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    March 25th, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Tempe, AZ—March 24, 2014. The American Society for Indexing (ASI) has announced the appointment of Pilar Wyman, the immediate Past‐President of ASI, as editor of the association’s professional book series effective May 1, 2014. Long‐time series editor Enid L. Zafran will consign the role to Wyman during a ceremony at the start of the annual ASI conference being held this year in Charleston, SC.

    ASI Books is a series of professional guides and handbooks designed to serve indexing professionals and has been published on behalf of ASI by Information Today, Inc. (ITI) since 1998. ITI will continue in the role of publisher as the series is set to expand under Wyman’s editorial leadership.

    “ASI is delighted to name Pilar Wyman as editor of ASI Books,” said Ina Gravitz, ASI President. “The book program is a mainstay of our effort to help indexers and prospective indexers learn new skills and keep current. Pilar’s energy, expertise, and vision will ensure the continued success of this vital series of print and digital books written for indexers by indexers.”

    Wyman, founder and chief indexer of Wyman Indexing, based in Washington DC, has been involved in the publishing field as an indexer, editor, and consultant for over 24 years. In addition to serving as ASI President from 2012–2013, she currently serves on the association’s Digital Trends Task Force (DTTF) and has been its International Representative since 2007, giving talks and presentations worldwide. No stranger to the association’s book publishing program, Wyman has contributed her expertise to numerous titles over the years and is the editor of Indexing Specialties: Medicine, a seminal text published by ASI Books in 1999. She also edited the association’s bulletin, Key Words, from 2000–2006.

    “When it was announced that Enid Zafran would be retiring as ASI’s book editor after 18 impressive years in the role, we seriously questioned how or even if a suitable replacement could be found,” said John B. Bryans, ITI’s editor‐in‐chief and book publisher. “When we heard that Pilar Wyman had agreed to take over we were not just relieved, we were thrilled. In the many years we’ve worked with Pilar we have come to recognize her as one of the most capable, insightful, and dedicated indexer‐editors on today’s publishing scene. ASI Books has been a star performer even through challenging times; with Pilar at the helm the future of this program could not be any brighter.”

    About the American Society for Indexing
    ASI, the voice of excellence in indexing, advocates, educates, and provides the central resource for indexing. ASI was founded in 1968 to promote excellence in indexing and increase awareness of the value of well‐written and well‐designed indexes. ASI is the only professional organization in the United States devoted solely to the advancement of indexing. ASI is affiliated with indexing societies in other countries through an International Affiliation Agreement. Find ASI on the web at

    About Information Today, Inc.
    ITI is a diversified publisher and conference organizer serving professionals in the library, information, publishing, digital content, and knowledge management communities. Find ITI on the web at

    For more information on the announcement, contact Pilar Wyman, Series Editor/ASI
    Books, at; or John B. Bryans, Editor‐in‐Chief and Publisher, Book Publishing Division, Information Today, Inc., at or 609/654‐ 6266, ext. 134. To view currently available ASI Book titles, visit and click “American Society for Indexing.”

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    March 24th, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    March 24, 2014, Medford, New Jersey—Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced the publication, in print and ebook editions, of Michael L. “Mike” Gruenberg’s Buying and Selling Information: A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success.

    Gruenberg, a veteran of the electronic information field, has aimed to represent both sides of the negotiating table in his guide. The author’s personal stories, insights, and knowledge are geared to helping librarians and salespeople understand what the “other guy” is grappling with in order to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone. He sheds light on the importance of relationships, some harsh realities of the business world, and the “music” of the sales experience.

    Thomas H. Hogan Sr., president of ITI, says, “With over 30 years successfully selling information to a variety of libraries, we think Mike’s tips, techniques, and strategies will be welcomed by information and sales professionals.” Hogan adds, “The industry has been waiting a long time for this book, and we’re delighted Mike entrusted us with ‘his baby.’”

    “Practical and actionable advice about the relationship between the information/knowledge practitioner and the vendor has long been neglected,” writes Guy St. Clair, president of and knowledge services evangelist for SMR International, in the book’s foreword. “Mike provides practical and actionable advice on these matters. … The advice is solid and the storytelling is terrific. … The attention [he] gives to the value of change management and the role of leadership in our professional lives is right on target. We need to hear what he has to say.”

    Author Gruenberg describes the book as, “the culmination of a dream that started after a sales meeting at a library many years ago. … If you gain one fact that makes you better in your professional and maybe even your personal life, then I have fulfilled that dream.”

    Buying and Selling Information is organized in three major parts featuring these 14 chapters:

    1. People Do Business With People, Not With Companies
    2. It Takes Two
    3. Making the Most of Trade Shows
    4. The Importance of Your Words
    5. Preparing for a Sales Meeting
    6. Sales = Showtime
    7. Time Management: Meet Mr. and Ms. Clock
    8. What a Typical Sales Meeting Looks Like
    9. The Importance of Value
    10. Breaking Down the Barriers
    11. Managing the Decision-Making Process
    12. Negotiation Skills
    13. Terms and Conditions
    14. Sales Satisfaction

    In addition, the book includes a foreword by Guy St. Clair, the author’s Conclusion and Epilogue, and an exhaustive back-of-book index.

    Advance Praise for Buying and Selling Information

    “The combination of first-hand experience, invaluable tips and tricks of the trade, and a refreshingly readable style make Buying and Selling Information a must-read for anyone buying for, selling to, or just working in libraries. It should be part of every MLIS curriculum.”

    —Tim Rogers, executive director, NC Live

    “Gruenberg distills the process to its essential elements: two people working together to reach a successful result. … A must-read for those ready to engage in productive business relationships beneficial to both sides.”

    —Janice Lachance, CEO, Special Libraries Association


    Michael L. Gruenberg is president of Gruenberg Consulting LLC, providing information services companies with sales source analysis, market research, executive coaching, and trade show analysis. A popular information industry speaker and trainer, he has recently begun teaching a workshop on negotiation skills for information professionals. He lives in North Bethesda, MD, with his wife Barbara. Buying and Selling Information is his first book.

    Buying and Selling Information: A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success (224 pp/softbound/$49.50/ISBN 978-1-57387-478-6) is published by Information Today, Inc. (ITI) and is available wherever quality books and ebooks are sold. For more information, call (800) 300-9868; fax (609) 654-4309; email; or visit the ITI website at

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    March 21st, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire


    "Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods" edited by Liana K and Jerome Stueart
    Faith in Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthology
    ISBN: 978-1-77053-068-3 (Trade Paperback 5.5" X 8.5")
    E-BOOK: e-ISBN: 978-1-77053-069-0 To be released April, 2015

    Calgary, Alberta) EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing is pleased to announce the names of the contributing authors for the forthcoming edition of the prestigious Tesseract series.

    "Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods" will include works by: Robert J. Sawyer, Matthew Hughes, Alyxandra Harvey, Halli Lilburn, Derwin Mak, J.M. Frey, Steve Stanton, Megan Fennell, Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki, S. L. Nickerson, John Park, Janet K. Nicolson, Suzanne M. McNabb, Allan Weiss, Savithri Machiraju, Carla Richards, Mary-Jean Harris, James Bambury, Mary Pletsch, David Jón Fuller, and Jennifer Rahn, Erling Friis-Baastad, David Fraser, John Bell, David Clink and Tony Pi -27 of the biggest names and brightest rising stars in Canadian science-fiction and fantasy.

    This latest volume of the Tesseracts series contains tales of creative and religious diversity - a trending topic in books and movies. The stories and poems draw from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Agnosticism, Atheism, Humanism and the beliefs of Indigenous Canadians, (as well as actually creating faiths and religions of other worlds).

    “Any anthology that starts with a story called 'Mecha-Jesus' is clearly not a traditional look at religion” says EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publisher, Brian Hades. “This robotic savior is joined by the Hindu god Ganesh trying to break into Bollywood, the Sun God Ra discovering Coronation Street, a priest on Mars, a vampire in residential schools, and a woman with a secret under her hijab. 'Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods' definitely contains many surprises!”

    As in past versions of the Tesseract series, the editors are handpicked by the publisher. “Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods” is edited by widely-published sci-fi/fantasy author and writing teacher Jerome Stueart -- who is a gay Baptist from the Yukon Territory -- and “perfect heathen” media personality Liana Kerzner -- who is best known as Liana K.

    "Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods" is a lively, thoughtful interfaith/interpath anthology of creative and religious diversity - with a speculative fiction and fantasy twist!


    Media Contact:
    Janice Shoults, EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing


    The first Tesseracts anthology was edited by Judith Merril. Since its publication in 1985, 299 authors/editors/translators and guests have contributed 502 pieces of Canadian speculative fiction, fantasy and horror for this series. Some of Canada's best known speculative fiction writers have been published within the pages of these volumes - including Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Robert J. Sawyer, and Spider Robinson (to name a few). Tesseracts Eighteen is the forthcoming volume in the series. The entire series includes Tesseracts One through Eighteen, plus Tesseracts Q, which features translations of works by some of Canada's top francophone writers of science fiction and fantasy.

    “Tesseracts 18: Wrestling with Gods” will be released by EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing in April 2015

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    March 19th, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Farmington Hills, Mich., March 19, 2014 – In celebration of National Library Week April 13-19, Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses, is calling all library lovers to show how their library makes their community a more beautiful place—physically or metaphorically. To enter, library staff, students or patrons need only to submit a picture of the nominated library along with a short write-up for any of the 5 award categories. One “Best of Category” winner will be selected per category and will receive $500. One grand prize winner will be awarded “Best in Show” and take home $2,500. Categories include:

    • Most Unique Structure/Art Installation: Is there a particular piece of art or sculpture that's always a topic of conversation at your library? Then please, show and tell.
    • Greatest Historical Treasure: Whether it’s your building itself or something within your collections, share its story and historical significance.
    • Most Modern Architecture: There is nothing wrong with tradition but show off your twenty-first century look.
    • Coolest Internal Space: From a whimsical children’s space to a hip teen area, tech hub or academic retreat, show why students and patrons are flocking to enter and reluctant to leave.
    • Best Curb Appeal: Show us what your library looks like from the road and why it’s making people stop in their tracks.

    What: Gale’s “Libraries are Beautiful - Inside and Out” National Library Week Photo Contest. Submit a high resolution digital photo and 250 word write-up at A Gale representative, along with a panel of judges – experts in art, architecture and design – will narrow the submissions to a top 5 per category, after which the nominees will be encouraged to share their image for popular vote. Popular vote will select category and overall winners.

    Who: All U.S. libraries can be nominated to win. Nominations can be submitted by library staff, friends and users.

    When: Submissions will be accepted March 19 – 28. Winners will be announced during National Library Week in April.

    Why: Because libraries are beautiful – inside and out! Libraries improve the lives of those who use them. In honor of National Library Week, Gale is committed to helping promote the value of libraries and how libraries help make their communities brighter.

    Details: Please visit for complete contest rules.

    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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    March 19th, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Georgia Public Library Service to Offer NoveList Select™
    ~ The Readers’ Advisory Service Will Help Readers Discover
    Even More at the State’s Public Libraries ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — March 19, 2014 — The Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) is helping library patrons find great books to read by offering NoveList Select™, the catalog enrichment service from NoveList®, a division of EBSCO Information Services. Readers will be able to see reading recommendations, series information and e-resource recommendations directly in the library catalog.

    By putting the answers to frequently asked questions and information about books into the catalog, NoveList helps make the content easily available to users and staff. Each one of a library’s title records becomes a virtual display that showcase a library’s collection and database resources. As a result, information that librarians have been using to answer questions is now available in the resource readers already use – the library’s catalog. Libraries that have implemented NoveList Select have seen an increase in use of NoveList content.

    GPLS will subscribe to this service on behalf of all of Georgia's public libraries. This will increase access to resources from GALILEO, the state's virtual library. This will be especially beneficial for those libraries that compose the Georgia Library Public Information Network for Electronic Services (PINES) as this will increase access to an already extensive collection of materials to other resources from a single search interface.

    PINES is the public library automation and lending network for more than 275 libraries and affiliated service outlets in almost 140 countries, has created a statewide “borderless library” that provides equal access to information for all Georgians. The PINES shared collection has 9.6 million books and other materials that can be delivered to a user’s home library free of charge. PINES aims to increase the availability of the books in the collections of Georgia’s public libraries to every citizen in the state and with NoveList Select, readers will be able to discover even more of the books in the state’s public libraries. The network uses the Evergreen open-source ILS which was originally developed by the Georgia Public Library Service in 2006. Today, Evergreen is used by more than 1000 libraries world-wide.

    PINES Program Director Elizabeth McKinney believes NoveList Select will make it possible for people to discover new resources. “We are delighted to make NoveList Select available to Georgia’s public libraries. The resources available through this service will allow our patrons to integrate recommendations for GALILEO’s electronic resources into the PINES catalog. This will facilitate the discovery of materials available to our patrons that they may not have otherwise known about.”

    For more information on NoveList Select, visit

    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 more than 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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