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    January 31st, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ The SEE-IT™ Award is a Collaboration with the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council to Recognize the Cultural and Literary Impact of Youth Graphic Novels ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 30, 2017 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is introducing the SEE-IT™ Award to highlight achievements in graphic novels. SEE-IT stands for Stories Engagingly Expressed-Illustratively Told. EBSCO, the provider of EBSCO eBooks™, Core Collections™ and the NoveList suite of products, has partnered with the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council to develop the SEE-IT Award.

    In order to recognize the cultural and literary impact of graphic novels and to highlight achievements in this area, publishers are encouraged to submit titles for award consideration by February 14, 2017.

    Criteria includes:
    • Literary quality
    • Interweaving of art and story
    • Lasting impact and distinguished contributions to the format and youth literature
    • An audience range of K-12, or young readers through young adult

    Finalists will be announced in April and the winner will be announced by the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, at EBSCO’s K-12 and Public Library Luncheon at ALA-Annual in Chicago on June 25, 2017. Yang is a Printz Award winning author of American Born Chinese. He is also a two-time National Book Award finalist. Yang is the United States’ fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

    EBSCO Information Services Vice President of EBSCO eBooks, Ken Breen, says the SEE-IT Award underscores the increasing prominence and impact of graphic novels as a genre. “As a major provider of books, book recommendations and readers’ advisory services, EBSCO has witnessed the growing influence of graphic novels and the SEE-IT Award is a way to highlight emerging titles and authors and reward publishers providing these titles to libraries.” Breen says the award acknowledges the impact these books can have on students and the impact a robust library collection can have on readers. “Graphic novels engage young readers and appeal to visual learners boosting reading comprehension and a love of reading and we expect the SEE-IT Award to showcase this emerging genre and help schools and public libraries expand their collections.”

    Publishers interested in submitting nominees for the SEE-IT Award can go to the SEE-IT website: www.ebsco.com/see-it before the February 14th deadline.

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 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 900,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
    kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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    January 30th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    PHILADELPHIA, January 24, 2017 -- Annals of Internal Medicine, the flagship journal of the American College of Physicians (ACP), has launched a newly redesigned website at Annals.org. Annals collaborated with platform vendor Silverchair to create a faster and more efficient user experience for busy health care professionals, researchers, authors, and educators. A brief tour of new site features is available at http://annals.org/aim/pages/readers.

    “Annals’ new journal site was designed to meet the needs of time-challenged professionals by providing improved functionality that enhances easy access to our varied content types, including our many multimedia online-exclusive features,” said Diane Scott-Lichter, Publisher of Annals of Internal Medicine. “This visual site enables users to spot the content they want or quickly find it through the enhanced search.”

    The new site is fully responsive, allowing users to view content on any device, whether on desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone. The new site will also improve the discoverability of Annals content online.

    The clean, efficient article layout makes it easier to navigate through the content and its associated elements, from abstracts and tables and figures, to CME/MOC and related articles. Annals has partnered with Altmetrics, a Digital Science company, to provide article-level altmetrics that complement traditional citation metrics that are provided.

    The new design highlights Annals’ growing online content and multimedia features. Web-exclusive content includes Annals for Hospitalists, Annals Consult Guys, and Annals for Educators. Unique channels pages allow users to choose Annals’ most popular clinical categories in an instant with Selected Journal Features highlighted. And with Annals’ new state-of-the-art search function, users can search within channels and journal features for more precise results.

    Annals of Internal Medicine is one of the most widely cited and influential medical journals in the world, with an impact factor of 16.593 -- the highest of any specialty journal in its category. Annals’ mission is to promote excellence in medicine, enable physicians and other health care professionals to be well informed members of the medical community and society, advance standards in the conduct and reporting of medical research, and contribute to improving the health of people worldwide. Established in 1927, Annals is the flagship journal of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

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    Media Contact: Angela Collom, acollom@acponline.org or 215-351-2653

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    January 20th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 20, 2017 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has renewed its commitment to helping libraries “go green” by bringing back an expanded version of its EBSCO Solar grant program for 2017. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is currently soliciting grant applications to help libraries fund solar installations. EBSCO is making two $100,000 grants available to bidders that will allow the winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenditures and install a solar array at their institution.

    In August 2007, EBSCO installed a photovoltaic array on the roof of one of the buildings of its Ipswich, Massachusetts campus. At the time, the 192 solar panels made up one of the largest installations on the North Shore of Boston. Two more arrays were added to buildings on campus, and EBSCO now has more than 500 solar panels offsetting the amount of “brown power” the company buys from the grid and generating clean energy to reduce EBSCO’s environmental footprint. After seeing the benefits of “going green” on its own campus, EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant so libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays can do so...on EBSCO.

    In 2016, Austin Community College District’s Highland Campus Library in Austin, Texas was awarded the first EBSCO Solar grant, a single grant providing up to $150,000 for the installation of a solar array on the campus library’s roof. Nearly 80 libraries submitted entries for the grant. The expanded 2017 grant is designed to reach more libraries interested in reducing their environmental footprint.

    EBSCO Industries President and CEO Tim Collins says expanding the program is a direct result of two things, EBSCO’s continuous dedication to green initiatives and the level of interest libraries showed last year. “The EBSCO Solar grant program is exciting for us because we know the value of being a supporter of green technology. It sends an important message to our community and we expect the same to be the case for our winners. Having 79 libraries submit applications in 2016 tells us that there is a lot of interest in alternative energy. It is an honor to be able to help libraries take that next step and go solar.”

    More information is available on the EBSCO Solar webpage at www.ebsco.com/solar including the timeline, submission form and FAQs. Interested libraries are encouraged to submit questions until February 28th. Submissions are due by April 28th, and the winner will be announced on June 23th, 2017 both online and at ALA-Annual.

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 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 900,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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

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    January 20th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    1/19/2017
    CONTACT:
    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944
    sales@bywatersolutions.com

    ByWater Solutions Offers Free SSL Certificates to all Hosted Customers

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, is pleased to announce that they will now provide SSL certificates, acquired through Let's Encrypt (https://letsencrypt.org/), for all our hosted partners free of charge. ByWater will acquire the certificate, and include all configured URLs for their partner's site. They will also handle the automatic renewal of the certificate. There will be no extra charge for this service. ByWater will be bringing up all new hosted installations on a secure SSL connection and will be slowly transitioning their existing customers utilizing ByWater Hosting to SSL throughout the next several months. 

    SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a browser and a server. SSL allows sensitive information, such as patron logins, search queries, etc., to be transmitted securely, and rendering it immune from network eavesdropping. If you have ever gone to a site using 'https://', instead of 'http://', you've used SSL.

    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, HTML5, 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: http://koha-community.org/

    About ByWater Solutions:
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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: http://bywatersolutions.com/

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    January 18th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    January 17, 2017
    Contact: Valerie Colston
    artprofessor@gmail.com

    For Immediate Release

    San Diego, California January 17, 2017-Fun, Relaxed, Informative! Recommended by Librarians. Learn where to locate and use the tools, techniques and programs that make your job easier and more professional.

    See what graphic design projects other librarians are creating and why this is such an informative class.

    Enroll through the first week of the workshop. Class starts February 6. Join through February 13th. Open to all.

    Approved for 12 TLEUs (Indiana State Library)

    Sign up at http://www.artmuseums.com/graphicdesign.htm

    A Sampling of Closing Comments from Librarians who took the most recent class:

    Throughout this class I have learned that I don’t need any amazing software to be great, there are so many wonderful resources out there that can offer free materials and help with just the click of a button. I have used several of these resources before but I have never fully grasped how much use they really could be. I think I have found a way to make my work a more sophisticated and creative type of design. This will prove to be extremely beneficial as my work counts on me for a lot of our in house advertising. I am not sure I could pin point the most helpful information, I really loved seeing all of the examples and seeing how creative people can become with just a few websites and new templates to spice up their designs. I love how aware I am of shapes, colors, lines, and even the white space in any project I find myself doing. There are so many hidden rules and standards that help a piece flow together in a whimsical way. I couldn’t be more excited to have all of the information that has been given to me and I thank you for being such a wonderful teacher.

    Learning the terminology has been something I have enjoyed. I tend to be a bit technical so having a better understanding of the process in this regard is helpful.

    I have enjoyed viewing other people's projects and reading what they have to say about their projects. I find it fun to view other people's projects and the different style that they use.

    The most helpful information has been the links to free image sites. I had a few bookmarked already, but now I have a ridiculous amount of images to look through.

    I feel like this course was worthwhile for me to take. I now feel like I have lots of ideas for platforms as well as ideas to use to be more creative in my role. I enjoyed reading and watching videos about how to use Canva, book trailers and infographics. It was quite useful at the beginning of the course to remember the elements and principles of design as I had forgotten what they were about.

    I feel I will now be more independent when designing posters, ads, book trailers, imovies and ebooks. I can help the students to think about design features like font and colours to make sure they are visually pleasing and good for any task where they need to be persuasive.

    I would love to see a part 2 of this course as I feel I still have so much to practice and learn. I will recommend this course to others and felt it wasn't too overwhelming especially during the holiday season when I actually had time to do the course.
    ENERGIZED BY THE WHOLE THING. I am a little sad for it to end. Very well done in a cool 'show me' format.I had fun.
    As a result of taking this course, I've gained the ability to use and love Canva effectively. I have gained insight and a vocabulary surrounding graphic design I didn't have before. For example, I used to see library webpages that I liked and try to replicate them wholesale for our library, with mixed results. Now, I can pick apart the different components and think critically about what works in that particular design, and try to replicate the harmony of the components instead.

    I have already used what I've learned in my work. I'm made attractive flyers and a social media post for current programs. As I was reading about writing effective website copy, I was in our website editor, adjusting the copy I had written to be more user-friendly.

    The most helpful tip, hands-down was that we can use Microsoft Word to remove the background of images. That was amazing!

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