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    July 31st, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ Metadata for Over 650,000 E-books Accessible to EBSCO Discovery Service™ Users ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — July 31, 2012 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and Apabi have come to an agreement allowing metadata from Apabi’s e-book collection to be added to the Base Index of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). The e-books from Apabi are designed to offer a vast collection in a variety of subject areas to researchers in higher education, public libraries, corporations and government.

    Apabi’s extensive and growing collection includes over 700,000 Simplified Chinese e-books, with coverage beginning as early as 1949. Over 120,000 e-books are being added to the collection each year. The majority of Apabi’s e-books, more than 400,000, are published from 2004 to the present. Subject matter within the e-book collection represents an expansive range of subject areas including humanities, literature, science & technology and economics.

    EBSCO Publishing has continually worked to increase global content in EBSCO Discovery Service and the addition of Apabi’s metadata to the EDS Base Index significantly expands the global reach and will serve as a unique and valuable resource for EDS users.

    Apabi 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 EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers (and growing), which accounts for more than 350,000 publications from the world’s top publishers and information providers. However, because EDS is a custom solution, the complete index to materials for any given customer may be expanded greatly beyond the coverage referenced for the Base Index. In terms of depth of coverage for publications in the EBSCO Discovery Service Base Index, content extends back to the 15th century, and in some cases, even earlier. The inclusion of custom catalogs, repositories and other resources may certainly further extend the dates of archival coverage for a given institution.

    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

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    July 31st, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~New look and feel of EBSCONET showcases improved overall usability and e-package renewal functionality — and lays the foundation for even more enhanced subscription management capabilities~

    Birmingham, Ala. – July 31, 2012 – EBSCONET® Subscription Management has released a new user interface with improved usability and flexibility, in addition to enhanced functionality for renewing e-journal package content.

    As part of EBSCO’s continuing efforts to streamline processes for its library customers, EBSCONET Subscription Management now features a more flexible, user-friendly interface designed to help librarians quickly access key information for developing and managing their print and electronic collections. This update provides a highly customizable environment through which collection development activities can be performed more efficiently than ever within EBSCONET.
    In addition to a fresh new look, EBSCONET now offers:

    • Simplified menu options — reducing the number of clicks required to complete management tasks
    • A new “Quick Search” feature that allows searching of key fields relevant to the areas being searched (titles, orders, renewals, etc.) — saving valuable staff time
    • Flexible options for displaying search results; “sticky” functionality intuitively shows preferred search criteria, data fields, and columns — creating a workspace that is tailored to each user’s specific needs
    • An easy-to-navigate display of data pertaining to titles and orders, including improved access to information about licensing, registration, and more — making vital collection management details available at the librarian’s point of need

    Moreover, the enhanced EBSCONET® E-Package Renewals tool now offers customers the option to renew packages earlier with estimated pricing, allowing them to complete renewals in a time frame more in line with the regular subscription renewal process using pricing based on their contract terms with each publisher. Final pricing details may not be available at the time of renewal, but pricing and title lists will be updated daily within EBSCONET as new information is received from publishers; customers will be advised of changes that have an impact on their package price prior to the order being processed. These updates will enable customers to review and confirm their renewals early so they can better forecast their budget expenditures.

    EBSCONET’s revamped interface and improved package renewal capabilities lay the foundation for even more features and functionality designed to streamline the subscription management process. To stay in step with librarians’ evolving needs, updates will be released on an ongoing basis, as EBSCONET Subscription Management continues to strengthen its position as the librarian’s one-stop shop for subscription-related tasks.

    About EBSCO
    EBSCO Information Services — the provider of EBSCONET® Subscription Management — is the world’s leading information intermediary, offering cutting-edge technology and personalized consultative services for managing and accessing content, including e-journals, e-packages, e-books, and more. Today’s libraries and research organizations are looking for new ways to manage their collections more efficiently, so EBSCO Information Services has developed comprehensive, highly integrated management solutions to help librarians save time and money while empowering their users. EBSCO serves clients through our offices worldwide and has more than 140 librarians on staff. To learn more about products and services from EBSCO Information Services, visit

    For more information, please contact:
    Rossi Morris
    Media Relations Coordinator
    EBSCO Corporate Communications

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    July 31st, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    The LCC International University 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 LCC International University Library in Klaipėda, Lithuania is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

    ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the LCC International University from Koha 3.2 to Koha 3.8 in June and will be providing ongoing support and hosting services for them. LCC International University marks the first ByWater partner to be located outside of North America.

    The LCC International University Library has a collection of over 23,000 titles and their customized online catalog can be viewed here:

    Jolanta Kaun, Head Librarian, commented on the decision to switch to ByWater for Koha support:

    "We are actually having great time cooperating with ByWater Solutions and the migration processes were smooth and quick. I remember migrating from Follett to Koha in 2008 when there was not even a migration, or any kind of manual, check lists or suggested workflows! I cannot believe we succeeded then! Nowadays, with ByWater Solutions, everything looks so sophisticated! We are happy to have signed a support contract with ByWater Solutions and hope that our further partnership will be mutually useful."

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater commented on the new partnership:

    "We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to partner with Jolanta and the staff of the LCC International University Library. LCC International University marks the first Koha migration and support partnership outside of North America for ByWater and we are very pleased with the way things went throughout this process. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with the LCC International University. "

    About LCC International University:
    LCC International University (former Lithuania Christian Fund College) is a nationally and internationally recognized liberal arts institution in the city of Klaipėda, Lithuania. Established in 1991 by a joint venture of Lithuanian, Canadian and American foundations, LCC has distinguished itself in the region by offering a unique, future-oriented style of education and an interactive academic environment. The LCC education places broad-based education within the context of a Christian academic community in order to extend education beyond the classroom. As a part of LCC's vision to prepare students to participate actively in the life of their home communities, the role of each individual in the building of society is emphasized through active participation in community projects and practica. For more information about LCC International University 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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    July 30th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    This Week In Libraries (TWIL), the first global library internet TV show, is now also available via iTunes as an audio podcast. This video-based talk show, produced by Shanachie Media, is halfway through its 3rd season, and now librarians around the world have the chance to subscribe to the audio version of the show in iTunes so they can listen to their favorite episodes on their smartphones on their way to work, or whenever they like.

    Many library leaders and visionaries have been happily joining in conversations with Erik and Jaap on TWIL. So if you want to hear people like professor / speaker Michael Stephens, library architect Francine Houben, Temple University librarian and blogger Steven Bell, IFLA past president Ellen Tise, ALA past president Roberta Stevens, president of the Library Assocation of Singapore Gene Tan, or Dick van Tol, the man who created Amsterdam's famous airport library, then it is worth your time and effort to go to the show's website ( to check out some of the older episodes. Starting with episode 77 (June 27, 2012), you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, so you never have to miss out on any global library news and inspiration again ( You can also find the iTunes subscribe button on the show's site:

    Shanachie Media is an initiative of Jaap van de Geer and Erik Boekesteijn from Delft, the Netherlands, where for many years they have helped to build DOK, one of the most modern libraries in the world ( These 2009 Library Journal Movers and Shakers are also known for their library road trip across the USA in 2007, which is available as a book with a DVD movie (Information Today, Inc.,


    TWIL's mission is to make the library profession more attractive by delivering discussions, via cutting-edge technology, to connect and inspire people with an interst in libraries, museums, and archives from all over the world. (All episodes are in English.)
    TWIL wants to put innovative ideas within everyone's reach.

    Other ways to connect with TWIL
    Facebook: Twitter:
    Sign up for the weekly newsletter / episode link:

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    July 27th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    North Bethesda, MD, July 26, 2012: LibLime, a division of PTFS, announces Independence Community College has joined the SEKLS Koha union catalog.

    Independence Community College is a member of the Southeast Kansas Library System (SEKLS). SEKLS serves member libraries in over 60 cities in Southeast Kansas and several of those members participate in a Koha union catalog.

    The SEKLS Koha union catalog has over 396,000 bibliographic records. Since 2008, LibLime has worked closely with SEKLS to migrate its member libraries to the union catalog. SEKLS’ Koha membership continues to grow as the Consortium is working with many more Southeast Kansas libraries.

    About Independence Community College (ICC)
    Independence Community College is a two year institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It was established in 1925 as grades 13 and 14 of the Independence public school system but has since legally separated from the school district. Currently, ICC’s educational and support programming includes 46 programs of study for Associates of Arts and/or Science degrees, 22 programs of study for Certificate completion, Student Support Services, men's and women's athletic programs, and a variety of campus organizations and activities. Independence Community College endeavors to serve the best interests of students and the community by providing academic excellence while promoting cultural enrichment and economic development.

    About LibLime - PTFS
    LibLime – PTFS is the global leader in providing support for the Koha open source ILS. Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, the PTFS LibLime Division educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. The PTFS LibLime Division then facilitates deployment of Koha in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting for libraries of all types and sizes. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, ArchivalWare, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization, and metadata keying services. For more information, see or or

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