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    May 30th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Fifteen more libraries have announced that they have selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services, the first cooperative, Webscale library management services that streamline cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, license management and workflows, and offer a next-generation discovery tool for library users. This brings the number of libraries worldwide committed to using WorldShare Management Services to 210.

    “UNCG believes that WorldShare Management Services are the next major advance in library cooperation,” said Tim Bucknall, Assistant Dean of University Libraries and Head of Electronic Resources and Information Technologies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “The services significantly reduce redundant and duplicative effort across libraries, thereby allowing each library to focus on their unique content and strengths.”

    Among the new subscribers:

    • Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba, Michigan
    • Criswell College, Wallace Library, Dallas, Texas
    • Crown College, Watne Memorial Library, St. Bonifacius, Minnesota
    • Dordt College, John and Louise Hulst Library, Sioux Center, Iowa
    • Franklin Pierce University, Frank S. DiPietro Library, Rindge, New Hampshire
    • Fuller Theological Seminary, David Allan Hubbard Library, Pasadena, California
    • Huntingdon College, Houghton Memorial Library, Montgomery, Alabama
    • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
    • Pasadena City College, Shatford Library, Pasadena, California
    • Plymouth State University, Lamson Library, Plymouth, New Hampshire
    • Santa Barbara City College, Luria Library, Santa Barbara, California
    • Santa Clara County Law Library, San Jose, California
    • Southeastern University, Steelman Library, Lakeland, Florida
    • UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, H.M. Fishbon Memorial Library, San Francisco, California
    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), Greensboro, North Carolina

    OCLC WorldShare Management Services enable libraries to share infrastructure costs and resources, as well as collaborate in ways that free them from the restrictions of local hardware and software. Libraries using WorldShare Management Services find that they are able to reduce the time needed for traditional tasks and free staff time for higher-priority services.

    OCLC WorldShare Management Services were released for general availability in the United States July 1, 2011. Today, 40 libraries are live with the new services. The 15 libraries announcing their selection of WorldShare Management Services today bring the total number of libraries worldwide committed to using the services to 210.

    The OCLC WorldShare Platform is the technical infrastructure on which OCLC’s Webscale services are built and provides data, tools and services for library developers, users and partners to create and share applications collectively. Libraries can build applications to meet local needs, while benefiting from the innovation of the broader global library community.

    More about OCLC WorldShare Management Services can be found on the website at

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    May 30th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Call for Proposals (and apologies for cross-posting):

    The Code4Lib Journal (C4LJ) exists to foster community and share information among those interested in the intersection of libraries, technology, and the future.

    We are now accepting proposals for publication in our 18th issue. Don't miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas and experiences. To be included in the 18th issue, which is scheduled for publication in October 2012, please submit articles, abstracts, or proposals at or to by Friday, June 29, 2012. When submitting, please include the title or subject of the proposal in the subject line of the email message.

    C4LJ encourages creativity and flexibility, and the editors welcome submissions across a broad variety of topics that support the mission of the journal. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    * Practical applications of library technology (both actual and hypothetical)
    * Technology projects (failed, successful, or proposed), including how they were done and challenges faced
    * Case studies
    * Best practices
    * Reviews
    * Comparisons of third party software or libraries
    * Analyses of library metadata for use with technology
    * Project management and communication within the library environment
    * Assessment and user studies

    C4LJ strives to promote professional communication by minimizing the barriers to publication. While articles should be of a high quality, they need not follow any formal structure. Writers should aim for the middle ground between blog posts and articles in traditional refereed journals. Where appropriate, we encourage authors to submit code samples, algorithms, and pseudo-code. For more information, visit C4LJ's Article Guidelines or browse articles from the first 17 issues published on our website:

    Remember, for consideration for the 18th issue, please send proposals, abstracts, or draft articles to no later than Friday, June 29, 2012.

    Send in a submission. Your peers would like to hear what you are doing.

    Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee

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    May 23rd, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire


    Duluth, GA —May 23, 2012

    Equinox Software is celebrating its 5th anniversary as a leader in open source solutions for libraries.

    Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software began supporting the 270 libraries of the Georgia Public Library Service

    under the PINES program and today supports over 500 Evergreen and 12 Koha libraries across the United States and Canada

    One highlight of Equinox’s past year was the purchase of an office building that will allow space for continued company growth. This year also saw

    several high profile Evergreen installations such as the formation of two new state consortiums in North Carolina and Ohio. The Santa Cruz public library

    also went live on Evergreen and there was continued expansion in New England and the Pacific Northwest.

    Evergreen has come a long way since the early days of version 1.0 released back in 2006, and Equinox has been there every step of the way. Some of

    the most notable enhancements Equinox developers have contributed code for include: Serials, Acquisitions, Telephony, and the Template Toolkit OPAC.

    Equinox is currently working on a number of development projects for new features which will be included in future releases of Evergreen such as the

    Kids' OPAC. Equinox developers have also contributed code for new features in Koha. The FulfILLment project, an open source ILL platform created by

    Equinox developers, currently has an alpha release available at Equinox is

    delighted to be able offer a modern ILL product that will allow libraries to resource share easily across multiple ILS with a degree of local control

    that has never been offered in another product.

    Looking forward, Equinox Software’s continued goal remains to engage and support a rapidly expanding open source community while assisting libraries

    in moving away from expensive proprietary vendors and products. For more information on Equinox Software, please visit

    About Evergreen

    Evergreen is a robust, open-source integrated library system best known for its unique ability to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction,

    multi-site consortia. However, it has also proven equally successful scaled down for even the smallest libraries. Evergreen now supports almost 1,200

    libraries of every type-public, academic, special, and school media centers across 4 countries, 31 U.S. states, and 8 Canadian provinces. The Georgia

    PINES, King County Public Library System, SCLENDS, and NC Cardinal consortiums are all currently running Evergreen.

    For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see

    About Koha

    Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to

    be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library

    standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are

    free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development service. For more information on Koha, please visit

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

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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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