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    December 21st, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire


    Duluth, GA —December 20, 2013

    Equinox is proud to announce that Cumberland Public Library has gone live on Evergreen as part of the NC Cardinal Consortium. Equinox oversaw data migration and staff training and will continue to provide ongoing technical support and system administration to the entire NC Cardinal consortium. Cumberland County’s new online catalog can be viewed at

    For over 75 years, the Cumberland County Public Library has provided local residents access to library materials and information services. The system has grown to nine branches located across the Fayetteville area. 166,000 patrons and over 233,000 bibliographic items were added to the combined catalog.

    Erica Rohlfs, Equinox Education Specialist, says, “Cumberland County Public Library comprises a highly skilled and inquisitive staff. Throughout the entire training and migration process, they were very proactive in testing their data and learning their new ILS. It’s always a pleasure working with librarians who display high levels of passion for their jobs, database records, and patrons.”

    About Equinox Software, Inc.

    Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, almost half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you.

    We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you.

    For more information on Equinox, please visit

    About Evergreen

    Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, almost 1200 libraries across the US and Canada are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka.
    For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see

    Press contact: Corinne Hall,, 770-709-5571

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    December 20th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    North Bethesda, MD, December 20, 2013- LibLime, a division of PTFS, announces that the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, has gone live on LibLime Koha 4.16.

    Philipsburg Jubilee staff looks forward to taking advantage of the rich functionality in LibLime Koha 4.16, including foundational support for authority control, expanded SIP2 support for renewals, improved Solr stemming functionality, enhanced search attributes for patron records for easier staff access, and support for RDA 2013. As with all versions of LibLime Koha since 4.8, the entire application resides in the Plack environment for enhanced performance. Philipsburg intends to build a union catalog for the Dutch Caribbean libraries. The next library scheduled to join the catalog in February, 2014 will be the Queen Wilhelmina Library on Saba.

    About the Philipsburg Jubilee Library
    The Philipsburg Jubilee Library was founded on November 23, 1923, commemorating the year Queen Wilhelmina celebrated her silver jubilee. As the library grew in size during the 1960s and 1970s, plans were developed to re-locate the library to its present location, which is currently 20 times larger than its previous size. The new library opened its doors on April 2, 1984 and thereafter became the first library in the Netherland Antilles to be fully automated. In 1997, the Internet found its way into the library and just one year later, during its 75th jubilee, the library created its website.

    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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    December 18th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    ByWater Solutions Welcomes Rocio Jordan as Migrations Specialist

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community supporter and the U.S.’ forefront provider of Koha support, is happy to welcome Rocio Jordan as its new Migrations Specialist. Rocio will join our expert Koha migrations team in assisting new partners in the transition to the Koha open source ILS.

    Rocio has a graduate degree in Information Science from the University of North Texas and an undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance from Oklahoma City University. Rocio’s love of libraries first began in elementary school when she sought comfort in the books recommended by the school’s librarian and grew as she held positions in archives and preservation. Having grown to love databases as a research assistant with the Fort Worth ISD, she decided to put these two together and pursue a career that would allow her to manage data for libraries and information organizations.

    Rocio commented on his recent decision to join ByWater Solutions:

    “I am thrilled to be part of a team that puts libraries first! ByWater Solutions has a strong commitment to its partners and I’m happy to be with them as they welcome libraries to the open course community.”

    Joy Nelson, Director of Migrations, had this to share:

    “With her affinity for customer service and project management, Rocio is a great fit with our migration team. Her background and experience with information systems and database design is a huge asset for us.”

    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:

    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:

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    December 17th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    EBSCO Information Services and Cosmotron Partner to Enhance Library Discovery in Czech and Slovak Republic
    ~ Partnership to Expand Quality and Amount of Content Available For Cosmotron Users ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — December 17, 2013 — A new partnership between EBSCO Information Services and Cosmotron, an ILS vendor serving the Czech and Slovak Republic, provides expanded services to mutual customers. A joint development will enable libraries to deliver valuable content from EBSCO Discovery Service™(EDS) to customers using the systems that are familiar to them.

    Providing access to EDS’s unified index will expand the quality and amount of content available for Cosmotron users. The partnership provides users with a solution that allows Cosmotron users to have access to the EDS search engine, leveraging the strong metadata and relevancy ranking system as well as other features and functionality of EDS.

    Cosmotron’s Director Nadežda Andrejčíková says the partnership will benefit all customers and provide a seamless user experience. “At Cosmotron we continually strive to work on innovating and improving our technologies and services. The integration of EBSCO Discovery Service will allow our users to also access sources directly through the ARL interface.”

    EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means ofaccessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.

    EBSCO Discovery Serviceis quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (, and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost® platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There’s simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin™.

    About Cosmotron

    Cosmotron Company operates in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They were the pioneers in implementing the Z39,50 protocol in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which is currently widely used in libraries in both countries. Cosmotron develops and services its own management system called Advanced Rapid Library, which manages collections of all sizes. ARL is adjustable for the needs of institutions regarding registry of their collections including their related media or full-text documents. Over the years Cosmotron extended their offer and grew into a company that offers everything a library might need. Cosmotron was essential in building the National Union Catalog in the Czech Republic and was the first to introduce the use of RFID technology in libraries in both countries.

    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 500,000 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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    December 17th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 17 December 2013

    Brill and Semantico are proud to announce BrillOnline Primary Sources – Brill’s new online platform for primary sources.

    Brill and Semantico are proud to announce the launch of BrillOnline Primary Sources. This new platform consists of thematic collections of unique materials such as rare books and documents from around the world. These essential research tools in the area of humanities and social sciences are an integrated part of Brill’s product portfolio.

    Primary Sources offers access to over six million high resolution scans of documents, research data, models, illustrative images and associated metadata in over 70 collections in 9 different subject areas. Scholars are offered access to Brill’s primary source collections in an attractive and easy to use online environment. Much care and effort has been spent to ensure that functionality and usability meet the high expectations from today's users.

    Semantico built the site using their latest technologies. Scolaris, the next generation integrated content platform, is engineered to manage the complexities of journals, reference works and dictionaries. Scolaris promotes discoverability by providing intelligent, full-text search powered by Solr and allows rich taxonomy support for faceted search and browse. Content is consumed through the Scolaris Reader, a powerful and flexible solution for viewing and annotating rights-managed PDF files.

    Dr Perry Moree, Executive Vice-President Finance and Operations at Brill said: “Brill’s Primary Source collections are designed with discoverability and user experience at the forefront. Using the latest technologies like Scolaris, means that search results are delivered at lightning speed in a logical and intuitive way giving customers the information they need quickly and accurately.”

    Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico commented: “We're excited to be working on another high profile Brill project and to be using Scolaris to power BrillOnline Primary Sources. Brill chose us because of the great work we've been doing for them since 2005."

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law, among others. With offices in Leiden and Boston, Brill today publishes 200 journals and around 700 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please visit

    Semantico is an innovative and market-leading digital publishing solutions company. To help publishers protect and grow the value of their content assets online, Semantico provides a range of services and technologies: consultancy, publishing platform design and build, ebook system development, digital marketing, access management, support and hosting.

    Semantico works with many of the world’s leading publishers and information providers including Oxford University Press, Nature Publishing Group, Springer and McGraw-Hill Professional to deliver scholarly journals, reference works and other academic and professional content across STM, HSS, professional and education sectors in the UK, Europe and the US.

    For more information about Brill visit

    Press contact: Albert Schoenmaker
    Tel: + 31 71 53 53 506

    For more information about Semantico visit

    Press contact: Clare Wratten
    Tel: +44 1273 358 219

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