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    July 29th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    By HadesPub (not verified) - Posted on 28 July 2010

    For Immediate Release

    (Calgary) EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is pleased to announce that EDGE author Barbara Galler-Smith has accepted the invitation to be "Editor" Guest of Honor at Keycon 2011, Winnipeg's Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, May 20th - 22nd, 2011.

    Barbara has been asked to be one of the GOHs in recognition for her work on On Spec magazine, where she has been an editor for the last 3 years.

    In addition to being an editor for On Spec Magazine, Galler-Smith is also the co-author of DRUIDS (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2009) along with Atlanta, Georgia author Josh Langston. DRUIDS is a historical fantasy based in pre-Christian Roman times, and tells the story of two young druids, Rhonwen, a young woman healer, and Mallec,a seer, set in what has been described as "a wonderful saga of love, loss and betrayal."

    EDGE will be celebrating at Keycon as well, with the launch event of the next book in the DRUIDS saga, CAPTIVES. CAPTIVES continues the two stories of now enslaved Mallec and Rhonwen in the time of a young Julius Caesar. CAPTIVES is scheduled for release May 2011.

    For further information about Barbara Galler-Smith, or the Druids Saga, please contact:

    Janice Shoults
    Marketing and Events
    Hades Publications Inc.
    Box 1714, Calgary, AB, T2P 2L7, Canada
    Ph: (403) 254-0160

    EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is an imprint of Hades Publications.

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    July 29th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Adriana has nearly 20 years experience working in library and research communities. Most recently, Adriana has worked as a Senior Research Specialist with FedSources, a provider of government market intelligence services, customized consulting, and informational events. Prior to that, Adriana worked at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) where she created and served as the manager of the library for the Professional Responsibility Advisory Office (PRAO). She later moved to the management staff of the DOJ Main Library. While working with the DOJ libraries, Adriana served as COTR for library staffing accounts and as the liaison to the LexisNexis and Westlaw accounts.

    Prior to Adriana's work at DOJ, she was the Head Law Librarian at Xerox Corporation. There she was responsible for the management of a law library system, which included six locations in the United States and one location in London, England. She was also the manager of the central files and documentation system of Xerox's Office of General Counsel, which had three locations in the United States.

    In addition, Adriana has experience with law firms in the District of Columbia, Florida, and Oregon: Covington & Burling, McDermott Will & Emery, Tonkon Torp, and Carlton Fields. She has also worked in part-time assignments for the Oxford University Press' Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and at the University of Connecticut's Jeremy Richard Library in Stamford, Connecticut.

    Adriana has also been active in both her professional and personal communities through work with various organizations. As a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), she has served as the Chair of the AALL Federal Law Librarians Caucus. She has also served as Chair Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and Infoshare Program Coordinator for the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) Special Interest Group (SIG) for International Information Issues (III). In addition, Adriana has worked with the DOJ Partners in Education program, the Northern Virginia Junior Women's Club (a service organization under the umbrella of the General Federation of Women's Clubs), Hospice, the Lawyers for Children America Peer Mediation program, and Challenge Air for Kids & Friends.

    Adriana received her BA in English from the University of Florida, her Master's degree in Library and Information Science (MLS) from the University of South Florida, and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Bridgeport. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Delta Mu Delta international honor society in business.

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    July 28th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    July 28th, 2010
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    The Rolling Hills Consolidated Library Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Implementation

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library, of St Joseph, Missouri, has partnered with them for the implementation and support of their official Koha integrated library system installation.

    "We like the idea of open source and the fact that we would be part of a community of libraries and developers working to make it a great library system." stated June Stancliff, Technical Services Manager at Rolling Hills. "And, of course," she added, "there is also the money issue."

    When asked about partnering with ByWater Solutions for their support and implementation, June stated that "ByWater seems to be committed to keeping Koha open. We also like the fact that the majority of the people in the company are librarians and will understand our problems and needs."

    "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the staff of the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library" stated Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater. "We love to see that members of their library are already active in the Koha Community, and we look forward to a long and productive relationship."

    The Rolling Hills Consolidated Library is targeted to go live by the end of this summer.

    About the Rolling Hills Consolidated Library:

    The Rolling Hills Consolidated Library serves the residents of Andrew and Buchanan counties in northwest Missouri with a variety of services. In addition to our two branch locations, we also take materials into dozens of outlying communities and senior care facilities. Our slogan is "Explore the past. Enhance the present. Create the future." With almost 200,000 items in our collection, the library is just the place to do that! 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, circulation, 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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    July 27th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~EBSCO Discovery Service™ Seen as an Essential Element in a Unifying Platform for a New Engagement-based Library ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. —July 27, 2010 — Millersville University has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) as its discovery solution. While working with EBSCO as an EDS beta partner, the university found that EDS fit very well into the library’s overall goal of becoming an engagement-based organization rather than the holder of disparate collections. By adding EBSCO Discovery Service, Millersville has created what they call a unifying platform—a way in which the library will be able to make content and services available to users—improving integration in various student spaces and facilitating engagement with students and faculty while building on the power and familiarity of EBSCOhost®.

    Millersville University Associate Professor and Information Systems Librarian Scott Anderson says EDS takes content and customization to a new level. “We are able to leverage more of our collection through a known platform—EBSCOhost, which is highly customizable and offers us the ability to push content and services to users based on specific goals and needs. We want to engage with our users and EDS gives us the opportunity to make content available in a holistic way, reshaping how the library is used and perceived.”

    Millersville University was able to assist EBSCO in developing a process for handling standard file and record group extracts from their ILS that allows institutions to easily add their local catalog to the EBSCOhost platform. The catalog can then be included in a comprehensive discovery index or included in indexes specifically for a particular subject or academic discipline. In addition, Millersville has added a number of additional Dublin Core based special collections to the EDS platform to enhance the exposure of local content as well. EDS has a functional out of the box configuration and a simple implementation process while allowing customization options including profiling appropriate library subject specialists, relevant or related services and logical content. This facilitates logical placement of the library in spaces such as the learning management/course shell space, program or department Web presence and more traditional library guides.

    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.

    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.

    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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    July 26th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    DALLAS, TX, July 26 – Amigos Library Services will present a one day online conference “Reference @ Your Library” on August 31. The conference will include sessions focusing on how mobile technology (may) impact reference, embedding reference librarians in online classes, and determining whether technology is a burden or a blessing.

    “This conference is entirely online, which makes it an affordable alternative for many librarians to participate in a time where many library budgets continue to shrink,” says Laura Kimberly, Amigos Continuing Education Services Manager. “Amigos is pleased to offer an event that librarians all over the country can enjoy. Many of our speakers are well-known in the field and will present topics of current interest to library managers and reference librarians.”

    Keynote speaker, Brenda Dervin, Ph.D., will kick off the conference with her talk “The Greatest Information Need: Information Mediation.” Dervin’s talk will focus on the "greatest" information need -- what she’s learned about it from 35 years of researching information needs of myriad population groups -- expert and lay, rich and poor, virtually every cultural group, in virtually every context.

    For more information and to sign up for the conference, visit Early bird registration runs through August 17.

    About Amigos Library Services - For more than 35 years, Amigos Library Services has helped its members obtain affordable services and share library resources and knowledge. With over 600 members, Amigos is one of the largest consortia of libraries and cultural heritage institutions in the United States. Through membership in Amigos, libraries collectively gain access to the latest innovations and services in the library community; pursue opportunities for continuing professional education; leverage their buying power; and preserve the region’s rich cultural heritage. This collaboration strengthens each member’s ability to serve and lead its community in the creative and effective use of information resources.

    Media Contact:
    Terri Maguire Mertz
    Amigos Library Services


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