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    December 30th, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    Carnegie-Stout Public Library Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Indiana is now live their installation of the Koha open source ILS.

    ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of Carnegie-Stout Public Library's nearly 170,000 items and over 37,000 patrons and will be providing ongoing Koha Support for them. Their custom mobile-friendly OPAC can be viewed at

    About Carnegie-Stout Public Library:
    Carnegie-Stout Public Library serves the Dubuque and surrounding communities with a collection of over 270,000 volumes, 600 periodical and newspaper subscriptions, and a wide variety of audio and video materials. Collections of special note are an obituary file dating to the late 1850s and a newspaper index to the Telegraph Herald and other local newspapers. For more information about Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 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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    December 23rd, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    ASE Certification Exam Prep and Estimating Tool Added to Automotive Repair Reference

    Farmington Hills, Mich, December 22, 2014 — Patrons and automotive professionals can look to the public library for enhanced automotive reference information and professional development support with new additions to ChiltonLibrary, an online tool from Gale, part of Cengage Learning. Trusted by automotive enthusiasts for more than 100 years, Chilton manuals provide “do-it-yourself” support for all skill levels. ChiltonLibrary, the continually updated resource for libraries, offers access to repair, maintenance, and service information on cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, and now includes ASE certification preparation for professionals (from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) and an estimating tool to help consumers estimate repair costs and timing.

    “With the addition of Chilton’s industry-standard proprietary labor times, patrons can evaluate repair estimates with confidence, while do-it-yourselfers can accurately gauge the time needed to complete a job themselves," said Phil Faust, vice president and publisher for databases at Gale. “In addition, ASE test preparation questions enable automotive industry professionals to assess their readiness to take the next ASE exam – which is often their ticket to career advancement.”

    ChiltonLibrary provides step-by-step repair procedures as well as diagnostic trouble codes, descriptions, specifications, and troubleshooting for the most vehicle makes, models and years, while photos, illustrations, diagrams and multimedia (videos and animations) hasten and simplify complex tasks. Enhancements to the product include:

    • ASE Technician Sample Tests – short sample tests, with content reviewed and approved by master technicians, that provide a high-level assessment of overall readiness to pass an ASE certification exam. Users gain a better understanding of their strengths and areas needing additional review. This feature supports the more than 300,000 automotive professionals nationwide who have earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence and must renew their certification every five years.
    • Estimator Tool - allows patrons to estimate repair costs and timing and, when used with Chilton’s service and repair information, better understand what work should be included in the estimate. Three versions of labor times are provided: the manufacturer warranty time (OEM recommendation for dealer technicians), the regular time (closer to what a do-it-yourselfer might experience), and the severe service time (for vehicles operated under severe conditions).

    For more information on ChiltonLibrary, please visit For questions or to speak with a Gale spokesperson, please contact Kristina Massari at

    About Cengage Learning and Gale
    Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology 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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    December 17th, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Farmington Hills, Mich. and Raleigh, NC, December 17, 2014 — Residents of North Carolina have expanded access to resources that will enhance economic development, support education and help improve quality of life through an agreement arranged by NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide public and academic library consortium, and Gale, a leading provider of library resources and part of Cengage Learning. Through local public and academic libraries, residents can access educational ebooks and literature, material to support study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics and leading periodical content to support business development.

    “We’re thrilled that libraries will be able to offer statewide access to a diverse selection of top-notch digital resources in 2015. Libraries are working together through NC LIVE to make a real difference in people’s lives for everyone from students working through their education, all the way to entrepreneurs who are jump-starting the local economy. We’re glad to have Gale working with us to make this happen in North Carolina,” said Jill Morris, assistant director, NC LIVE.

    As part of this agreement, member libraries gain access to Literature Resource Center, a database that provides current biographical information, overviews, literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers, supporting information literacy and the development of critical thinking skills for students. Literature Resource Center is available on the Gale Artemis platform meaning it is cross-searchable with other Gale literature resources in a library’s collection. Residents are also receiving expanded access to reference and non-fiction ebooks through Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), Gale’s award winning ebook platform. GVRL supports all major ereaders and tablets and offers text-to-speech functionality and translation capabilities for multiple languages ensuring students have access to educational content on the go and in a variety of formats. In addition, Science in Context, which supports study of STEM topics – a field in which occupations are expected to grow 17% by 2018, will provide contextual information on hundreds of popular science topics by combining reference content with periodical and multimedia content in a user-friendly experience.

    Supporting local economic development, renewed access to InfoTrac Newsstand will support local business by giving consumers and businesses access to news and current events from more than 1,000 major international and U.S. national, regional and local newspapers, including North Carolina publications. Thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts will also be available.

    “Our mission at Gale is to help libraries deliver value to the communities they serve so we’re delighted to partner with NC LIVE to provide resources that will support scholarship, economic development and life-long learning,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager, Gale.

    For more information and to access these resources, please visit For more information on Gale, please visit or contact Kristina Massari at

    About NC LIVE
    NC LIVE is a statewide library consortium that provides shared digital content and services to North Carolina’s community colleges, public libraries, the UNC System, and NC Independent Colleges and Universities. Patrons of NC LIVE’s 200 members may access eBooks, magazines, newspapers, journals, streaming videos, and more online via library websites, and through

    About Cengage Learning and Gale
    Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology 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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    December 15th, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Idaho State University Makes the Switch to EBSCO Discovery Service™
    ~ University Upgrades to EDS from Primo Central ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — December 15, 2014 — Idaho State University Library, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research high institution, has opted to replace Primo Central Total Care with EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) as its discovery solution. Side-by-side comparisons of the discovery tools prompted the university to make the switch to EDS.

    As the library staff conducted comparative searches of EDS, they saw some major advantages. Chris Kowalczyk, Electronic Resource Librarian at Idaho State University says, “For us, relevancy ranking is important but what truly makes it work for us is the cooperation of including metadata from so many other vendors. EDS allows us to find the relevant content no matter what platform it is on.” The rich metadata from third parties is one aspect of EDS that allows its highly sophisticated, next generation relevancy ranking technology to produce the best results of any discovery service.

    According to Kowalczyk, EDS aligns with the library’s goal to enhance the academic experience and offer the best technology available. “Our library strives to offer cutting-edge research and innovative solutions and we believe EDS will take research to the next level for our students and faculty. EDS is a very flexible tool that allows us to address very specific needs for our users. We were impressed with many of the features that cater to the needs of our students, particularly EDS’s customization features, widgets and its integration with our other databases and search tools.

    EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of its relevance and value ranking technology.

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 650,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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    December 11th, 2014LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Cover Revealed: Faith in Speculative Fiction Anthology

    "Wrestling With Gods"
    (Tesseracts Eighteen)
    edited by Liana Kerzner
    & Jerome Stueart
    (See details below)

    (Calgary, Alberta) EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing is pleased to reveal the cover of "Wrestling With Gods" (Tesseracts Eighteen) edited by Liana Kerzner & Jerome Stueart; to be published in the spring of 2015.

    "'Wrestling With Gods' (Tesseracts Eighteen)," says Brian Hades, owner of the EDGE imprint, "is an important collection of 24 science fiction and fantasy stories and poems that give readers a chance to see faith from the believer and the skeptic points of view in worlds where what you believe is a matter of life, death, and afterlife."

    What Makes The Tesseracts Series Special:

    The entire Tesseracts series (1985 - 2015) includes more than 315 ­Canadian authors, editors, translators, and special guests ­contributing more than 529 short stories and poems to the series.

    Some of Canada’s best known writers have been published within the pages of the Tesseracts series — including Margaret ­Atwood, Susan Swan, and Hugo and Nebula award winning ­authors ­William Gibson, Spider Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer.

    About the Editors:

    Liana Kerzner is an award-winning TV producer & writer who was also in front of the camera as co-host of the late night show Ed & Red’s Night Party, and is currently the host/writer of Liana K’s Geek Download, heard weekly on the internationally syndicated radio program Canada’s Top 20.

    Jerome Stueart has taught creative writing for 20 years, teaches a workshop called Writing Faith and has been ­published in Fantasy, Geist, Joyland, Geez, Strange Horizons, Ice-Floe, ­Redivider, On Spec, Tesseracts Nine, Tesseracts Eleven, ­Tesseracts Fourteen, and Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New ­Undead.

    Authors included in "Wrestling with Gods":

    Derwin Mak, Robert J. Sawyer, Tony Pi, S. L. Nickerson, Janet K. Nicolson, John Park, Mary-Jean Harris, David Clink, Mary Pletsch, Jennifer Rahn, Alyxandra Harvey, Halli Lilburn, John Bell, David Jón Fuller, Carla Richards, Matthew Hughes, J. M. Frey, Steve Stanton, Erling Friis-Baastad, James Bambury, Savithri Machiraju, Jen Laface and Andrew Czarnietzki, David Fraser, Suzanne M. McNabb, and Megan Fennell.

    The print edition of "Wrestling With Gods (Tesseracts Eighteen)" will be available in Canada on March 15, 2015, and in the USA on April 15, 2015. It's NOW available on Amazon Kindle (exclusive until February 24, 2015). You can get the anthology, literally hot off the virtual press at:

    Kindle Exclusive ..............Nov. 27, 2014 - Feb. 24, 2015
    E-book everywhere .......February 25, 2015
    CANADA (print book) ....March 15, 2015
    USA (print book) ............April 15, 2015

    The cover can be viewed at:


    For additional information, please contact:

    Janice Shoults
    Marketing and Events
    EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
    P.O. Box 1714, Calgary, AB
    Canada T2P 2L7
    Phone: 403-254-0160

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