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    March 30th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    North Bethesda, MD, March 29, 2016 - LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be exhibiting at the PLA 2016 Conference in Denver from April 6th through April 8th. All conference attendees are encouraged to visit LibLime at booth #505 to see a presentation of Bibliovation 3.0.

    LibLime will be presenting Bibliovation 3.0, their latest Library Services Platform (LSP) offering. Bibliovation provides traditional bibliographic management services along with digital content management services, so that libraries can maintain print and digital collections in a single system. Bibliovation includes:

    • A cataloging editor with MARC21 validation and the option to embed local cataloging guidelines; with support for MARC Authority records, MARC Bibliographic records, and MARC Holdings records
    • EDI-compliant acquisitions
    • Asynchronous reporting module
    • Support for RDA and GeoMARC
    • Digital object import with full-text search & retrieval
    • An expanded messaging package for patron Discovery Layer interaction covering purchase requests, ILL requests, call slip requests, general library messages, digital object ingest, and holds
    • Discovery Layer support for the EBSCO EDS API
    • Discovery Layer visual search using ESRI and Google Maps interfaces

    To find out more about Bibliovation 3.0, email to request a presentation, or visit LibLime at Booth #505 at the PLA Exhibits at the Colorado Convention Center.

    About LibLime - PTFS
    LibLime, a division of PTFS, is the global leader in providing support for open development Library Service Platforms (LSP). Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open development, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates deployment of the LSP in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation, and support/hosting services. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, Knowvation, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization and metadata keying services. For more information, see or

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    March 29th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Nathan Curulla
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    Eleven Libraries Join to Form the Black Hills Library Consortium with ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Eleven libraries in South Dakota have joined together to create the Black Hills Library Consortium. Members of the Black Hills Library Consortium include:

    • Custer County Library
    • The Deadwood Library
    • Edgemont Public Library
    • Grace Balloch Memorial Library
    • Hearst Library
    • Keystone Town Library
    • Piedmont Valley Library
    • Rapid City Public Library
    • Sturgis Public Library
    • Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library
    • Whitewood Public Library

    ByWater Solutions completed the first phase of migrations for the Consortium last year and will be providing implementation services for future libraries joining the cooperative, as well as ongoing Koha support and hosting services. The Consortium contains over 250,000 titles and the migration brought in libraries from four different proprietary ILS systems.

    Sean Minkel, Assistant Director of the Rapid City Public Library, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

    "We went with Koha because it had competitive features and promised to keep our ILS up to date without expensive extras and upgrades. Migrating isn't an easy process, but ByWater made it as seamless as possible. Their migration specialists - Dani and Joy - worked tirelessly to merge data from 11 separate libraries into a working consortium."

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater, also commented:

    "We love to see libraries coming together to improve the services they deliver to their patrons, especially when they can enjoy cost savings at the same time. We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with the Black Hills Consortium and look forward to seeing it grow to support more libraries in the future."

    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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    March 28th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    IPSWICH, Mass. — March 28, 2016 — Three communities are recipients of the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services. The Louisville Free Public Library in Kentucky was the first place recipient; the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and the Queens Public Library entered jointly and took second place; third place went to Cranston Public Library in Rhode Island.

    The award recognizes model communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create lifelong learners and library users. The Louisville Free Public Library is a model of this goal as a leader in improving the overall literacy of its community, from children to adults, and supporting lifelong learning for residents. Through a deep awareness of community needs, collaborating with partners, and innovative programming, the Louisville Free Public Library provides the residents of the Louisville community with broad access to knowledge, ideas and information to support them in their pursuit of learning throughout their lives.

    “The Louisville Free Public Library works collaboratively with stakeholders to identify and address areas of need. Our commitment to improve literacy and support lifelong learning has been formalized using the Public Libraries United with Schools brand. In addition, offering fun, recreational programming and building community with interactive programs like the How-to Festival and Living Library expands our appeal to the public. Together we are making measureable differences in our community and working to ensure the success of all our residents,” says Director of Education and Outreach Julie Scoskie.

    The three joint winners, the Queens Library, New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library have been selected in recognition for their work in partnership with the NYC Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Affairs and for their role in the implementation of IDNYC, a municipal identification card. This program provides a way for undocumented immigrants, teens and others without access to official photo ID to get alternative identification. It serves as a model for the place of the library in a community, to provide everyone in that community with easy access to information and the opportunity to learn. As of January 2016, more than 250,000 people have been enrolled in IDNYC through these three outstanding public library systems.

    The Cranston Public Library was recognized for its deep understanding of the evolving needs of its community and reflecting those needs in their programs and policies. Seeing an increase in the number of residents speaking languages other than English at home, the CPL, in partnership with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative, began offering ESL classes in a variety of levels and continues to seek out partnerships that will provide for future residents. Cranston Public Library not only adapted to the meet the needs of the community at present, but also anticipates the needs of the future.

    LibraryAware Product Manager Nancy Dowd says that the efforts shown by these libraries have led to positive, powerful changes felt throughout the community. “These winners are a shining example of how impactful the relationship between a library and its community truly is. Everyone in the community feels the benefits.”

    The LibraryAware Community Award is given annually to a community of any size and its library.

    Criteria for award include any and all components that create a LibraryAware community: strategic planning, marketing, outreach, partnerships, and programs, product or service development. The award emphasizes the library’s engagement with the community its ability to make its community “aware” of what the library can do for it — and has delivered on that promise. Libraries were also required to include one letter of recommendation from a representative from local government such as a city manager.

    Submissions were judged by the following library and community experts:
    • John Chrastka from EveryLibrary
    • Amy Garmer from the Aspen Institute
    • Gina Millsap, CEO of the Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library, a 2015 LibraryAware Community Award Honoree
    • Randall Reid of the ICMA
    • Lilly Weinberg of the Knight Foundation
    The 2016 winners are also featured in an article in Library Journal. The LibraryAware Community Award will be given annually to a community of any size and its library.

    About NoveList
    NoveList is dedicated to transforming lives through reading. By helping libraries help readers, NoveList empowers libraries to engage and inspire their communities. NoveList has been helping readers find their next favorite book for more than 20 years, and continues to develop innovative solutions for connecting readers, books, and libraries. As a division of EBSCO Information Services, NoveList specializes in readers' advisory tools for libraries that include book discovery, catalog enrichment, and outreach. Find out more at

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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 800,000 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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    March 24th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG) – 24 March 2016

    Brill launches Major Reference Work 'Textual History of the Bible'

    The Bible is where it all began. Judaism would not be what it is today without the Bible. This foundation of Judaism has been transmitted and translated by both Jews and Christian over three millennia. The Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient witnesses show that scribes and translators have created manifold texts and translations. While doing so they wrote and rewrote the texts, inserted their interpretations and occasionally even erred. The so-called "text of the Bible" has a multitude of ancient translations. The scholars, students and the interested public that want to be informed about these areas are often at a loss in their search for an appropriate reference work. Until today there was no such comprehensive reference work to study the Bible in its many versions and to understand its complicated textual history.

    Brill, the international scholarly publisher, has launched a groundbreaking Major Reference Work for the study of textual history of the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament: Textual History of the Bible. It aims to bring together all available information regarding the textual history, textual character, translation techniques, manuscripts, and the importance of each textual witness for each book of the Hebrew Bible, including its deuterocanonical scriptures. In addition, it includes entries on the history of research, the editorial histories, as well as its auxiliary fields such a papyrology, codicology, and linguistics. THB is an excellent starting point for text-critical analysis of all biblical versions and books, as it offers the reader information about all the textual evidence for a specific biblical book and all the evidence for a specific textual source in one reference work.

    Professor Armin Lange, General Editor: “THB is a good starting point for text-critical analysis of all biblical versions and books because it offers the reader information about all the textual evidence for a specific biblical book and all the evidence for a specific textual source. I have had the pleasure to conduct an orchestra of the best experts in this field who feel, like I do, that this work is a unique contribution which will forever change the field and which resulted in one grand finale; volume 1 covering the books of the Hebrew canon, each with primary and secondary translations.”

    Professor Emanuel Tov, co-editor of the first volume: “Due to the many discoveries of texts and important new studies, textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and its translations is flourishing in the twenty-first century. THB brings all the new data together in up-to-date articles that give an excellent overview of current research and its many innovations will stimulate subsequent investigations.”

    Senior Acquisitions Editor Suzanne Mekking praised the publication of the THB: “This reference work makes a great contribution to modern scholarship and is a jewel in the crown of Brill’s expanding list of reference works in Biblical Studies. Textual History of the Bible will be used by generations of students and scholars studying textual criticism, textual history, linguistics, the Hebrew Bible, the deuterocanonical texts, Antiquity, Ancient texts, the Ancient Greek language, Dead Sea Scrolls, Ancient Near East, Judaism, and Biblical Studies.”

    For more information, please see (online edition) and (print edition).

    For customer queries and product trials please contact your librarian, or send an email to our Sales department at (the Americas) or (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia-Pacific).

    For general questions on the reference work, contact Suzanne Mekking, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Brill:

    About Armin Lange
    Armin Lange is professor for Second Temple Judaism at the University of Vienna, the Director of Vienna University's Institute for Jewish Studies, a member of the International Team editing the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has published extensively on the Hebrew Bible, its textual criticism, Second Temple Judaism, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    About Emanuel Tov
    Emanuel Tov is J.L. Magnes Professor of Bible emeritus at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He has published many monographs on the textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible and Qumran, and was the editor-in-chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls publication project. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences.

    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. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 243 journals and around 1000 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 more information, visit

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    March 24th, 2016LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    DUBLIN, Ohio, March 23, 2016—The Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums has selected participants to form a learning cohort that will strengthen connections across sectors by attending three major sector conferences and engaging in virtual activities together throughout 2016.

    The Collective Wisdom: Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAM) Conference Exchange, which is sponsored by the Coalition, will offer a unique experience and opportunity to break down barriers and support connections across libraries, archives and museums. The goal is to devise and strengthen sustainable continuing education and professional development programs that will transform the workforce in ways that lead to measurable impact on communities.

    The Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and administered by OCLC. OCLC is also a participating organization in the Coalition.

    Cohort participants selected are:

    · Stephanie Allen, Collection Manager of Ethnology, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma

    · Stephanie Baltzer Kom, Digital Initiatives Coordinator, North Dakota State Library

    · Sofía Becerra-Licha, Archivist, Stan Getz Library, Berklee College of Music

    · Kenn Bicknell, Digital Resources Librarian, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Library & Archive

    · Jacqueline E. Chapman, Digital Collections Librarian, Smithsonian Libraries

    · Genna Duplisea, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Salve Regina University

    · M. Alison Eisendrath, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Collections, Chicago History Museum

    · Joe Filapek, Consulting and Continuing Education Manager, Reaching Across Illinois Library System

    · Jan Levinson Hebbard, Outreach Archivist, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries

    · James Himphill, Territorial Archivist, Office of Archives and Records, American Samoa

    · Jeffrey Inscho, Director, Innovation Studio, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

    · Susan M. Irwin, Director, Library & Archives Division, Arizona Historical Society

    · Elizabeth Joffrion, Director of Heritage Resources, Western Washington University

    · Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer, Librarian, University of Michigan Library

    · Christina E. Newton, Assistant Director, Virginia Association of Museums

    · Dr. Mega Subramaniam, Associate Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland

    · Gina Watkinson, Conservation Laboratory Coordinator, Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona

    · Darla Wegener, County Librarian, Tulare County Library

    ““The diversity of LAM professionals in the cohort means that each will speak from their experiences to engage a new vocabulary, forge new insights and develop synergies that will enrich and scaffold future LAM continuing education and professional development,” said Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, a member of the Collective Wisdom advisory team and Coalition participant.

    National conferences for cohort attendance include:

    Museums: AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, May 26–29 in Washington, D.C.
    Libraries: ALA Annual 2016, June 23–28 in Orlando, Florida
    Archives: Archives * Records 2016 (SAA/CoSA), July 31–August 6 in Atlanta, Georgia

    Conference travel expenses will be funded in part by IMLS through the Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums.

    To stay in touch with activities of the selected cohort, follow @LAMCoalition on Twitter.

    About OCLC
    OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible

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