CR2 Blog the knowledge blog
  • scissors
    August 23rd, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    North Bethesda, MD – August 23, 2012 – Students in Tamara Remhof’s Cataloging/Classification course at Texas A&M University- Commerce’s Library Science Master's Program will begin utilizing LibLime Koha this fall through LibLime's Koha with Class program.

    LibLime will provide the class of approximately 35 students with a hosted installation of LibLime Academic Koha, free of charge. This will allow the students unlimited access and all privileges associated with the staff end of LibLime Academic Koha as well as all OPAC functionality for the duration of the course. With the support for authority control and RDA, Ms. Remhof will be able to give her students a deep understanding of hands-on cataloging in an integrated library system.

    Tamara Remhof, Head of Technical Services at the James Gee Library at the University of Texas- Commerce, says “This is my first semester teaching and I wanted my students to have access to a real Integrated Library System (ILS) so they could see what it looks like and how it works. Koha with Class is giving my students and me the opportunity to work in an ILS and see why the catalog is important in libraries.”

    About LibLime’s Koha with Class
    LibLime's Koha with Class program is designed to give library school faculty a chance to embed the use of an ILS into their coursework and curricula. This allows students to gain practical experience with library automation software as they prepare to enter the library workforce. Many faculty members around the world are taking advantage of the free support that LibLime provides with the Koha with Class installations. LibLime is striving to expand the program overseas to support librarianship at an international level. To learn more about the program visit or if you wish to get involved go to:

    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

  • scissors
    August 22nd, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Arts and Crafts for Librarians Online Workshop________________________________________
    San Diego, CA — August 22, 2012
    Media Contact: Valerie Colston, Art Teacher on the Net

    San Diego, CA March 22-Art Teacher on the Net is sponsoring 4 week online non-credit professional development workshops available now.
    Are you the one responsible for creating arts and crafts programs? Do you need new creative art project ideas for your Summer Reading Program or other events? Tired of the same ole, same ole. This is your opportunity to develop a portfolio of ideas that you can use with your Preschool through Teen visitors. This 4 week online workshop is taught by an art professor who has first hand experience developing library art programs. Interact with other Youth Librarians and a real art professor. The online class is open 24/7. Access the online workshop at your convenience.
    Instructor Valerie Colston, M.A. is an art professor and author with many years of experience developing and teaching art programs as an Art Performer at several San Diego local libraries. She teaches 100 Art Ideas for Teachers at the University of California, Extension in San Diego, California and a variety of Art history courses online through colleges and universities. Her book 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills published by Barrons Educational Series has received outstanding reviews appearing in School Library Journal, National Art Education Association newsletter, and more. Her "It's Easy to be a Green Teen" appeared in the youth librarian publication Voices of Youth Advocates October 09 issue. Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming. Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series 2011 will be released this year.
    Here's what youth librarians who have taken the class are saying about the workshop:
    In working on this workshop I have worked also on my Summer Reading Program for our library. Week 3 gave so many ideas to use that it was fun to do them and discover which ones would work well for our young patrons. I now have crafts for at least 2 of the 4 books we will read in my Youth Discussion Group. I am well ahead of the game.

    I really enjoyed answering the questions about the piece of art in the museum. I want to use some of the questions I learned this summer when we read "Chasing Vermeer" because the book deals with a piece of art.

    Thanks for all the help with one of my books for the Summer Reading Program.

    Well, I had not thought about bonding art and books together in one reading hour before, so I got new and interesting views of what to do. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.
    I had a great time brainstorming ideas and reading the suggestions everyone had!
    I feel I learned how to study a painting in more depth. That a painting is made up of many facets. The lines, colors and textures all blend together to make one painting.

    I gained lots of great ideas from everyone. The ideas were great and I will incorporate some of them into my programs.

    I will keep a copy of the different things I have learned in this session of the class to apply it to painting I encounter. It is exciting.

    I bookmarked several of the sites presented in the lessons which will come in handy when I get stuck for ideas. It also helps reading the other's experiences in working with library patrons in crafts events.

    Finding ideas are hard to find and this is a wealth of information for myself and the library.

    Thank you very much for the wonderful and interesting web-sites, you mentioned. There are so great ideas.

    I was delighted to find some new web sites for inspiration - many of my students love to draw and I hope to integrate some of the cartoon drawing lessons in to our weekly book club meetings, possibly in the creation of bookmarks, etc.

    It has been great having so much information all in one place. I enjoyed browsing through the many websites & links. Many are new to me. I appreciate all of your suggestions for organization, supplies, storage, recycling, and art tips & resources.

    Where do I begin! I have learned about so many resources. I really liked the online scavenger hunt, what a great idea. I also really loved the letter writing with beads.

    This week gave me a great many resources to use in our library. I really had to think for the scavenger hunt but I love the idea and did work our a hunt. I also thought the "wanted" poster was fun as well . . .

    There really are a wealth of information and ideas to explore.

    I would recommend this class to others. After all I took this class because my supervisor recommended it to me.

    This is a non-credit workshop created by Art Teacher on the Net,
    For more information Contact-Valerie Colston @ 858-453-2ART or through email at
    Sign Up Today at
    Enroll Today. This is a 4 week workshop only $59.00 (USD) UK, Canadian, Australian and other currency accepted on the Pay Pal secure website.

  • scissors
    August 22nd, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire


    Duluth, GA — August 22, 2012

    The summer heat hasn’t stopped Ohio from keeping COOL by adding two new libraries. Mount Gilead and Cardington-Lincoln Public Libraries have become the latest to go live on Evergreen. The catalog for the growing consortium can be viewed online at

    Equinox Software oversaw data migration and continues to provide advanced technical support for the consortium. OHIONET is partnering with Equinox to provide hosting and primary system administration. The COOL project received initial funding from the local libraries and an LSTA grant from the State Library of Ohio. The remaining pilot libraries are expected to be live by early 2013.

    Equinox President, Brad LaJeuness, says, “The Ohio libraries have been very enthusiastic about Evergreen and have been very hands on with their migrations and system administration. We are very proud of the success of the pilot libraries and look forward to COOL’s continued growth in 2013."

    About Equinox Software, Inc.

    Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, 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

    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 over 1,200 libraries of every type-public, academic, special, and school media centers across 4 countries, 31 U.S. states, and 8 Canadian provinces.

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

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

  • scissors
    August 21st, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Added Features and Functionality Improve Mobile Access to
    EBSCOhost® Databases and EBSCO Discovery Service™ ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — August 21, 2012 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released an updated version of EBSCOhost® Mobile providing library patrons and researchers worldwide with optimal searching from the most popular smartphones and mobile devices. With ease of use and more functionality, the new EBSCOhost Mobile will provide users with an improved search experience for accessing EBSCOhost databases and EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) on the go.

    EBSCOhost Mobile can now be accessed without any initial administrative profile set up or software download required. EBSCOhost Mobile’s new smart technology auto-detects when an EBSCOhost user is visiting from a mobile device. The platform automatically directs the user to the optimal search experience for their device, making login and access faster and more streamlined. In the case of iPads, users will be directed to the EBSCOhost full site, which has been optimized for iPad use.

    In addition to a more modern mobile site and usability enhancements, new EBSCOhost Mobile allows libraries to customize the interface with their own brands, colors, and logos, and to benefit from patron analytics provided with enhanced, device-specific usage reporting. For EDS users, EBSCOhost Mobile provides guest access and real-time availability checking for items in the library catalog. Library patrons and researchers worldwide benefit from user interface translation into 28 languages, full access to facets and search options, the integration of folders, plus the addition of book jackets images and publication-type icons for a more visual experience. Users have the option of toggling between the mobile site and the full EBSCOhost site. Direct-to-device download support for e-books will be added to the EBSCOhost Mobile site in the coming months.

    More information about EBSCOhost Mobile and the latest upgrades to mobile searching for EBSCOhost and EBSCO Discovery Service is available at:

    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

  • scissors
    August 21st, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    Clatsop Community College Joins the Chinook Library Network and Goes Live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha ( support, is happy to welcome the Dora Badollet Library at Clatsop Community College to the Chinook Library Network. Clatsop Community College Library is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system with continued support by ByWater Solutions.

    The Chinook Library Network, a newly formed group of public and community college libraries sharing a catalog, now includes 7 libraries in Oregon, the shared public catalog can be viewed at

    The Dora Badollet Library at Clatsop Community College itself holds approximately 35,000 items and a host of online resources.

    Candice Walker, Library Director, commented on their migration experience with ByWater:

    “Moving to Koha has been a huge improvement for our library. Our former, server-based ILS was clunky, hard to maintain and update for a small college, and never provided solid customer support. Within the first day of going live with Koha, we saw a drastic improvement on both the front end with users, as well as the back end of the system for staff. And, most importantly, ByWater provides excellent customer service. The entire move to Koha has been a relatively smooth and head-ache free process. We are a happier library, one that provides better service, and one that can now evolve more fully with shifting information trends – providing better access and more flexibility for the user.”

    About the Dora Badollet Library:
    The Dora Badollet Library at Clatsop Community College serves the students, staff, and faculty of the campus, as well as offers services to the greater community. The library itself holds approximately 35,000 items and a host of online resources. For more information about the Dora Badollet Library please visit:

    About The Chinook Library Network:
    The Chinook Library Network is a newly formed network of independent city, county and community college libraries working together through a shared catalog. The network is administered by the Lincoln County Library District and came into being to broaden the base of materials or number of items available to our library users. The libraries that join the network all agree to share materials with the other libraries in the network and patrons may check out materials at any network libraries. The Chinook Library Network is connected through either a county courier system or the statewide courier (Orbis Cascade Alliance). For more information about the Chinook Library Network 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:

  • « Older Entries

    Newer Entries »