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    March 28th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share
    information among those interested in the intersection of libraries,
    technology, and the future.

    We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 14th issue.
    Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences.

    To be included in the 14th issue, which is scheduled for publication
    in late July 2011, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at or to
    by Friday, April 22, 2011. When submitting, please include the title
    or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

    C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome
    submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission
    of the journal. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    * Practical applications of library technology (both actual and
    * Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including
    how they were done and challenges faced
    * Case studies
    * Best practices
    * Reviews
    * Comparisons of third party software or libraries
    * Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
    * Project management and communication within the library environment
    * Assessment and user studies

    C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the
    barriers to publication. While articles should be of a high quality,
    they need not follow any formal structure. Writers should aim for the
    middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed
    journals. Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code
    samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code. For more information, visit
    C4LJ's Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 13 issues
    published on our website:

    Remember, for consideration for the 14th issue, please send proposals,
    abstracts, or draft articles to no later than
    Friday, April 22, 2011.

    Send in a submission. Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

    Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee

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    March 25th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    DUBLIN, Ohio, March 24, 2011—An expanding collection of authoritative content from leading academic publishers is now accessible through WorldCat Local, the OCLC discovery service that offers users integrated access to electronic, digital and physical library materials.

    WorldCat Local provides access to more than 750 million items, including books, journals and databases from international publishers; the digital collections of groups like HathiTrust, OAIster and Google Books; open access materials; as well as the collective resources of libraries worldwide through WorldCat.

    OCLC continues to negotiate access to critical library content on behalf of the cooperative to ensure access to libraries’ most popular resources. To view a full list of the nearly 1,200 databases and collections available through WorldCat Local, visit the website at

    Databases recently added to the WorldCat Local central index include:
    • American Psychological Association: PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycCRITIQUES
    • Alternative Press Center: Alternative Press Index, Alternative Press Index Archive

    Content providers that will soon add databases to the WorldCat Local central index include:
    • Accessible Archives
    • Oxford University Press
    • Taylor & Francis
    • CABI
    • OECD
    • Sabinet
    • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

    Databases now available in WorldCat Local through remote access:
    • Gale: Contemporary Authors, ¡Informe!, Making of Modern Law, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
    • EBSCO: ATLA Religion Database ™ with ATLASerials ™ , PsycEXTRA, PsycINFO
    • H. W. Wilson: Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982, Essay & General Literature Index Retrospective

    WorldCat Local now offers vendor record sets from:
    • ProQuest: ProQuest U. S. Executive Branch Documents, 1910-1932
    • ProQuest: Gerritsen Collection of Women’s History, 1543-1945 (six collections in varying formats)
    • Cassidy Cataloguing: Lexis I – E-treatises

    The WorldCat Local search experience also grows richer with the ongoing addition of article-level metadata to When this metadata is added to, it is automatically made part of WorldCat Local. Article-level metadata for the following resources have been added recently to
    • ISIS Current Bibliography of the History of Science
    • Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine

    For more information, visit the WorldCat Local website at

    About OCLC
    Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at For more information, visit

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    March 23rd, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Follows Portico's Successful Preservation of 80 Million Files from Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Making of Modern Law and Eight Other Gale Collections

    Farmington Hills, Mich. and Princeton, NJ, March 23, 2011 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Portico, part of the not-for-profit organization ITHAKA, today announced Gale will be preserving three additional digital historical collections with Portico. This follows the completed ingest of 10 Gale Digital Collections—including 19th Century U.S. Newspapers, The Making of Modern Law: Primary Resources and Eighteenth Century Collections Online—and represents over 80 million files (75 million pages of content), which doubled the size of the Portico archive in just one year.

    “We are excited to expand our agreement with Portico,” said Frank Menchaca, executive vice president and publisher, Gale. “With more and more content moving online and being produced in digital-only format, we realize the importance of ensuring our unparalleled content and collections will remain accessible to our customers even in the unlikely event of a service disruption.”

    The three additional Gale collections being committed to the Portico archive comprise over one million files, and include Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author Online and Literature Criticism Online. With the addition of these collections, the total number of files being preserved from Gale in the Portico archive will reach over 82 million, representing an achievement of scale for Portico. Collections preserved in 2010 include:
    • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and ECCO Part II, New Editions
    • The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises
    • The Making of Modern Law: Trials
    • The Making of Modern Law: Supreme Court Records and Briefs
    • Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths’-Kress Library of Economic Literature
    • Sabin Americana
    • 19th Century British Library Newspapers
    • 17th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
    • 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
    • 19th Century U.S. Newspapers

    “Portico’s successful ingest of the first 10 collections, totaling over 11 terabytes, is a great accomplishment in our history,” said Eileen Fenton, Portico managing director. “It represents the progress we have made in the scalability of our workflow. We are delighted to continue this work with Gale to ensure the long term preservation and permanent access of this vital content for its customers.”

    In accordance with Portico’s D-Collections Service model, Portico will make the content available to Gale’s customers under specifically defined circumstances called “trigger events.” Should the content no longer be made available through the Gale system or from other sources, or if Gale were to experience an extended service interruption, Portico would make the content preserved in the archive available to Gale’s customers. There is no charge from Gale to its customers for this service.

    To celebrate the preservation of these collections, Gale and Portico will host a reception in the Gale booth (#805) at the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference in Philadelphia on the evening of March 30.

    For more information, please contact Kristina Massari at or Marita LaMonica at

    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

    About Portico
    Portico is a not-for-profit community-driven digital preservation service for e-books, e-journals, and other scholarly e-content. To date, more than 12,000 e-journals, nearly 70,000 e-books, and 39 d-collections have been committed to the archive. Portico is supported by more than 700 libraries worldwide and over 120 publishers representing more than 2000 scholarly societies and associations. Portico is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. For more information, visit or


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    March 23rd, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    March 23nd 2011
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    Plumas County Library System Now Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Plumas County Library System of Plumas County, CA. is now live on their official Koha integrated library system.

    Plumas County Library and the Open Source-Open Libraries Consortium have partnered with ByWater Solutions for their Koha implementation. The library system's Koha installation will be moved into the NorthNet union catalog which will be made up of several Northern California libraries who have chosen to move to Koha with support and implementation services provided by ByWater. The Plumas County Library System is made up of four branches located in Quincy, Chester, Greenville, and Portola.

    Margaret Miles, County Librarian of the Plumas County Library, commented on their move to Koha and ByWater Solutions:

    "I am not a techie, and we were able to accomplish the migration with technical assistance provided by ByWater Solutions. They were great at explaining everything to us in English, answering our questions and keeping us on schedule. Cheryl Gould from InfoPeople provided us with a great all-day all-staff training one month before we went live, and ByWater gave us a test database with our own data so we could practice and experiment during the month."

    She continues: "Plumas County Library started investigating migrating to Koha because the North Net Cooperative Library System obtained a grant that would pay our migration costs and the first year of support. With support costs on our current system threatening to sink us, I was all in favor of finding a cheaper alternative. The crucial factor was determining if Koha could do everything we needed it to do."

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: "We are excited to be one step closer to forming the collaborative NorthNet Catalog. Margaret and the staff of Plumas have been a joy to work with during this process and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with Plumas and the other NorthNet Libraries"

    About the Plumas County Library:
    The Plumas County Library provides free access to printed, audio-visual and electronic forms of in- formation, and educates the community as to the uses and value of resources. Serving as a gateway to knowledge beyond its collection, the Library is a reflection of the community, a gathering of its knowledge, culture and information. The Plumas County Library System is made up of four branches located in Quincy, Chester, Greenville, and Portola. For more information please visit:

    About Open Source-Open Libraries:

    Open Source – Open Libraries is a consortia of libraries, library systems, and other organizations committed to pursuing Open Source Software alternatives for libraries. The primary focus of the project is on Open Source Library Systems as potential replacements for commercial, proprietary integrated library systems (ILS). The goal is to empower libraries and library consortia by encouraging participation and collaboration in software products generally, and encouraging them to consider an Open Source Library System such as Koha or Evergreen. Just as libraries provide opportunities for people to empower themselves, Open Source Software provides an opportunity for libraries to empower themselves by asserting more control over the software tools used to run their libraries. The project is funded by member contributions combined with support from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. 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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    March 22nd, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ NetLibrary Users Being Introduced to a New Way to Search eBook Collections—via EBSCOhost® ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — March 22, 2011 — A year after acquiring NetLibrary™ from OCLC, EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is releasing a preview of eBooks on EBSCOhost®. The preview will allow librarians and end users to see how their library’s collection of eBook titles from EBSCO/NetLibrary is being integrated into EBSCOhost, allowing for a more comprehensive and powerful search experience. Current customers will be able to explore their own eBook collections on EBSCOhost. The preview is designed to showcase the look and feel of eBooks on EBSCOhost and provide a live environment for librarians and users to test and trial the functionality.

    EBSCOhost libraries will be able to access the preview site through the Try New Features link on EBSCOhost. NetLibrary users will see a banner with the link on the NetLibrary interface. A link to a survey will be included on the preview, and results will be monitored during the preview period which will end with the migration from NetLibrary to EBSCOhost in July.

    EBSCO Publishing President Tim Collins says EBSCO has been working to transform NetLibrary since acquiring the company in March, 2010. “Interface improvements, a NetLibrary Advisory Council, focus groups and user testing are just some of the steps EBSCO has taken to bring eBooks into EBSCOhost. We believe that our users will benefit from a single search experience that integrates the content from eBooks and databases and we will continue to work to address the needs of our customers and their end users as eBooks become part of the EBSCOhost experience.” eBooks on EBSCOhost will provide direct links to full-text eBooks plus note-taking capabilities, copy & paste function, printing, email, citation exports, bookmarking and a Web-based interface (with no reader or hardware required).

    eBooks on EBSCOhost
    EBSCO offers a robust and authoritative collection of eBooks on EBSCOhost—a growing collection of more than 250,000 titles. Thousands of eBook titles are loaded each month from hundreds of leading publisher partners in more than 30 languages. eBooks on EBSCOhost provides extensive subject coverage and MARC records are provided for all eBooks at no additional cost.

    eBooks on EBSCOhost allows libraries to provide one single platform for the user interface, reporting, authentication, setup, and maintenance as well as the ability to brand and customize the interface. Users will be able to search across any combination of EBSCOhost databases and eBook collections using the same familiar EBSCOhost basic search screen as well as advanced search options and browsing features.

    Find more information about eBooks on EBSCOhost:

    eBooks on EBSCOhost Support Site:

    Downloading eBooks on EBSCOhost:

    Searching eBooks on EBSCOhost:

    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 ( 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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