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    October 31st, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    North Bethesda, MD, October 31, 2013- The Valley Public Library, located in Valley, NE, has joined the Pioneer Consortium and will participate in the Pioneer LibLime union catalog for all collection and patron management services.

    The Valley Public Library staff will work with LibLime Project Managers to migrate bibliographic, item, and patron data from its legacy ILS system. Valley Public Library will enjoy autonomy within the LibLime Koha 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. Valley patrons will also benefit from other functionality in the software sponsored by Pioneer, such as Enriched EDI for acquisitions and expanded fines and fees support in circulation.

    About the Valley Public Library
    The Valley Public Library is a gateway to knowledge that provides residents of Valley, Nebraska with a place to encourage life-long learning. The Valley Public Library hosts Knitting and Crocheting, Genealogy, and Journaling/Memoir-Writing Workshops as well as special book reviews with guest speakers and an annual book and bake sale.

    About the Pioneer Consortium
    The Pioneer Consortium continues to expand the number of members that share the LibLime Koha union catalog. The successes of the early members of the consortium are noticed by more and more libraries around the state and the consortium membership continues to grow. One of the main attractions is access to the LibLime Koha union catalog.

    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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    October 30th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Based Solely on Usage Data, Simple Model Takes the Risk Out of Library e-book Purchasing

    Farmington Hills, Mich., October 30, 2013 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced an innovative new purchase option – a Usage-Driven Acquisition (UDA) model – for its Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) e-book platform. Unlike options currently offered by other e-book providers, this new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase e-books based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development. GVRL delivers reference content and series non-fiction titles to all types of libraries.

    “The nature of e-book acquisition has changed considerably over the years and we have explored a number of models with customers in the past which have led us to today’s announcement,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president, sales and marketing for Gale. “We want to expose more customers to the great learning and research opportunities offered by GVRL, and introducing this unique purchase model allows our customers to experience the platform with little risk and also enables them to make smart purchasing decisions that they can feel comfortable are meeting the direct needs of their user base.”

    Customers interested in the UDA model will make an upfront deposit (minimums apply) and will get complete access to the full line of Gale and Gale imprint e-titles, roughly 2,000 titles, for six months. At the end of the six month period, e-books with the greatest usage will be automatically added permanently to the library’s GVRL collection and deducted from the library’s initial deposit. As with GVRL’s traditional purchase model, once an e-book is purchased, libraries have unlimited, simultaneous use of the title. Gale is also working directly with third party publishers to incorporate their titles into this program.

    Named “Best Overall Database” by the readers of Library Journal magazine in 2012, GVRL offers user-friendly features such as an interface available in more than 30 languages, ReadSpeaker technology (text-to-speech functionality) for 19 languages, article translation capability, a multi-page viewer for a traditional book-like experience, and the ability to download articles as PDFs to ereaders or MP3 players for offline access. Gale also offers free promotional help including advertising and search tools for embedding within the library website, MARC records and other customizable marketing resources.

    For more information on Gale Virtual Reference Library and the UDA purchase model, please visit‎ or For questions, 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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    October 29th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    EBSCO Information Services Forms ILS Partnership with Australia’s Aurora Information Technology
    ~ Partnership to Make More Content Easily Accessible to Mutual Customers ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — October 29, 2013 —EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Aurora Information Technology (Aurora IT), an Australian-based company specializing in LMS research, develop and support, are announcing a new ILS partnership providing expanded services to customers. EBSCO and Aurora IT will collaborate to enable EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) to be seamlessly integrated into Aurora IT’s LMS system improving accessibility and usability for mutual customers.

    Director from Aurora Technology Information, Doug Coulson, sees this agreement as a direct benefit to customers. “Our partnership with EBSCO will provide our library customers with an interface that will allow them to access meaningful content more easily.”

    The agreement allows mutual customers better access to a vast array of superior content. It allows Aurora IT’s LMS users access to the leading content and features that researchers have come to rely on through EDS.

    EDS has quickly become the discovery service for thousands of universities around the world. EDS provides a full-featured experience for end users bringing together a comprehensive index and a single search approach while also offering a true academic and powerful environment in order to facilitate a comprehensive discovery experience.

    About Aurora Information Technology
    Aurora Information Technology (AIT) is a Sydney based Australian company specialising in Library Management Systems (LMS) research, development and support. AIT has been in business for 18 years and is now a leading ‘Public library’ and ‘Library for the Blind’ LMS supplier in the region. AIT most recently released self-updating LMS software to run in a Cloud/Web service environment.

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and 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. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and nearly 450,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. 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 Web site at: EBSCO 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
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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    October 29th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization creating global licensing and content solutions that make copyright work for everyone, has announced a record royalty payment of $188.7 million to rightsholders in FY’13, an increase of more than 5% over the $179.4 million paid the previous year. During the last ten years, CCC has distributed $1.4 billion to rightsholders.

    “As the digital information age matures, publishers and authors face a range of opportunities and challenges,” said Miles McNamee, Vice President, Licensing and Business Development, CCC. “Our goal is to continue helping rightsholders maximize every opportunity throughout the content life cycle as more than a rights-licensing provider, but also as a partner helping authors and publishers protect their intellectual property, control costs and generate new revenue.”

    CCC provides licensing solutions to rightsholders through several solutions -- RightsLink®, Open Access and APC Management, Annual and Pay-Per-Use Licensing Services, and the Republication Service.

    About Copyright Clearance Center

    Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the rights-licensing expert, is a global rights broker for the world’s most sought-after books, journals, blogs, movies, and more. Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC provides smart solutions that simplify the access and licensing of content. These solutions let businesses and academic institutions quickly get permission to share copyright-protected materials, while compensating publishers and creators for the use of their works. We make copyright work. For more information, visit

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    October 25th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
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    First Three Catamount Libraries Go Live on ByWater Solutions’ Koha Support

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Brooks Memorial, Springfield Town and Waterbury Public Libraries of the Catamount Library Network, a consortium sponsored and administered by the Vermont Department of Libraries, are now live on their installation of the Koha integrated library system.

    ByWater Solutions completed the first phase of migrations for the Catamount Library Network earlier this year. ByWater will be providing implementation services for future libraries joining the Catamount Network, as well as ongoing Koha support and hosting services.

    Martha Reid, Vermont State Librarian, commented on the progress of the project thus far:

    “The Vermont Department of Libraries has been working with five public libraries during the design and pilot phase of the Catamount Library Network, which features a shared Koha catalog, patron initiated holds across the network, and agreed-upon cataloging rules and protocols to protect the integrity of the bibliographic database. Three libraries (Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro; Springfield Town Library; and Waterbury Public Library) were successfully migrated with the help of ByWater Solutions this summer and two more libraries (Rutland Free Library and Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow) will “go live” this month. After an in-depth review of both Koha and Evergreen open source systems, the Catamount Library Network selected the Koha platform with the vision in mind that Vermont might someday have a statewide shared Koha catalog. Many Vermont libraries already participate in the VOKAL Koha shared catalog, a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium.”

    Jerry Carbone, Director of the Brooks Memorial Library states:

    “As one of the most active interlibrary loan public libraries in Vermont , Brooks Memorial Library is looking forward to more efficient resource sharing. I think the Catamount Library Network, as it grows, will make this possible.”

    The libraries customized online catalogs can be viewed here:

    About The Vermont Department of Libraries:

    The mission of the Department of Libraries (VTLib) is to collect, organize, and disseminate information and library materials in a variety of formats to the three branches of State government, libraries statewide, the general public, and Vermonters with special needs; to support and strengthen local libraries; to foster new means for statewide cooperation and resource sharing among all types of libraries; and to increase public awareness of libraries and their services and to act as an advocate on their behalf.

    Inherent in this mission is the Department’s advocacy of the right of Vermont citizens to read and have full access to information by ensuring that libraries and their resources are readily accessible to all Vermonters regardless of their geographic location, their level of income, access to technology or disability, and, as the official depository for Vermont state publications, the preservation of the record of Vermont state government for public scrutiny. 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:

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