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    March 15th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~“Do It Yourself” Database Gets New Look and Feel with Intuitive Navigation and Timely Updates ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — March 15, 2012 — EBSCO Publishing has launched significant user interface, content and functionality updates for its popular “do it yourself” database, Auto Repair Reference Center™. Auto Repair Reference Center contains extensive information on most major manufacturers of domestic and imported automobiles in an easy-to-use format for library patrons. With more content, an enhanced interface and improved currency, Auto Repair Reference Center™ better serves the automotive repair information needs of car buffs and do-it-yourselfers.

    The new Auto Repair Reference Center interface provides for an increased amount of content with access to repair information for more than 37,000 vehicles. In-depth repair coverage—representing the most comprehensive collection of automobile repair reference information in the market—is provided for each vehicle. In addition to repair manual information, library patrons will find technical service bulletins, recall information, electrical wiring diagrams, maintenance intervals, specifications and labor times. Advanced do-it-yourselfers can take advantage of the diagnostics information collection, which provides the ability to troubleshoot based on symptoms and OBDII codes.

    Improvements to the Auto Repair Reference Center interface include updates to content indices, providing intuitive navigation to the richest collection of repair content available for each vehicle in the database. New repair information from the original equipment manufacturers, such as Ford, Honda and GMC, is presented by category for easy navigation. Repair info, in PDF format with graphics, can be emailed, printed or saved. Popular features from the original interface, such as AutoIQ, Care & Repair Tips and Troubleshooting, are retained in the new Auto Repair Reference Center interface.

    Auto Repair Reference Center is part of EBSCO’s collection of do-it-yourself resources. Other databases in this collection include: Small Engine Repair Reference Center™, providing reliable information for small engine repair assistance, Home Improvement Reference Center™, the definitive resource for home improvement and repair and Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center™, offering detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby-enthusiast.

    Libraries may package all four “Do It Yourself” Reference Centers to accommodate their patrons looking for comprehensive, graphically-rich information about “do it yourself” projects.

    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 (www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Public Relations Director
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
    kmcevoy@ebscohost.com

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    March 15th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ Easy-to-Use Online Tool is Designed to Meet Libraries’ Online and Promotional Needs and Award Will Celebrate Communities that are LibraryAware ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — March 15, 2012 — EBSCO Publishing and the creators of the readers’ advisory service, NoveList® introduce LibraryAware™, a product that will revolutionize the way libraries promote their programs and services. LibraryAware will be available during 2012. In addition, NoveList is also celebrating communities that are “LibraryAware” with the LibraryAware Community Award, co-sponsored by industry trade magazine, Library Journal.

    LibraryAware is an easy-to-use online tool designed to maximize the library’s resources and services. The innovative resource will help libraries create professional-looking promotional materials and then deliver those materials via print, email, social media and online communication channels.

    With LibraryAware, librarians can combine professionally-designed templates with their own pieces of “reusable content” to carry information across an entire suite of promotional materials that can then easily be delivered to customers, community partners, elected officials and the media. LibraryAware improves what libraries are already doing with their promotional efforts by providing continually updated designs and best practice recommendations.

    LibraryAware Community Award
    Continuing its efforts to help libraries thrive in their communities, NoveList has established the LibraryAware Community Award in partnership with Library Journal. The award has been created to celebrate communities aware of the benefits provided by the library and shows support of the library as an essential part of the community.

    Vice President of NoveList, Duncan Smith says this award is truly different from any other award in the library community. “The uniqueness of this award stems from its focus on what the community says about the library rather than what the library says to the community.”

    Ian Singer, VP, Group Publisher, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book says “We are very pleased to partner with NoveList on this important award program. At Library Journal, we understand how vital strong marketing campaigns and community outreach efforts are to the health of a library. When a community is aware of its library’s programming and offerings, the library becomes a more relied upon and integrated resource, which in turn places the library in a much stronger position to thrive, grow, and expand critical services. Supporting libraries with these efforts is a key mission of Library Journal and this is why we are excited about sponsoring this unique award with NoveList.”

    First place will be $10,000, second place $7,500 and third place $5,000. More details about the award and application process will be available at ALA Annual 2012. The first awards will be presented during 2013.

    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 (www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Public Relations Director
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
    kmcevoy@ebscohost.com

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    March 15th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Organized Approach Helps Patrons Discover and use Relevant Library Resources

    Farmington Hills, Mich., March 14, 2012 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced Gale Gateways, an innovative program for public libraries. Designed to represent the unique way in which a community interacts with its public library, Gale Gateways bring together thematic products and services to provide an organized approach to help patrons find and use information. Unlike anything else on the market, Gale Gateways will help libraries demonstrate their value and worth to their community.

    “With Gale Gateways we wanted to recreate a patron’s in-library browsing experience ‘virtually,’ while also helping library staff better serve their patrons,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president, marketing, Cengage Learning. “Gale Gateways does this by bringing library users to an environment where resources can easily be discovered, providing relevance, meaning and transformative power. With Gateways, customers not only receive special pricing on a thematic grouping of online resources and eReference, but also value-add services including Gateway web, marketing and training/programming support.”

    Web support includes the customizable Gateway web portal tool and search engine optimization. The Gateway portals can be linked from the library’s main website, are easy to configure and can link directly to any library resource – whether it be a Gale resource or not. Customization is a key feature of the portal tool, from content to logos, colors and text, librarians have full control of the Gateway look, as they are the ones that serve the community and know them best. Customers can give their Gateways any name, allowing them to tap into their current library branding if they choose, along with localizing their site with relevant community information.

    Customized marketing materials, along with a new type of training/programming from Gale’s Customer Education Specialists, will extend the Gateway brand deep within a library community. Library staff training, direct to the public training, as well as templates and tools, will help staff create their own relevant community workshops around Gateway themes.

    The themes of the first Gateways to be released include Business; Jobs & Career; Health & Wellness; Homework Help; and Home, Hobbies & Entertainment. Gale is working closely with customers to further explore all the possibilities within these first Gateways, as well as other themes to come. Feedback from current customers has been positive.

    “We purchased the Homework Help Gateway from Gale as it will be of invaluable assistance to our younger patrons as they complete assignments, do homework and research projects,” said Peggy Murphy, Interim Collection Services Manager at Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL). “LAPL is committed to providing as much help as possible to the students in our communities. The Homework Help Gateway optimizes all our resources with the goal of helping students succeed.”

    For more information on Gale Gateways, please visit http://www.gale.com/galegateways or visit the Gale booth (#1804) at the Public Library Association meeting in Philadelphia, March 14-16. For questions or a free trial, please contact Kristina Massari at kristina.massari@cengage.com.

    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 www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.

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