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    June 22nd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~More than 100,000 Institutions Benefit from Free Resources Offered via EBSCOhost®~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — June 22, 2010 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) began providing key database content free of charge in 2008 and more and more users are incorporating these free resources into their daily research routines. Two free EBSCOhost® resources, GreenFILE™, and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts™ (LISTA), have seen a tremendous amount of usage—a good indicator that EBSCO is providing the types of content users need, when they need it, and that these free resources are adding value to institutions around the globe.

    GreenFILE focuses on environmental efforts while LISTA is geared toward those interested in libraries and information management. Today, there are more than 100,000 institutions benefiting from the free content in GreenFILE or LISTA. Statistics over the past 12 months have shown that there have been nearly 100 million searches for these two EBSCOhost resources alone—nearly 53 million searches performed in GreenFILE and more than 46 million searches in LISTA.

    EBSCOhost databases are usually available by institution-level subscription only, but by making GreenFILE and LISTA freely available to anyone, EBSCO’s goal is to make it easy for those interested in environmental or library & information resources to get quick access to relevant information.

    EBSCO Publishing President Tim Collins says these resources are in subject areas that tie in to EBSCO’s corporate culture. “EBSCO has made significant efforts to be an environmentally responsible company and making GreenFILE available to anyone interested is consistent with our commitment to make a difference in this area. We decided to make LISTA freely available as a way of supporting libraries as we have appreciated our decades-long relationship with the library community. We are very pleased to see the significant usage of these free resources.”

    GreenFILE is a bibliographic database of information about environmental concerns. The database offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. GreenFILE is freely available at

    LISTA indexes more than 550 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s. It is EBSCO’s intention to provide access to LISTA on a continual basis at Customers currently subscribing to other EBSCOhost databases may elect to have LISTA added to their EBSCOhost profile.

    Users can also take advantage of accessing the resources through EBSCOhost, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. EBSCOhost offers a clean look and feel, for a technologically sophisticated, yet familiar search experience. Built-in flexibility provides users with the ability to customize their searches and brings an intuitive approach to searching online databases.

    About EBSCO Publishing
    EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 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 any 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
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    June 22nd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    I am pleased to announce the availability of Code4Lib Journal, Issue 10.
    Please feel free to share this announcement! - Edward M. Corrado

    The articles in Issue 10 are....

    Editorial Introduction: The Code4Lib Journal Experiment, Rejection
    Rates, and Peer Review
    Edward M. Corrado

    Code4Lib Journal has been a successful experiment. With success,
    questions have arisen about the scholarly nature and status of the
    Journal. In this editorial introduction we take a look at the question
    of Code4Lib Journal’s rejections rates and peer review status.

    Building a Location-aware Mobile Search Application with Z39.50 and HTML5
    MJ Suhonos

    This paper presents MyTPL (, a proof-of-concept web
    application intended to demonstrate that, with a little imagination, any
    library with a Z39.50 catalogue interface and a web server with some
    common open-source tools can readily provide their own location-aware
    mobile search application. The complete source code for MyTPL is
    provided under the GNU GPLv3 license, and is freely available at:

    OpenRoom: Making Room Reservation Easy for Students and Faculty
    Bradley D. Faust, Arthur W. Hafner, and Robert L. Seaton

    Scheduling and booking space is a problem facing many academic and
    public libraries. Systems staff at the Ball State University Libraries
    addressed this problem by developing a user friendly room management
    system, OpenRoom. The new room management application was developed
    using an open source model with easy installation and management in mind
    and is now publicly available.

    Map it @ WSU: Development of a Library Mapping System for Large Academic
    Paul Gallagher

    The Wayne State Library System launched its library mapping application
    in February 2010, designed to help locate materials in the five WSU
    libraries. The system works within the catalog to show the location of
    materials, as well as provides a web form for use at the reference desk.
    Developed using PHP and MySQL, it requires only minimal effort to update
    using a unique call number overlay mechanism. In addition to mapping
    shelved materials, the system provides information for any of the over
    three hundred collections held by the WSU Libraries. Patrons can do more
    than just locate a book on a shelf: they can learn where to locate
    reserve items, how to access closed collections, or get driving maps to
    extension center libraries. The article includes a discussion of the
    technology reviewed and chosen during development, an overview of the
    system architecture, and lessons learned during development.

    Creating a Library Database Search using Drupal
    Danielle M. Rosenthal & Mario Bernardo

    When Florida Gulf Coast University Library was faced with having to
    replace its database locator, they needed to find a low-cost, non-staff
    intensive replacement for their 350 plus databases search tool. This
    article details the development of a library database locator, based on
    the methods described in Leo Klein’s “Creating a Library Database Page
    using Drupal” online presentation. The article describes how the library
    used Drupal along with several modules, such as CCK, Views, and
    FCKeditor. It also discusses various Drupal search modules that were
    evaluated during the process.

    Implementing a Real-Time Suggestion Service in a Library Discovery Layer
    Benjamin Pennell and Jill Sexton

    As part of an effort to improve user interactions with authority data in
    its online catalog, the UNC Chapel Hill Libraries have developed and
    implemented a system for providing real-time query suggestions from
    records found within its catalog. The system takes user input as it is
    typed to predict likely title, author, or subject matches in a manner
    functionally similar to the systems found on commercial websites such as or This paper discusses the technologies,
    decisions and methodologies that went into the implementation of this
    feature, as well as analysis of its impact on user search behaviors.

    Creating Filtered, Translated Newsfeeds
    James E. Powell, Linn Marks Collins, Mark L. B. Martinez

    Google Translate’s API creates the possibility to leverage machine
    translation to both filter global newsfeeds for content regarding a
    specific topic, and to aggregate filtered feed items as a newsfeed.
    Filtered items can be translated so that the resulting newsfeed can
    provide basic information about topic-specific news articles from around
    the globe in the desired language of the consumer. This article explores
    a possible solution for inputting alternate words and phrases in the
    user’s native language, aggregating and filtering newsfeeds
    progammatically, managing filter terms, and using Google Translate’s API.

    Metadata In, Library Out. A Simple, Robust Digital Library System
    Tonio Loewald, Jody DeRidder

    Tired of being held hostage to expensive systems that did not meet our
    needs, the University of Alabama Libraries developed an XML
    schema-agnostic, light-weight digital library delivery system based on
    the principles of “Keep It Simple, Stupid!” Metadata and derivatives
    reside in openly accessible web directories, which support the
    development of web agents and new usability software, as well as
    modification and complete retrieval at any time. The file name structure
    is echoed in the file system structure, enabling the delivery software
    to make inferences about relationships, sequencing, and complex object
    structure without having to encapsulate files in complex metadata
    schemas. The web delivery system, Acumen, is built of PHP, JSON,
    JavaScript and HTML5, using MySQL to support fielded searching.
    Recognizing that spreadsheets are more user-friendly than XML, an
    accompanying widget, Archivists Utility, transforms spreadsheets into
    MODS based on rules selected by the user. Acumen, Archivists Utility,
    and all supporting software scripts will be made available as open source.

    AudioRegent: Exploiting SimpleADL and SoX for Digital Audio Delivery
    Nitin Arora

    AudioRegent is a command-line Python script currently being used by the
    University of Alabama Libraries’ Digital Services to create
    web-deliverable MP3s from regions within archival audio files. In
    conjunction with a small-footprint XML file called SimpleADL and SoX, an
    open-source command-line audio editor, AudioRegent batch processes
    archival audio files, allowing for one or many user-defined regions,
    particular to each audio file, to be extracted with additional audio
    processing in a transparent manner that leaves the archival audio file
    unaltered. Doing so has alleviated many of the tensions of cumbersome
    workflows, complicated documentation, preservation concerns, and
    reliance on expensive closed-source GUI audio applications.

    Automatic Generation of Printed Catalogs: An Initial Attempt
    Jared Camins-Esakov

    Printed catalogs are useful in a variety of contexts. In special
    collections, they are often used as reference tools and to commemorate
    exhibits. They are useful in settings, such as in developing countries,
    where reliable access to the Internet—or even electricity—is not
    available. In addition, many private collectors like to have printed
    catalogs of their collections. All the information needed for creating
    printed catalogs is readily available in the MARC bibliographic records
    used by most libraries, but there are no turnkey solutions available for
    the conversion from MARC to printed catalog. This article describes the
    development of a system, available on github, that uses XSLT, Perl, and
    LaTeX to produce press-ready PDFs from MARCXML files. The article
    particularly focuses on the two XSLT stylesheets which comprise the core
    of the system, and do the “heavy lifting” of sorting and indexing the
    entries in the catalog. The author also highlights points where the data
    stored in MARC bibliographic records requires particular “massaging,”
    and suggests improvements for future attempts at automated printed
    catalog generation.

    Easing Gently into OpenSRF, Part 1 and 2
    Dan Scott

    The Open Service Request Framework (or OpenSRF, pronounced “open surf”)
    is an inter-application message passing architecture built on XMPP (aka
    “jabber”). The Evergreen open source library system is built on an
    OpenSRF architecture to support loosely coupled individual components
    communicating over an OpenSRF messaging bus. This article introduces
    OpenSRF, demonstrates how to build OpenSRF services through simple code
    examples, explains the technical foundations on which OpenSRF is built,
    and evaluates OpenSRF’s value in the context of Evergreen.
    Part 1 of a 2 part article in this issue:
    Part 2 of a 2 part article in this issue:

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    June 22nd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    June 22nd, 2010
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    The American Numismatic Society Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that The American Numismatic Society, of New York, NY. has partnered with them for the support and hosting of the Koha integrated library system.

    The Society's Library, which houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of numismatic literature, presently numbers some 100,000 items. These include books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, pamphlets, auction catalogs, and microforms, all of which are cataloged. The library currently uses Koha as their ILS and had previously installed and implemented the system in house.

    Elizabeth Hahn, Librarian at ANS, commented on the library's original decision to move to Koha:

    "Budget considerations and the fear of vendor lock-in were our primary concern and therefore a major reason for choosing an open source solution. We also liked the idea of a community discussing issues and sharing updates, and the opportunity to take part in the ongoing development of the software. In addition, the ability to customize the catalog to suit our own needs played an important role in our decision."

    She continues;

    "The immediate responses to our initial questions and excellent customer service were leading factors in our decision to partner with ByWater. In addition, the reasonable pricing options and variety of available services also played a major role in our final decision. "

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions stated; "Being an amateur (very amateur) coin collector, I was thrilled with the opportunity to partner with a library such as the ANS. We look forward to optimizing their Koha experience for them!"

    About The American Numismatic Society:

    The American Numismatic Society is an organization dedicated to the study of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and related objects from all cultures, past and present. The Society's headquarters in New York City has the foremost research collection and library specialized in numismatics in the United States. These resources are used to support research and education in numismatics, for the benefit of academic specialists, serious collectors, professional numismatists, and the interested public. For more information, please visit:

    About Koha:
    Koha is the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS). In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals. Koha's impressive feature set continues to evolve and expand to meet the needs of its user base. It includes modules for circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reserves, patron management, branch relationships, and more.

    Koha’s OPAC, circ, management and self-checkout interfaces are all based on standards-compliant World Wide Web technologies--XHTML, CSS and Javascript--making Koha a truly platform-independent solution. Koha is distributed under the open-source General Public License (GPL). For more information about Koha, please visit

    About ByWater Solutions:

    With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of enterprise class open-source library systems. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit:

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    June 20th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Almost 200 people attended the 46th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards ceremony held at Kennesaw State University Center on Saturday night, June 19, 2010. Steve Goss, the host of Morning Edition for Public Broadcasting (WABE 90.1 in Atlanta), was the host of this year’s ceremony.

    Awards in a variety of categories honoring Georgia authors were announced and presented at the annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards. The winners included a 12-year old from Alpharetta, Georgia.

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Robert W. Hill, Professor Emeritus of Kennesaw State University’s English Department, which he chaired from 1985 to 1996. Professor Hill has published numerous reviews and articles (Hopkins Quarterly, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Southern Quarterly, South Atlantic Review), and his poems have appeared in such journals as Arlington Quarterly, Ascent, Cold Mountain Review, Minnesota Review, Poem, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, Southern Review, Red Clay Reader, and 32 Poems]. He is editor and occasional publisher ofBilly Goat], a series whose chapbooks include his own Human Factors and Other Poems, Amy G. Whitney’s Natural Deceptions, and Don Russ’s Adam’s Nap].

    Award Winners:

    James L. Hunt, Creative nonfiction—Biography, Relationship Banker: Eugene W. Stetson, Wall Street, and American Business 1916-1959. Dr. James L. Hunt is Associate Professor of Law at Mercer University, where he has held a joint appointment in the Stetson School of Business and Eco nomics and the Walter F. George School of Law since 1998.

    Anita Renfroe, Creative nonfiction—Essay, “Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You: Kids, Carbs, and the Coming Hormona Apocalypse.”<.cite> Anita Renfroe’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Women’s Day and The Washington Post.

    Philip Lee Williams, Fiction, The Campfire Boys. Philip Lee Williams is the author of thirteen books and a chapbook. He is an assistant dean in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia and lives with his family in nearby Oconee County.

    Amanda C. Gable, First Novel, The Confederate General Rides North. Amanda C. Gable’s short stories have appeared in The North American Review, The Crescent Review, Kalliope, Sinister Wisdom, and Other Voices.

    Polly Cooper and Ellen Taber, co-authors, Creative nonfiction—History, Tybee Days: 100 Years on Georgia’s Playground Island. Polly Cooper began writing at 16 when she and her best friend Laura penned a social column for the Savannah Morning News, entitled “A View Askew.” Ellen Taber is an Assistant Professor of English at Kennesaw State University; she has been writing since she was 12 when she began reporting on 4H meetings for her local newspaper.

    Carmen Acevedo Butcher, Creative nonfiction—Inspirational, The Cloud of Unknowing with the Book of Privy. Dr. Carmen Acevedo Butcher is Professor of English and Scholar-in-Residence at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. Dr. Butcher serves as a commentator for National Public Radio and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

    Winton Porter, Creative nonfiction—Memoir, Just Passin’ Thru. Winton Porter worked for twenty years managing stores for Recreational Equipment Inc (REI) in Chicago, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. He now owns the most renowned stores on the Appalachian Trail, Mountain Crossings.

    V. S. Chin, Children’s Mid-Reader, Dragon Girl: An Interactive, Fork-of-Life Adventure V.S. Chin is a native Atlantan. The idea for an interactive novel came to her unexpectedly while watching a news story about videogame violence and the negative impact of such games on children.

    Nicole Izmaylov, Children’s Picture Book, Ronnie and BB. Nicole Izmaylov is a Georgia Reflections Contest Award Winner. She attends seventh grade at Webb Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta, Georgia.

    Gregory Fraser, Poetry, Answering the Ruins. Gregory Fraser is the author of two poetry collections: Strange Pietà and Answering the Ruins. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Arts Council, Fraser serves as associate professor of English and creative writing at the University of West Georgia.

    David B. Dusenbery, Creative nonfiction—Specialty Book, Living at Microscale: The Unexpected Physics of Being Small. David B. Dusenbery is Professor of Biology, Emeritus at Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a Ph.D. in biophysics from The University of Chicago. His previous books include Sensory Ecology: How Organisms Acquire and Respond to Information and Life at Small Scale: The Behavior of Microbes.

    Jennifer Jabaley, Young Adult, Lipstick Anthology. Jennifer Jabaley began writing in 2006 and tries to manage optometry, writing and motherhood. She lives in Blue Ridge, GA.

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    June 18th, 2010Badan BarmanLIS Jobs
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