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    October 5th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ Easy Access to the Library’s Valuable Collection, a Viable Alternative To Search Engines and Quality Metadata Reasons Why EBSCO Discovery Service™ was Selected ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. —October 5, 2010 — Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing. The decision was made to answer key questions that a researcher faces when using a premium content collection from a library such as: Where to start? What's the best resource? How many unique "silos" of information do I need to search? EBSCO Discovery Service is designed to harvest metadata from both internal (library) and external (database vendors) sources, and creates a pre-indexed service of unprecedented size and speed—reducing silos and providing everything the researcher needs in one place.

    Executive Director of Library & Educational Information Systems at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Etheldra Templeton, says students and faculty want fast, comprehensive searches that will mine the full range of the library’s licensed resources. “With discovery, users get a simple, Google-like search of all our quality electronic and print content. The robust metadata assures targeted, relevant search results and the pre-indexing from discovery assures fast retrieval.”

    Templeton says EDS allows users to take advantage of its collection and find the valuable content only available in a library collection. “The library buys high quality, peer-reviewed and vetted information resources—far better than what an open Web search will find—but the sheer numbers of collections, vendors, and interfaces pose a problem for users. With EDS, we are able to provide one search box that exposes our collection to the user.”

    Another important factor for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine was the availability of a mobile interface with EBSCO Discovery Service. Having mobile access allows the library to provide its growing number of smart phone users with easy access, helping the college serve its users anywhere, anytime.

    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.

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

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    October 5th, 2010LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Phil Eastman, Partner In The Boise-Based Consulting Firm “Leadership Advisors Group”, Will Help Library Employees Enhance Their Leadership Effectiveness

    OCTOBER 1, 2010 (Boise & Post Falls Idaho) – Leadership Advisors Group (http://www.leadershipadvisors.com) announced today that partner Phil Eastman will present a workshop based on his book The Character of Leadership: An Ancient Model for a Quantum Age at The Idaho Library Association 2010 Annual Conference (http://www.idaholibraries.org).

    Mr. Eastman, a well-known conference speaker and leadership consultant authored The Character of Leadership and has been presenting keynote speeches related to the topic, helping organizations and businesses understand leadership and incorporate this timeless model that has proven itself throughout the ages and is even more relevant and necessary today.

    "The challenges we face today are not economic, environmental, social, or legal; they are challenges of character and leadership,” said Mr. Eastman. “Organizations may be faced with many of these challenges, but any team can learn how to manage these issues better by improving leadership ability, thereby increasing morale within the organization and increasing productivity.”

    “The Idaho Library Association is leading change, instead of letting it just happen,” continued Eastman. “Their executive management understands that it is the responsibility of the association to prepare the staff for the challenges that naturally occur. Whether the change is organizational, departmental, or just personal, it all includes people and they all need the tools to lead effectively.”

    Mr. Eastman’s leadership presentation is based on his book, The Character of Leadership: An Ancient Model for a Quantum Age, a model that has its origins among the ancient philosophers.

    “We are so thrilled to have Mr. Eastman speak to our organization,” said Anne Abrams of the Idaho Library Association. “Idaho’s libraries are busier than ever as more and more citizens are relying on libraries for books, activities, media and other materials that previously they may have bought. Librarians and library staff are being turned to for guidance, help and understanding as people look for ways to improve their lives either through education, job training, self-help or even entertainment. This takes the responsibility of our associates up a notch and, as such, we need to be ready to lead in ways that we may not have thought necessary previously. Mr. Eastman’s book demonstrates a surprisingly wide range of skills that leaders must possess and we are very pleased to have him share some of those with the members of our organization.”

    Philip H. Eastman II Biography

    Philip H. Eastman II, founding partner in the Boise-based consulting firm, Leadership Advisors Group, helps clients enhance their leadership effectiveness. He combines more than twenty-five years of leadership experience with his passion for developing leaders, building teams, and improving performance.

    Phil has served in numerous corporate and community leadership roles. His corporate experience includes seventeen years in the banking industry where he excelled in a series of progressively more responsible corporate positions. After culminating his banking career as CEO of Key Bank Idaho, Phil chose to pursue consulting where he helps clients optimize their individual and organizational effectiveness.

    As an advisor, consultant, teacher, and coach, Phil works with a growing and diverse group of clients in a variety of industries and countries. His leadership experience and expertise has made him a sought after speaker and advisor to organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Asia.

    ABOUT LEADERSHIP ADVIORS

    Leadership Advisors Group is a team of business consultants, teachers, coaches, and practitioners based in Boise, Idaho. We use wisdom gained from decades of practical experience to help clients enhance individual and organizational effectiveness. We assist in creating positive, constructive outcomes with the people inside and outside the organization important to its performance and success. We partner with individuals to develop and implement strategies that advance the organization's objectives, optimize its capabilities, and improve bottom-line results. For more information please visit http://www.leadershipadvisors.com/LAG/aboutus.asp or call (208) 344-0471.

    ABOUT IDAHO LIBRARY ASSOCIATION

    Idaho Library Association has over 500 members representing libraries of all sizes in all areas of the state. We are academic, public, and school librarians. We are trustees and friends. We are clerks, specialists, assistants, and secretaries. Our interests are your interests—literacy, intellectual freedom, and library service for all Idaho citizens.