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    August 31st, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
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    ByWater Solutions Welcomes Thatcher Rea as Lead Support Specialist

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company is proud to welcome Thatcher Rea as their Lead Support Specialist. Thatcher will be overseeing the support department for ByWater Solutions and will be in charge of the delegation and escalation of customer support issues.

    Thatcher has been working in IT for public, private, and educational entities over the last 15 years, serving the library community since 2007. He helped bring Basehor Community Library's new facility online, serving its patrons with the first RFID-based checkout system for a public library in the state. He has most recently assisted the 120 member libraries of the Northeast Kansas Library System with their IT and Koha Support needs. Thatcher's focus on providing efficient and timely technical support is at the heart of his mission with ByWater Solutions. An avid science fiction reader, Thatcher enjoys cooking and playing the ukulele in his spare time.

    Thatcher commented on his recent decision to join the ByWater Solutions team;

    "I am honored with the opportunity to serve the broader library community by joining ByWater. The ability to provide world-class ILS software to our members is a tremendous opportunity, and I look forward to providing an unprecedented level of support commensurate with that experience."

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions stated: “We are very excited to have Thatcher on board with ByWater! We have had the pleasure of working with him in the past and have always been impressed with his communication skills and attention to detail. Thatcher is filling a vital role in our company and will help to ensure that our customers receive the levels of service they have come to expect from our company. Welcome aboard Thatcher!"

    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 such as Koha and Evergreen. 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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    August 30th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~EBSCO Discovery Service™ Helps Merge the Research Experience of Both Novice and Advanced Users~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — August 30, 2011 — EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has been selected by Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky as its discovery service. The seminary was looking for a way to merge the research experiences of both novice and advanced users and EBSCO Discovery Service allows its users to have as simple or as complex a research experience as needed.

    Founded more than 80 years ago, Asbury Theological Seminary provides holistic ministerial preparation as an interdenominational institution. A few years ago the seminary implemented EBSCOhost® Integrated Search™. Acquisition Specialist, Robert Meeks says the seminary had a positive experience using the federated search and decided to expand the search experience for their users with EBSCO Discovery Service. “EDS continues our goal of making our large selection of resource tools available quickly and easily. It allows us to minimize the different places users might have to go to in order to find their desired resource and it works well to bring the majority of our resources all to one easy-to-use interface.”

    EBSCO Discovery Service is also being used to support the needs of novice and advanced users at Asbury Theological Seminary. Meeks explains how EDS delivers the search experience that each user wants while also providing a broader and deeper range of content. “EDS gives novice users an even more basic experience than other previous methods because now, not only are they finding journal articles with just a few clicks but also books from our local collection and documents from our institutional repository. And our advanced users get even more information without having to go to three or four separate websites, but still get the same rich metadata they’d expect to see from publishers’ websites.”

    Looking to the future Meeks hopes that together with EBSCO Discovery Service, they can connect their users with “improved quantity, variety and quality of resources in an experience that creates excitement and encouragement and limits failure and frustration.”

    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 eBooks. The company provides more than 350 databases and nearly 300,000 eBooks. 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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    August 30th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    August 30, 2011 — Amigos Library Services is pleased to announce that Mr. Craig Stephenson, City Manager for the City of Ponca City, OK, has been appointed to the Amigos Board of Directors. Mr. Stephenson replaces Mr. Joel Valdez, Tucson, AZ, who was unable to serve. He will serve a one-year term on the Board and be eligible for election next spring to complete the remaining two years of Mr. Valdez’s three-year term.

    Mr. Stephenson is a previous member of the Amigos Board, having served from 1992-1998 and 2000-2006. From 2000-2001, Mr. Stephenson served as Chair of the Amigos Board. He has also served as Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Board.

    Mr. Stephenson has served as City Manager of Ponca City since 2009. He previously served Ponca City as Assistant City Manager and Director of Public Works, and is a former Assistant City Manager in Enid, OK, and Dodge City, KS. He is a member of the City Managers Association of Oklahoma, currently serving on its board, and has been a member of the International City/County Managers Association since 1987. Mr. Stephenson also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group. Additionally, he has served on the boards of St. Mary’s Mercy Hospital in Enid, United Way, and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.

    Mr. Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Political Science (Public Administration) from Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS.

    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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    August 29th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Leiden - 29 August 2011
    Brill, the international scholarly publisher, is proud to announce that from 2012 it will be the publisher of the Journal of World Investment & Trade. Founded in 2000 by Werner Publishing (Geneva) the journal has established itself as one the leading journals in the field of international investment law and dispute settlement. Brill will publish the journal from January 2012 under its international law imprint Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. As a new service to its subscribers, the journal will offer online access both to current content and all the backvolumes. Dr. Jacques Werner will continue in his role as the managing editor of the journal, thus assuring a smooth transition as well as continuity in the editorial policy and quality.

    Hans van der Meij (Publishing Director International Law at Brill) comments: “We are extremely pleased to have been able to acquire this prestigious journal in the field of international trade and investment law. It’s a perfect fit for our portfolio.”
    Jacques Werner (Managing Director Werner Publishing) added: “I was looking for a good home for my journal, a publisher with the will and capacity to build on its reputation. I am very pleased to stay involved as the journal’s managing editor”.
    For ordering 2012 subscriptions, please contact Brill at For questions about subscriptions and renewals please contact, or for the Americas,

    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, BRILL is a leading international academic publisher in the fields of Ancient Near East and Egypt; Middle East and Islamic Studies; Asian Studies (incl. Hotei imprint and Global Oriental imprint); Classical Studies; Medieval and Early Modern Studies; contemporary History and History of War studies; Biblical and Religious Studies; Slavic Studies; Language & Linguistics; Biology; Science (VSP imprint); Human Rights and International Law (Martinus Nijhoff imprint). With offices in Leiden and Boston (MA), BRILL today publishes more than 150 journals and around 600 new books and reference works each year. In principle all publications are made available in both print and electronic form. Under the imprint of IDC Publishers a large number of research collections are marketed in the academic fields named above. Key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. BRILL is a publicly traded company and listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please visit

    Werner Publishing
    Founded in 1985, Werner Publishing has in two decades created and/or regenerated leading journals in the field of international law and economics, such as the Journal of World Trade, the Journal of International Arbitration, World Competition, World Trade and Arbitration Materials and the Journal of World Intellectual Property. Launched in 2000, the Journal of World Investment and Trade was its most recent creation. For more information:

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    August 29th, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Writers Conferences Navigate Modern Publishing without Sacrificing Craft
    Learn to navigate modern publishing without sacrificing quality of craft. Georgia Writers Association leads the way with two writing events in fall 2011.

    This fall, the Georgia Writers Association(GWA) will help aspiring authors navigate the complex world of modern publishing without sacrificing the quality of their craft. On October 1, the GWA partners with Master of Arts in Professional Writing program of Kennesaw State University to present the Publishers, Agents & Media Institute, a one-day event featuring top publishing and new media professionals. Then on November 12, the Georgia Writers Association hosts the Red Clay Writers Conference, where authors will study the craft of writing with exemplary experts in a variety of genres.

    Publishers, Agents, and Media Institute, Sponsored by Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Writers Association

    Contrary to popular perception, book publishing is on the rise, both by self-published authors as well as by traditional publishers. Bowker,the leader in bibliographic information, reported 5% growth in traditionally published and an explosive 150% increase in non-traditionally published titles."These publication figures from both traditional and non-traditional publishers confirm that print production is alive and well, and can still be supported in this highly dynamic marketplace," said Kelly Gallagher, vice president of publishing services for Bowker. ( While this statistic is promising for writers, most authors also realize that the publishing industry is in the midst of a revolution due to the advent of eBooks, social media, and other technological advances. Even books published in the traditional manner must be marketed via new media.

    Kennesaw State University and the Georgia Writers Association aim to help writers find stability in the current, fluid publishing economy.The Publishers, Agents & Media Institute brings to the Kennesaw State University campus five industry professionals who will share their experience with self-publishing, traditional publishing, and social and digital media.

    In addition, authors with completed, unpublished manuscripts may also reserve a 15-minute appointment with an established agent to ask questions and receive feedback on their work. David Groff, editor for Rob Weisbach Creative Management, and Adriann Ranta, literary agent at Wolf Literary Services, will review submitted queries for these private meetings. Appointments must be scheduled by September 15.

    For a complete event schedule and registration details,please visit the Publishers, Agents & Media Institutepage on the Georgia Writers Association website. The Institute will convene on Saturday, October 1, on the Kennesaw State University campus. Event registration is $150 prior to September 15. An additional $50 charge applies to reserve a one-on-one appointment with an agent.

    Red Clay Writers Conference, Sponsored by the Georgia Writers Association

    Advances in technology have made it possible for anyone to publish anything, almost instantaneously. Vehicles such as eBooks and blogs have made it easier than ever for a writer to put his work in front of an audience.

    Sometimes though, expedience leads to lethargy when it comes to craft, and authors put out stories that lack the vitality of strong, clear writing. The Georgia Writers Association aims to reverse this troubling trend by refreshing authors onthe art and craft of writing during the Red Clay Writers Conference.

    Novelist Wendy Wax, author of Ten Beach Road, will kick off the conference with a keynote addresson "The Most Basic Thing of All." Writers will spend the afternoon delving into the crafts of memoir, humor, fiction, and poetry, as well as travel and food writing, led by accomplished writers. Jeanie CollinsPantelakis, of the Sullivan Maxx Literary Agency, will also be on hand toanswer questions about how to hone your manuscript to capture the attention of a publisher.

    Much like the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century, the Red Clay Writers Conference will focus on the quality of the words themselves rather than on the 21st century tools authors use to produce and promote their books. Technology will be discussed as a means to simplify the publication of finely crafted writing.

    A complete conference schedule and registration details canbe found on the Red Clay Writers Conferencepage of the Georgia Writers Association website. The conference will be held on Saturday, November 12, on the campus of Kennesaw State University. Registration is $80 in advance or $100 at the door.


    Two Writing Conferences and Georgia Writers Association Membership
    Authors wishing to attend the Publishers, Agents & Media Institute and the Red Clay Writers Conference can get a break on registration fees and receive a complimentary 12-month membership in the Georgia Writers Association. Pre-register for both events by September 15 and pay only $200, plus receive the one-year membership in GWA. Please visit the Georgia Writers Association website for complete details.
    Article written by Karen Pickell, MAPW at Kennesaw State University

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