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    May 22nd, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Equinox Software President Brad LaJeunesse is 2012 Recipient of the
    F. William Summers Outstanding Alumni Award


    Duluth, GA —May 22, 2012

    Equinox Software President Brad LaJeunesse has been selected by The University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science as the 2012 recipient of the F. William Summers Outstanding Alumni Award.

    Considered the premiere award bestowed by the school, this honor was founded in 1986 and is given on a selective basis as the faculty feels that a graduate has distinguished themselves in the field.

    LaJeunesse says, "I'm humbled to be selected for the F. William Summers Alumni Award. My
    deep thanks goes to the faculty and staff of the library school."

    LaJeunesse received his MLIS from the University of South Carolina in 2001. He was the original visionary and advocate behind the Evergreen open source library automation software currently running in almost 1,200 libraries worldwide. In 2007, he and the other Evergreen developers founded Equinox Software which today provides services for both Evergreen and Koha libraries across the United States and Canada.

    About Equinox Software, Inc.

    Equinox Software is a leader in open source solutions for libraries. Their goal is to engage and support a rapidly growing open source community while assisting libraries in moving away from expensive proprietary vendors and products.

    For more information on Equinox Software, please visit

    Press Contact: Corinne Hall,, 770-709-5571

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    May 22nd, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    North Central Regional Library Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha ( support, announced today that the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) in Washington state is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

    The North Central Regional Library houses over 790,000 items and will receive ongoing support and hosting services from ByWater. Their customized catalog can be viewed at:

    Chad Roseburg in the Automation Department at NCRL spoke about the library’s decision to choose Koha and ByWater Solutions:

    “We are excited about using and contributing to an open source web-based ILS. We looked at six different integrated library systems over the past few years and are very happy with our decision to move to Koha in January of 2012. We are one of the largest systems in Washington State and ByWater has been very helpful at getting Koha to meet the needs of our librarians and patrons.

    “Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater Solutions, commented on ByWater Solutions’ newest partner library:

    “It’s always exciting to have a new partner at ByWater, especially one with as much reach as NCRL. We hope that this introduction to open source to those in the regions that NCRL supports will encourage more use of and participation in open source in the future.”

    About North Central Regional Library:

    The Mission of the North Central Regional Library is to promote reading and lifelong learning. The North Central Regional Library district is the largest library district in the state serving Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, and Okanogan counties. The library strives to select from the mass of available materials, and organizes for easy access, those books and related materials which best meet the needs of the service area. The library staff provides guidance and assistance for people to obtain the information they seek. For more information about the North Central Regional Library, please visit:

    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:

    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit:

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    May 22nd, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ Metadata for Freedonia Focus Reports will be
    Included in Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service™ ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — May 22, 2012 — The Freedonia Group’s Focus Reports Collection providing, US, World and International, country specific market research reports will be searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO).
    A new agreement adds Freedonia’s extensive and reliable research to the Base Index of EDS. The Freedonia Focus Reports provide tangible insight and analysis into 18 industry categories and 15 countries through more than 750 concise market research reports. The addition of these business reports will provide deeper coverage of the already vast selection of subject areas available in EBSCO Discovery Service.

    Clint Delafield, Executive Vice President of Business Development for The Freedonia Group says inclusion in EBSCO Discovery Service is another step forward in our commitment to serving the academic community and making our content more visible to our impressive and growing list of academic subscribers. “For decades the global 1000 manufactures, investment banks and leading global consultancies have turned to Freedonia for reliable insights while mapping out their strategies, making investment decisions and serving their clients. Freedonia is committed to providing affordable access to the academic community to that same world class market research to assist in their mission of preparing today’s students to become tomorrow’s leaders.”

    Freedonia’s Focus Reports offer accurate and reliable forecasts, trend analysis and competitive intelligence for business decision makers. The reports contain industry insights and analysis including market size, product segmentation, market segmentation, product forecasts, industry composition, market leaders and business trends. Reports are approximately eighteen to twenty-five pages in length and are composed by in-house industry analysts.

    EBSCO Discovery Service offers much fuller metadata than any other discovery service, and the valuable data from Freedonia’s Focus Reports adds even more value and usefulness to end users. The data delivers an unbiased outlook and a reliable assessment of an industry — a valuable resource for business research. This is a great complement to existing content available as part of EDS, which already incorporates robust metadata.

    Freedonia is part of a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. Partners include the world’s largest scholarly journal & book publishers including Elsevier, Wiley Blackwell, Springer Science & Business Media, Taylor & Francis Informa, Sage Publications, and thousands of others. Partners also include content providers, such as LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), JSTOR, ARTstor, Credo Reference, World Book, ABC-CLIO, and many others.

    The EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers (and growing) in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers, representing far more content providers and publishers than any other discovery service.

    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.

    EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (, and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost® platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There’s simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin™.

    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