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    July 11th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., July 11, 2018: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of Northwestern Michigan College into the open source community with their deployment of Koha.

    Northwestern Michigan College was founded in 1951 out of a desire to have the benefits of a higher education brought to the region. They were the first comprehensive community college chartered in the State of Michigan.

    Their migration involved 36,414 bibliographic records and 12,888 patrons at the college. Equinox provided implementation and data services in addition to Koha support, hosting, and auxiliary services. The project also included Equinox’s training services.

    “We're so excited to be joining the open ILS community with our implementation of Koha,” said Joelle Hannert, library technical services coordinator at Northwestern Michigan College. “The spirit of sharing involved in this community is so much more in line with how we do things in libraries. The team at Equinox have been wonderful in every step of our migration. They've been patient, responsive, and careful in responding to questions and working with our data. Their helpful, can-do attitude has been a breath of fresh air. The customization options in Koha are awesome, and Equinox staff have been great in helping us understand how they work, so we're empowered to tailor our ILS to our specific needs.”

    Founded in 1999 Koha is the first free and open source library automation package. Equinox's team includes long-standing of Koha developers.

    “Working with Northwestern Michigan College on their migration to Koha has been a lot of fun,” said Jason Etheridge, senior developer at Equinox. “They've been really exercising the customization opportunities you find with open source software and I can't wait to see what they do next."

    To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit

    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.

    About Koha
    Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit

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    July 11th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Facet Publishing have announced the release of the fourth edition of Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath’s Reference and Information Services, An introduction.

    Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, Reference and Information Services, is the perfect text for students and librarians looking to expand their personal reference knowledge, teaching failsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific types of questions to the best available sources, regardless of format.

    Guided by an advisory board of educators and practitioners, this thoroughly updated text expertly keeps up with new technologies and practices while remaining grounded in the basics of reference work. Chapters on fundamental concepts, major reference sources, and special topics provide a solid foundation; the text also offers fresh insight on core issues, including:

    • ethics, readers’ advisory, information literacy, and other key aspects of reference librarianship
    • selecting and evaluating reference materials, with strategies for keeping up to date
    • assessing and improving reference services
    • guidance on conducting reference interviews with a range of different library users, including children and young adults
    • a new discussion of reference as programming
    • important special reference topics such as Google search, 24/7 reference, and virtual reference
    • delivering reference services across multiple platforms.

    The previous edition was described by Collection Building as, “an irreplaceable source that can be recommended as an essential item for any library's professional collection", and by the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries as, "A tool for library school students, new librarians, the public library reference desk, or anyone needing a general resource about providing information services and recommended tools of the trade.”

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


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    Reference and Information Services, An introduction | Jun 2018 | 480pp | paperback: 9781783302338 | £69.95

    Kay Ann Cassell received her BA from Carnegie Mellon University, her MLS from Rutgers University, and her PhD from the International University for Graduate Studies. She has worked in academic libraries and public libraries as a reference librarian and as a library director. Ms. Cassell is a past president of Reference and User Services Association of ALA and is active on ALA and RUSA committees. She is the editor of the journal Collection Building and is the author of numerous articles and books on collection development and reference service. She was formerly the Associate Director of Collections and Services for the Branch Libraries of the New York Public Library where she was in charge of collection development and age-level services for the Branch Libraries. She is now a Lecturer and Director of the MLIS Program in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

    Uma Hiremath is Executive Director at the Ames Free Library, Massachusetts. She was Assistant Director at the Thayer Public Library, Massachusetts; Head of Reference at the West Orange Public Library, New Jersey; and Supervising Librarian at the New York Public Library where she worked for five years. She received her MLS from Pratt Institute, New York, and her PhD in political science at the University of Pittsburgh.
    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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