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    May 16th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    IPSWICH, Mass. — May 16, 2012 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has been named the silver winner in Most Innovative Company of the Year in Best in Biz Awards 2012 EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), the only independent international business awards program judged by members of the press and industry analysts. EBSCO Publishing is an international company with employees around the globe and customers in nearly every country in the world.

    EBSCO is the leading content provider for libraries and other institutions, offering more than 350 research databases and more than 300,000 e-books via the EBSCOhost® platform plus EBSCO Discovery Service™ — providing unparalleled access to world-renowned content in all subject areas, for researchers at every level.

    EBSCO’s recent acquisitions and partnerships have augmented the company’s database offerings and extended its content leadership into new areas. Through these acquisitions and partnerships EBSCO is able to offer a superior user experience for customers.

    EBSCO also provides key database content free of charge as a service to its users and libraries worldwide. Free resources are available to those interested in libraries and information technology, education and environmental efforts.

    Best in Biz Awards 2012 EMEA honors were presented in a variety of categories, including Best Overall Company of the Year, Most Innovative Company of the Year, Enterprise Product of the Year, Small/Medium Business Product of the Year and PR Campaign of the Year. An impressive array of public and private companies representing all sectors of the economy from over 20 countries entered bid to compete in Best in Biz Awards’ inaugural EMEA program.

    EBSCO Publishing’s Vice President Sales, Europe, Paul Donovan, says this award is a reflection of EBSCO’s commitment to becoming the leading online information provider. “We are extremely proud to be a silver winner in Most Innovative Company of the Year. EBSCO strives to be a leader in the industry and is dedicated to create more content, to enrich existing databases, and constantly provide new offerings for its customers.”

    Winners of Best in Biz Awards 2012 EMEA were determined by scores from a panel of high-caliber judges from top-tier newspapers, business and technology publications, as well as broadcast outlets from 11 countries, including (UAE), ARD (Germany), Bild (Germany), Branders (Switzerland), Business Breakfast, Dubai Eye 103.8 (UAE), Drum Magazine (UK), Hospodárske Noviny (Slovakia), IAA Magazine (UAE), Irish Independent (Ireland), IT Web (South Africa), Jerusalem Post (Israel), Khaleej Times (UAE), Micro Mart (UK), Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland), (UAE), PCM (Netherlands), PC Plus (UK), The Times (UK), Web User (UK), Xbox Plus (Brazil) and 4th String (France). Combined, the 22 judges on this year’s panel have more than 450 years of experience and have written for a total of more than 160 consumer, business, financial, trade and technology publications worldwide.

    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 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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    May 16th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Shire of Derby West Kimberley has become the first local government area in Australia to choose Koha to support the delivery of its public library services.

    The Shire has established public libraries at Derby and Fitzroy Crossing to support access to information services by its diverse and geographically dispersed community. CALYX information essentials has been contracted to provide Koha services including software implementation and configuration, data conversion, training and ongoing support. The system will be hosted off site in CALYX' state of the art data centre. Derby and Fitzroy Crossing Public libraries are expected to be live on Koha before July 2012.

    Koha is the world's first and foremost open source library management system. Used around the world by academic, public, school and special libraries, Koha is fully featured and web 2.0 rich. Originally developed for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is now developed and maintained by a world wide community of librarians and software developers. The home of the Koha community is at .

    Kate Hithersay, Library Manager for Shire of Derby West Kimberley, stated that the Shire's current library system lacks functionality and flexibility and is approaching end of life. “In selecting a replacement system, price was a factor but by no means the only consideration”, Kate said. She feels that Koha's full feature set is impressive and consistent with the Shires needs. According to Kate, the library wanted to be able to explore the product features before becoming engaged with a vendor. CALYX provided a demonstration system that enabled staff to do so in considerable depth.

    According to Irma Birchall, CALYX Director, “the cloud computing model we offer will enable the Shire to save time and money, achieve scalability and flexibility with predictable costs, and to focus on reader needs rather than infrastructure. This is CALYX' first deployment of Koha to the public library sector in Australia. We used to champion Koha because of the advantages of the open source approach. Now these advantages are realised and we champion Koha's features, reliability and flexibility. We are delighted to assist Shire of Derby West Kimberley to improve the library services available to its community.”

    For more information contact Irma Birchall: