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    April 28th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ Partnership Between EBSCO Publishing and Accessible Archives Inc. Brings Archived Historical Information to EBSCO Discovery Service™ Users ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — April, 28, 2011 — EBSCO Publishing’s (EBSCO) recent agreement with content partner, Accessible Archives, Inc. will enable unique primary source content from the 18th and 19th Century to be discoverable within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Metadata from Accessible Archives will be added to the EDS Base Index, the most comprehensive and robust collection of metadata from the best content sources. The addition of this content will serve as a valuable resource for EDS users with interest an in American history and culture.

    Accessible Archives, Inc. is an electronic publisher of primary source full-text historical databases encompassing rich, comprehensive material found in leading historical periodicals, books and newspapers. Accessible Archives content also provides unique historical elements reflecting broad views of American history and culture. Information includes: eyewitness accounts of historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, commerce as seen through advertisements and genealogical records.

    EBSCO Discovery Service users will have the ability to search the full text of Accessible Archives resources bringing an extended list of results alongside additional library resources. EDS 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.

    Accessible Archives, Inc. joins a long list of publishers and other content partners who are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Web of Science & H.W. Wilson provide access for mutual customers. Additional information sources available to EBSCO Discovery Service users include: the British Library, Baker & Taylor, NewsBank, Readex, LexisNexis, Alexander Street Press, Oxford University Press, American Psychological Association, ABC-CLIO, ingentaconnect, Government Printing Office, ECONIS, Mergent Inc., arXiv, Credo Reference, IGI Global and World Book.

    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.

    About EBSCO Publishing
    EBSCO Publishing is the producer of EBSCOhost, the world’s premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and e-books. The company provides more than 300 databases and nearly 300,000 e-books. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides institutions with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of 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.

    About Accessible Archives, Inc.
    Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology and a large team of conversion specialists to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat or hard copy form or as images only. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books, newspapers and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels. Unlimited Priorities Corporation ( is the exclusive sales & marketing agent for Accessible Archives and also facilitated the negotiations for this agreement.

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

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    April 27th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    First-of-its-Kind Regional Studies-Based Resource Empowers
    Students and Faculty to Blaze New Research Trails

    Farmington Hills, Mich., April 27, 2011 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning, today announced Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean, the first in a new family of Gale World Scholar regional studies-based electronic resources. A new product category for libraries, Gale World Scholar marks the first time any publisher is combining historical and contemporary reference and archival materials with current events in a contextual manner. With the new Gale World Scholar resources, Gale provides a captivating and comprehensive picture of a particular region of the world, including insight into daily life, culture, traditions, its inhabitants, and a detailed chronicle of past and present from a historical and contemporary perspective — in a searchable, digital format.

    Gale World Scholar includes primary source content from a network of U.S. and foreign libraries and institutions. Geared to the academic researcher, it will be used by undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in a multitude of disciplines, including programs in area studies, history, political science, international relations, anthropology, sociology, economics, environmental studies, cultural studies, literature, music, the arts and religion. Highlights of Gale World Scholar include:

    • Hundreds of major topics, issues and people, covered in great depth and from multiple viewpoints
    • Relevant archival material (monographs, manuscripts, maps, pamphlets and newspapers), including never-before-digitized documents
    • Scholarly journals, newspapers and periodicals, dynamically updated
    • Documents in multiple languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, as well as translation tools
    • Excellent introductions to topics written by scholars
    • An interactive statistical modeling tool using figures from more than 25 international organizations, giving users the ability to visualize data and analyze trends on economics, health, demographics and other topics. Users can select specific variables, such as growth rate of GDP per person, unemployment rates, or other indicators, to create customized charts and graphs, which they can download and use in presentations or assignments
    • Dynamic multimedia end-user experience through interactive maps, audio/video, images, think-tank and policy studies, and much more
    • Fast-flip feature for browsing historical documents
    • Customizable purchase and subscription options to meet each unique institutional need & budget

    “Gale World Scholar delivers essential content – primary source documents, academic articles, journals, newspapers, secondary analyses – and places them in a digital, online library designed specifically to meet the needs of students and researchers,” said Jim Draper, vice president and publisher, Gale. “Online libraries and databases are an important component to learning. Of students surveyed in last year’s Cengage Learning/Eduventures survey, 87 percent believe they have had the most significant impact on their overall learning.”

    The first release of Gale World Scholar delves deeply into one of the most studied areas in the world, Latin America and the Caribbean. The variety of content begins with the colonial history of the region and covers the last 500 years up to and including today. Important regional historical events and subjects covered within the resource include the Spanish-American War, the life and work of painter Frida Kahlo and other Mexican muralists, and the role of coffee in the economic and social life of the region. In addition, numerous varied collections of historical documents comprise the resource, such as:

    • Latin American Independence: Nineteenth Century Political and Official Pamphlets
    • Mexican and Central American Political and Social Ephemera
    • Conquistadors: The Struggle for Colonial Power in Latin America, 1492–1825
    • Latin American and Iberian Biographies
    • Despatches From U.S. Consuls in Havana, Cuba, 1783-1906
    • Colección de documentos inéditos relativos al descubrimiento, conquista y organización de las antiguas posesiones españolas de America Y Oceania
    • Correspondence and Record Cards of the Military Intelligence Division Relating to General, Political, and Military Conditions in Central America, 1918-1941
    • Papers of Agustín de iturbide, 1799-1880
    • Latin American History and Culture: An Archival Record, Series 1: The Yale University Collection of Latin American Manuscripts, Parts 1-7
    • Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations Between the U.S. and Brazil, 1945-1959

    Gale World Scholar resources are planned for other regions as well, including the Middle East, China, South East Asia, India and Africa.

    For more information on Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean, please visit To set up a trial, or for any questions, please contact Kristina Massari 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


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    April 27th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Rockville, MD – April 25, 2011. Global information and asset management leader LAC Group, in partnership with prime contractor Emergint Technologies Inc., has been awarded EPA’s prestigious Information Management Center Services 3 (IMCS 3) contract. Under this new EPA contract, the integrated team of partners, which LAC Group has joined, will provide a broad array of information and records management technology and library science support services for the EPA across the nation.

    These critical services include the various information and document services that will allow EPA to fulfill its important mission. Under this contract vehicle, LAC Group and partners will aid the EPA in providing responses to requests for information; providing reference and environmental information research services; managing library and document collections; providing circulation and inter-library loan services; performing outreach, awareness and training services for EPA customers and the public; managing EPA document and information management systems; documenting EPA procedures; performing records lifecycle activities; and providing a range of document management and conversion functions.

    “These are all core strengths of our LAC Group professional and information asset management services and resources,” offered CEO Deb Schwarz, “and we are delighted to put our over two decades of strategic and tactical information management expertise to support the EPA in its core mission of protecting our environment and natural resources.”

    “Our team is prepared and ready to meet the EPA’s needs across the country,” affirmed Emergint CEO Gil Delgado. “With the challenge of tracking and addressing our rapidly evolving environmental issues, the ability to effectively capture, disseminate and manage information is critically tied to the success of the EPA’s ability to deliver on its mission. We are delighted to partner with highly performing organizations such as LAC Group and look forward to a long-term strategic relationship on this contract.”

    This award continues the LAC Group legacy of providing critical information management services and/or resources to the Federal Government. Other Federal clients include the Library of Congress, NASA, the US Postal Service, the Bureau of Economic Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, Department of State/USAID, NOAA, and the Government Printing Office. LAC Group also serves the state and local government, nonprofit and private sectors. For specific case study
    highlights, visit

    About LAC Group

    LAC Group is a leading global provider of library services, legal and information/research staffing, consulting, and project management services, with clients in government/nonprofit, the Fortune 500, law, academia, biotechnology, and more. For additional information, visit or contact Erin Beekhuis at 323.302.9438 / erin@lacgroup.


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    April 26th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
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    Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis' Bernard Becker Medical Library is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

    The library's Koha installation went live in late March with very positive results and ByWater Solutions will be providing ongoing support and hosting services for them.

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated: "We are all thrilled to have the chance to partner with the Bernard Becker Library. Our entire staff is constantly impressed with the depth of knowledge and involvement that the library's implementation team has with their technology which is why we see them as leaders in the university medical library community. We are happy to have them as a partner both in ByWater and in the Koha community."

    The Bernard Becker Library consists of over 120,000 print and journal records, monolithic volumes, electronic books and archival collections. The library also houses over 26,500 volumes of rare books in nine distinct collections. Their online catalog can be found at:

    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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    April 20th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~Environmental Resources Available Earth Day and Every Day of the Year via EBSCOhost®~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — April 20, 2011 — Since 1970, the 22nd of April has marked the anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day inspires awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment. EBSCO Publishing offers a diverse selection of environmental resources that can assist with environmental protection, sustainability efforts and other green initiatives on Earth Day and every day.

    Environmental awareness and appreciation is certainly becoming more of a priority not only for local/national governments and corporations but also for individuals. Since 2008, EBSCO Publishing has made GreenFILE™ freely accessible to researchers via their library’s EBSCOhost® profiles as well as online at GreenFILE is a resource delivering well-researched information on key environmental issues. More than 53,000 institutions have added GreenFILE to their EBSCOhost profile and statistics indicate that users are taking advantage of the free resource from EBSCO. In the past 12 months alone searches have increased by 18% with more than 63,000,000 searches performed at those institutions.

    As the importance of environmental awareness continues to grow for researchers and corporations alike, EBSCO has expanded its resources that cover many different aspects of the environment. Researchers can find in-depth information on ecosystem ecology and environmental technology in Environment Complete™. The latest research on ecology and environmental sciences is available in Biological & Agricultural Index. Energy & Power Source™ contains information on renewable energies and Sustainability Watch™ ( provides executive decision support for sustainability-related topics such as waste water recycling, renewable energy certificates and sustainable packaging.

    GreenFILE is a bibliographic database of information about environmental concerns GreenFILE users can find a wealth of information pertaining to key environment issues such as global climate change, green building, pollution, recycling and renewable energy. The database’s collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles provides information at all levels of environmental interest. While GreenFILE is available online at, institutions looking to add GreenFILE to their EBSCOhost profiles can contact Technical Support.

    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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