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    September 25th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    North Bethesda, MD, September 25, 2013- Mancos Public Library, located in Mancos, CO is now live in the AspenCat LibLime Koha Union Catalog for all collection and patron management services.

    The Mancos Public Library staff worked with LibLime Project Managers to migrate bibliographic, item, and patron data from their legacy ILS system to the LibLime Koha application. With the addition of Mancos Public Library, there are now over 746,000 items and nearly 456,000 bibliographic records in the CLiC AspenCat Union Catalog.

    About Mancos County Public Library
    The Mancos Public Library strives to foster intellectual freedom; encourage life-long learning; provide the resources for self improvement and community building to all members of the community; and support and showcase the arts. Mancos Public Library is able to provide information resources and support life- long learning with assistance from a knowledgeable and courteous staff and expansive collections of materials.

    About the CLiC Consortium
    CLiC, headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, serves over 450 libraries throughout the state. 35 of these libraries are part of the AspenCat LibLime Koha union catalog. Currently the database includes over 700,000 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, AspenCat offers integration with external databases using EZproxy, integration through the State Library’s Plinkit-based web site hosting service, and interconnectivity with SWIFT, the statewide ILL system. AspenCat also currently offers a cooperative purchase for downloadable audio books from Recorded Books and ebooks from the 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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    September 25th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

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

    From Graduation to Retirement, This Book by the Authors of a Popular Library Career Site Helps Librarians Plan for, Navigate, and Cultivate Rewarding Careers

    September 24, 2013, Medford, New Jersey—Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced the publication, in print and ebook editions, of Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career by Susanne Markgren and Tiffany Eatman Allen.

    In the book, Markgren and Allen examine events, transitions, struggles, and advances that encompass and define a librarian’s career, answering a range of important questions library professionals face as they move through the various stages of their working lives. For more than 10 years, the authors have collaborated on the popular online advice column, “Career Q&A With the Library Career People.” The book blends their own best advice with tips and ideas from a number of their savvy peers.

    “Librarianship can be an exciting and rewarding career choice because it offers variety, flexibility, and growth,” Markgren says. “We wrote the book to share practical advice, experience, and information that can help librarians manage a successful and satisfying career.”

    “If I were to invent a perfect adjunct to the work I do, it would be a career management bible. It would be an advice column of sorts, offering the voice of the confident, kind, and helpful practitioner. It would be, in short, this book,” writes Loriene Roy, past president of ALA, in the foreword to the book. “[Career Q&A] will serve as a useful guide for the decisions you make now and throughout your career.”

    “From searching for that first library job to getting ready for retirement, Career Q&A addresses the key LIS career issues you’re likely to face, and does so in Markgren and Allen’s signature style: realistic, honest, funny, and smart,” says Kim Dority, author of Rethinking Information Work and LIS Career Sourcebook. “I can’t wait to recommend this book to my students.”

    Career Q&A presents the following 14 chapters:

    1. The Beginning: Getting Started or Getting Going
    2. Making a Good First Impression: The Art of the Cover Letter
    3. Documenting Your Employment History: The Art of the Resume
    4. Online Identities: Managing Your Online Presence and Building Your Brand
    5. Interviewing: Getting Ready for the Show
    6. Networking: Getting Involved in the Profession
    7. From Here to There: Time for a Change
    8. Putting Yourself Out There: Presenting and Writing
    9. Job Flexibility: Possibility or Myth?
    10. Alternative Jobs: The Nontraditional Career Path
    11. Moving Up the Ladder: Stepping Into Management
    12. Keeping Up: Following Technology and Trends
    13. Collaboration: Forming Productive Partnerships
    14. Retirement: Wrapping Up Your Career and Planning for the Next Stage

    In addition, the book features the foreword by Roy, a list of recommended resources, and a comprehensive index. provides reader updates, a career Q&A forum, details of the authors’ upcoming workshops and appearances, and over 10 years’ worth of content from the Info Career Trends newsletter.

    Susanne Markgren is the digital services librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York. Previously, she worked in public libraries, a theater library, a government library, a seminary library, a university library system, and a medical school library. Tiffany Eatman Allen is the director of Library Human Resources at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. She has worked in libraries for more years than she’s willing to admit, including in the catalog department of an academic library, the library of a pharmaceutical company, and a private biomedical research foundation library.

    Career Q&A: A Librarian’s Real-Life, Practical Guide to Managing a Successful Career (240 pp/softbound/$39.50/ISBN 978-1-57387-479-3) is published by Information Today, Inc. (ITI) 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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    September 25th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    Michigan Jewish Institute Chooses ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Michigan Jewish Institute, of Southfield, MI is now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

    ByWater Solutions completed the migration for the Michigan Jewish Institute earlier this year and will be providing ongoing Koha support and hosting services to them. Their custom OPAC can be viewed at

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated:

    “It was great to get to help the team at the Michigan Jewish Institute upgrade to the latest version of Koha. We look forward to continuing our work together through their support contract.”

    About Michigan Jewish Institute Library:

    MJI’s Main Campus Library, housed at our main campus in West Bloomfield, parallels the college’s academic interests by offering a collection of technological, business and Judaic materials that are frequently cited by MJI faculty during course delivery. Most course syllabi refer to use of various library materials and students are expected to make use of these materials via required or suggested readings and research. MJI is a participating member of the Michicard System. This valuable resource allows students enrolled at MJI to use participating public libraries and over thirty academic collegiate libraries located in Michigan. For more information, 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: