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    February 7th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have awarded research grants to Lynne Bowker of the University of Ottawa, Kyung-Sun Kim of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Sei-Ching Joanna Sin of Nanyang Technological University and Sanghee Oh of Florida State University. The awards were presented January 24 at the ALISE 2013 Annual Conference Awards Reception in Seattle, Washington.

    • Lynne Bowker, Ph.D., of the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa, will consult with Spanish-speaking newcomers to Ottawa who are users of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) in the project, “Can machine translation facilitate outreach to newcomers? A pilot study investigating the needs of Spanish-speaking users of the Ottawa Public Library.” The results of this study will help to determine if machine translation can be used as a partial solution for finding a cost-effective means of translation that would allow OPL to offer a wider range of translated texts to the under-served newcomer community.

    • Kyung-Sun Kim, Ph.D. of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Sei-Ching Joanna Sin, Ph.D., of the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, will use a combination of surveys and focus group methods to collect data from over 600 undergraduate students in the United States and Singapore in the project, “Social Media as Information Sources: Use and Evaluation of Information from Social Media.” The focus of this study is to investigate what types of social media are used as information sources and how they are used and evaluated. Based on this research, suggestions will be made to improve information literacy education and social media interfaces, which will support the effective use and evaluation of social media as information sources.

    • Sanghee Oh, Ph.D., of the School of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University, will investigate the health information needs and sources people most likely seek and share in social Q&A by analyzing the content of health questions and answers. Findings from the project, “Understanding Health Information Behaviors in Social Q&A: Text Mining of Health Questions and Answers in Yahoo! Answers,” will help health information professionals better understand the health information behaviors of their patients or customers and improve their services or systems.

    OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grants support research that advances librarianship and information science, promotes independent research to help librarians integrate new technologies into areas of traditional competence, and contributes to a better understanding of the library environment. Full-time academic faculty (or the equivalent) in schools of library and information science worldwide are eligible to apply for grants of up to $15,000. Proposals are evaluated by a panel selected by OCLC and ALISE. Supported projects are expected to be conducted within approximately one year from the date of the award and, as a condition of the grant, researchers must furnish a final project report at the end of the grant period.

    More information about the OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Science Research Grant Program can be found at www.oclc.org/research/grants/. A list of previous grant recipients is at www.oclc.org/research/grants/awarded.htm.

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    February 7th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    EBSCO Publishing's catalog enrichment resource, NoveList Select™ has a new feature which adds e-resource recommendations that may have been hidden or hard to find directly from catalog records. The full release is below and please let me know if you have any quesitons.

    Lisa

    NoveList Announces New Feature for NoveList Select™ —
    E-Resource Recommendations
    ~ New Feature Guides Patrons to Relevant E-Resources Directly from Catalog Records ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — February 7, 2013 — NoveList®, a division of EBSCO Publishing, is introducing a new feature to NoveList Select™, its catalog enrichment resource. The new feature adds e-resource recommendations to NoveList Select. The recommendations guide patrons to relevant e-resources—that may have been hidden or hard to find—directly from catalog records. This new feature will benefit libraries looking to make patrons more aware of the wealth of electronic resources available through the library.

    Available free with a NoveList Select subscription, e-resource recommendations are comprehensive and vendor-neutral so libraries can promote a wide variety of resources. To ensure that patrons see a list of highly relevant resources specifically tailored to their search, professionals at NoveList have developed the recommendation strategies based on subject headings and also by the reading level of the record. Additional e-resources will be continually added to the list.

    Libraries identify which e-resources they have and would like to promote from a pre-defined list. Subject headings in the e-resources are then matched with subject headings in the catalog records. This process enables patrons to see a list of highly relevant recommended e-resources when they view a record in the catalog. A list of available e-resources is available at http://www.ebscohost.com/novelist/our-products/novelist-select-eresources.

    Vice President of NoveList, Duncan Smith, says this new feature is a unique solution for libraries looking to promote their e-resources. “Libraries have always struggled to find ways to effectively promote their e-resources. NoveList Select brings the e-resources into a place where patrons are most likely to see them. As a result, patrons know more about what the library offers and usage of e-resources increases.”

    NoveList Select is the catalog enrichment component of NoveList readers’ advisory resources. This component pulls NoveList content into a library’s catalog. NoveList Select makes reading recommendations, series information, book discussion guides, Goodreads ratings and reviews, library newsletters and events available to library patrons from within the catalog record. Patrons can find similar titles and authors based on their searches, discover more of the library’s collection and sign up for library newsletters and upcoming events.

    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 (www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Public Relations Director
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
    kmcevoy@ebscohost.com

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    February 7th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    2/7/2013
    CONTACT:
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944
    sales@bywatersolutions.com

    NoveList® Select Enhanced Content Added to the Koha Open Source ILS

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha support, would like to join the Los Gatos Library in thanking NoveList®, a division of EBSCO Publishing, for assisting in adding NoveList content to the Koha open source ILS.

    Henry Bankhead, Interim Town Librarian at Los Gatos Library stated:

    “Los Gatos library is exceedingly pleased that Duncan Smith, NoveList and EBSCO were willing to contribute to the Koha development via ByWater Solutions that allows Koha libraries to integrate content from NoveList Select to add richness to our patrons’ OPAC experience. This enhanced content adds reviews from Goodreads, up to date series information, similar titles and authors as well as links to NextReads newsletters and more. Because of this integration this content is available right in our library catalog and is available to any NoveList Select customer using the Koha integrated library system. We were very thankful that Duncan recognized that this integration would be a win-win for EBSCO, for the Koha community, for Librarians and most importantly for library patrons. We hope that this example set by EBSCO will encourage other vendors to contribute to the development.”

    Duncan Smith, Vice President of NoveList, shared his thanks with us:

    “Thanks to the efforts of ByWater Solutions, libraries that choose Koha as their catalog solution can now easily integrate the rich content from NoveList Select into their online catalog and put expert reading recommendations and other expanded content into the place where it is most visible to library patrons. This is a great example of how libraries and their readers benefit when companies work together to support library success.”

    Nicole C. Engard, Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions thanks all of those involved:

    “When educating librarians about open source, I always stress how choosing Koha and open source opens you up to all kinds of new freedoms. This partnership between ByWater, Los Gatos Library and NoveList shows how multiple groups can come together to improve an open source product for the benefit of everyone using it.”

    About Los Gatos Library:

    Los Gatos Library, located in Los Gatos, CA., serves a population of over 30,000 residents and houses a collection of more than 100,000 volumes. The library sponsors many community activities aimed at connecting people to the world of information. Programming is offered as a library resource that provides information, education, recreation and enrichment to all. For more information please visit: http://www.losgatosca.gov

    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 (www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com. EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

    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: http://koha-community.org

    About ByWater Solutions:

    With over 10 years of experience, ByWater Solutions offers customized hosting, data migration, configuration, installation, training, support options and development of the enterprise class open source library system, Koha. Offering a 24/7 technical helpline, ByWater Solutions’ clients have the support system they need to make their software work for them. ByWater Solutions pledges to share 100% of all developed code to the Koha community for the strengthening and advancement of the Koha ILS. For more information about ByWater Solutions, please visit: http://www.bywatersolutions.com