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    October 11th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    North Bethesda, MD, October 11, 2013 – Students in Dr. Dina Tbaishat’s “Essentials of Automation of Information Centres and Libraries” course at the University of Jordan will begin utilizing LibLime Koha this fall through LibLime's Koha with Class program.

    LibLime will provide the class of approximately 35 students with a hosted installation of LibLime Koha 4.16 free of charge. This will allow the students unlimited access and all privileges associated with the staff end of LibLime Koha as well as all OPAC functionality for the duration of the course. LibLime Koha 4.16 includes foundational support for authority control, global editing of authorized fields, improved Solr stemming functionality, RDA support, and enhanced search attributes. The Solr engine, released as part of LibLime Koha 4.14, provides increased performance for importing and indexing bibliographic records. Solr also provides a much richer facet list for OPAC searching. Students in Dr. Tbaishat’s class will have the opportunity to take advantage of these and other improvements brought to the application through the Solr search engine.

    About LibLime’s Koha with Class
    LibLime's Koha with Class program is designed to give library school faculty a chance to embed the use of an ILS into their coursework and curricula. This allows students to gain practical experience with library automation software as they prepare to enter the library workforce. Many faculty members around the world are taking advantage of the free support that LibLime provides with the Koha with Class installations. LibLime is striving to expand the program overseas to support librarianship at an international level. To learn more about the program visit or if you wish to get involved go to:

    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 11th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    O'Dell, Dr Ilse: Deutsche und Osterreichische Exlibris 1500-1599 im Department of Prints and Drawings im Britischen Museum, published 2003 by British Museum Press (regrettably just in German).

    Do you hold a copy of this book, either personally or in your library ? - Please check.

    To make this German text accessible to English-speaking would-be readers, the Autumn 2013 issue of The Bookplate Journal reprints in English the extensive introduction, plus some improved illustrations. Please send orders & enquiries to

    Of the 72 pages in this well-produced journal, 38 pages are devoted to the English translation of Dr O’Dell’s important introductory explanation and historical overview, accompanied by 43 illustrations of which 16 are full page, a number of which are in colour. These illustrations have been chosen to match references in the text. Original 16th century German exlibris from the remarkable Franks and Rosenheim collections in the British Museum have been re-photographed and, where possible, are shown at actual dimensions (except where the originals are larger than the journal's 185x245mm page size). In the 2003 book, images were unfortunately manipulated in size to fit four to a page.

    A second major article in this Autumn 2013 issue of The Bookplate Journal is Brian North Lee’s well-informed piece on “Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks as a Bookplate Collector”. This originally appeared as Chapter 17 (pages 308-316) in Caygill & Cherry’s A.W. Franks – Nineteenth-Century Collecting and the British Museum, BM Press, 1997 (now out of print). To this essay are now added further notes dealing with some aspects that Lee was unable to research.

    This journal sells to non-members of The Bookplate Society for £14/$22.50 plus postage (less 35% on quantity for the book trade, but again postage extra). Additional copies are being printed so that libraries and other owners of the O’Dell book can access the English text. Available end-October 2013. Please send orders to

    Go to for details about subscription to The Bookplate Journal, published by The Bookplate Society, a not-for-profit association of collectors, bibliophiles, artists, and others dedicated to promoting bookplate study.

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    October 11th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    He's been called "one of my all-time favorite children's book characters" ( Everyone understands and loves (more than 1.6 million books sold) Scaredy Squirrel, Melanie Watt's nutty worrywart. Leave it to Scaredy to come up with his Top Three Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating Public Service Announcement animated video.

    It takes just a minute to learn about safe costumes and candy consumption.

    More can be found in the picture book SCAREDY SQUIRREL PREPARES FOR HALLOWEEN: A Safety Guide for Scaredies (Kids Can Press, ISBN 978-1894786874, ages 4-8).

    “Watt certainly has hit on a formula that provides readers with a familiar but guaranteed-to-be-hilarious experience.” — Kirkus Reviews, August 2013

    ★“The timid and brave alike will laugh their way through this holiday addition to Watt’s series.”— Publishers Weekly - Starred Review, July 2013

    For more information about the Scaredy Squirrel book series or author-illustrator Melanie Watt, contact:
    Deborah Sloan, 978-884-4758