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    June 30th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Bethesda, MD – June 29, 2011 -For over two years, LibLime has worked with Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO), to build an ILS specifically for academic libraries. LibLime Academic Koha is the result. Designed, tested and used by academic librarians, LibLime Academic Koha offers the right platform for making an ILS be all that it can be. With LibLime and WALDO, academic librarians have the opportunity to work with like-minded professionals toward a shared goal of designing software that works for them.

    LibLime Academic Koha has expanded browse searching capabilities. Understanding the value of controlled headings for increasing accuracy in searching, the librarians using LibLime Academic Koha have worked and continue to work to bring true browse searching to this integrated library system (ILS.) Currently, in LibLime Academic Koha, patrons and staff can view and scroll through all indexes under authority control, plus the call number index – and go directly from that browse index display to a display showing all records with the corresponding subject heading.

    LibLime Academic Koha allows libraries with an emphasis on music to provide focused searches on key parts of the MARC record related to music. Music cataloging uses a number of MARC bibliographic fields that contain semantic information about the musical work being cataloged. LibLime Academic Koha covers indexing and searching of these fields as well as displaying them in the catalog.

    Librarians using LibLime Academic Koha enhanced basic searching with features that are commonly used in web searching. Called “simple search syntax” LibLime Academic Koha allows users to use quotation marks for phrase searching and the Boolean operators “and” and “or” in search construction to provide precise or high recall searches when appropriate.

    About WALDO
    Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO) is a membership organization supporting the procurement & administration of electronic information services for libraries since 1982. Supporting over 900 member libraries, WALDO offers consortial discounts for over 5,000 products and services. For more information, please visit WALDO at or contact Rob Karen at or (866) 579-6051 ext. 101. Other advantages of choosing a LibLime solution through WALDO include volume discounts, standard contracts, consolidated renewal and centralized billing. Participation in the LibLime discounts through WALDO is available to all WALDO members.

    About LibLime, a division of PTFS
    LibLime, a division of PTFS, is the global leader in professional Koha support. LibLime’s robust staff of programmers, data specialists, librarians, system administrators and project managers, provides first class consulting, implementation, data migration, training, development, and maintenance/hosting services for Koha in libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is the developer of the world’s leading digital content management software, ArchivalWare, and also specializes in library staffing requirements, digitization, and systems integration. For more information, see or or

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    June 29th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    For Immediate Release

    Washington, DC – June 29, 2011. Jenny Martinez comes to LAC Group with a proven track record of recruiting, marketing and building client relationships in several fast-paced staffing agencies serving the Washington DC metro area. With more than 4 years of experience recruiting for organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, The Pan American Health Organization and the Inter-American Development Bank, Martinez understands the necessity for excellent service in a results-driven market.

    “We’re excited to welcome Jenny Martinez to our ever expanding recruiting team,” said Brad Rogers, Government Client Services and Recruiting Manager at LAC Group. “She brings a high caliber of recruiting expertise in the DC market and her awareness of the information industry is well suited to providing qualified on-point candidates in the growing niche of highly-specialized and technical information workers.”
    Martinez earned her master’s in Human Resources Management at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy, and her bachelor’s in Finance/Economics from The City College of The City University of New York, CUNY.

    About LAC Group
    LAC Group is a leading global provider of library, legal, information/research staffing, consulting, project and asset management services, with clients in government/nonprofit, the Fortune 500, law, academia, biotechnology, and more. For additional information, visit or contact Erin Beekhuis at 800.987.6794 /


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    June 28th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ Simple & Powerful Searching, Longtime Trust in EBSCO Publishing’s Service Lead National and University Library to Choose EBSCO Discovery Service™ ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — June 28, 2011 — National and University Library of Slovenia has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) as its discovery tool. The library was looking to move beyond federated search and provide a single searching environment to bring together all of their library resources. In 2010 the library agreed to become one of the first EDS beta testers for Central Europe. Within a few weeks the library realized that EDS provided everything their users needed in one place creating an excellent search experience.

    Established in 1774, The National and University Library is one of the most important national educational and cultural institutions of Slovenia. Srecko Boncina Head of the Information Center at National and University Library credits the strong relationship with EBSCO coupled with the positive feedback from users in the decision to select EDS as the library’s discovery tool. “Our library has been working with EBSCO since 1999 and has come to trust in their service and delivery of quality information resources.”

    Boncina says implementing EDS has been a positive experience and they are utilizing many different features. “Our users are excited about the simplicity and power of searching as well as the clear and native language interface providing a multitude of useful functionalities. We have also completely customized our EDS interface.”

    National and University Library has an extensive array of EBSCO databases and is also using EBSCOhost Integrated Search™ (EHIS). EHIS is a complement to EBSCO Discovery Service extending the discovery experience to external resources that are not made available for local harvesting.

    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 Base Index for EBSCO Discovery Service 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 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 each institution 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.

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

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    June 27th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Craig Rikard, Valdosta resident, wins Georgia Author of the Year for his memoir "Hidden Epidemic." The story is about how his mother's drug addiction effected his family.

    Valdosta author Craig Rikard’saward-winning memoir, Hidden Epidemicchanged the “period” at the end of his sister’s life to a “comma.” Rikard, therecipient of the 47th Georgia Author of the Year Award for Memoir, writes instrong narrative about his mother’s destructive and secret addition toprescription drugs. In his first time out as a memoirist, Rikard describes hisbook as the “story of two children disconnected from the wonder of childhood bykeeping the secret of private drug abuse." Rikard survived his childhood,but his sister did not. Jenny ended her young life.


     In a ceremony on June 11, 2011 Craig Rikard accepted theGeorgia Author of the Year Award (GAYA) at Kennesaw State University Center onJenny's behalf, “Today I feel the period has been removed, and a comma standsin its place.  Jenny's life anddeath speak powerfully to others in Hidden Epidemic, allowing them to identifywith her pain, and hopefully seek the help that is now available.”


    Dr. Craig Rikard, former pastor ofMacon’s Mulberry Street United Methodist is a family therapist in the Valdostaarea. Macon publisher, Tiger Iron Press, has had yearly GAYA nominations, but Hidden Epidemic is its first winner.Rikard’s publisher, A. Louise Stamen comments on Rikard’s unique authority tospeak about this issue in his book, Hidden Epidemic:


    “Rikard is in an excellent position to know about hidden substance abuse. As a family therapist he has oftentreated children and young adults like himself Prescription drug addition is epidemic and the children of the addict are expected to keep the secret –hidden from others.” Rikard became emotional when he realized that this was not only his award, but his sisters as well: “Jenny's voice still speaks through our story, calling victims to hope and recovery.”
    The Georgia Author of the Year Awards
    For books written in 2010 over 80 books were nominated for Georgia Author of the Year. The Georgia Author of the Year Award encompasses the traditional categories of Poetry and Fiction, while accommodating the growing Creative Nonfiction genre. The guidelines are revised each year to parallel the changing genres. Guidelines will be online November 11, 2011 for books written by Georgia Authors in 2011
    The Georgia Writers Association gives the GAYA each year recognizing Georgia's authors of excellence and has the distinction of being the oldest literary awards in the Southeastern United States. The GAYA recognizes books published by independent publishers, small presses, self-publishers and traditional publishers. The Awards have grown in prestige and participation since its inception in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. The GAYA changed hands in 1990 under the Georgia Writers Association and The Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2006 GWA began a strong affiliation with Kennesaw State University's Department of English in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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    June 24th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    DUBLIN, Ohio, June 23, 2011—The University of New Brunswick Libraries is the first Canadian library to sign up to use OCLC Web-scale Management Services, the Web-based cooperative library management tools for metadata management, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflow improvement.

    This is not the first time the University of New Brunswick Libraries has been at the forefront of adopting innovative new services in partnership with OCLC. In 2008, UNB was among the first institutions outside the United States to sign up and implement WorldCat Local, the Web-based OCLC discovery-to-delivery service that offers users integrated access to more than 800 million items in libraries around the world through WorldCat.

    As a member of the OCLC Web-scale Management Services Advisory Council, John Teskey, Director of Libraries, University of New Brunswick, helped to shape and guide development of the innovative new cloud-based library management services.

    “We have been involved in the development and evolution of WMS from a very early stage,” said Mr. Teskey. “Considering where the world is headed, it made sense to us to work within the library community with OCLC for a cloud-based library management solution. Our implementation of WorldCat Local has been very successful for discovery. We want to take library management services to the cloud as well.”

    The University of New Brunswick was interested in keeping costs down and at the same time, wanted to offer emerging and transformative services to students and faculty.

    “We recognized the limits of our legacy systems,” said Steve Rosenfeld, Director of Library Systems, Harriet Irving Library, UNB Fredericton Campus. “Having the OCLC platform and API available to write and share applications is important to us. It’s exciting for staff and libraries around the world to be able to share ideas about how to do things more efficiently. We expect to see the benefits of WMS now, with even better things coming as more libraries work together in the future.”

    The University of New Brunswick plans to have OCLC Web-scale Management Services in production by May 2012, ultimately using cloud-based services running from servers in a Canadian data center.

    In addition to the University of New Brunswick and 35 libraries in the United States, BIBSYS, the Norwegian library consortium, signed an agreement with OCLC to base its new library management system on Web-scale Management Services, which will include management tools for more than 100 libraries in Norway. The Tilburg University Library, in the Netherlands, announced earlier this month that it selected WMS and WorldCat Local as its new library management solution and integrated discovery-to-delivery service.

    Of those libraries that have committed to using OCLC Web-scale Management Services, 21 are already in production and using the services.

    “Libraries are realizing the benefits of not having to manage local hardware and software, and reducing the total cost of ownership for library systems,” said Andrew Pace, OCLC Executive Director of Networked Library Services. “There is also the cooperative benefit of gaining access to the work of the global library community—first with WorldCat and then with Web-scale Management Services. Finally, streamlining library operations frees staff to work on higher priority tasks for their particular community.”

    The University of New Brunswick serves some 11,000 students from two main campuses—one in Fredericton, New Brunswick’s capital, and the other in Saint John, New Brunswick’s largest city. The university offers an international experience by attracting students from more than 100 countries.

    “The University of New Brunswick is an innovator and leader, not just of Canadian libraries, but of libraries worldwide,” said Daniel Boivin, Executive Director, OCLC Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. “The OCLC cooperative is fortunate to have members like UNB to help take us to the next level of library innovation.”
    More information about the University of New Brunswick Libraries can be found on the website.

    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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