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    December 4th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Students and Faculty Gain Access to the World’s Largest Selection of Rare and Unique Digital Archives

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and JOHANNESBURG – December 4, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the University of Johannesburg enrich the research experience of its faculty and students. The university has selected Gale Primary Sources, the world’s largest collection of rare and unique digital archives. Now faculty and students have access to 27 digital collections on topics such as: law, government, political science, history, slavery, labour issues and literature.

    As one of the largest contact universities in South Africa, the University of Johannesburg has more than 50,000 students and nearly 3,000 faculty members across four campuses. With a strong commitment to excellence in research and innovation, the university needed a digital primary sources platform coupled with innovative, powerful search technologies that gives students and researchers access to a variety of authoritative historical content. They chose Gale Primary Sources.

    “We purchased Gale Primary Sources because it’s a valuable source for in-depth historical research and really expands users’ understanding of our African history,” said Nthabiseng Monyaise, Team Leader of Collection Development at the University of Johannesburg. “The rareness and uniqueness of its digital archives and cross-searching tools not only helps our students discover and explore new research possibilities, but also arms them with the researching skills they need to achieve success in college and beyond.”

    The University of Johannesburg collections include renowned Gale Primary Sources such as:

    • The Making of the Modern Law
    • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
    • Chatham House Online Archive
    • British Literary Manuscripts Online
    • The Making of the Modern World
    • American Amateur Newspapers
    • The Telegraph Historical Archive

    Gale Primary Sources brings the thoughts, words and actions of past centuries into the present for a comprehensive research experience. With millions of pages of authoritative content and powerful search technologies, the platform helps students and researchers examine literary, political and social culture of the last 500 years and develop a more meaningful understanding of how history continues to impact the world today. Its innovative technology improves discovery, analysis and workflow while setting the bar for digital primary source analysis and data visualization with tools like cross-archival searching and term clusters, which visually organizes search results to help users make new connections across topics.

    “Knowledge is power, and libraries empower the discovery of knowledge through research,” said Terry Robinson, senior vice president and managing director for Gale International. “We are thrilled to partner with the University of Johannesburg and provide their library with trusted resources to help them push the boundaries of traditional research that supports the teaching and learning needs of their faculty and students, and the vision of their university community.”

    For more information, visit the Gale Primary Sources webpage:

    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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    December 4th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Aspen Discovery announced this week that the November 2019 release is available. This major release includes 6 new features, 8 search improvements, 3 translation improvements and 8 bugfixes.

    Mark Noble, Aspen Discovery Developer, recently commented on the release:

    The new functionality in this release is a direct response to the needs of our partners and we had a great time working with them to refine and enrich both PayPal integration and Website searching to best meet the needs of their patrons.

    Release Notes
    New features
    PayPal integration
    Allow libraries to use PayPal to pay fines
    Library can allow the user to pay all fines, selected fines, or pay fines partially
    Library can set a minimum amount that the patron must pay
    Library can set the order fines must be paid in
    Fine payment is recorded within both Aspen Discovery and the ILS
    Website indexing
    Websites can be selected for indexing and display as their own search type and within the Explore More bar
    Website searching includes a dashboard with usage tracking
    Placards can be defined and shown within search results based on keywords defined by the library
    Google Images can be used as a source of images within Aspen Discovery. Images can be matched by ISBN and/or Title/Author.
    Dashboards contain statistics for the previous month and look better when large numbers are displayed
    Display call numbers and volume information on checkouts of ILS materials when available
    Search improvements
    Improved processing of advanced search when displayed as a basic search
    Better handling of UTF searching and the ability to ignore diacritics as appropriate
    Improve functionality for search term replacements
    Display error page on search errors for Catalog and List searches
    Error pages will link to Keyword results if there are results
    Improve handling of invalid search sources
    Improve handling for cases where the search index is not valid for the selected search source
    Better handle cases where the user is searching for a url
    Translation Improvements
    Translation interface can be filtered by the original term as well as the translation
    Translations that have already been completed can be shown
    Translations are paginated
    Bug fixes
    Properly handle translation maps using regular expressions
    Properly disable hoopla checkout prompt if the user does not want to be prompted
    Show checkout prompt properly with linked users
    Increase the range of OverDrive publication date handling
    Provide better error messages to the user in a number of cases when they have been logged out.
    Fixed returning Hoopla checkouts
    RBdigital titles that have been removed from the collection display as unavailable
    Covers from RBdigital can be reloaded
    System updates
    Creation of new demo instances at and
    Updates to cron and background processes
    Settings shown are controlled with the modules system to make the administration interface cleaner when all functionality is not in use
    Automatically check for cases when more than one instance of a background process is running
    Automatically restart background processes if they fail
    Improve memory usage for all background indexing process
    User List Indexing runs continuously by default now
    Hoopla runs once a day and then exits to improve memory usage
    Improvements to make new instances easier to install
    Remove unused settings from config.ini file
    Background processes prompt for the server name to run if it is not provided on the command line.
    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:

    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:

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    Jessica Zairo
    Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
    ByWater Solutions

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