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    May 27th, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 20.07 release is available. This major release includes 46 improvements and 7 performance & reliability fixes.

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

    Aspen Discovery version 20.07 makes it easier for librarians to promote special collections within Aspen. By allowing archival materials and lists to be added to lists, librarians can more easily promote these items on both the Aspen home page and within collection spotlights on their website. There are also several enhancements to make Aspen easier to administer.

    Administration Updates
    Add tracking of when settings change within the Administration interface and add a display of the history for administrators.
    Update creation of default libraries
    Set default theme to responsive
    Allow default grouped work display settings to be defined (defaults to public)
    Set more appropriate default lists to include
    Turn off Genealogy by default

    API Updates
    Allow the source of materials to be specified when calling getPatronCheckouts and getPatronHolds from User API

    CARL.X Integration Updates
    Correct loading holds from CARL.X

    Cloud Library Updates
    Correct loading of MARC records to properly handle special characters
    Add first detected and last change dates to staff view for Cloud Library Records

    Grouped Work Updates
    Alternate titles for grouped works can be deleted from staff view by users with appropriate permissions
    Users with Cataloging or OPAC Admin permissions can specify title, author, and series information for a grouped work from staff view
    Information specified is shown within staff view
    Specified display information can be deleted within staff view
    The provided information will replace information from MARC records or eContent within the index

    Help Manual
    Add additional content to the manual

    Indexing Updates
    Update to ignore subfield 9 when indexing subject fields
    Add a nightly index mode to full reindex which runs based on a setting in the System Variables table
    Automatically force a nightly index to run when relevant settings are changed in Aspen
    Add the ability to check if nightly index is running
    If nightly indexing is running, pause continuous indexing until it is done.
    Add the ability to get the format of items by collection code for Koha
    Updating Accelerated Reader Data now happens as part of the nightly index on a weekly basis
    Log additional errors to indexing logs
    When adding notes to logs, always record the time the note was added.
    Remove regrouping records from the command line since it is no longer used
    Move Reindex Log to system reports and rename to Nightly Index Log
    Add errors to nightly reindex log
    Remove unused maxWorksToProcess option from config files
    Additional error trapping when loading Hoopla scopes
    Remove irrelevant code

    Koha Integration Updates
    Allow display of opac notes entered in Koha to be displayed within Aspen
    Update to allow a single work to be manually exported from Koha
    Load volume information for checked out titles if available
    Update extract of changed bibs to include bibs where only metadata has changed
    Update translation maps from Koha based on settings within the indexing profile
    Update Novelist settings in Aspen based on settings within Koha

    New York Times List Updates
    Add the date that the New York Times List last updated a list as well as copyright to the description.

    Novelist Integration
    Improve performance when loading Novelist information for titles with many ISBNs
    Upgrade to newest API version
    Performance & Reliability Fixes
    Update Index Status API to return more information about each check which it performs
    Add checking for available memory and system load during status checks
    Add checking of a nightly index for errors during status checks
    When loading More Like This for a record validate that the record exists.
    Redirect additional URLs that are improperly formatted or that contain spammy searches to the 404 page
    Fix cron to automatically restart Aspen services on reboot
    Error trapping when OverDrive product does not have formats

    Record updates
    Allow Supplemental Files (XLS, DOC, etc) to be attached to MARC records for download by patrons to provide additional information for a record.

    User List Updates
    Automatically remember the last list a user was using
    Lists that a title is on are shown within search results
    Allow adding lists and open archive titles to lists
    Allow collection spotlights and browse categories to Open Archive and List entries that are part of a list shown

    Update default site creation for Koha to use current location rather than owning location
    Wrap button text for You Might Also Like and While You Wait
    Make collection spotlight title bars use secondary colors
    Fix color of collapsible panels when they are expanded in the default theme
    Updates to session handling
    Automatically enable the Koha module when setting up a new Koha site
    Return fatal errors that occur during AJAX operations as JSON for a display to users
    Cleanup of redundant information in staff view

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    May 27th, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services Supports
    Google’s Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA)
    ~ Enhancement Provides Seamless Off-Campus Authentication
    to EBSCO Content Through Google Scholar ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — May 27, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces a partnership with Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) through Google Scholar. Those who start their research in Google Scholar can now access EBSCO content with a seamless user experience while conducting research off-campus.

    CASA enables those doing research to access their institution’s scholarly content remotely by providing seamless linking and authentication. Through partnering with Google Scholar, users will be able to authenticate to the EBSCO articles and journals to which they have access. Users can now access this information while working off-campus, making it easier to conduct studies anytime, anywhere. Links to EBSCO content will also be available in Google Scholar, enhancing the user experience.

    EBSCO Senior Vice President of Product Management Tim Lull reinforces the importance of accessing EBSCO content whenever and wherever users conduct their research, especially as they work remotely. “As EBSCO continues to improve the user experience, it’s exciting to better enable the research process via Google Scholar by enabling trusted full-text links to scholarly content at EBSCO, and effectively removing barriers to access.”

    Anurag Acharya, co-creator of Google Scholar, says, “CASA builds on Google Scholar’s Subscriber Links program which provides direct links in the search interface to subscribed collections for on-campus users. With CASA, a researcher can start a literature survey on campus and resume where she left off once she is home, or travelling, with no hoops to jump through. Her subscribed collections are highlighted in Google Scholar searches, and she is able to access articles in exactly the same way as on campus.”

    Learn more about EBSCO and Google Scholar CASA at EBSCO Connect.

    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 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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    May 26th, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services Appointed to the Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC) Framework, Library Management Systems, ITS 1028 AP
    ~ EBSCO Information Services Appointed to New UK Library Management Systems Framework~
    IPSWICH, Mass. — May 26, 2020 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC), the centre of procurement expertise for universities in Scotland, has appointed EBSCO to a competitive multi-supplier Library Management Systems framework agreement for university libraries in the United Kingdom. Institutions with membership of SUPC, LUPC, NWUPC, NEUPC or HEPWC may also use the framework. UK Institutions undertaking a competitive framework mini-competition will be able to evaluate a range of solutions including the option of FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) and EBSCO’s expertise in implementing, hosting and providing services through EBSCO FOLIO Services.
    Interested university institutions may obtain further information on the new Library Management System framework, ITS 1028 AP, from the education Buyer Portal websites below:
    “HE Contracts”, England, Wales, and NI
    “APUC Buyers Portal”, Scotland!/contracts
    EBSCO FOLIO Services is available to institutions looking to implement FOLIO, an open services LSP created by a community of librarians, developers and service providers. EBSCO FOLIO Services provides institutions around the world with resources to host and support the library services platform with a suite of services. These services include system implementation and data migration, maintenance and hosting in the Amazon Web Service (AWS), and a team of specialists on call. EBSCO FOLIO Services provides libraries with guidance and ease in adopting the open source technology.
    EBSCO Information Services Executive Vice President of FOLIO and Research SaaS, Gar Sydnor says EBSCO has long supported open source systems and has been a stakeholder in the FOLIO project from the beginning. “EBSCO contributed substantially to the leadership and development of FOLIO. This involvement enables us to support libraries that are looking for an alternative to current system choices by offering an open source solution backed by a company with decades of experience working with libraries.”
    By leveraging EBSCO FOLIO Services, implementation expertise, and hosting and maintenance services, libraries have expert options for adopting FOLIO.
    About FOLIO
    FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information go to
    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 1,500,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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    May 26th, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 26 May 2020

    Jisc Collections and the international scholarly publisher Brill have reached a Transformative Agreement for 2020, which covers the SHEDL consortium as well as all other eligible UK university libraries.

    Under the Agreement, academics at participating institutions benefit from reading access to the Full Brill Journal Collection, as well as unlimited Open Access publishing in all Brill journals for 2020. Brill’s journal portfolio consists of more than 330 hybrid and fully Open Access titles in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law, and Biology. Articles which have already been published in 2020 will be made available in Open Access retroactively.

    “We are delighted the Brill agreement offers a compliant route to publish unlimited number of OA articles with Brill at no additional cost to universities. An agreement of this kind plays an important role in accelerating Open Access and the transition will allow the UK sector to benefit from the breadth of research the Brill agreement has to offer from International Law to Art , Languages and Linguistics,” says Anna Vernon, Head of Licensing at Jisc.

    “The UK is our largest author community in Europe and our second largest in the world. With this agreement, HSS scholars at participating institutions have the opportunity to publish with the widest possible reach in some of the best journals in their fields. As a medium-sized publisher we look for the most sustainable ways to transition to a fully Open Access future. We are delighted to be cooperating with Jisc and SHEDL to achieve this objective,” says Jasmin Lange, Chief Publishing Officer at Brill.

    Brill is one of the leading independent publishers in the Humanities and Social Sciences with a broad OA portfolio consisting of more than 450 OA books and several thousand OA journal articles.

    For more information about the agreement, contact Linda Empringham, Sales Director, on

    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 330 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

    About Jisc
    Jisc is the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. At its heart is the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection. Jisc also provides technology solutions for its members (colleges, universities and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions. For more information, please visit

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    May 20th, 2020LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    New Integrated Learning Center Provides Users with Instructional Guidance Throughout the Lab’s Workflow, Driving Digital Literacy and Research Outcomes

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – May 20, 2020 – Gale, a Cengage company, is providing digital humanities students and researchers with a streamlined learning experience for building text analysis projects. The company has added instructional support to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab with the launch of its new integrated Learning Center. Now users have a learning framework that provides step-by-step instruction that helps them navigate and learn throughout the Lab’s workflow. This creates an entirely new structure for teaching best practices, research principles and the iterative nature of digital scholarship, in a manner that’s teachable and repeatable, putting research and learning first.

    Studies show that methodologies such as text mining and data visualization are enhancing the teaching and scholarship of humanities at colleges and universities, with libraries often driving this effort[i]. The Gale Digital Scholar Lab’s new Learning Center makes the process more accessible to a variety of users by walking them through the text mining and visualization workflow.

    The Learning Center provides users with a workspace to explore how the Gale Digital Scholar Lab can assist with research projects. Users can navigate the Center to become familiarized with the core stages in the workflow (Build, Clean, Analyze), develop an understanding of common digital humanities terms and find answers to frequently asked questions about the Lab.

    Features of the Learning Center include:

    • Embedded Video Tutorials: videos are readily accessible to users through core stages in the workflow (Build, Clean, Analyze), providing users with step-by-step walk-throughs of functionality as well as thoughtful commentary related to text and data mining best practices.

    • Interactive Sample Projects: provide users with several completed project models that are situated within the context of a narrative format. Users can now be guided through the core research process while benefiting from expandable tips, tricks and guiding questions that promote the importance of inquiry-based learning for best digital humanities and research pedagogical practices. Faculty now have ready-made primary source-based research assignments they can easily use or modify to incorporate digital humanities work into their courses. Sample projects also provide users with the structure to effectively search primary source and archival content, embedded glossary definitions and instructional videos to provide self-paced learning opportunities for novice to advanced users.

    • Thinking Critically Supplement: this feature helps support teaching and learning of the critical learning objectives of ideation and interpretation necessary for digital scholarship. It is incorporated in each project ensuring it is relevant to the research questions, process and outcomes, while also considering what can be done beyond the Gale Digital Scholar Lab with that given topic.

    Coming later this spring/summer, Gale will introduce the first phase of its content upload capabilities. This will enable users to upload and analyze local text files within the Gale Digital Scholar Lab platform along with their Gale Primary Sources holdings.

    “Gale Digital Scholar Lab is widely seen as a platform to introduce textual analysis and digital information literacy to users at many academic levels both in and outside of the classroom,” said Marc Cormier, Director of Product Management for the Humanities at Gale. “We created the Learning Center to provide faculty and students the guidance to understand and execute each stage of the Lab’s text analysis workflow, putting learning at the forefront of the platform.”

    Gale Digital Scholar Lab Global Growth & Customer Momentum

    Since its launch in September 2018, Gale Digital Scholar Lab has experienced significant growth globally. Over the last year and half, its customer base has more than doubled across five continents. Some of the world’s top colleges and universities are using the Gale Digital Scholar Lab to advance their digital humanities programs including: John Hopkins University, Yale University, University of Toronto, McGill University, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, Monash University, University of Edinburgh, Nanyang Technological University, Peking University, University of California—Berkeley, University of Adelaide, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Utrecht University, to name a few.

    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is using the Gale Digital Scholar Lab in an IMLS grant-funded project they are leading called the Carolina Digital Library Network. This two-year pilot project enables small to mid-sized academic libraries in North and South Carolina to explore the possibilities of new innovative digital scholarship services for their researchers:

    “In this project we are evaluating several shared digital library infrastructures, starting with the remarkable Gale Digital Scholar Lab. It offers an amazing array of textual pattern analysis tools for scholarly explorations into historical documents,” said Martin Halbert, Professor at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. “Our faculty members are intrigued with the possibilities of digital humanities toolkits such as the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, not only for their own established research agendas, but also because of the next-generation scholarship training that the project will offer to their graduate students.”

    Here’s what other customers are saying about Gale Digital Scholar Lab:

    “Gale Digital Scholar Lab provides our community with the unique opportunity to engage with primary sources in ways they may never have considered before, without needing prior knowledge in coding or having to clean data beforehand. While the Lab has great potential for research, we also see it as a great investment for education as the Lab enables us to provide hands-on experience with text mining models that students can use for their studies and in their life after university. –Katrina McAlpine, Associate Director, Publishing and Data Services, University of Sydney, Australia

    “At the time we began considering the acquisition of the Digital Scholar Lab, our university was in the middle of forming a minor in Digital Studies. In order to support the minor, we need to be able to give students access to online collections that could serve as a digital sandbox—something they could experiment with, research in, and manipulate digitally. The Digital Scholar Lab gave us that, in addition to a suite of tools that are readily accessible. We’re able to not only give them the materials to work with, but the tools in an environment with fewer barriers to use.” –Hillary Richardson, Coordinator of Undergraduate Research & Information Literacy and Digital Studies Instructor, Mississippi Women's University

    “The Gale Digital Scholar Lab brings the full range of practice of digital humanities in variety disciplines of humanities and social sciences. We benefit a lot from its visualization and data analysis tools. My personal favorite feature is the Topic Modeling tool, which enables the extraction of common topics found across many documents. It sometimes gives surprising findings that can be really fascinating.” –Xuan Xu, Librarian, Fudan University, China

    The Gale Digital Scholar Lab is a cloud-based research environment designed to transform the way scholars and students access and analyze Gale primary source materials by offering solutions to some of the most common challenges facing researchers in the digital humanities today. By integrating an unmatched depth and breadth of digital primary source material with some of today’s most popular digital humanities analysis methods, Gale Digital Scholar Lab provides a new lens to explore history and empowers researchers to deepen our understanding of the world and how it is represented in the written word.

    To request a trial, visit the Gale Digital Scholar Lab trial request pages: U.S. trial - or international trial -

    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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    [i] Digital Humanities in Action Study, October 2019

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