for sale online. Virtually any library with a modern records database and valuable collections can participate in the Digitize on Demand program.

    About The New York Public Library
    The New York Public Library was created in 1895 with the consolidation of the private libraries of John Jacob Astor and James Lenox with the Samuel Jones Tilden Trust. The Library provides free and open access to its physical and electronic collections and information, as well as to its services. Its renowned research collections are located in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street; The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem; and the Science, Industry and Business Library at 34th Street and Madison Avenue. Eighty-seven branch libraries provide access to circulating collections and a wide range of other services in neighborhoods throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Research and circulating collections combined total more than 50 million items. In addition, each year the Library presents thousands of exhibitions and public programs, which include classes in technology, literacy, and English for speakers of other languages. All in all The New York Public Library serves more than 17 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at

    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
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    Kirtas Contacts
    Deanna Vincent
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    Todd Whiting
    585-924-2420 x2248

    NYPL Contact
    Jonathan Pace
    Phone: 212-592-7700