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    September 27th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    September 27th, 2010
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    New Book, Practical Open Source Software for Libraries by Nicole C. Engard now Available!

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, is happy to announce that Nicole C. Engard, Director of Open Source Education at ByWater, has written her second book, Practical Open Source Software for Libraries.

    Practical Open Source Software for Libraries
    provides a toolbox of practical software that librarians can use both inside and out of the library. It draws on the author’s wide-ranging practical experience with open source software both in and out of the library community, includes real life examples from libraries and librarians of all types and locations and gives librarians tips for using open source software with in their organizations. Access to a companion website with up-to-date links and facts is also included.

    Practical Open Source Software for Libraries is available for purchase in the US from Neal-Schuman Publishers and in the rest of the world from Chandos Publishing.

    About Practical Open Source Software for Libraries:

    The library community is abuzz about open source software. Open source usually refers to an application whose source code is made available for use or modification as users see fit. Make sense? Probably not! Would it help if you knew that open source is not just about programming, but about following a philosophy?

    Still confused? Not surprising. What will open source mean to our libraries? More flexibility and freedom than software purchased with license restrictions. This is an important path for libraries to consider. Why open source? Because both the open source community and the library world live by the same rules and principles.

    This book will give you the facts and dispel myths about open source. The chapters will not only introduce librarians to what open source is and what it means for libraries, but also provide readers with links to a toolbox full of freely available open source products to use in their libraries. 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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    September 25th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    September 24, 2010 – LAC Group will present the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Librarian of the Year Award at the ILA Annual Conference awards ceremony, 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 29, at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois.

    Anne Hughes, Director of the Glen Carbon Centennial Library, has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the Librarian of the Year Award. This award, sponsored by LAC Group, recognizes a librarian’s distinguished service and leadership in Illinois libraries.

    Anne has been Director of the Glen Carbon Library for the past fifteen years. Her leadership has produced a library that has grown from a small school building to a new state-of-the art 15,000 square foot facility that serves as a destination point for the entire community. The new facility was made possible by Anne’s spearheading of a 2.6 million dollar referendum in 2002. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along
    with Library Journal named the Glen Carbon Library the Best Small Library in America 2010.

    For more information on Anne Hughes and the Glen Carbon Library, please visit

    About LAC Group

    LAC Group began in 1986 as Library Associates Companies (LAC) and has grown into a unique and multifaceted professional services firm, providing disciplined and innovative library, legal, information and
    research staffing, consulting, project management and asset management services.

    LAC Group offers the following services:
    • Library & Research Staffing
    • Information & asset management
    • Consulting & project management
    • Contract attorneys & paralegals
    • Managed Services
    • Recruiting

    For more information about the services offered by the LAC Group, please visit

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    September 23rd, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    We’re delighted to announce Zotero Everywhere, a major new initiative generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Zotero Everywhere is aimed at dramatically increasing the accessibility of Zotero to the widest possible range of users today and in the future. Zotero Everywhere will have two main components: a standalone desktop version of Zotero with full integration into a variety of web browsers and a radically expanded application programming interface (API) to provide web and mobile access to Zotero libraries.

    Zotero is the only research software that provides full and seamless access to a comprehensive range of open and gated resources. With a single click, Zotero users have long been able to add a complete journal article, book, or other resource to their personal libraries, including bibliographic metadata and attached files like PDFs. Until now, this powerful functionality has been tied exclusively to the Firefox browser, which not all researchers can or want to use. Today we are announcing support for Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Internet Explorer, which account for 98% of the web’s usage share. Plugins for these browsers will soon allow users to add anything they find on the web to their Zotero libraries with a single click, regardless of the their browser preferences. Rather than use the Zotero pane in Firefox, users will have the new option of accessing their libraries via a standalone desktop version of Zotero, available for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

    Zotero’s web API offers any application developer the ability to access individual and group libraries via a simple, human-readable programming interface. Until now, this API has been “read-only”—users could view their libraries but they could not change them via the web or via the API. Today we’re announcing the opening of Zotero’s write API to the public over the coming months. Because Zotero “eats its own dog food”—we already use the very same programming interface to serve pages at—application developers can be confident that the public API will ultimately provide all the same functionality used internally at the Zotero project. With full read/write access to bibliographic data, attached files like PDFs, and the citation formatting engine, developers will be able to integrate a full range of Zotero features into their own web, mobile, and desktop applications, and users will be able to take advantage of this functionality at

    Zotero Everywhere responds to the constantly changing needs of Zotero’s enormous research community. Downloaded millions of times since 2006 and used by hundreds of thousands of researchers daily, Zotero has grown to the world’s largest and most diverse online research community, with nearly 50 million library items presently synced to In addition to sharing their own individual libraries, Zotero users have formed over 25,000 collaborative research groups to pool references, share files, and coauthor manuscripts. By providing new ways of accessing and integrating this vast array of data, Zotero Everywhere will ensure that Zotero continues to be the catalyst for the next generation of research and scholarship.

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    September 21st, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~Single Search Box, Familiar Search Experience Lead Mississippi State to Choose EBSCO Discovery Service™ ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — September 21, 2010 — Mississippi State University has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing as its discovery tool. The university library was looking to bring all of its resources together under a single search box. 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.

    Mississippi State University wanted a discovery tool that would integrate its databases plus its online catalog and digital collections. In selecting EBSCO Discovery Service the university is now able to provide students with this expanded capability while using the familiar EBSCOhost® interface. By leveraging the EBSCOhost interface as a discovery interface, libraries are able to offer the access to their collection through a familiar starting point—EBSCOhost—eliminating the need to retrain users or introduce multiple new platforms.

    The Administrator of Systems at Mississippi State University Libraries, Stephen Cunetto, says EDS provides students with a single starting point to lead them to more of the library’s collection than they have been able to easily access in the past. “We are looking forward to showing our students the power of this single search approach to searching for their research materials.” Cunetto says single search and discovery tools will have an impact on the future of libraries and research. “We anticipate that students and faculty will gravitate to this service as their first stop for their research needs.” The university will use the branding options available in EBSCO Discovery Service to mirror the look and feel of the library’s website to further integrate the single search box option into the library’s overall services.

    The initial release at Mississippi State University will allow students to discover the content found in the library’s online database collection and its online catalog. Future plans include adding the university’s digital collections. As with EDS iterations at all sites, the Mississippi State University collection has been added to the EDS Base Index to create a truly unique collection providing fast, simple access to the library’s print and electronic collections.

    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 100 million newspaper articles, 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, eBooks, 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
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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    September 17th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    September 16, 2010 – Kyiv, Ukraine - ELEKS Software, a global organization delivering software services and solutions for diverse markets in the USA and Europe, announced that the company is sponsoring the “Central and Eastern Europe IT Outsourcing Review 2009”.

    The "Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Review" is an annual research conducted by the Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Association (CEEOA). One of the main objectives of the research is to provide a complete overview of the IT outsourcing services market for the 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and to promote the CEE region as a destination for nearshore and offshore IT outsourcing services for both European countries and North America.

    The “Central and Eastern Europe IT Outsourcing Review” research was first conducted in early 2008 for the year 2007. Upon completion, an estimated 10,000 people accessed the report across the globe. Many research companies used the finding as a resource for their commercial reports. Following positive feedback for the 2007 Report, the CEEOA decided to commission another report for 2008 and 2009.

    Currently, the “CEE IT Outsourcing Review” is the most complete and called-for analytical source about the IT outsourcing market development in the CEE region.

    Oleksiy Skrypnyk, CEO of ELEKS Software and Board Chairman of the IT / BPO Business Services Cluster, a non-profit group dedicated to the promotion of technology based businesses in Ukraine, noted, “We consider the reports to be the most comprehensive source of information available today about IT outsourcing services for the CEE region. We feel that the results obtained not only provide an accurate picture of the industry in the region, we also see the results helping to promote the various IT markets directly, specifically for Ukraine. Ukraine, one of the largest countries in the region, attracts a great deal interest for IT outsourcing services. In 2008, KPMG, a global audit, tax and advisory services provider, ranked the Ukrainian city of Lviv, where ELEKS Software is headquartered, among the 50 best cities in the world for IT and software outsourcing in their special report “Exporting Global Frontiers””.

    About CEEOA

    Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Association (CEEOA) ( was founded in 2008. The members of the association are the leading national IT and Outsourcing associations from the Central and Eastern Europe, among them Baltic Outsourcing Association (BOA), Ukrainian HI-TECH Initiative, Hungarian Service Industry and Outsourcing Association (HOA), Employers’ Association of the Software and Services Industry (ANIS) from Romania, Bulgarian Web Association (BWA), Czech ICT Alliance, Belarus Hi-Tech Park and ASPIRE - Association of IT & Business Process Services Companies (Poland). One of the main objectives of CEEOA is to promote the Central and Eastern European Region as competitive alternative to other Global offshoring destinations, and to increase services delivery quality and volume to the recognized standards.

    About ELEKS Software

    ELEKS Software is a global organization delivering software services and solutions for diverse markets in the USA and Europe. The company provides software product development services including conceptualization, architecture design, implementation, quality assurance, and localization, as well as web programming and design. ELEKS Software specializes in software solutions for the Finance, Banking, Insurance, Healthcare, Logistics, Engineering Design Automation, Power Distribution Analysis and Management, and e-Government markets. Customers rely on the exceptional experience and talent of the employees of ELEKS Software to facilitate the delivery of high quality services and solutions.

    For more information about ELEKS Software, please visit

    CONTACT Information:

    ELEKS Software
    7g, Naukova St.
    Lviv 79060, Ukraine
    Tel.: +38 032 297 12 51
    Fax: +38 032 244 70 02
    Nataliya Bulhakova
    Marketing Specialist

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