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    May 31st, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    UBLIN, Ohio, 31 May 2019. OCLC and Springshare have signed an agreement to transfer the QuestionPoint 24/7 Reference Cooperative and all active QuestionPoint subscriptions to Springshare, a recognized leader in the development of reference software for libraries worldwide.

    QuestionPoint is the global industry leader in providing cooperative virtual reference services, including 24/7 reference back-up coverage from its team of experienced reference librarians. Through this acquisition, Springshare will extend its highly regarded LibAnswers virtual reference software to include the comprehensive QuestionPoint library reference cooperative with 24/7 coverage. QuestionPoint’s team of reference librarians will become part of Springshare and will continue to work from their current locations around the world.

    “This agreement brings together Springshare’s full-featured, state-of-the-art reference software and the unparalleled professional reference coverage from QuestionPoint’s 24/7 Reference Cooperative that libraries count on,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. “We’re confident that this move will result in the best possible virtual reference service for libraries.”

    Slaven Zivkovic, Founder & CEO of Springshare, added: “We are thrilled to welcome all QuestionPoint libraries and the QuestionPoint librarian reference team to the Springshare community. We see great potential for the Cooperative to include tens of thousands of libraries worldwide - all sharing librarian resources to ensure their users can get help online whenever needed. Today’s library users have 24/7 access to many non-library services. Our goal with the Cooperative is to ensure these users also have access to high-quality assistance from professional librarians, anytime, anywhere.”

    Springshare has committed to further invest in enhancing the Cooperative by hiring more coop librarian staffers, providing additional training to the coop librarians, and devising more effective workflows to share knowledge and information between coop librarians and local admins. Mr. Zivkovic continued “In addition to our own ideas for taking the Cooperative to its new heights, we will seek feedback and suggestions from current QuestionPoint users. Springshare has built a tremendous reputation for listening and acting on customer feedback, and our approach here will be no different. We are very excited to start working on this project and we’re thankful to our partners at OCLC for entrusting Springshare to lead QuestionPoint’s next growth phase”.

    Current QuestionPoint subscribers will maintain uninterrupted use of QuestionPoint while Springshare completes software upgrades to its LibAnswers platform to integrate the 24/7 library reference cooperative. Once the changes are completed, all current QuestionPoint subscribers will move to LibAnswers. At any point, QuestionPoint subscribers can attend free and unlimited training as well as request a LibAnswers Platform system install to learn and explore the system prior to service migration. Springshare will contact subscribers directly about timing and process for their transitions to LibAnswers. “OCLC and Springshare are working together to ensure uninterrupted support of libraries’ virtual reference service during the upcoming transition from QuestionPoint to LibAnswers,” said Nilges.

    About Springshare
    Springshare ( software helps libraries engage with their communities and deepen relationships with users. Our SaaS suite is used by over 6,000 libraries in 80 countries around the world.

    About OCLC
    OCLC (https://oclc.og) 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.

    OCLC, WorldCat and are trademarks and/or service marks of OCLC, Inc. Third-party product, service and business names are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.

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    May 31st, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open source library system, announced this week that the Koha 19.05 release is available. This major release includes 15 new features, 246 enhancements, and 437 bugfixes. Full release notes are available at:

    Nick Clemens, 19.05 Release Manager and ByWater Solutions Developer, recently commented on the release:

    This release (as always) is the work of many librarians, developers, and community members who donate their time and effort to the project. Their contributions help shape the release, and the project going forward. None of this would be possible without them, and my sincere thanks goes out to everyone who had a hand in the project.

    Sponsorship of New Features
    We thank the following ByWater Solutions' Partners who have sponsored new features in Koha!

    Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS)
    Self-check module highlighting (Bug 19458)
    Email librarian when purchase suggestion made (Bug 5770)
    Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)
    Branch transfer limits (Bugs 22330, 7614, 7534)
    Portsmouth Public Library
    Add holds and account information to self checkout module (Bug 21772)
    Round Rock Public Library
    Add language and ccode facets to Elasticsearch (Bugs 17169 and 18213)
    Ability to check out items that are already checked-out without staff intervention (Bug 17171)
    Carnegie Stout Public Library
    Detailed description of charges on Accounting tab (Bug 19489)
    “Edit as New” in Advanced Cataloging Editor (Bug 42090)
    DoverNet Dover Public Library
    Validate SMS numbers (Bug 22594)
    Virginia Tech University Libraries
    Patron password reset limited by patron category (Bug 21890)
    Bedford Public Library
    Add support for SIP2 field CM - Hold Pickup Date (Bug 19619)
    Arcadia Public Library and Middletown Township Public Library
    Mark Hold Items 'On hold' instead of 'Available' (Bug 15505)
    Fargo Public Library
    Holds rerouting dialog improvements (Bug 21346)
    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, is proud to be a part of the Koha Community.

    Nick Clemens, 19.05 Release Manager and ByWater Solutions Developer, additionally adds

    Extra thanks to all who helped me with this release, and with getting here to be the release manager for this version. I am so lucky to work with such a great team on a wonderful project and look forward to helping make Koha better on each release. Excelsior!

    Access the Release
    Koha 19.05.00 can be downloaded from:

    Installation instructions can be found at:

    Koha Wiki
    Full Documentation

    Release Team
    The release team for Koha 19.05.00 is

    Release Manager: Nick Clemens
    Release Manager assistants:
    Tomás Cohen Arazi
    Jonathan Druart
    QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
    QA Team:
    Tomás Cohen Arazi
    Alex Arnaud
    Chris Cormack
    Jonathan Druart
    Kyle Hall
    Julian Maurice
    Josef Moravec
    Martin Renvoize
    Marcel de Rooy
    Topic Experts:
    REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
    SIP2 — Colin Campbell
    EDI — Colin Campbell
    UI Design — Owen Leonard
    Elasticsearch — Ere Maijala
    Bug Wranglers:
    Indranil Das Gupta
    Jon Knight
    Luis Moises Rojas
    Packaging Manager: Mirko Tietgen
    Documentation Manager: Caroline Cyr-La-Rose
    Documentation Team:
    David Nind
    Lucy Vaux-Harvey
    Translation Managers:
    Indranil Das Gupta
    Bernardo González Kriegel
    Wiki curators:
    Caroline Cyr-La-Rose
    Release Maintainers:
    18.05 — Lucas Gass
    18.05 — Jesse Maseto
    18.11 — Martin Renvoize
    17.11 — Fridolin Somers
    Release Maintainer assistants:
    18.05 — Kyle Hall
    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:

    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:

    For more information
    Jessica Zairo
    Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
    ByWater Solutions

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    May 29th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The Strad, the authoritative voice in the world of string music, has partnered with digital providers Exact Editions to offer subscriptions to institutions and individuals around the world. Over 60 issues spanning 5 years issues have been expertly digitised into a state-of-the-art archive, allowing unlimited access to a treasure trove of fully-searchable music content at the click of a button.

    Since its launch in 1890, The Strad has educated its readers through entertaining features, insightful commentary pieces and thoughtful analysis on a wide range of topics relevant to string teachers, players, students, instrument makers and enthusiasts alike. Each monthly issue keeps subscribers up-to-date with the latest news, research and all aspects of playing.

    The innovative features of the new digital archive make it ideal for either personal use or academic or professional research in an institutional setting; the seamless cross-platform browsing experience means issues can be accessed on web, iOS and Android devices, and the platform offers the facility to share and cite each and every article or review from the publication.

    The Strad is available in the Exact Editions institutional shop here:

    Product Director Alex McLachlan said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer a digital archive of The Strad to institutions with robust music faculties around the world. The magazine’s meticulous coverage of all parts of the string instrument world will ensure that this new enhanced level of access to the latest issues and archive is extremely valuable.”

    Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “The new possibility of digital subscriptions to the archive grants the publishers an opportunity for lucrative revenue. The cutting-edge search functions and cross-platform access, in particular, make it an indispensable resource for anyone in the industry.”

    About The Strad:
    The Strad magazine has been a trusted authority in the world of string music since 1890. Each monthly issue offers expert music reviews, the latest news in instrument technology, research and interviews with the industry’s biggest stars. In recent months, the publication has included interviews and articles from some musicians at the forefront of the industry, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, James Ehnes and Hilary Hahn.

    About Exact Editions:
    Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. They are a team of producers, developers and designers who turn periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content and selling subscriptions across web, iOS and Android platforms, for individuals and institutions.

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    May 29th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment Announces Agreement to Transition Publisher Fulfillment Services to Turpin Distribution Services, Ltd.
    ~ Company to Continue Offering Promotional and Marketing Services to Publishers ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — May 29, 2019 — Changes are coming for Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF). The fulfillment side of the company has been acquired by Turpin Distribution Services, Ltd, an international, UK-based provider of publisher services. Turpin has a long-standing, established client services team based in New Milford, Connecticut.

    Promotional and marketing services will continue to be offered by EBSCO Promotional Services, operating out of the EBSCO offices in Birmingham, Alabama. The new company will continue to leverage EBSCO’s history of working with publishers and utilize data insights to provide enhanced marketing services and support to publisher partners.

    EBSCO Senior Vice President, Publisher Partnerships, Sid McNeal says the transition enables EBSCO Promotional Services to place a greater focus on promotional services offered to publishers. “Turpin is a trusted partner in the publisher industry, and we are confident in their ability to provide the highest level of fulfillment services. We remain committed to supporting our publisher partners; this change in services will help us focus on creating new and innovative opportunities to further serve the marketing needs of our publishers.”

    Turpin’s Managing Director, Lorna Summers, says: “Turpin is delighted to have acquired Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF) from EBSCO, as this will enhance the depth and range of fulfillment services we currently provide to U.S. client publishers from our offices in New Milford, Connecticut. I am excited about the opportunities presented by this development and look forward to working with our new publisher clients towards a seamless transition of core services from PPF to Turpin.”

    About EBSCO Promotional Services
    EBSCO Promotional Services, formerly known as Publisher Promotion & Fulfillment (PPF), has partnered with publishers worldwide since 1975. A trusted publisher partner in the STM community, EBSCO Promotional Services offers marketing and promotional services to publishers.
    About Turpin Distribution
    Turpin has been supporting publishers for over 40 years, helping them grow and develop their business for both print and digital publishing. Turpin provides global fulfillment solutions to the academic, scholarly and professional publishing industry including a wide range of bespoke services from its UK and US offices.
    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications, EBSCO Information Services
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

    Donald G. McClain
    Head of Publisher Relations, Turpin Distribution, North America

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    May 29th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., May 28, 2019: Equinox is pleased to welcome Bucyrus Public Library to Evergreen with their successful migration to the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL) with partnership from OhioNET.

    The Bucyrus Public Library’s move will support Bucyrus’ 29,511 patrons in addition to migrating 65,020 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included project management and Evergreen software configuration. Data extraction and bibliographic deduplication were completed as part of their migration encompassing item, patron, and transaction records. The library prepared for the migration with on site and remote training from Equinox.

    "This migration, by far, has been the smoothest and easiest for Bucyrus Public Library,” said Brenda Crider, director of the Bucyrus Public Library. “Erica Rolfs, Felicia Beaudry, Jason Etheridge and everyone else on our Equinox team made our transition stress-free and not just for the staff but for our patrons as well. From beginning to end our migration to COOL had very few issues thanks to the wonderful preparation they gave us. We enjoyed working with them and would do so again in an instant."

    COOL was founded to provide individual member libraries with efficient, innovative, and cost effective solutions. Having implemented a union catalog with Evergreen, the consortium partners with OhioNET who provides system and administrative support. OhioNET is a membership organization founded in 1977 to provide training, administrative and technological support to its members.

    “The staff of the Bucyrus Public Library were eager to learn and put into practice the new skills we covered during training,” said Felicia Beaudry, Product and Implementation Trainer at Equinox. “If the way I was welcomed into the library is any indication of their typical interaction with users, the local community is lucky to have them. They are going to be make a great addition to the Consortium of Ohio Libraries.”

    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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