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    January 31st, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Farmington Hills, Mich., Jan. 31, 2011 – Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced the launch of the Are you a Librarian Superhero contest to recognize the often heroic efforts put forth by librarians around the country, and to encourage other feats of greatness. Gale is calling on everyone – fellow librarians, library patrons, students and school administrators – to nominate a superhero librarian who is making a real difference for their library and community. A panel of Cengage Learning employees will choose the top four superhero librarians who will be recognized at the American Library Association’s annual meeting. The winners will have a cartoon superhero character created in their likeness by the illustrators of Unshelved, a popular library cartoon, and will be featured in an upcoming comic strip. In the Gale booth at ALA, the winning librarians will be commemorated with cartoon figures, collectible lunch boxes and a celebration.

    What: Gale Are You a Librarian Superhero Contest - nominate your superhero librarian today! Submissions need to include basic information about their librarian – full name, library name, and most importantly, what is super about them.

    Who: All public, special, school and academic librarians in the U.S. and Canada, and the patrons, colleagues and friends who believe they are superheroes. See the contest rules for complete details at

    When: Call for nominations is open February 1-28, 2011. Winners will be announced at the Gale booth during the opening reception of the American Library Association’s annual meeting on Friday, June 24, 2011 in New Orleans, LA.

    Where: Librarians can nominate themselves or their peers by visiting the contest Facebook page at or by logging on to

    Why: Librarians go to extraordinary lengths every day for their patrons. To celebrate those feats and encourage others, Gale will honor librarians everywhere by unmasking just a few of the superheroes among us.

    Details: Please contact Kristina Massari at for more information or with questions about the contest.

    About Cengage Learning and Gale
    Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit or


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    January 31st, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    January 31st, 2011
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    Macon Public Library of Macon MO. Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that Macon Public Library of Macon, MO. is now live on their official Koha integrated library system.

    The library's Koha installation went live today and they have partnered with ByWater Solutions for ongoing support services.

    Elaine Nuhn, Director of the Macon Public Library, commented on their decision to switch to Koha and ByWater Solutions:

    "Macon Public Library began exploring an affordable solution for an integrated library system three years ago. An open source solution is not only affordable, the philosophy behind it matches a public library's mission of sharing and providing knowledge to all. ByWater Solutions offered the most flexible support and help with Koha, the open source solution we chose."

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: "It is a very exciting time for Koha and open source, and Elaine and the staff of Macon are adopting Koha at the perfect time. The new functionality and usability found in the 3.2 release of Koha will make their day to day processes easier and will act as a benefit to their patrons as well. We are thrilled to have the chance to partner with them!"

    Macon Public Library houses over 30,000 bibliographic titles, and their customized online catalog can be found at

    About Macon Public Library:
    Macon Public Library has been serving the Macon, Missouri community in its present location since 1917. Macon Public Library connects patrons with resources and knowledge to enrich, inspire, and empower lifelong learning. 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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    January 31st, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Contact: Janie Cohen FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Telephone: 856-566-4121

    Economy, Security, Efficiency Are Some Of The Unique Advantages of LAT-Stena For Libraries

    SOMERDALE, NJ, January 28, 2011: Library Automation Technologies, Inc. (LAT), a leading provider of automation products for libraries, is pleased to announce an in-depth case study documenting a successful LAT-Stena installation. Analyzing existing security issues, coupled with an overwhelming demand for dispensing media by staff, the case study documents internal decisions made to implement this unique technology in the library.

    “LAT-Stena offers unparalleled capability to increase security, improve efficiency and optimize staff performance in dealing with media”, said Oleg Boyarsky, President and CEO of LAT. “LAT-Stena is a ‘game-changing’ technology, and this case study is yet another reason for libraries to consider it.” said Boyarsky.

    Despite recent cuts in library budgets, the demand for new and easily accessible optical media content (books, movies, music, games) has been steadily growing in the libraries throughout the country and abroad. LAT-Stena™ is a unique, flexible system designed to maximize security, while simplifying staff handling of dispensing this media to the public. Infinitely expandable to support any capacity media collection, LAT-Stena™ works on existing circulation desk computers, and allows multiple staff simultaneous access to the massive media-store that
    LAT-Stena™ offers.

    To read the new case study and find out more about LAT-Stena™ system, visit:

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    About LAT Inc.,
    Library Automation Technologies Inc., (LAT) founded in 2001 has installations in hundreds of libraries throughout the United States. LAT’s innovation earned the firm the coveted “#1 Fastest Growing in South Jersey, 2005” by the Philadelphia Business Journal, as well as a “Finalist in the Family Business of the Year, 2006” award presented by Farleigh Dickinson College. LAT further continues its growth expanding into automation by delivering media dispensing line of products solely dedicated to library operations.

    For more information about all of LAT's technologies and products, jump to:

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    January 28th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Norcross, GA —January 27, 2011

    Alberta Bible College, Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College, and Rocky Mountain College have gone live with Koha as their next generation ILS, creating a new consortium that will be called Southern Alberta Libraries of Theology, or “SALT”. Equinox Software oversaw the installation and migration of data from their previous systems and is providing hosting and technical support for the new consortium.
    The three colleges now have a combined catalog of 85,801 bibliographic records. The new catalogs can be viewed at,, and
    Kathy Seidler, Library Director for Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary and College, says “I've been pleased with the migration to the Koha system. Although things haven't been without a few bumps, the process has been relatively painless, the support staff very helpful, and the end product has been worth it!”

    Galen Charlton, Equinox Software Vice President of Data Services, says, “I am pleased to welcome these libraries to the Koha community. I look forward to continuing to work with them and seeing how they will use their Koha system not only to run their individual catalogs but also to increase resource sharing for the benefit of their patrons.”

    About Koha
    Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development service.
    For more information on Koha, please visit

    About Equinox Software, Inc.
    Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a growing team of skilled professionals who provide services for Evergreen and Koha. These services include software development, consulting, legacy data migration, 24x7 technical support, and system hosting. Equinox also engages and supports a rapidly expanding open source community.

    For more information on Equinox Software, please visit

    Press contact: Corinne Hall,, 770-709-5571

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    January 27th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ Cornell University’s e-print Service Included in Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service™ ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 27, 2010 — arXiv is the latest content source to become available via EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing. arXiv is an e-print service owned and operated by Cornell University offering an extensive archive of scientific papers. Metadata from arXiv will be added to the EDS Base Index, the most comprehensive and robust collection of metadata from the best content sources.

    arXiv serves as an archive for more than 650,000 electronic preprints of scientific papers. The metadata from arXiv is a valuable resource for those with interests or research needs in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance and statistics.

    arXiv joins a long list of publishers and other content partners who are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content, such as: the British Library, Baker & Taylor, NewsBank, Readex, LexisNexis, JSTOR, Alexander Street Press, Oxford University Press, American Psychological Association, ABC-CLIO, ingentaconnect, Mergent Inc., Government Printing Office, ECONIS and for mutual customers Web of Science & H.W. Wilson—a growing list of information sources available to EBSCO Discovery Service users.

    EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (, and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There’s simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin.

    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.

    The EDS Base Index 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 400,000 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 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®, PsycINFO® and RILM™. 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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