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    November 26th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that they are providing support and hosting services for the Aspen Open Source Discovery system for Pueblo City-County Library District in Pueblo, Colorado. Aspen will be working in concert with Pueblo's already existing Koha ILS to provide patrons seamless access to all of the library's print, electronic, and enhanced content resources.

    You can view Pueblo's Aspen interface by visiting: https://catalog.pueblolibrary.org/

    Jon Walker, Executive Director, Pueblo City-County Library, recently commented on Aspen Discovery with Koha and ByWater Solutions:

    Koha ILS holds key advantages compared with other systems in the marketplace today, including lower operating costs and native web functionality. Aspen Discovery is a top-notch discovery layer for the public, and in combination with Koha, gives ByWater an unbeatable pairing.

    About Pueblo City-County Library District
    Pueblo City-County Library District is the public library system that serves Pueblo, Colo. PCCLD has 12 locations and its service area includes a population of approximately 165,000 residents.

    PCCLD serves as a foundation for our community by offering welcoming, well equipped and maintained facilities, outstanding collections and well-trained employees who provide expert service encouraging the joy of reading, supporting lifelong learning and presenting access to information from around the world.

    Pueblo City-County Library District is a 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Winner.

    About ByWater Solutions
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Open Source support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their systems than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate implementation and support services with library systems of all sizes for the Koha ILS, Aspen Discovery, Folio LSP, Coral ERM, and Libki PC Management.

    Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions not only lowers the cost of implementation and maintenance of OSS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com.

    About Aspen Discovery
    Aspen is a full-featured Discovery System that integrates with e-content and other 3rd party providers, giving your patrons comprehensive access to all of your materials in one place. Aspen combines your library catalog with e-content, digital archives and enrichment from all major third party providers, improves relevancy and ease of use, provides native reading recommendations, displays all formats of titles within one result (FRBR) and much more. Aspen was created to give users an improved experience over other Discovery systems with less of an impact on library budgets. For more information about Aspen please visit: https://bywatersolutions.com/projects/aspen-discovery

    For More Information
    Jessica Zairo
    Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
    ByWater Solutions
    bywatersolutions.com
    Phone:(888)900-8944

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    November 22nd, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., November 22, 2019: Equinox is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Missouri Evergreen Consortium in providing hosting and support for its Evergreen instance.

    The Missouri Evergreen Consortium supports 598,254 patrons. The migration included a total of 1,253,332 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox included implementation and data services in addition to support, hosting, training and auxiliary services.

    “Working with Equinox has been great!” said Colleen Knight, Executive Director of the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. “They were able to migrate our entire consortium with no down time during working hours. The Equinox team went the extra mile in helping Missouri Evergreen.”

    The Missouri Evergreen Consortium began as a resource sharing initiative in 2012 in an effort to create an integrated library system for libraries in Missouri. They are supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as Administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

    "We are so happy to be serving the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. It has been a pleasure to collaborate," said Mike Rylander, Executive Director at Equinox. "We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership with Missouri Evergreen and all of their current and future members."

    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 https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

    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, SCLENDS, and B.C. Sitka. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

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    November 19th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services Expands its Resources for Graduating College Students with HBR Ascend™
    ~ Digital Learning Resource from Harvard Business Review Offers Workplace Preparedness Resources ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — November 19, 2019 — HBR Ascend™ (Ascend) a digital learning resource from Harvard Business Review (HBR), is now available worldwide from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). Ascend provides trusted, real-world perspectives and practical advice to prepare college students for success in the workplace.

    Created to bridge the gap between the typical academic curriculum and on-the-job soft skills that corporations now demand, Ascend helps graduating students excel by providing them with diverse perspectives and seasoned advice from top executives, thought leaders and academics — including expert input from HBR authors and editors. Ascend’s bite-sized modular content consists of engaging infographics, videos and podcasts, and short form articles will appeal to students used to consuming media (and social media) on the go.

    Ascend offers application-oriented learning and real-world examples rather than theoretical scenarios in the following focus areas critical to students’ professional success: Jobs and Careers, Personal Growth, Managing and Leading, Working with Others and Being Happy at Work. Students can take advantage of the personal learning plans to customize learning pace and track progress.

    Harvard Business Publishing’s Vice President of Strategy for Product & Innovation, Sam Hainer says Ascend is uniquely designed for young professionals. “Graduating students and early-career professionals can access the content whenever they have a few minutes to spare. The content is short, crisp, insightful, useful, and impactful to help these young professionals master new skills from anywhere, anytime.”

    Modules are presented in a format for quick learning. The contemporary design elements will appeal to young professionals. Unlimited access is granted to registered students and mobile users can access Ascend content anywhere at any time. Content is presented in small packets designed to be watched and read on all devices.

    EBSCO’s Vice President of Product Management Sara Earley says that Ascend will address the needs of younger professionals. “Ascend will give graduating students the tools they need when entering the workforce for the first time. The practical advice from industry thought leaders and their research-based expertise will help young professionals find their dream job and perform effectively in the workplace.”

    For more information please go to: https://www.ebsco.com/products/research-databases/hbr-ascend

    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, and clinical decisions 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 1,000,000 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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    November 14th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 14 November 2019

    Brill has entered into a partnership with The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (London, UK) and the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada) to publish the new peer-reviewed, academic Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World (MCMW). The journal will be published in full Open Access: with the support of the University and the Museum, all author charges will be waived. The journal accepts submissions in English, French, German and Spanish, and short reports in Arabic, Persian and Turkish with an English abstract.

    The Journal of Material Cultures in the Muslim World aims to be a new reference for field archaeologists, (art) historians, anthropologists, curators, and scholars and students of the archaeology, (art) history, architecture, anthropology and ethnography of the Muslim world. This readership represents a new, broader definition of material culture that includes not only artefacts, architectural structures and monuments, but also crafts. The journal aims to inform (other) disciplines and historiographies and will also focus on un(der)explored Muslim regions outside of the Middle East and North Africa.

    Prof. Dr Leif Stenberg, Dean of The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, comments: “I am delighted that three strong partners, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations in London and Brill have come together to launch an interdisciplinary journal that will be leading in its fields. I am especially delighted that it opens up for contributions in a variety of languages and promotes scholarship across the Global South and Global North.”

    Dr Henry Kim, Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Aga Khan Museum: “The Aga Khan Museum is thrilled to be partnering with Brill and The Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations. This journal truly breaks new ground in its cutting-edge, inclusive approach. As an interdisciplinary, academic platform for museum curators and scholars, it will be an exciting, innovative addition to the academic publications about the Muslim world currently available.”

    Dr Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill, adds: “We are delighted to collaborate with two renowned organizations to publish an inclusive journal for research from all corners of the world, that transcends language, access and cost barriers. As such, this partnership aligns with a cornerstone of our Open Access strategy to make Open Access publishing possible to authors anywhere in the world, regardless of background or budget.”

    The journal will be published in two issues per year. The expected date of publication of the inaugural double issue is October 2020. For more information about this media alert visit the brill website, or contact Dr Maurits van den Boogert, Publishing Director Middle East and Islamic Studies, via Boogert@brill.com.

    Editorial Board
    Stéphane Pradines (Editor-in-Chief), Professor of Islamic Art, Architecture & Archaeology at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, The Aga Khan University (AKU-ISMC), London, UK.

    Ulrike Al-Khamis, Director of Collections and Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
    Anna Contadini, Professor of Islamic Art, SOAS, London, UK
    Mounia Chekhab Abudaya, Curator, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar
    Pedram Khosronejad, Associate Director for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies, Oklahoma State University, USA
    Marcus Milwright, Professor, University of Victoria, Canada

    For the advisory board, see brill.com/mcmw

    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, Languages & 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 over 300 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 Brill.com.

    View this media alert online: https://brill.com/newsitem/151/brill-launches-open-access-journal-of-mat...

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    November 12th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Provides Public Libraries with a 360-Degree View of Library Activity, Centralizing Data, Enabling More Efficient Outreach and Engagement

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – November 12, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, is helping public libraries engage more effectively with their patrons and communities. Gale Engage, a new cloud-based solution launched today by the company, helps libraries become smarter, more impactful and efficient with patron outreach and engagement. Developed in partnership with Deziner Software, LLC, Gale Engage provides a 360-degree view of library activity across branches, enabling staff to analyze data, personalize marketing outreach and increase engagement with their communities. Read Gale’s blog about Gale Engage, here: http://bit.ly/2NC4gFV.

    Gale Engage is ILS-agnostic and uses data from common library sources to develop groups, enabling library staff to more easily segment audiences and target email communications, driving more meaningful and engaging interactions. The dashboard provides visuals of key performance indicators and metrics, helping libraries measure their effectiveness
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    View a video on Gale Engage’s capabilities, here: http://bit.ly/2q5fVUR.

    Gale Engage was created to improve the ability for public libraries to aggregate data, understand patron lifecycles and keep satisfaction high. By analyzing data synthesized across various library systems, libraries can gain a more comprehensive view into how patrons interact with library resources and services. Ready-to-use data visualizations, aggregate patron groupings (based on transaction history and engagement with library services) and integrated marketing features empower users to personalize outreach and work more efficiently.

    “Gale Engage’s data aggregation and reporting capabilities help us streamline complex and time-consuming tasks,” said Misty Jones, director of library services at San Diego Public Library. “The dashboards allow us to track different types of patron activity, see trends and understand how we compare to other libraries around the country. For the first time ever, we have all our data in one place and can understand, more holistically, how our patrons are engaging with the library.”

    View a video of Gale Engage beta customers discussing how their library will benefit from the solution, here: http://bit.ly/2rzUsDV.

    Gale Engage provides:

    • Data Synthesis: Upload disparate data files from various vendors (i.e. SirsiDynix, RBdigital and others) and system data. Customized scripts take raw data and visually display cohesive metrics.

    • Customizable Dashboard & Visual Reporting: Ready-to-use visualizations allow users to view trends and key performance indicators to design goals around data, manage reports more efficiently and make better decisions. The dashboard also aligns circulation to IMLS benchmark data, enabling library staff to see performance against the greater library field.

    • Patron Groups: Cardholders are categorized into groups based on their interests—with automatic and custom tagging options—allowing for more relevant communications.

    • Email Targeting: Email campaigns can be easily managed by connecting Gale Engage to an email marketing system like MailChimp, or by exporting lists of patron groups for use through the library’s preferred email tool.

    • Social Media Management: Post to multiple library social media accounts for Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well as track key metrics, directly from the Gale Engage dashboard.

    • Privacy by Design: Gale Engage is compliant with relevant field practices and uses end-to-end encryption to protect patron privacy and personally identifiable information (PII).

    “Public libraries are constantly changing to meet community needs and demand more effective ways to connect with and better serve their patrons,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “Gale Engage helps achieve this with innovative technology that helps public libraries understand patron activity to better target and market their resources and services, delivering a more personalized relationship with the library.”

    For more information or to request a trial on Gale Engage, visit: https://www.gale.com/databases/gale-engage.

    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 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 www.gale.com.

    Follow Gale on:

    • Twitter - @galecengage
    • Gale blog - http://blog.gale.com/
    • Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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