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    January 18th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    January 17, 2017
    Contact: Valerie Colston

    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

    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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    January 18th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ One Library Will Be Awarded a Free Three-year Library Website Makeover ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 17, 2017 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Stacks Inc. (Stacks) are now accepting applications for the inaugural Stacks Public Library Website Makeover Award. One winner will receive a free three-year library website makeover as well as up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Entries must be received by April 3, 2017.

    Stacks, a hosted, turnkey web content management system designed specifically for libraries, will work with the winning applicant to create a website that offers a relevant and robust user experience tailored for their patrons and administrator’s needs. As part of their submission, entrants are asked to include information about the challenges the library administrators and patrons face with their current library website.

    President and CEO of Stacks Inc., Kristin Delwo, says the new award was developed to help a qualified library create a powerful and effective website for its patrons. “The winner of the makeover contest will be able to experience firsthand, the power of Stacks. Not only will they be able to create a truly unique library website tailored to their patrons needs, but one that can be easily managed by their administrative team. We are thrilled to work closely with the winning library to create a new library website experience.”

    Applicants can submit entries via the Stacks website at In order to enter the contest, entrants must be an employee of a public library in the United States or Canada and by at least 18 years old. The Public Library Website Makeover Award will be presented during 2017 ALA Annual Conference in June.

    About Stacks Inc.
    The Stacks platform has supported more than 500 libraries since its first iteration in 2009, even the Microsoft Faculty Library is part of the Stacks story. Kristin Delwo, President and CEO of Stacks Inc., is a former Systems Administrator & Management Consultant for a large consortia serving over 150 public libraries. Inspired by the solutions she was able to create, Kristin partnered with her then vendor, Chad Smith to evolve the products they had built into what we now know as Stacks. The team's deep library technology expertise was recognized in 2014 when the TALOnline project was recognized with the ALA Award for Collaboration and the CLA Award for Innovation in Technology. These accomplishments attracted the last key members of an all-star team that is reinventing the library experience.

    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: 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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    January 18th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    North Bethesda, MD, January 18, 2017 - LibLime, a division of PTFS, will be participating in the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. The conference exhibit hall will be open January 20 to January 23 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. All conference attendees are encouraged to visit LibLime at booth #748 to see a sneak preview of our new stand alone Discovery Layer.

    LibLime will be presenting our new Discovery Layer, which will be formally released in March, 2017. This new Discovery Layer will be available to all LibLime customers, but it has been specifically designed to be used by any library that is dissatisfied with their current ILS OPAC or third party Discovery service. Several features in the Discovery Layer include:

    • Support for the EBSCO EDS API with sponsorship from WALDO
    • Support for open access databases and independent commercial databases
    • Easy access to Overdrive eBook collections including current circulation status and holds capability
    • Digital object import with full-text search & retrieval
    • Easy access to bibliotecha’s cloudLibrary eBook collections including current circulation status and holds capability.
    • Rich social media immersion using community-based tags & reviews, and integration with social media tools such as Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, & others.

    To find out more about our new Discovery Layer and to enter a naming contest to win an Amazon gift certificate, visit LibLime at Booth #748 at the ALA Midwinter Exhibit Hall. Additional access to our naming contest is at the entry page at

    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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    January 18th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    DUBLIN, Ohio, 17 January 2017—OCLC has agreed to acquire Relais International, a leading interlibrary loan solution provider based in Ottawa, Canada, to significantly increase resource sharing options and capabilities for both Relais customers and OCLC member libraries and groups worldwide.

    Relais has been working with libraries for more than 20 years to provide solutions for the full range of interlibrary loan and consortial resource sharing services. All Relais staff members will join the OCLC staff.

    “Resource sharing is at the heart of OCLC’s mission, helping patrons find and get the materials they need. Today, we not only announced the release of Tipasa, the first-ever cloud based interlibrary loan management system, but we’re now pleased to add new technological capabilities through the addition of Relais,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO. “Relais is the leader in consortial borrowing, facilitating the highest fill rate in the industry. Together, we will combine the best communities, best talent and best solutions to serve libraries and groups around the world. This is an excellent fit for libraries, Relais and OCLC.”

    Relais D2D (Discovery to Delivery) solution is the market leader in consortial borrowing, and continues to grow. It is a state-of-the-art solution consistent with OCLC’s vision for a new service to address the needs of consortial borrowing users.

    “We’ve been an OCLC partner for years, and we have a strong relationship with the OCLC team,” said Clare MacKeigan, Chief Operating Officer, Relais International. “We have been considering the long-term sustainability and continuity of service to our growing customer base. OCLC will provide a solid future for Relais and all of our current customers. OCLC shares our vision. We’re confident that OCLC is the best home for Relais, and I’m excited to be joining the OCLC team.”

    OCLC currently offers resource sharing solutions on the WorldShare technology platform. The WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service provides core ILL capabilities to thousands of libraries. Today, OCLC also announced the roll-out of Tipasa, the first cloud-based interlibrary loan management system. The acquisition of Relais will provide a best-in-class consortial borrowing solution. Together, these systems and services deliver a comprehensive set of resource sharing solutions for libraries around the world.

    Learn more about Relais and how it fits in OCLC’s resource sharing strategy at the OCLC Resource Sharing User Group Meeting during the ALA Midwinter meeting in Atlanta on Sunday, January 22, at 4 p.m. in the Georgia World Congress Center, Room A410.

    There will be more discussion about Relais and OCLC during the 2017 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference, March 14-16, at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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    January 18th, 2017LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    DUBLIN, Ohio, 17 January 2017—OCLC introduces Tipasa™, the first cloud-based interlibrary loan management system that automates routine borrowing and lending functions for individual libraries. The new Tipasa system is built on the OCLC WorldShare technology platform and takes advantage of the world’s largest resource sharing network.

    “Tipasa is an exciting addition to our expanding list of cloud-based services that continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of libraries and their users,” said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Product Management. “We’re grateful to the ILL community for their tremendous support and engagement in Tipasa’s development over the last nine months. Since we announced this project in March, the response and input from the community has been invaluable to our development efforts. We would not have been able to launch this system so quickly without the community’s support and involvement.”

    Tipasa reimagines features and functionality of the Windows-based ILLiad service, and moves them to the cloud. Because updates and enhancements happen automatically in a cloud-based system, Tipasa requires only limited IT resources. The simple interface is easy to use, making it easy to train staff, volunteers and student assistants.

    Libraries have the option to create unmediated processes to move requests to lending libraries and then to the user—anywhere, anytime, on any device—without requiring manual approval. Library users can receive customized email and text notifications, and they can access content as soon as it becomes available.

    Tipasa complements a growing list of OCLC resource sharing solutions. OCLC’s WorldShare Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides core interlibrary loan services to thousands of libraries around the world. WorldShare ILL and Tipasa are built on the WorldShare technology platform. OCLC also announced today an agreement to acquire Relais International, the leader in consortial borrowing. Together, these systems and services deliver a comprehensive set of resource sharing solutions for libraries around the world.

    OCLC shared its plans to begin the Tipasa project in March 2016. Current ILLiad users will be able to move to Tipasa over time. To date, more than 50 libraries have committed to the first phase of the early-adopter program to implement Tipasa, and eight libraries are currently using the system.

    “Having a cloud-based system is really beneficial,” said Jillian Maruskin, Public Services Librarian & Interlibrary Loan Manager, Ohio Wesleyan University, an early-adopter library. “I do a lot of different jobs in the library, so to be able to have the flexibility is something I’ve been waiting for.”

    Learn more about Tipasa at the OCLC Resource Sharing User Group Meeting during the ALA Midwinter meeting in Atlanta on Sunday, January 22, at 4 p.m. in the Georgia World Congress Center, Room A410.

    There will be more discussion about Tipasa during the 2017 OCLC Resource Sharing Conference, March 14-16, at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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