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    January 26th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Provides OnDemand Training to Help Educators Improve Their Online Teaching Skills at Their Own Pace Anytime, Anywhere

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – January 26, 2021 – Gale, a Cengage company, is helping educators enhance skills for virtual lesson planning and online teaching. The company has launched Gale In Context: For Educators’ new Learning Center, an on-demand professional learning hub for finding, organizing and learning how to teach – virtually or in-person – using the content created within For Educators. Now teachers can take control of their own professional learning and find support as they work to use For Educators to drive student learning outcomes.

    Studies show that lack of training and ongoing support around using technology for classroom instruction is a major pain point for educators, who increasingly rely on tools for teaching in remote, in-person or hybrid learning environments.[i] With the Learning Center, educators get on-demand training that provides immediate access to support and guidance, anytime, anywhere.

    View a video about the new Learning Center, here:

    “In the last nine months, we have repeatedly seen educators given access to teaching tools without the support they need or the time for formal training,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “The For Educators Learning Center enables teachers to take the lead, with on-demand training built right into their workflow to get up and running fast.”

    For Educators’ new Learning Center includes:

    • Nearly 30 on-demand training videos, ranging from 1-3 minutes on how to find classroom-ready resources, organize them for lessons and teach students with materials created in For Educators.

    • Tips and tricks on how to make the most of product tools and features.

    • Step-by-step tutorials that introduce For Educators tools and provide real-world examples on how to use the solution to plan instruction, teach independent research and collaborate with colleagues.

    • Sample lesson content sets to download and use immediately or customize for later use.

    • A staff on-boarding plan to help plan formal professional learning sessions with the Learning Center.

    • Easy to access answers to the most commonly-asked questions and more.

    Gale In Context: For Educators is an award-winning lesson planning tool that enables educators to find and personalize digital learning content, plan learning activities that work well for remote or in-person environments and provide equity for all students. Fueled by content from the Gale In Context student databases, it includes custom lesson plans and exclusive tools to help educators teach with easily-sharable, curriculum-aligned resources, while enabling seamless collaboration within and across schools and districts.

    Gale will showcase Gale In Context: For Educators’ new Learning Center at the Future of Education Technology (FETC) Virtual Conference, January 26-29 and at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Virtual Conference, February 1-5 at the Gale virtual booth.

    For more information or to request a trial, visit the Gale In Context: For Educators webpage:

    About Cengage and Gale
    Cengage, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, believes in the power and joy of learning. For schools, the company helps drive positive outcomes by providing essential, curriculum-aligned content that empowers educators to solve curriculum challenges and meet students where they are. Today, that includes supporting distance and social and emotional learning as well as equity and inclusion goals. Gale’s K-12 offerings extend from educational databases and custom eBook collections to instructional tools and professional development resources. For more information, please visit:

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    [i] T.H.E. Journal: Most Teachers Say Classroom Tech Helps Students, but Teachers Need More Training:

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    January 25th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Institutions around the world can now subscribe to the cutting-edge digital edition of Mindset, a new revolutionary publication dedicated to the health of the mind. Comprising every issue of the back catalogue, the archive is accessible through the Exact Editions platform and boasts a comprehensive search function as well as seamless cross-platform access.

    Published quarterly, Mindset reports on all aspects of mental health; from prevention, diagnosis, treatments and rehabilitation to workplace initiatives and financial and legal advice. In their aim to position themselves at the forefront of positive changes in society’s understanding and treatment of mental wellbeing, the publication is advised by a world class Editorial Advisory Board that includes members drawn from many different fields of mental health, each bringing a wealth of experience to inform, advise and guide.

    The Exact Editions platform allows users to read, search and browse back issues at the click of a button across web, iOS and Android devices, rendering the new Mindset archive an important educational resource for institutions of all kinds.

    Mindset is available in the Exact Editions institutional shop here:

    Editor Fiona North said: “Throughout the unprecedented period of the Covid-19 pandemic, our collective mental health has been challenged. Digital distribution will be key to ensuring that Mindset’s content is seen by as many students and professionals as possible; our crucial goal in these ongoing tough times.”

    Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “We’re delighted to be supporting Mindset in their mission to remove the taboos around mental health. The magazine is slick and easy-to-navigate across all digital devices and the subject matter is of paramount importance, especially amongst students whose wellbeing has been so heavily challenged this year.”

    About Mindset:

    Mindset is a revolutionary publication dedicated to the health of the mind. Each quarterly issue is curated by a world class Editorial Advisory Board and features authoritative, accurate, beautifully-presented, easily assimilated information about all aspects of mental health. They believe that by working together, society will truly revolutionise the way that individuals think and feel about mental wellbeing, give it the status it deserves, and go a long way towards helping remove the taboos and stigmas that still surround it.

    About Exact Editions:

    Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. It is a team of producers, developers and designers that turns periodicals and books into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content, selling subscriptions and providing streaming solutions across web, iOS and Android platforms. Exact Editions are also the innovators of ‘Reading Rooms’ technology, so publishers can provide streaming, time-limited, access to digital editions.

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    January 22nd, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, America’s forefront provider of Open Source library technology support, announced today that Washington State Law Library is now live on Koha!

    ByWater completed the transition of the libraries 51,000 plus bibs from Sierra and is providing ongoing support services for Koha.

    The new catalog can be viewed here:

    Deputy Law Librarian, Larisa John, recently commented on the migration, "We are thrilled with our new ILS and the service and training from ByWater Solutions. I wish we’d made this upgrade years ago”

    About The Washington State Law Library
    The Washington State Law Library is a law library in Olympia, WA. The Washington State Law Library's mission is to promote reliable access to legal information and provide expert legal reference assistance.

    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 the 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

    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

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    January 22nd, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 22 January 2021

    Brill is delighted to announce that it has concluded Transformative Agreements with Jisc in the UK and Bibsam in Sweden. Brill is one of the leading academic publishers in the Humanities, Social Sciences, International Law and Biology, with a broad Open Access portfolio consisting of more than 450 books and several thousand journal articles.

    Both the Jisc and Bibsam agreements offer academics at participating institutions the benefits of reading access to the full Brill Journal Collection, as well as unlimited Open Access research article publishing in all Brill journals, including Gold Full Open Access titles.

    The agreement with Jisc is a two-year agreement (2021-2022) and is open to the Scottish SHEDL consortium as well as all other eligible UK university libraries and academic-related Jisc affiliate members. Further details can be found at

    The agreement with Bibsam is a three-year agreement (2021-2023) and is open to all eligible Bibsam institutions. Details of the agreement can be found at

    For more information about the agreements, please contact Jisc, Bibsam or Linda Empringham at Brill 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 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

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    January 22nd, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Aspen Discovery announced this week that the 21.01.00 release, the first release of 2021, is now available. This release includes over 60 enhancements to 16 different functions in the Aspen Discovery system.

    Mark Noble, Aspen Discovery Developer, recently commented on the release: "This release includes over 60 different suggestions from our library partners and fine-tunes Aspen Discovery so that it works even more smoothly for their patrons. We are thrilled to work with our partners to continually improve Aspen Discovery."

    Read full release notes here:

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