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    April 30th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    Griffin Free Public Library Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Griffin Free Public Library in New Hampshire is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

    ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Griffin Free Public Library at the end of February and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services for their nearly 20,000 items and 2,000 patrons.

    Ricky Sirois, Director at the Griffin Free Public Library spoke about the library’s decision to migrate to an open source ILS:

    “I was particularly pleased with ByWater Solutions’ responsiveness to our needs throughout the transition. The training was a particular highlight for us, as it met our small library’s particular areas of concern while remaining within our budget. I am excited about joining the Koha community and the open source movement. The community and ByWater will provide our library with constant improvements and support from a worldwide network of users. Along with all of that our patrons have online access to their accounts for the first time in our history.”

    “Bringing on new partners is always exciting for us at ByWater,” started CEO, Brendan Gallagher, “but it’s especially pleasing when we can offer services to libraries like Griffin Free who were previously unable to offer cutting edge automation services to their patrons within their budget. We look forward to working with Ricky and Griffin Free Public Library on continuing the services offered by Koha.”

    About Griffin Free Public Library:

    Griffin Free Public Library in Auburn, New Hampshire, offers a variety of resources and services to library patrons. The library offers access to nearly 20,000 items and serves nearly 2,000 patrons. For more information about Griffin Free Public 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:

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    April 30th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    North Bethesda, MD, April 29, 2013- The Lester Public Library of Arpin, located in Arpin, WI, has joined the South Central Library System (SCLS) LibLime Koha union catalog for all collection and patron management services.

    The Lester Public Library staff worked with LibLime Project Managers to migrate bibliographic, item, and patron data from their legacy ILS system. With the addition of the Lester Public Library to the South Central Library System, there are now over 836,200 bibliographic records and nearly 3.2 million items in the entire SCLS catalog.

    About the Lester Public Library
    Located in the village of Arpin, WI, the Lester Public Library provides a variety of children, teenager, and adult programming. The Lester Public Library offers plenty of services ranging from reference and community information to a summer library program for children and teenagers of all ages.

    About the South Central Library System
    The South Central Library System strives to help its member libraries provide the best possible service to the public. SCLS maintains a 42-member LibLime Koha union catalog with over 835,000 bibliographic records, more than 2.3 million item records, and three circulation transactions per second during peak production. SCLS enables and promotes research sharing among its member libraries by providing access to shared digital content, contracts for library resources, cooperative management services, circulation/interlibrary loan services, technology service, and a world-class delivery service.

    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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    April 23rd, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    First Resource Focused on Younger Audiences Joins National Geographic Virtual Library

    Farmington Hills, Mich., April 23, 2013 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of National Geographic Kids, the fourth resource in the National Geographic Virtual Library product line. This new resource contains material appropriate for younger audiences, and boasts unique content that is not duplicated in other available National Geographic Virtual Library products.

    “National Geographic magazine is loved and recognized by all audiences and ages, even though the content is often more accessible for advanced learners,” said Frank Menchaca, senior vice president, global product management, research, school & professional, Cengage Learning. “With the launch of National Geographic Kids, we’re able to offer content and navigation that is age appropriate and is supportive of curriculum and learning standards adopted by many states nationwide.”

    National Geographic Kids includes the complete issues of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009-present, 500 downloadable images, and 200 National Geographic Kids books, including reference books as well as nonfiction books on history, biography, science and technology and the National Geographic Readers, which cover wildlife, pets, nature and other topics. The interface also contains user-friendly design elements, which makes finding content more intuitive for younger audiences. National Geographic Kids is also accessible via the National Geographic Virtual Library interface, allowing for easy access and reference with the other resources in the product line.

    The content in National Geographic Kids supports the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The books included in National Geographic Kids provide elementary and middle school students with opportunities to practice the foundational reading skills required to achieve fluency and comprehension. The CCSS also encourage students to gain an understanding of other cultures, and the National Geographic series Countries of the World and Holidays Around the World assist with that. National Geographic Kids also offers students an opportunity to engage with complex text – the English Language Arts CCSS emphasize the need to provide all students with consistent opportunities to confront and comprehend grade‐level complex text. In addition, National Geographic Kids provides high-quality informational texts suitable for primary, upper elementary and middle school English language arts, social studies and science classrooms.

    “We’re excited to have this content digital and searchable for students to help support them in their learning endeavors,” said Julie Agnone, vice president, editorial operations, National Geographic Kids Publishing and Media. “Additionally, we’re interested to see how teachers, including students working toward their teaching certification, use National Geographic Kids with their curriculum development.”

    Customers have the option to purchase or subscribe to National Geographic Kids as a stand-alone product or coupled with the full National Geographic Virtual Library line. For more information on National Geographic Virtual Library or to request a trial, please visit or contact Kristina Massari at

    About Cengage Learning and Gale
    Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software and services company, empowering educators and driving learner engagement through personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit or


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    April 20th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    For Immediate Release:
    For information contact:
    Rob Colding
    Information Today, Inc.
    (609) 654-6266, ext. 330

    April 19, 2013, Medford, New Jersey--Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced the publication of Handbook of Indexing Techniques: A Guide for Beginning Indexers, Fifth Edition by Linda K. Fetters.

    About the Book
    The fifth edition of the Handbook of Indexing Techniques offers clear explanations of indexing techniques along with many helpful examples. In addition to its easy-to-follow "how-to" coverage, the book includes information about indexing seminars and training programs, professional organizations, and indexing standards. Chapter 8, "Electronic Documents," now includes coverage of embedded indexing, Cambridge University Press indexing, XML indexing, ebook indexing, web indexing, and taxonomies.

    Praise for Handbook of Indexing Techniques, Fifth Edition

    "A clear and concise guide to the essentials of indexing ... the perfect choice for a novice indexer, authors desiring to index their own work, or document specialists needing to index their organizations' materials. If you are considering indexing as a career, this handbook will help you make up your mind."

    —Frances S. Lennie, Indexing Research,
    Theodore C. Hines Award Winner,
    and 2X ASI President

    "I welcome this fifth edition! It's the most practical and straightforward guide to the process of composing index entries and compiling a working index."

    —Kate Mertes, Mertes Editorial Services

    "Beginning indexers will find a wealth of information in the Handbook of Indexing Techniques. Fetters provides good introductions to the variety of indexing methods and covers everything from cards to XML to folksonomies. Students will find the extensive bibliographies very helpful."

    —Jan Wright,Wright Information
    Indexing Services

    "Linda Fetters has written a book that covers indexing from the very beginning to the most sophisticated stages—it will help novices get started and then guide them to learn how to deal with embedded projects and ebooks. I have used this book and recommend that all indexers include it in their personal libraries."

    —Enid Zafran, Indexing Partners

    Linda K. Fetters has been a freelance indexer for more than 25 years, specializing mainly in bio-medical publications and computer manuals. Her book A Guide to Indexing Software, was a best-seller for the American Society for Indexing (ASI). Her articles on indexing and indexing software have appeared in Database, Key Words: Bulletin of the American Society for Indexing, The Indexer, Library Software Review, ONLINE, and Small Press magazine. She has served ASI in the positions of corresponding secretary, vice president, president (1992–1993), and administrator. She received ASI’s Theodore C. Hines Award for Continuous Dedication and Exceptional Service to ASI in 2001.

    Handbook of Indexing Techniques: A Guide for Beginners, Fifth Edition (192 pp/paperback/$28.00/ISBN 978-1-57387-461-8) is published by Information Today, Inc. and is available wherever professional books and ebooks are sold. For more information, contact the publisher by calling (800) 300-9868; faxing (609) 654-4309; emailing; or visiting the ITI website at

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    April 17th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    The Code4Lib Journal editors are excited to bring you this latest issue with seven articles.   Issue #20 can be found at

    The first set of articles show ways to manipulate metadata records.  In Workflow Tools for Digital Curation Andrew James Weidner and Daniel Gelaw Alemneh describe how they use AutoHotkey and Selenium IDE at the University of North Texas to automate various aspects of manipulating digital objects.  Heidi Frank show how to process MARC records from Archivists Toolkit in Augmenting the Cataloger’s Bag of Tricks; the techniques – using MarcEdit, Python, and PyMARC – are transferrable to other sources of records as well.  In Keeping up with Ebooks Kathryn Lybarger introduces a tool for updating batches of vendor-supplied records through a set of normalization routines.

    Jason Clark show how Montana State University is using YouTube as a digital video platform in Developing a Digital Video Library with the YouTube Data API. Getting users what they want without extraneous hits is always a challenge, and in Better Search Through Query Expansion Using Controlled Vocabularies and Apache Solr demonstrates how to configure SOLR to make the best use of a hierarchical controlled vocabulary.  In Breaking Up With CONTENTdm Heather Gilbert and Tyler Mobley lead us through the migration of a repository to Fedora Commons using Drupal, Blacklight and Rutgers’ OpenWMS software.  And for the hardware geeks, Tim Ribaric and Jonathan Younker describe how to build a simple desk counter tied to a Google Spreadsheet in Arduino-enabled Patron Interaction Counting.

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