CR2 Blog the knowledge blog
  • scissors
    September 18th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire


    Duluth, GA — September 18, 2012

    North Central Michigan College has gone live on Koha just in time to welcome back students for the fall semester. Equinox Software oversaw data

    migration and training services. ESI will also host the servers for the new system and provide ongoing technical support.

    NCMC is located in Petoskey, Michigan and currently has an enrollment of 3,000 students. The library houses 34,400 bibliographic titles and supports

    the academic programs of the school and community.

    According to Brad LaJeunesse, Equinox President, "Academic libraries are turning more and more to open source products not just for the cost savings

    but for the increased flexibility and added benefit to their students. We have enjoyed working with North Central Michigan College and look forward to

    continuing to assist them with supporting their installation."

    "We look forward to showcasing our library collection using Koha, and to be able to take advantage of an open source ILS that can be tailored to meet

    our specific needs. The Equinox staff has worked with us to help us feel confident that we are not only enhancing the patron user experience, but that of

    our staff," says NCMC Librarian, Eunice Teel.

    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

    About Equinox Software, Inc.

    Founded in 2007 by the original Evergreen developers, Equinox remains deeply committed to being an active and enthusiastic voice in the open source

    community. Equinox's unparalleled depth of knowledge regarding libraries and library data is reflected in our services which include implementation,

    development, support, hosting, and educational services for both Evergreen and Koha software. For more information on Equinox Software, please visit

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

  • scissors
    September 18th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 18 September 2012

    Brill and Semantico are pleased to announce a major new collaboration for the design and engineering of a new platform for Brill’s primary source collections. The expected delivery date for the platform is early 2013.

    Following a pitch in June 2012, Brill has chosen Semantico to design and engineer the new platform for Brill’s primary source collections. This new platform will consist of thematic collections holding unique materials such as rare books and documents from around the world. These essential research tools in the area of humanities and social sciences are an integrated part of Brill’s product portfolio.

    By choosing Semantico, Brill’s new primary sources platform will offer an enhanced user experience to researchers, librarians and scholars. The platform will focus on delivering smooth and fast access to over six million high resolution scans of documents, research data, models, algorithms, and illustrative images. Widely distributed metadata will point researchers to relevant documents and on-site browsing will be free. The new platform has wider advantages for scholars as it combines primary sources with Brill’s secondary publications. This opens up a new world of possibilities as users will be able to search across the other Brill platforms: BrillOnline Books and Journals ( and BrillOnline Reference Works (

    Semantico will build the site using their newly launched Scolaris and industry-respected Semantico Access Management System (SAMS). Scolaris is the next generation integrated content platform, engineered to manage the complexities of journals, reference works and dictionaries. Scolaris promotes discoverability by providing intelligent, full-text search powered by Solr and allows rich taxonomy support for faceted search and browse.

    The platform will link Scolaris with SAMS to create greater subscription opportunities for Brill. SAMS is the most widely used access management system in its class and will be used by Brill to offer different levels of subscriptions to allow a broader range of customers to discover and engage with Brill content.

    Dr Perry Moree, Executive Vice-President Finance & Operations at Brill said: “Brill Research Collections will be designed with discoverability and user experience at the forefront. Using the latest technologies, like Scolaris, means that search results are delivered at lightning speed in a logical and intuitive way giving customers the information they need quickly and accurately.”

    Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico commented:“We're excited to be working on another high profile Brill project and to be using Scolaris to power Brill Research Collections. Brill chose us because of the great work we've been doing for them since 2005 and successful delivery of the recent BrillOnline Reference Works project has greatly helped their perception of us too."

    For more information on this media alert, please contact Albert Schoenmaker (, Senior Editor Online Resources.

    About Brill (
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, BRILL is a leading international academic publisher in the fields of Ancient Near East and Egypt, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, contemporary History and History of War studies, Biblical and Religious Studies, Slavic Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, Human Rights and Public International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston, BRILL today publishes more than 175 journals and around 600 new books and reference works each year. All publications are available in both print and electronic form. BRILL also markets a large number of research collections and databases with primary source material. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. BRILL is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please visit

    About Semantico
    We are an innovative and market-leading digital publishing solutions company focused on helping publishers protect and grow the value of their content assets online. Aligning ourselves with the client's brand and business objectives, we operate as a strategic partner, providing a range of services and technologies including consultancy, publishing platform design and build, e-book system development, digital marketing, access management, support and hosting.

    Many of the world's leading publishers and information providers have benefited from Semantico's e-publishing expertise, including Brill, Palgrave Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Wiley, Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Macmillan Education and Dawson Books. We work across a wide range of publishing industry sectors, including Reference/Academic; STM; Education; Trade, Legal, Tax & Regulatory; Associations & Institutes, and Publishing Intermediaries.

    For more information about Semantico visit

    Press contact: Clare Wratten
    Tel: +44 1273 358 219

  • scissors
    September 18th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Pro Bono Net is pleased to announce a series of four "Libraries and Access to Justice" national training webinars. The series will help librarians better assist library patrons with legal needs by presenting a range of free online access to justice resources, and will showcase successful models for legal aid-library collaboration. Pro Bono Net is producing the webinars in collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, Central Minnesota Legal Services and Legal Services State Support (MN), with funding from the Legal Services Corporation's Technology Initiative Grants program.

    The webinars are free to public library and public law library staff, as well as stakeholders from the legal aid, court and access to justice communities. Attendees are welcome to join for the entire series or attend individual webinars on topics of interest. Recordings and presentation materials will be made available online afterwards.

    Below is information about the second webinar:

    Webinar 2: Connecting Library Patrons with Legal Information: Key Resources
    Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012
    Time: 10am PDT / 11am MTN / noon CDT / 1pm EDT

    With so much misinformation online, helping patrons find up to date, credible sources of legal self-help information and forms can be challenging. This webinar will provide an overview of online legal information and self-help tools developed by the nonprofit legal aid community, including a national network of statewide legal information portals, many of which have content available in languages other than English. Presenters will also highlight resources available through many courts, law libraries and key federal resources, including online consumer protection resources.

    For More Information about the Series:
    Descriptions, registration information, past webinars and other details about the entire series are available at

    Please join us, and help us spread the word to anyone who might be interested in attending!

  • scissors
    September 18th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~Personalized usage management services can help librarians maximize their time and budgets~

    Birmingham, Ala. — Sept. 18, 2012 — With EBSCONET® Usage Consolidation, librarians can collect, consolidate, and report on the usage of their online resources, making vital collection management information readily available in the librarian’s workflow — within EBSCONET® Subscription Management. But EBSCO knows gathering usage data can be time-consuming, and that is why the EBSCO Usage Loading Service can load usage on behalf of Usage Consolidation customers.

    The Usage Loading Service is a highly skilled team that can obtain usage reports, load them to the library’s Usage Consolidation account, and match exceptions — allowing librarians to spend more time developing powerful collections that can help users achieve their research objectives.

    Usage Consolidation customers who choose to take advantage of the Usage Loading Service can select from two time-saving options: Basic and Complete.

    With the Basic Usage Loading Service — in addition to the automatic matching of titles available through Usage Consolidation — each library’s account is assigned to a knowledgeable representative who will:

    Retrieve COUNTER reports from content providers
    Manipulate reports, cleaning them up to ensure that they load
    Load usage reports into the customer’s Usage Consolidation account

    The Complete option goes even further. For libraries that choose this service, the Usage Loading Service team will:

    Set up platform details within the library’s Usage Consolidation account — including setting up SUSHI, where applicable
    Load historical details (up to two years, where available)
    Manually match titles that were unmatched during the automated process
    Coordinate to ensure that titles are accounted for
    Act as the library’s advocate, communicating with content providers to ensure that usage data is correct and problems are resolved in a timely manner

    Plus, with the Complete Usage Loading Service, thanks to the high level of integration among EBSCO’s products, librarians are assured that high-quality usage data will automatically be available directly in EBSCONET — the tool used by librarians worldwide for making collection development decisions.

    For more information about the time-saving options available through the EBSCO Usage Loading Service, visit

    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

  • scissors
    September 18th, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    The Urban School of San Francisco’s Herbst 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 Urban School of San Francisco’s Herbst Library is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

    ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Herbst Library in early  September and will be providing ongoing support and hosting services for them.

    The Herbst Library supports the education needs of 375 students and nearly 40 faculty members with a collection totaling over 11,000 items. Their customized online catalog can be viewed here:

    Sarah Levin, Urban Librarian, commented on her experience with migrating to and using Koha:

    “We are so excited to have Koha as our new library system. The flexibility that an open source product has along with great support from ByWater Solutions made the decision to switch easy. We are excited to transition from a basic ILS that simply got the job done to a more robust tool that will not only make our OPAC more useful to patrons, but will also make my job as a solo librarian more streamlined.”

    Nicole C. Engard, Vice President of Education, commented on the team at the Herbst Library:

    “Training staff as excited about change and new technology as those at The Urban School was a pleasure! The enthusiasm that Sarah and her term showed about open source, both in libraries and in education, was refreshing. I can’t wait to work with this team both on improving Koha and educating the next generation on the values of open source.”

    About The Urban School of San Fransisco:
    Founded in 1966, The Urban School of San Francisco is an innovative, independent high school with a mission to ignite a passion for learning and to inspire our students to become self-motivated, enthusiastic participants in their education. We honor the uniqueness of each individual and seek students from diverse backgrounds in order to build a strong, inclusive community and prepare students for lives in a multicultural society. For more information about The Urban School of San Fransisco, please visit:

    About the Herbst Library:
    The library is a dynamic information commons. It supports the school’s philosophy of instilling in students a life-long love of learning. The mission of the library is to ensure that students acquire research skills needed to succeed in their courses and in college. The library supports the curriculum by providing primary source material and other resources not easily found at the local public libraries. For more information about the Herbst 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:

  • « Older Entries