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    January 31st, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    For Release on January 31, 2013


    Toronto, ON – Jan. 31, 2013 – In Dysart & Jones 20th Anniversary year as a consultancy, Rebecca Jones and Jane Dysart are delighted to announce the following changes to our practice. As the complexity of libraries and the information sector increases we recognize the growing need for consulting services from professionals with a strong track record of diverse experiences. Strategically transforming organizations and developing bold, achievable plans for future success has never been more important or in more demand. In this context Dysart & Jones welcomes two new associates, library and information industry veterans Juanita Richardson and Stephen Abram.

    “We’ve been so fortunate,” said Rebecca Jones. “We’ve worked with the best clients, from tiny rural public libraries to huge urban library systems and academic institutions, to charities, to corporate and government information services. We’ve stuck to our knitting. And we’ve very carefully managed our growth, aligning with Jim Morgenstern of dmA Planning & Management two years ago, and now bringing Juanita and Stephen on board. Their intelligence, experience and incredible knowledge of libraries and the information world is incredibly exciting!”

    Jane Dysart notes that “D&J is taking this opportunity to expand our service offerings which have included major, international conference and client learning events, information and knowledge management consulting in the corporate and public sector, coaching, planning and facilitation in the public and academic sectors to now offer talent management (finding speakers for events) and consulting in the information industry sector.”

    “Working with Dysart & Jones presents the opportunity to engage in exciting projects with real scope and to work with a team of professionals who come to the table with an array of skills and in-depth expertise from across the information industry,” said Juanita Richardson. “I am pleased to make my contribution to the D&J practice and to participate in applying the rigorous D&J processes and solutions to ensure that clients get the best outcomes every time.”

    “I am so excited to finally be embarking on a new adventure in the Dysart & Jones family.” said Stephen Abram, “Their reputation for quality and transformational advice is one that I aspire to model and my many years of experience in the library, information vendor and publishing industries will be available for all.”

    Juanita Richardson joins D&J from Richardson Jalakas & Associates – an information strategy company she founded in 1998. Juanita has experience on both sides of the information industry. Most recently, she worked for many years as Business Development Consultant for CEDROM-SNi. Prior to that, she was Manager of Licensing, Product Strategy and Client Services with InfomartDialog. Before “crossing the street”, she was Manager of the Business Information Centre for Deloitte & Touche and held positions in the Research Departments of CIBC Wood Gundy and ScotiaMcLeod. She is an instructor at Seneca College’s Library and Information Technician program and at the iSchool Institute at the University of Toronto. Bilingual, with an MLIS, MBA and vast experience in the information industry, Juanita’s past work has included: implementing corporate knowledge initiatives; advising information service companies on content and marketing opportunities; and undertaking market analyses to inform strategic planning discussions. She has served on the Board of Directors of SLA, is an active member of the Canadian Library Association, has spoken at various information industry conferences and published in industry magazines.

    Stephen Abram, MLS, is a strategy, marketing and direction planning consultant for libraries and the information industry. Stephen has over 30 years’ of successful and innovative experience in libraries, surveys and research, organization development, change management, service and product, program, project and strategy development and management, and technology, marketing and promotion innovation strategy. He is a renowned library trend watcher and innovator and author of Stephen’s Lighthouse blog, one of the most popular blogs in librarianship and the information industry. He has been president of the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Library Association and the Special Libraries Association. He received the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award in June 2011. He has held international executive leadership positions at Cengage Learning (Gale), SirsiDynix, Thomson, ProQuest Micromedia, and IHS. He has lead several libraries in the accounting & auditing, consulting, human resources, and legal spaces. He has served on the advisory boards of six LIS schools. He was listed by Library Journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries. He has been awarded the SLA’s John Cotton Dana Award, the AIIP Roger Summit Award, as well as being a Fellow of the SLA. He was Canadian Special Librarian of the Year and Alumni of the Year for the Faculty of Information iSchool at the University of Toronto where he received the 2010 Outstanding Teaching Award. He speaks internationally on innovation, technology, marketing and strategic success in libraries and the information sector. He is the author of hundreds of articles and has contributed to dozens of books including ALA Editions’ bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram.

    About Dysart & Jones Associates

    For two decades Dysart & Jones has given clients expert consultation in strategic planning, organizational reviews and design, problem-solving, and conference and event planning. Planted firmly in the information marketplace, D&J helps organizations look forward and make sense of what they see. It fosters integral partnerships with clients and works together with them to turn a sea of decisions into navigable terrain towards a preferred future. As active members of numerous North American and international associations, Dysart & Jones maintain a large network of information and knowledge managers in public, academic, corporate and government libraries, associations, and organizations in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as senior executives in the information industry. D&J has worked with a wide range of clients including corporate and legal information services, global consulting firm information services, public and academic libraries, information associations, chambers of commerce, information industry suppliers and publishers.


    Media Contacts:

    Rebecca Jones

    (905) 731-5836

    Jane Dysart

    (416) 484-6129

    Juanita Richardson

    (416) 809-8490

    Stephen Abram

    (416) 669-4855

    Digital photos of the D&J team are available on our website or on request:

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    January 31st, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ~ Collection Includes Over 25,000 eBook Titles Chosen Specifically for Public Libraries ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 31, 2013 — EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) has released its latest e-book subscription collection focused on the needs of public library patrons. eBook Public Library Collection™ includes over 25,000 general reference e-book titles in a variety of subjects and topics including social sciences, language and literature and science & technology.

    eBook Public Library Collection complements any public library’s general reference collection and includes many industry leading publishers with numerous best-selling titles. As a pre-packaged collection, eBook Public Library Collection saves libraries time by organizing titles and makes it easy for patrons to discover titles they need.

    The collection will provide libraries with a substantial selection in the areas of self-help, health and fitness, games, crafts and hobbies, medical, cooking and religion. In addition to the larger concentrations listed, above, eBook Public Library Collection also features recreation and leisure, geography, commerce, finance, the family, marriage, women, folklore, social and public welfare, and home economics.

    eBook Public Library Collection is offered as an annual subscription and includes unlimited simultaneous access for users, and titles are continually added at no additional cost. Each title is offered with unlimited users allowing more users access to each title in the collection. eBook Public Library Collection also offers unlimited downloads to a variety of devices .

    As with all e-books available from EBSCO, eBook Public Library Collection will integrate seamlessly with all EBSCOhost® content. Users will be able to search the collection on its own or side-by-side with other EBSCOhost databases.

    More information about eBooks on EBSCOhost 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 375 databases and more than 350,000 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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    January 31st, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Participating in the promotion for print literary fiction THE HAUNTING AND PARADISE TAXI ISBN 9780615685434 are The Awesome Books bookstore in Pittsburgh, PA and The Booksellers at Laurelwood, Memphis, TN.

    "The Kirkus Indie Review" says, THE HAUNTING AND PARADISE TAXI "is a book with a promosing message."

    Now libraries and universities can buy THE HAUNTING AND PARADISE TAXI from Ingram—both the print and E-book version are available, also via Ingram's new "E-content lending" program.

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    January 31st, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Libraries and universities can buy Author Cynthia Lynn, member of Authors Guild new literary fiction— "a novel with a promising message" says "Kirkus Indie Review" about the uncertainty of living in a world filled with changes that come from the consequences of progress—now both in print and E-book version from Ingram.

    Cynthia Lynn's writing experience as a journalist includes specializing in travel writing, Travel Guides, No More Hotels In Paris & No More Hotels In Rome received 5-star reviews ("Library Journal" "The Philadelphia Inquirer"), and Cynthia Lynn has written special interest features, her travel updates have been distributed to NPR stations, and she's contributed to a number of travel books and publications.

    The Haunting And Paradise Taxi is a nostalgic remembrance narrative with a dash of Americana folklore—locale is in northwest central Florida native "Cracker country"—the storyteller is the once fun loving big apple city reporter Clarissa Max who receives a pink slip but finds another kind of life when she serendipitously lands in Citrusville. The man Clarissa leaves behind won't let her go and it may be love or lust, but at Ed's Diner the greens simmering in a ham hock sauce are the specialty with aging Crackers talking about sinners who aren't willing to give up sinning and end up on a raft going toward the falls.

    Among the cast of characters Clarissa introduces are old timer Nellie Charmin who spouts about a Paradise Taxi that takes the willing to change where they have to go, the forgetful Henry Benson knows the winds of progress bring more than the scattering of oak leaves from the town's ancient oak trees, and retiree Letty Lovelace looking for a man that is a traveling companion has a friend called Max who is the catalyst for a mystic spinning of fateful threads leading Clarissa toward another kind of destiny that includes a haunting.
    The HAUNTING And Paradise Taxi Library of Congress Number: 2012915387
    print ISBN: 9780615685434
    LIBRARY/UNIVERSITY DISTRIBUTION via Ingram "print on demand"
    E-book ISBN 0615685439 (same as print version) Ingram E-books
    & the Ingram "New E-book Lending content" platform

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    January 31st, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    North Bethesda, MD, January 31, 2013- The Norwood Public Library, located in Norwood, Colorado, has joined the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) and is scheduled to go live on the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog.

    The Norwood Public Library staff will work with LibLime Project Management in the upcoming months to migrate bibliographic, item, and patron data from their legacy ILS system to the LibLime Koha application. Norwood Public Library will enjoy autonomy within the CLiC union catalog, as LibLime Koha includes support for local ownership of patron records, local ownership of items records linked to communal bibliographic records, and OPAC group searching for pre-designated collections. Norwood Public Library patrons will also benefit from resource sharing in the consortium, which is managed by the expanded functionality in the Holds Queue service.

    About Norwood Public Library
    Located 33 miles west of Telluride, Norwood sits opposite the 12,700 foot Lone Cone Mountain that towers over Wright’s Mesa. Norwood Public Library provides reference services; fax and copy services; computer work stations; internet connectivity; and access to e-books, audio books, and music downloads for the citizens of this town in San Miguel County.

    About the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)
    CLiC, headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, serves over 400 libraries throughout the state. 35 of these libraries are part of the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog. Currently the database includes close to 545,000 items. Resource sharing is one of the key components of the system with libraries requesting over 1,200 items from each other every month. Requests are growing as more patrons discover how easy it is to request an item not held at his or her home library. CLiC is committed to maintaining AspenCat as a fully featured, patron-focused system. In partnership with the Colorado State Library, they have added links to external databases (EzProxy), Plinket-hosted website access, and SWIFT interconnectivity. They are also currently offering a cooperative purchase for downloadable audio books from Recorded Books, and ebooks from 3M Library Cloud system. For more information, please contact Shannon O’Grady at 303-422-1150 or

    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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