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    April 27th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    For immediate release

    27th April 2018

    New book delivers firm understanding of XML for those working in modern information discovery services

    Facet Publishing have announced the release of Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata: Practical applications of XSD, XSLT, and XQuery by Timothy W. Cole, Myung-Ja (MJ) K. Han and Christine Schwartz.

    XML and its ancillary technologies XSD, XSLT and XQuery enables librarians to take advantage of powerful, XML-aware applications, facilitates the interoperability and sharing of XML metadata, and makes it possible to realize the full promise of XML to support more powerful and more efficient library cataloguing and metadata workflows.

    Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata illustrates with examples how XML and associated technologies can be used to edit metadata at scale, streamline and scale up metadata and cataloguing workflows and to extract, manipulate, and construct MARC records and other formats and types of library metadata.

    The authors said, “This is a work written by practitioners, intended for practitioners and especially for librarians new to the field who need to come up to speed quickly on XML and how it is used by libraries today. While by no means the only technology arrow in the modern–day cataloguer’s or metadata librarian’s knowledge and skills quiver, a firm understanding of XML remains relevant and helpful for those working in modern bibliographic control or with information discovery services.”
    Containing 58 sample coding examples throughout, the book covers:

    • essential background information, with a quick review of XML basics
    • transforming XML metadata in HTML
    • schema languages and workflows for XML validation
    • an introduction to XPath and XSLT
    • cataloguing workflows using XSLT
    • the basics of XQuery, including use cases and XQuery expressions and functions
    • working with strings and sequences, including regular expressions.

    - Ends

    Press and review copies contact:
    James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597

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    Coding with XML for Efficiencies in Cataloguing and Metadata | Apr 2018 | 208pp | paperback: 9781783303694 | £54.95

    Timothy W Cole is Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Myung-Ja (MJ) K Han is a Metadata Librarian and Associate Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    Christine Schwartz is a Metadata Librarian and XML Database Administrator at Princeton Theological Seminary.

    The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: | Web: | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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    April 26th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 26 April 2018

    On April 23rd, Dutch scholar and Brill author Ina Kok was announced as the winner of the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, for her magnum opus Woodcuts in Incunabula Printed in the Low Countries.

    Fabrizio Govi, ILAB Vice President and Prize Secretary, says: "The author has spent decades working on this book compiling an incredible census of illustrations used in editions printed in the 15th Century Netherlands. We cannot compare Ina Kok’s book to any other publication submitted for the 2018 Prize. Woodcut illustrations were often reused during the first period of printing, they were fragile and were easily worn down after a few impressions. As a result, they were sometimes repaired with a few minor changes or completely recut, trying to recreate the original block as closely as possible. This work, published in four volumes and based on the study of almost four thousand illustrations, is remarkable.”

    A second major bibliography published by Brill received an Honourable Mention: Jan Moretus and the Continuation of the Plantin Press by Dirk Imhof.

    This prestigious prize in the field of bibliographical studies, worth US$ 10,000 is awarded every fourth year to the most significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books on bibliography, published in the previous years and submitted to the Prize jury. For more information about the ILAB Breslauer Prize visit

    For more information about the prize winners, please contact Mr. Arjan van Dijk, Sr. Acquisitions Editor at Brill, via

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER) Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes 284 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. 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 further information, please visit

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    April 25th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The First Digital Archive on Far-Right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe and Australia

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – April 25, 2018 – Gale, a Cengage company, is launching a new digital archive to help researchers explore the development, actions and ideologies behind political extremism. Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century: Far-right and Left Political Groups in the U.S., Europe and Australia is the first digital archive documenting a range of radical right and fascist movements, communist and socialist groups and new left activists in never-before-digitized primary sources. By providing primary sources from a wide range of viewpoints in one meticulously indexed resource, researchers can make comparisons and connections that were not previously discoverable, enabling greater understanding and open dialogue on the topic. Read our blog about the new archive, here:

    In today’s world, there is an increasing polarization around social and political issues that challenge on-campus efforts to champion diversity and inclusion, teach critical thinking skills and foster open dialogue. Faculty and students need credible information to adequately address these issues in the classroom and beyond. Gale’s new Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century collection provides essential historical context on the controversial issues of extremism and radicalism, and how they have shaped the past, present and future of the world’s political and civil rights history.

    View the video on the new archive, here:

    The archive contains more than 600,000 pages of content and more than 42 audio histories with full transcripts, making it the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind. It offers researchers a diverse range of content, including campaign materials, propaganda, government records and various ephemera that allow researchers to explore extremism and radicalism in new and innovative ways. Researchers will gain unparalleled access to information on the extreme right, new left and radical activist groups, such as the Klu Klux Klan, the Communist Party of the United States, National Socialist Party of Australia and the British Union of Fascists.

    Additionally, researchers of contemporary topics can examine the origins and development of present-day issues, such as the resurgence of right-wing politics, evolution of civil rights movements and the nature of extreme or radical political thought.

    Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century source archives include:

    • The American Radicalism Collection (Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI): Collection of ephemera on radical political groups across a range of extremist movements, including those involved in religion, race, gender, the environment and equal rights.

    • The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda (Brown University, Providence, RI): Includes printed propaganda from U.S. anti-integrationist, anti-Semitic and racist groups.

    • The Searchlight Archive (University of Northampton, U.K.): Consists of documents, audio histories and back issues of Searchlight Magazine (1965-2017) from Searchlight Associates, an information service that aims to expose racist and fascist groups.

    • The National Archives, U.K.: Includes government documents relating to inter- and post-war British extremist movements, including Security Service files and Home Office papers.

    View/download Images from the Political Extremism & Radicalism archive, here:

    “Gale created the Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century archive to provide historical context to increasingly polarized conversations,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We believe that from deeper knowledge comes greater understanding. So, we thank our source libraries for making their remarkable collections globally accessible through Gale Primary Sources.”

    Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century will be available in June 2018. The archive is the latest release in Gale’s award-winning suite of twentieth century primary source archives, helping researchers discover the hidden histories behind today’s most critical conversations including gender, race, diversity and sexuality.

    Gale will host a launch event and showcase the new archive at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, June 22-25 in New Orleans at the Gale booth #2331.

    For more information, visit Gale’s Political Extremism & Radicalism in the Twentieth Century page:

    About Cengage and Gale
    Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when, and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit

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    April 24th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    DULUTH, Ga., April 24, 2018 -- Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of the Whitehall Township Public Library to Evergreen within the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.
    The project included the migration of 76,294 bibliographic records and 7,481 patrons. Equinox provided project management, software configuration, and bibliographic deduplication services in addition to the conversion of bibliographic records, items, patrons and transactions. The project also included onsite and remote training provided by Equinox.

    "I have worked in libraries for 33 years and have done other migrations, but I can honestly say this was the best!” said Patty Vahey, Director of Whitehall Township Public Library. “Working with Equinox and PaILS/SPARK made this so much more manageable. Weekly phone calls, emails to ask questions, and onsite training made this a great experience. It is not easy changing ILS. It is stressful for a director and tech staff but these folks made it possible and we are excited about Evergreen - SPARK and will be joining ten other libraries in Lehigh - Carbon counties here in Pennsylvania. This move will help our libraries be user - friendly and community resources for our patrons."

    PaILS was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide an open source integrated library system. It oversees SPARK, a consortia of Evergreen libraries across Pennsylvania. Equinox and PaILS have been collaborating on the SPARK consortia since 2013.

    "It was a real pleasure to work with the Whitehall Township Public Library. The staff is delightful and dedicated to serving their community. Whitehall will be an asset to the PaILS/SPARK consortium and to the Evergreen community." Felicia Beaudry, Product and Implementation Trainer for Equinox.

    About Equinox Open Library Initiative
    Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies. To learn more, please visit

    About Evergreen
    Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed to provide an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1500 libraries around the world are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see


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    April 17th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    New LMS Integration Simplifies Access to Gale Resources, Seamlessly Connecting Libraries to Learners

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – April 17, 2018 – Gale, a Cengage company, has made it easier for students and educators to discover and access Gale digital resources from within their learning management system (LMS). Gale has achieved conformance certification for Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) 1.0 and Deep Linking from IMS Global Learning Consortium. Now educators can seamlessly integrate their library’s Gale content into learning management systems that support LTI and Deep Linking such as Schoology, Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle and others. This provides easy access to Gale resources from one platform through single sign-on, streamlining workflow to meet classroom instruction needs, foster student engagement and support textbook affordability initiatives. View a list of Gale’s LTI-compliant and Deep Linking certified products.

    View our video on the LMS integration, here:

    Educators want to incorporate digital resources into their lesson plans and assignments, but typically don’t have the time to search through multiple programs or platforms to find or create content themselves. Additionally, most are unaware of the high-quality resources available through their library. With this LMS integration, instructors can embed links to Gale resources into their courses and assignments from within their LMS, enabling students to access Gale content directly from their assignment, within their workflow.

    Since the integration follows the natural workflow within the LMS, instructors don’t need to learn a new process for integrating content.

    Read our blog on the new LMS integration, here:

    Gretta Rogne, MEd., secondary instructional technology specialist at New Caney Independent School District in Texas had great success with the beta version of the new LMS integration with Canvas, and experienced a significant increase in usage: “Our teachers were extremely pleased with the ease of use and simple setup. The ability to search and embed into specific assignments, discussions and pages, without ever leaving our Canvas environment has increased usage of our Gale databases. The more tools and integrations we make accessible in Canvas, the greater usage we see in our resources.”

    Benefits of Gale’s new LMS integration include:

    • Single Sign-on: provides single sign-on access to Gale resources from within LTI-compliant learning management systems, with no additional passwords or authentication needed;

    • Deep Linking: allows instructors to easily embed Gale content directly into assignments, discussions, quizzes and more;

    • Streamlined Workflow: provides a seamless integration experience within the user’s workflow, reducing the time and the steps involved in incorporating Gale content into a course.

    “Our LMS integration allows libraries to extend the value of their Gale resources to meet classroom needs,” said Liz Mason, Senior Vice President of Product at Gale. “This is core to our mission to connect libraries to learners by enriching the relationship between librarians and educators to transform the way students learn.”

    To learn more about Gale’s new LMS integration, visit:

    About Cengage and Gale
    Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when, and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit

    Follow Gale on:
    • Twitter - @galecengage
    • Gale Blog -
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