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    July 13th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    San Francisco, CA, July 13, 2010 – Mosio, the leader in text messaging (SMS) solutions for libraries, today announced a mobile reference pilot program with 9 public and academic library systems in Washington State. The pilot is made possible by the Washington State Library, making use of funds from the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), provided through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

    “We’re already providing live chat reference through Ask-WA, our statewide reference cooperative (available at ask.wa.gov), and adding reference services via text messaging seemed like the natural next step,” said Ahniwa Ferrari, Online Resources Consultant, Washington State Library. “Our decision to go with Mosio’s solution enables our libraries to use a service that makes it easy for them to get up and running quickly so we can test patron interest in communicating with our libraries on their mobile phones.”

    Text messaging (SMS) is the most widely used form of mobile communication in the world. Americans are now texting more than twice as much as they are talking on their cell phones.
    The pilot program will run in a select number of member libraries who will promote and use the service to communicate with their patrons.

    “Accessibility will always be essential in keeping libraries relevant in their communities” said Noel Chandler, Mosio CEO and Cofounder. “We’re excited to have more libraries in Washington using our next generation mobile messaging technology to strengthen patron relationships and library communications.”

    Now servicing over 500 libraries in the U.S., Mosio designs mobile solutions to improve communications, engagement and relationships between libraries and their patrons. As a mobile carrier-approved technology, Text a Librarian enables libraries to utilize text messaging to interact with and be available to more patrons wherever they are.

    About Mosio’s Text a Librarian
    Text a Librarian is a mobile reference service technology developed specifically for libraries. Built on Mosio’s award-winning mobile questions and answers platform, Text a Librarian enables libraries to reach more patrons on the go through their mobile phones. For more information regarding Text a Librarian, please visit http://www.textalibrarian.com

    About Washington State Library
    The Washington State Library’s vision is to ensure that Washingtonians have access to the information they need today and to the history of Washington for tomorrow. To learn more about the Washington State Library and its programs and services, go to http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/. The State Library is a division of the Office of Secretary of State.

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    July 13th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~Mutual Customers Benefit from Agreement Allowing Web of Science Content to be Accessed from within EBSCO Discovery Service™ ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — July 13, 2010 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Thomson Reuters have come to an agreement allowing mutual customers to access Web of ScienceSM within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The agreement between EBSCO and Thomson Reuters means institutions subscribing to both EDS and Web of Science may conduct their search via the single search box of EBSCO Discovery Service, access the valuable content in Web of Science within the results and be able to link over to the full Web of Science record.

    Web of Science provides access to leading citation databases with current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities—including 256 disciplines. The content in Web of Science covers more than 11,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and more than 110,000 conference proceedings.

    Web of Science joins Baker & Taylor, the British Library’s Electronic Table of Contents File (ETOC), NewsBank, Readex, LexisNexis, Alexander Street Press and many others in making EBSCO Discovery Service the most comprehensive discovery solution available.

    EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage. Web of Science is one example of how EBSCO Discovery Service customers can add to the large EDS Base Index creating a truly custom collection and increasing the amount of information available to users through the single search box.

    The Base Index for EBSCO Discovery Service forms the foundation upon which each EDS subscribing library builds out its custom collection. Beginning with the Base Index, each institution extends the reach of EDS by adding appropriate resources including its catalog, institutional repositories, EBSCOhost and other databases, and additional content sources to which it subscribes. It is this combination that allows a single, comprehensive, custom solution for discovering the value of any library’s collection.

    The EDS Base Index is comprised of metadata from the world’s foremost information providers. At present, the EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers. Although constantly growing, today the EDS Base Index provides metadata for nearly 50,000 Magazines & Journals, approximately 825,000 CDs & DVDs, nearly six million books, more than 20,000 conference proceedings and hundreds of thousands of additional information sources from various source-types.

    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 and other discovery service (www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com.

    EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

    About Thomson Reuters
    Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs 55,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. For more information, go to www.thomsonreuters.com.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Public Relations Manager
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
    kmcevoy@ebscohost.com