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    January 11th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~EBSCO Discovery Service™ Called a “Good Fit” for Deakin University Library—Easy Access to Information, Key Agreements with Publishers and Strong Metadata Cited~

    IPSWICH, Mass. —January 11, 2011 — Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia has selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing. The adoption of EDS continues Deakin University Library’s long history of utilizing new technologies to improve the student experience and providing innovative access to and discovery of quality scholarly information.

    The university has long recognized that users have different preferences for searching and connecting to the information they need. The challenge for the library has been to provide clear pathways to sources of information for diverse user groups, ranging from undergraduate students needing to quickly find resources for their unit, to academic and research staff with more intensive research needs.

    University Librarian Anne Horn says EDS provides a search experience for all those looking for a way to easily find the information they need, and find it fast. “Making access easy is important. Over the last two years usability testing conducted by the library has informed improvements but for Deakin University Library the challenge still remains: how to make access as easy and intuitive as possible. Our users have had to negotiate multiple search options on the home page, and multiple database options. Compounding this, our studies have shown that we have users in each of our stakeholder groups struggling to understand the connection between articles, journals and databases.”

    Horn says EDS provides the tool to make searching easy along with the strength of content to make searches succeed. “The library is impressed with the agreements EBSCO has with key leading publishers to obtain, harvest and include their metadata within EDS. It means that for the first time, we are able to offer a powerful search tool that includes a consolidated pool of resources from key journal subscriptions and databases. This is a major first for the library and a milestone development in the library’s long journey toward simplifying the search and discovery process.”

    The quality metadata EBSCO Publishing is known for is part of the foundation of EBSCO Discovery Service which Horn says was also a deciding factor when determining which discovery service was the most powerful. “In choosing EBSCO Discovery Service, the library acknowledges a key strength in EBSCO, and that is its commitment to providing quality metadata to facilitate the discovery process. This combined with a superior indexing and relevancy ranking formula that goes beyond simple title matching and extends to an analysis of subject headings, abstracts and the full text of articles, means that search results pull in valuable content that might otherwise go undiscovered.”

    EDS offers a single search option to a custom collection including, Deakin’s own library catalogue and the university’s institutional research repository, Deakin Research Online. EDS will provide the solution for many users—a way to easily and rapidly find the information they need on a topic, regardless of whether that information resides in a purchased or leased book, DVD, or licensed database.

    The Deakin University Library was also attracted by the high level of customization and personalization that EDS offers. Horn says EDS allows students and academic staff to change settings and set preferences during their search sessions. “The library is able to tailor the search interface in a number of ways, from the look and feel of the interface to the wording of labels and text on the search results screen. The ability to create additional subject gateways—the grouping together of databases that reflect the university’s teaching and learning areas—is a key feature that the library is excited to implement.”

    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, NISC™, 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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    January 11th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Wallkill Public Library's will be holding an informational session on the brand new "Geek the Library" public awareness campaign. Wallkill Public Library is the first library in NYS to jump on board, joining over 100 libraries in the Midwest and south to help change perceptions about libraries, librarians and public funding.

    This is a free program offered through OCLC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program will feature a presentation by Jenny Powell, OCLC consultant, informing participants of all the program has to offer libraries at no cost, ideas that have proven successful in the pilot programs run this past summer, and the marketing tools - including professional support from OCLC - that are available to libraries who register on their site: www.geekthelibrary.org.

    Join us on Saturday, January 29 at 10:00 am (snow date, Jan. 30) for more information on this fun and exciting new program! Call Mary Lou Carolan for more information at 845-895-3707 or email her to RSVP at mcarolan@rcls.org.
    Refreshments will be served.

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    January 11th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    PRESS RELEASE from Multi-Science Publishing Co Ltd

    Wednesday 12th January 2011

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    2011 Package – Gathering Momentum

    Virginia Commonwealth University, Curtin University of Technology and Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University are among the latest additions to the growing list of research institutions that have signed up for Multi-Science Publishing’s 2011 Special Package, a collection of 27 peer reviewed journals plus backfile, concentrating on engineering/applied science.

    Comments Multi-Science Director Bill Hughes, “Libraries like this product because we‘re good at creating unique content – there are, for example, no other journals devoted to aeroacoustics, or low frequency noise, or structural fire engineering, apart from ours. So acquiring this package, along with the backfile, gets libraries instant databases on topics where whatever other information there is, is widely scattered and hard to find. Other titles are attracting interest because of the way policy drives research. For example, we have been publishing Wind Engineering continuously since 1977, for years it was the only peer reviewed journal, anywhere, on the technological aspects of wind energy; suddenly, wind power research is being heavily funded by governments around the world so this journal and its backfile is now essential for many research libraries. And a number of our titles add value because of their interdisciplinary nature: the Journal of Healthcare Engineering, International Journal of Emerging Fluid Sciences are used by researchers across a number of different departments and departmental libraries, at no extra cost. In fact the licence for the 2011 Special Package allows usage of content across all departments and all sites of an institution, and off-campus too. And on the subject of cost, as a privately owned company, we don’t have to profit maximize for the shareholders’ benefit. We can carry on doing what we have been doing for the last 50 years, facilitating the flow of information among scholars at the lowest feasible cost – so at less than $5000 for 27 peer reviewed titles plus backfiles, this offer surely ticks the box for affordability, to say the very least.”

    For more information:

    2011 Special Package – www.multi-science.co.uk/on-line_offer.htm

    or contact

    Bill Hughes, Director, Multi-Science Publishing +44 1277 224632, email bill@multi-science.co.uk

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    January 11th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    TIENEN, BELGIUM - 10 Jan 2011: PINCETTE LAUNCHES PERSONALBOOKSPACE. This is an online service that lets users put their entire e-book library online in a private space. They can use it directly from their e-reader.

    Personalbookspace uses the open protocol OPDS (see http://code.google.com/p/openpub/). This protocol is now supported by several e-readers, as well as popular online archives such as Feedbooks and Project Gutenberg. Pincette believes using open standards is the key to provide maximum choice to the user.

    With personalbookspace you can organize your books in folders, which is a great feature when you have hundreds of them. In general, e-readers present the books they contain as a long list. Since personalbookspace lets you access your entire library from within the e-reader, wherever you are, you only have to keep the books you are using on the reader.

    Uploading books to personalbookspace is as simple as copy and paste. Any changes you make to your online library are immediately visible in the e-reader. The cover preview image and meta-data are automatically extracted from the books and used for the presentation in the e-reader.

    Folders are a great way to organize books, but then it can still be difficult to find a particular book. With personalbookspace you can use full-text search, which is something your paper bookshelf will never be able to offer. The search results show scores and text fragments with highlighted terms.

    For more information about personalbookspace: http://www.personalbookspace.com/.

    About PINCETTE

    Pincette is a privately held software development company specializing in document management and document processing. The company offers an online document management service and Open Document Format products. Open standards play a central role in all Pincette products.

    http://www.pincette.biz/

    Contact Information

    Werner Donné
    Pincette bvba
    +32 486 425803
    werner.donne@pincette.biz
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    January 11th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    1/10/2011
    CONTACT:
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944
    sales@bywatersolutions.com

    ByWater Solutions Welcomes D Ruth Bavousett as Lead Migration Specialist

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company is proud to welcome D Ruth Bavousett as their Lead Migration Specialist. Ruth will be overseeing the migration department for ByWater Solutions and will be in charge of the implementation practices and customer contact during their migration process. Ruth is an active participant within the Koha community and has had extensive experience with the system administration, implementation, and development of the Koha ILS.

    Ruth has served the IT needs of libraries for most of her 18-year career. She started work at the Abilene Library Consortium in 1992, as a Systems Operator, writing reports and training users on the DRA Classic library automation system. After a brief stint in clinical laboratories and aerospace IT project management, she returned to libraries and the Abilene Library Consortium in 2002, to lead the migration from DRA Classic to Sirsi Unicorn, staying aboard as the System Administrator and eventually serving as the Consortium's Coordinator. She then left Abilene to work as an Implementation Specialist for LibLime, Software Engineer for PTFS (now PTFS/LibLime), and now as Lead Migration Specialist for ByWater Solutions.

    Ruth commented on her recent decision to join the ByWater Solutions team:

    "I'm thrilled to be involved with the fantastic team of diverse talents at ByWater Solutions. ByWater has given me the opportunity to do a job that I feel is crucial to libraries' futures, and their organizational values are a perfect match for my own." She continues, “I look forward to helping the ByWater team continue the explosive growth of the last year, and working with libraries to save money and have an open-source ILS that meets their needs. I enjoy giving every customer the personal attention they need, while refining their processes and data during migration.”

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated, "Having Ruth on board adds an extremely important element to our company. Her dedication and experience will be crucial in helping to keep ByWater one step ahead of our growth and our competition. I can speak for the rest of our team when I say that we cannot be more excited to have her as part of ByWater Solutions."

    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 such as Koha and Evergreen. 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 and Evergreen communities for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha and Evergreen ILSs. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: http://www.bywatersolutions.com