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    May 24th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    May 24, 2011 — The Amigos Library Services Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of its 2011 Amigos Fellowship and Opportunity Award. They are:

    Virginia Kay Williams and Nancy Deyoe, Ablah Library, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS — Project Title: Diversity in Library Youth Collections

    Adrianna Lancaster, East Central University, Ada, OK — Project Title: Integrating Interaction into Instruction

    Stefanie Wittenbach, Texas A&M University, San Antonio, TX — Project Title: Core Workforce Competencies for the 21st Century: Building a Comprehensive Academic Skills Program for TAMU-SA Graduates

    Each year, the Amigos Fellowship and Opportunity Award Program awards up to $7,500 to library and information professionals in Amigos member libraries to fund individuals' development projects.

    Since the program’s founding in 1990, it has awarded over $87,000 to foster research and development of resource sharing capabilities among Amigos member libraries. Awards are based on the significance of a proposed project’s contribution to library resource sharing. Visit the Amigos Fellowship Program website for previous winners and their project reports.

    About Amigos Library Services
    For more than 35 years, Amigos Library Services has helped its members obtain affordable services and share library resources and knowledge. With over 600 members, Amigos is one of the largest consortia of libraries and cultural heritage institutions in the United States. Through membership in Amigos, libraries collectively gain access to the latest innovations and services in the library community; pursue opportunities for continuing professional education; leverage their buying power; and preserve the region’s rich cultural heritage. This collaboration strengthens each member’s ability to serve and lead its community in the creative and effective use of information resources.

    Media Contact:
    Terri Maguire Mertz
    Amigos Library Services

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    May 24th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
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    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Partners with ByWater Solutions for Koha Support and Installation Services

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company, announced today that the Texas Tech University Health Science Center's Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences has partnered with them for the installation and support of the Koha integrated library system.

    Paul Landers, IT Section Manager at the Preston Smith Library commented on their choice of Koha and ByWater Solutions:

    "We are thrilled to be working with ByWater Solutions on our ILS migration. The personnel at ByWater have been not only engaging and proactive, but also positive and friendly. It was especially reassuring that some staff even have a Health Sciences library background. ByWater has taken the time to understand our unique needs and concerns, and has worked with us in a very flexible, detailed and professional manner. We are excited to see the fruition of our partnership and eager to reap the benefits of Koha this summer."

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Stated: "We are very excited to get the Preston Smith Library up and running on Koha. The enthusiasm of our new partner makes us even more thrilled to bring the benefits of open source to their library. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center!"

    The Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences consists of over 120,000 bibliographic titles and is slated to go-live this Summer.

    About the Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences:
    The Preston Smith Library of the Health Sciences serves the TTUHSC Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Allied Health and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. As the major resource of clinical information in West Texas, the library also serves health professionals throughout the area. The facility contains twenty-eight group study rooms, a sixty-four-station Internet-connected computer lab in the Learning Resource Center, a Rare Books Room with adjacent Conference Room, three Photocopy Rooms, a Microfilm Room, and a Student Mentoring Program Room. The library has public seating for over three hundred users, as well as eighteen tables and twenty-eight open carrels. 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: