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    July 26th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    It is our pleasure to announce that Issue 14 of the Code4Lib Journal has been published. Please go to for these excellent articles:

    Editorial Introduction: Prioritizing the Future, Collaborating in the Present, and Archiving the Past
    Timothy M. McGeary
    This is an exciting time for libraries and technology, and libraries have the opportunity now to build strong collaborations that both preserves our rich history and prioritizes our future. This issue shines a light on a unique blending of priorities old and new, detailed analysis of our past, and creative solutions that enhance the mission of libraries. Libraries big and small have the chance to impact our communities for the better. Come along, it’s going to be a great ride.

    A Novel Method for Creating a Distributed, Collaborative Commenting Environment for Bibliographic Items
    Rurik Thomas Greenall
    This paper discusses a novel approach to adding user comments to existing platforms for bibliographic information, such as library catalogs. The application is built using simple and free services that support advanced functionality at a low price without requiring high-level technical skills. The strength of the approach described here is that it increases the number of comments available for display in any local catalog by consolidating comments from multiple sites and by clustering comments at the FRBR Work level. To do this, a central store of comments from multiple sites is created. In addition, the application uses ISBNs and OCLC’s Work IDs to consolidate comments from different publications (FRBR manifestations) for the same work.

    How to Provide Live Library Information via SMS Using Twilio
    Mike Beccaria
    Paul Smith’s College provides library hours and workstation availability using SMS Text Messages. The service was implemented using an easy and affordable web-based API for SMS sending and receiving, from A new class of ‘cloud-based‘ SMS vendors make simple SMS-based services efficient and cost-effective to implement, and have many possible applications in the library environment. A simple PHP example is provided which supplies workstation availability over SMS based on a database of computer availability from a previous Code4Lib Journal Article.

    Diva.js: A Continuous Document Viewing Interface
    Andrew Hankinson, Wendy Liu, Laurent Pugin, and Ichiro Fujinaga
    Diva.js is a multi-page browser-based document viewer designed to present high-resolution digitized document images as a continuous, scrollable item. This article examines the current state of the art in online document display technologies, and presents a list of functional requirements the authors used to guide the creation of this new online document viewer. The authors then discuss the image processing infrastructure necessary for deploying the Diva.js viewer, and present a brief discussion of how the viewer is currently deployed in their organization.

    Using ImageMagick to Automatically Increase Legibility of Scanned Text Documents
    Doreva Belfiore
    The Law Library Digitization Project of the Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, developed a Perl script to use the open-source module PerlMagick to automatically adjust the brightness levels of digitized images from scanned microfiche. This script can be adapted by novice Perl programmers to manipulate large numbers of text and image files using commands available in PerlMagick and ImageMagick.

    Book Review: 3 Titles from A Book Apart
    Nathan Mealey
    Three recently published books by A Book Apart, the book-publishing arm of the website A List Apart, offer concise, high-impact introductions to three tools that can be employed in facing this challenge: HTML5, CSS3, and content strategy. This article reviews the books “HTML5 For Web Designers” by Jeremy Keith; “CSS3 for Web Designers” by Dan Cederholm; and “The Elements of Content Strategy” by Erin Kissane.

    MARC21 as Data: A Start
    Karen Coyle
    The forty-five-year-old MARC format, currently at version MARC21, is an obvious barrier to the provision of library services in a web-based environment. There is a growing consensus that the time has come for libraries to move to a new format. We cannot, however, decide on a new data format until we at least have an inventory of the data elements that are carried in our current one. Listing those data elements is not simple: over the years this record format has undergone constant change that has pushed the limits of the record structure and introduced inconsistencies in the way that data is coded. This article describes one person’s attempt to decode the content of MARC21.

    Using Authority Data in VuFind
    Demian Katz, Ralph LeVan, and Ya’aqov Ziso
    The use of keyword-oriented next-generation catalogs in libraries has diminished the perceived value of the structured authority data that played a more crucial role in earlier OPACs. However, authority data can still be combined with modern discovery in useful ways. This article examines several ways in which the open source VuFind environment provides information to its users, showing how these mechanisms can be combined with authority data to enhance discovery. Topics covered include autosuggestion, context-sensitive recommendations, use of APIs, and means of harvesting and locally indexing authority data.

    mapFAST: A FAST Geographic Authorities Mashup with Google Maps
    Rick Bennett, Edward T. O’Neill, Kerre Kammerer, JD Shipengrover
    When looking for information about a particular place, it is often useful to check surrounding locations as well. FAST geographic subjects provide clean access points to this material, and a Google Maps mashup allows users to see surrounding locations that are also FAST subjects. Moreover, the Web Service to the underlying data is also open and available for use. The map interface allows for simple selection of a location, with links to enter it directly as a search into either or Google Books.

    Joining an Open Source Community: Creating a Symphony Connector for the XC NCIP Toolkit
    Michelle Suranofsky
    When the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) decided to upgrade its resource sharing software (EZ-Borrow) all of the participating libraries – among them Lehigh University – were responsible to have in place an implementation of the NCIP protocol to provide communication between the new EZ-Borrow software developed by Relias International and their respective ILS. This article presents the process of Lehigh choosing to adopt the eXtensible Catalog NCIP Toolkit, and the technical details about building a connector with the SirsiDynix Symphony ILS.

    Web-Based Software Integration For Dissemination Of Archival Images: The Frontiers Of Science Website
    Gary Browne
    The Frontiers of Science illustrated comic strip of ‘science fact’ ran from 1961 to 1982, syndicated worldwide through over 600 newspapers. The Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the University of Sydney, in association with Sydney eScholarship, digitized all 939 strips. We aimed to create a website that could disseminate these comic strips to scholars, enthusiasts and the general public. We wanted to enable users to search and browse through the images simply and effectively, with an intuitive and novel viewing platform.

    Time and resource constraints dictated the use of (mostly open source) code modules wherever possible and the integration and customisation of a range of web-based applications, code snippets and technologies (DSpace, eXtensible Text Framework (XTF), OmniFormat, JQuery Tools, Thickbox and Zoomify), stylistically pulled together using CSS. This approach allowed for a rapid development cycle (6 weeks) to deliver the site on time as well as provide us with a framework for similar projects.

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    July 21st, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~EBSCOhost® Becomes the Platform for eBooks—More than 300,000 eBooks and Audiobooks From Top Publishers and Introduces Multiple Access Options~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — July 21, 2011 —EBSCO Publishing’s (EBSCO) extensive collection of more than 300,000 eBook and audiobook titles (formerly from NetLibrary®) are now integrated on EBSCOhost®. EBSCOhost now provides content from the most in-demand publishers available via new acquisition models including expanded ownership plans to serve the unique needs of libraries and their patrons. EBSCO is also paving the way for new models such as short-term leases, subscription models and expanded Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) which will be introduced within the next few months.

    eBooks and audiobooks on EBSCOhost include the same great features as EBSCOhost databases along with specific features directly related to eBooks and audiobooks. Users can opt to select the library’s eBook and audiobook collections from among the Choose Database page and search the multiple content types together—merging results from EBSCOhost databases, eBooks and audiobooks—and eliminating silos of information. The EBSCOhost platform offers libraries better collection development, reporting and access options while providing eBook and audiobook users with a more robust and integrated search experience.

    Increasing Access to Quality Content
    EBSCOhost provides access to quality, trusted content from hundreds of the world’s leading publishers including: Taylor & Francis Group, Brill Academic Publishers, IOS Press, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., M.E. Sharpe, Inc., Maney Publishing, University of Toronto Press, SAGE Publications, Inc., ABC-CLIO, AudioGO and many more. The growing list of publishers provides content in more than 30 languages with thousands of titles added each month.

    EBSCO Publishing Vice President of Publisher Relations, Melissa D’Amato says librarians are looking for more access options. “As eBooks become a larger part of library collections, new access models are being introduced as publishers and libraries look for ways to improve access and serve the needs of eBook users.” A variety of acquisition options are being introduced for libraries using EBSCOhost as their eBook/audiobook platform. Libraries will be able to choose from ownership, lease and subscription models or combinations that suit their specific purposes.

    The ownership model allows library administrators to determine how many simultaneous users they want to offer for each eBook purchased and to decide which model works best: unlimited users, three users or one user. The unlimited user model allows libraries to provide first-class service to patrons by purchasing eBooks with unlimited simultaneous access—so patrons will never experience turn-aways or holds for titles. The three user model is an option for titles that are in high demand while the one user model provides patrons access to eBooks one user at a time.

    Later this year, EBSCO will introduce additional options including short-term lease and subscription models. For a percentage of the cost of a one user model, libraries can provide access to an eBook title through a short-term lease—available for one day, seven days, fourteen days or twenty-eight days. In addition to lease options, eBook anthologies that contain high-interest titles in several different subject areas will be available to libraries on a subscription basis. eBooks on EBSCOhost will also allow a library to select titles based on the library’s collection development initiatives and purchase only the titles that patrons use through Patron Driven Acquisition options.

    Patron Driven Acquisition will enable libraries to build a collection with guaranteed usage.
    EBSCO’s PDA program helps libraries preserve their budgets while maintaining control over the collection development process. With Patron Driven Acquisition, librarians can create a list of titles using their own specific criteria, and then expose the bibliographic records to end users without purchasing the titles. As titles are accessed by the user, the titles are purchased—guaranteeing that only eBook titles with usage are acquired. Titles are only triggered for purchase when “meaningful use” occurs including:

    • Viewing an eBook for more than ten minutes
    • Viewing more than ten pages of an eBook
    • Printing, emailing, or copying & pasting a portion of an eBook page
    • Downloading an eBook

    For more information go to

    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 eBooks. The company provides more than 350 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 Director
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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    July 20th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    LibLime Announces New Features in LibLime Academic Koha
    “By Academic Librarians for Academic Librarians”

    Bethesda, MD – July 20, 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.

    Designed with the academic searcher in mind, LibLime Academic Koha features key enhancements to the OPAC. The library can choose a search syntax option that allows phrase searching and Boolean searching from the basic Search box. The result is that LibLime Academic Koha offers researchers a user friendly and well designed OPAC for quality academic searching.

    LibLime Academic Koha displays both the 100 and 600 MARC fields in the OPAC. The display of personal name fields provides researchers with another access point for retrieval and further information to use in analyzing the usefulness of each item from the OPAC.

    LibLime Academic Koha users can select from a variety of sources to display information in the OPAC – including book jacket sources. Recognizing that on occasion, these sources lack book jackets for items in academic collections, LibLime Academic Koha creates a book jacket for these items – so that a blank book jacket is not displayed to the searcher. One of the possible sources is LibraryThing for Libraries, which is implemented in the SIT library catalog at

    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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    July 20th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Farmington Hills, Mich., July 20, 2011 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced new updates to Gale LegalForms, its online legal resource designed to help public library patrons, law students and practicing lawyers create accurate and reliable legal documents. All LegalForms products now include the Law Digest module, which contains law summaries for each state as well as a detailed, yet easy-to-understand, legal question and answer (Q&A) section. Enhancements have also been made to the user interface, making the resource easier to navigate.

    “The updated Gale LegalForms product is delivering real-world legal information to customers in usable and customizable formats. The new features are providing additional value to our customers with the specific intent of simplifying the understanding of common law transactions and the forms used to represent them,” said Gerald Sawchuk, publisher, public library solutions, Gale. “Gale LegalForms is now even easier to use with summaries of the major laws in language everyone can understand.”

    Gale LegalForms offers an easy-to-use, state-by-state and step-by-step approach to addressing basic legal matters, such as developing a will, conducting real estate transactions including rental or lease agreements, and more. Users have access to thousands of customizable online legal documents that are available anytime from any place. Many of the forms can be used across all 50 states, while the resource also includes forms unique to each particular state. Coupled with the straightforward interface, users avoid hours of research often required to develop legal documents. Users can simply locate the appropriate form that’s needed by using the homepage links, download the form and plug in their information. Gale LegalForms is a vastly different service than other online legal products – it offers a well-organized collection of forms actually used in legal practices, not just outlines or templates of forms, and allows users to edit the forms as they need.

    Gale LegalForms now also includes a Law Digest module which contains access to a collection of case law summaries for all 50 states that are ideal for research. Within each Law Digest entry users can find additional resources, including government organizations and their contact information, a bibliography for further research, and links to related subjects. The Legal Q&A section houses a collection of real attorney-provided legal answers to questions from everyday people. In addition, updates have been made to the interface to create a clean, more-streamlined appearance, and allow for quick access to the most important content from the home page (without scrolling), and stronger search functions for overall easier site navigation.

    These additional resources and enhancements have been given to current LegalForms customers at no additional cost. For more information on Gale LegalForms or to request a trial, please visit or 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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    July 19th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Bethesda, MD – July 19, 2011 – The Trinity Lutheran College of Everett, WA has selected LibLime as their vendor of choice to implement and support LibLime Koha, as their next generation, open source, Integrated Library System (ILS). The Trinity Lutheran College Library Director, Seong-heon Lee, was formerly at the Chicago Theological Seminary where he became familiar with LibLime Koha functionality, as well as the quality of service provided by Liblime.

    “I was amazed with the Liblime Koha team”, Seong-heon said. “From our ordering through system implementation, we did have great support. Questions got immediate answers with good solutions. I liked Koha because it is a web-based system. We can carry the system, even the cataloging module, into deep stack areas. It was so convenient to go around stacks checking our book records and fix problems on site. Liblime offers a reasonable price for the libraries that think about alternative ways of managing their library system. It is really worth checking out for any library.”

    About Trinity Lutheran College
    Located in downtown Everett, WA – a small waterfront city of 100,000, Trinity is a private, four-year Christian liberal arts college, with 80% of its alumni holding leadership roles in their spiritual communities. Founded in 1944, Trinity began as an extension of the Minneapolis-based Lutheran Bible Institute, training laypersons for biblical study. Trinity Lutheran College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    About LibLime - PTFS
    LibLime – PTFS is the global leader in providing support for the Koha open source ILS. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, the PTFS LibLime Division educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. The PTFS LibLime Division then facilitates deployment of Koha in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting for libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, ArchivalWare, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization, and metadata keying services. For more information, see or or

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