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    January 22nd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ATLANTA — Wisdom Creek Press has released a book to assist poets, word gamers and other wordsmiths in their search for just the right word. The opposite of traditional dictionaries, this word list is arranged alphabetically using the LAST letter of each word.

    “My original motivation for researching and writing this book was personal,” said author Cherie K. Miller. “My husband and I are both authors and enjoy playing word games, like ScrabbleTM. When we play, we allow dictionaries because we like to increase our vocabulary and competitiveness. But it frustrated us when we needed, for example, a three letter word that ended in “Q”. That’s where the traditional dictionary fails gamers. With BackWords, gamers, writers, and poets can find words that end in a certain letter.

    Uses include:

    • A handy reference for word gamers.
    • A unique gift for the word gamer in your life.
    • Help finding words for poetry or prose.
    • Lists to memorize for those who compete in Scrabble tournaments.

    “As we write prose or poetry, we’re always conscious of the sounds of the words, and not just the meaning. It’s simply another way to increase vocabulary, get more competitive at word games, and find just the right word. Or maybe we just can help it - we’re word-nerds.”

    For more information, visit .

    About the Author
    Cherie K. Miller is the founder and president of Wisdom Creek Press, LLC and works with the Masters in American Studies program at Kennesaw State University. She has published books, written for national magazines and written a newspaper column called Kidding Around for a Chicago newspaper chain. She achieved her MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University in 2007. Miller is the current President of the Georgia Writers Association, a state-wide nonprofit organization promoting authorship in Georgia. For more information about Miller, visit .

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    January 22nd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    January 22nd, 2010
    Nathan Curulla

    ByWater Solutions’ Nicole C Engard Presents at the Southwest Florida Library Network

    ByWater Solutions’ Nicole C. Engard presented yesterday at a workshop for the Southwest Florida Library Network on “Libraries and Open Source: Freedom and Community.” The presentation not only introduced librarians to what open source is and what it means for libraries, but also provided attendees with links to a toolbox full of freely available open source products to use in their libraries. Nicole also had the chance to dispel some of the myths surrounding open source.

    Jane Volker, ECHO Reference Librarian and former teacher was among the attendees of the presentation. When asked about the success of the talk, she stated:

    “Nicole is definitely in the right job. She is a great teacher! I always get sleepy in these kinds of workshops but I never did in this class. Nicole was animated and touched on all our needs!”

    Nicole C. Engard is known in the library world for her blog “What I Learned Today…” as well as her many publications including her book “Library Mashups.” Her experience with open source software started with the Koha ILS, for which she is now the Documentation Manager. She continues this role along with her work at ByWater.

    About ByWater Solutions

    With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized installation, data migration, configuration, hosting, training, support options and development for enterprise class open-source library systems such as Koha and Evergreen. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. Check us out!

    About SWFLN

    SWFLN is a non-profit 501(c)3 multi-type library cooperative serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Monroe Counties. Libraries of all types are SWFLN members - public libraries (including one tribal library system), academics, schools, and special libraries.

    Their mission is to encourage interlibrary cooperation, to facilitate resource sharing and to provide opportunities for professional growth among all types of libraries and library staff. In support of that mission, SWFLN libraries have established this reciprocal borrowing project, an interlibrary loan and delivery system, and a strong program of cutting edge technology training

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    January 22nd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 21, 2010 — Continuing a strong commitment to music research, EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has acquired The Music Index Online™ from Information Coordinators, Inc., d/b/a Harmonie Park Press, an international leader in music reference publishing.

    The Music Index Online has been available on the EBSCOhost® platform since 2005. EBSCO Publishing President Tim Collins says the acquisition makes sense given the depth and breadth of the current music resources available on EBSCOhost®. “EBSCOhost has become the leading platform for music research and it is the most-used platform for The Music Index Online. The acquisition allows EBSCO to invest in and enhance the database while continuing to offer libraries a comprehensive package of music databases.”

    EBSCO has become the quintessential provider of music research resources with a complete music collection of databases covering the spectrum of music sources, genres and time periods from the 17th century through the present day. Resources available from EBSCO include RIPM Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals, RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals (FullTEXT) and RILM Abstracts of Music Literature.

    Additional music coverage is also available in The Index to Printed Music, Music Catalog-Library of Congress, RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600, International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance™ and International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text™. The breadth of music-related databases available on EBSCOhost is substantial; these resources complement one another and provide researchers with extensive coverage from renowned sources all on one platform.

    The Music Index Online
    The Music Index Online is the single most comprehensive subject-author guide to music periodical literature with data from more than 850 music periodicals from over 40 countries. The database is an invaluable resource for both the novice scholar and the experienced academician with more than 1.4 million subject and author records and about 100,000 new records being added annually. Coverage for The Music Index Online spans 1972 to the present, as well as additional backfile data from 1962-1971. Topics concerned with every aspect of the classical and popular world of music are thoroughly categorized and organized. The Music Index Online cites book reviews, obituaries, new periodicals, and news and articles about music, musicians and the music industry.

    About EBSCO Publishing
    EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of nearly 300 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as Academic Search™, Business Source®, CINAHL®, DynaMed™, Literary Reference Center™, MasterFILE™, NoveList®, SocINDEX™ and SPORTDiscus™ as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as ATLA Religion Database™, EconLit, INSPEC®, MEDLINE®, MLA International Bibliography, The Philosopher’s Index™, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. EBSCO is the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ a core collection of locally-indexed metadata creating a unified index of an institution’s resources within a single, customizable search point providing everything the researcher needs in one place—fast, simple access to the library’s full text content, deeper indexing and more full-text searching of more journals and magazines than and other discovery service ( For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at:, or contact: EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.
    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Public Relations Manager
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
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