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    December 10th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    OCLC, the nonprofit computer library service and research organization, is working with Yelp, the leading website and mobile app that connects consumers with great local businesses, to increase public access to local library information.

    Yelp is integrating information from the database of library listings maintained through the OCLC Library Spotlight program to supplement existing library listings on Information provided through OCLC has already been added to over 1,400 library listings on, ensuring that accurate addresses, phone numbers, hours and other information will be available in addition to information already listed on Yelp.

    The OCLC Library Spotlight program offers a free, easy-to-use service with which any library can add, edit and update its own profile that will then appear on online listing sites. Yelp is the first to work with OCLC, which will incorporate more partners in the future to give libraries greater visibility on the Web. Libraries can already claim their free account and use a suite of business tools on Yelp. The Library Spotlight program improves access to online library information by providing a convenient way for Internet services to update multiple library listings at once, at scale.

    “Once a library’s profile is established in the Library Spotlight program, the data can be shared with strategic partners like Yelp, driving traffic and interest to the local library,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. “The program enables participating libraries to benefit from OCLC’s extensive network of partnerships. It’s fast, easy and free to participate in the program. And it has the potential to literally put every library on the map.”

    The Library Spotlight program also uses data from the WorldCat Registry to pre-populate information about thousands of library locations. Libraries can use the Library Spotlight program to update and enhance that information, or create a new account if none exists.

    The partnership between OCLC and Yelp was first announced in April. The initial feed of library data is now available on Yelp. OCLC will provide Yelp with additional profiles and updates on a regular basis.

    A brief video tour of the Library Spotlight program is on YouTube at

    More about the OCLC Library Spotlight program is at

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    December 10th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 10 December 2013

    Brill is set to publish Polis, the Journal of Ancient Greek Political Thought.

    Brill, the international scholarly publisher, adds the peer-reviewed journal Polis to its growing portfolio of journals on the ancient world. Polis is an international journal on ancient Greek political thought, and is of interest to classicists, ancient historians, philosophers, and political scientists. Polis also publishes articles on the reception of ancient political thought.

    Sam Bruinsma, Brill’s VP Business Development: “Polis was founded over 25 years ago by the Society for Greek Political Thought and we are excited that it now comes to us, further strengthening our unique and growing collection of journals on the ancient world.”

    Professor Kyriakos Demetriou, editor of Polis, says: “We are proud that the journal will be published by Brill, a publishing house with such a rich history and a strong international focus. Since its inception in 1977, Polis exclusively publishes studies and book reviews on ancient Greek political thought in a broad sense, which marks its uniqueness and contribution to classical studies and intellectual history. ”

    Fulfilment of orders for 2013 will continue to take place via Imprint Academic Ltd. For more information on sales and where to order, please contact (customers outside the Americas), (customers in the Americas), or visit Brill’s website:

    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

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    December 10th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Kat Kamp
    Backstage Library Works

    PROVO, Utah, December 9, 2013 – The Bridge Consortium (Northfield, MN), which consists of the Libraries at Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, is collaborating with Backstage Library Works in database processing as part of the libraries’ initiative to update and maintain their joint catalog.

    With a view to creating consistency and uniformity within the catalog, the consortium contracted with Backstage for authority control processing and RDA enrichment updates on 1 million authority records and nearly 2 million bibliographic records. Backstage began by updating and correcting the consortium’s MARC records and matching bibliographic headings against the Library of Congress database. In addition to name and subject headings, series and uniform title headings were also updated. Backstage then upgraded the consortium’s existing non-RDA bibliographic records to RDA standards and re-described the records as RDA in an automated fashion according to the consortium’s requests.

    St. Olaf College Libraries head of technical services, Sarah Beth Weeks recounts:

    “During the setup phase of our projects, Nate and Stephanie worked very hard to make sure all our questions were answered. We were impressed with their technical knowledge, quick turnaround and overall helpfulness throughout the process. We have been particularly impressed with the amount of customization Backstage has provided for our records as well as the scope and depth of the ongoing reports that they offer.”

    The consortium’s growing catalog receives 150,000 new records each year, 80 percent of which are e-resources. To maintain the newly updated catalog with next-day heading accuracy and to benefit from future RDA based discovery capabilities, the consortium has subscribed to Backstage’s daily current cataloging and monthly authority control notification services.

    Carleton College head of technical services, Carol Eyler states:

    “Since the completion of our basefile project, we have been pleased with the ongoing responsiveness of Backstage staff to our follow-up questions and requests. I would recommend Backstage to other libraries seeking similar services.”

    Backstage delivers bibliographic records upgraded by authority control processing, authority records not already in the consortium’s authority file that match the headings in their new bibliographic records, and authority records previously distributed that have been updated by the Library of Congress.

    When authority records are updated, replaced or deleted, Backstage alerts the consortium of the changes and supplies the updated records. As a result, cumbersome, time-consuming processes have been eliminated for the consortium, allowing a more streamlined workflow for the libraries. Benefits for patrons include being directed to correct headings when searching on topics of interest.

    About The Bridge Consortium

    The Bridge Consortium was established in 2004 by the libraries of Carleton College and St. Olaf College, two highly selective private liberal arts colleges in Northfield, Minnesota. The Bridge Consortium supports the academic programs of both colleges through shared library programs, resulting in better service to users, cost savings, and increased efficiencies. The libraries share an integrated library system (Innovative Interfaces’ Millennium), exchange print and media resources via a twice-daily courier service, manage physical collections to minimize redundancy, and site materials where they will receive greatest use. Staff work together on decisions regarding operations and user experiences, and in some cases, perform tasks for both libraries jointly.

    The Bridge Consortium joint catalog can be found online at:

    Backstage vice president of automation services, Nate Cothran relates:

    “The Bridge staff were very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure working with them on the basefile project. They left no stone unturned, and we welcomed their feedback. They were instrumental in helping us modify existing rules and adding new rules to suit their records. We ended up running three samples for Bridge prior to processing the full basefile. Our motto is always to ensure the sample expectations are met before proceeding with the full processing.”

    About Backstage Library Works

    Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced and efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.