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    September 22nd, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ Customer Feedback Plays Large Role in Choice of New Subjects ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — September 22, 2011 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) is announcing the release of 64 new eBook subject sets bringing the total number of subject sets to nearly 200. These additional subject sets reflect the rapid growth of EBSCO’s eBook collection offered to libraries in convenient collections grouped by subject matter.

    Subject sets allow for quick and easy purchases in particular high-interest subject areas. Customer feedback played a large role in the development of some of the latest subject sets. Requests for particular subject areas prompted EBSCO to create many of the subject sets available in this September release. All of the subject sets were developed by a team of librarian collection development specialists.

    Nine key collection areas were increased including: Arts & Humanities, Business, Information Technology, Medical, Personal Growth & General Education, Science & Technology, Social & Cultural Issues, Social Sciences and Vocational Education. The new subject sets provide an extensive array of subject matter including: American History, leadership & management, LGBT, social networking, nursing and teacher resources. A full list of the latest subject sets are available at:

    eBooks on EBSCOhost
    eBooks on EBSCOhost offers nearly 300,000 eBooks and audiobooks. EBSCO is proactively soliciting new content in key areas and approximately 5,000 new titles are expected to be added each month. Find more information about the eBooks on the EBSCO Support Site:

    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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    September 22nd, 2011LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    September 22nd, 2011
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    Six Libraries Partner to Bring Customizable Print Slips to Koha

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and official Koha support company announced today that six of their library partners are joining forces to bring customizable print slips to the Koha ILS.

    The libraries collaborating on this effort include:

    The Northeast Kansas Library System of Lawrence, KS,
    Wiggin Memorial Library of Stratham, NH,
    Rolling Hills Consolidated Library of St Joseph, MO,
    Los Gatos Public Library, of Los Gatos, CA,
    San Benito Free Library of San Benito, CA,
    Arcadia Public Library of Arcadia, CA.

    ByWater Solutions will be partnering with Catalyst IT, of Wellington NZ on this development, making it a multi-state, multi-country collaborative effort.

    The custom print slip development will make it easy for libraries to customize both the data that is displayed on their checkout and holds slips, as well as the formatting. Until now, any changes to the slips required edits to Koha's template code, which would then have to be maintained across upgrades. With this development, the local customizations will be stored in the database, and can be edited at any time by a staff member with suitable permissions.

    Not only will all the basic patron information be available to display (or not to display, if you are concerned about privacy), but so will Extended Attributes, allowing the library to display the content that's truly relevant to their patrons.

    Ian Walls, ByWater's Lead Development Specialist stated:

    "I'm very excited to see so many of our partners getting together to make this development a reality. Every library has their own needs, and one of the great things about open source is that a bunch of libraries can work together to come up with a solution that will meet all their needs at once, saving time and money, not to mention making the software that much better for other libraries the world over"

    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, top ranked 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: