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    February 25th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – February 25, 2021 – The Bodleian Libraries and Gale, a Cengage Company, are delighted to announce the launch of the Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships program. Funded by Gale, the fellowships will support three scholars for a three-month period of research into a digital humanities related topic at the University of Oxford, using the Centre for Digital Scholarship of the Bodleian Libraries. The goal of the program is to encourage emerging digital humanities scholarship in the Asia Pacific region and progress the contribution of non-Western and regional perspectives in the field of digital humanities research.

    The Bodleian Libraries and Gale would like to congratulate the following candidates awarded the fellowships in 2021/2022 as well as highlight the projects they will be pursuing:

    • Dr. Tuo Chen, research assistant professor, faculty of history, Nankai University, China

    Project: Dr Chen’s project, The Communication Circuit of Chinese Christian Books (1807-1949), aims to extend his doctoral work on Chinese and Western Book culture and cultural exchange by examining Chinese Christian books.

    • Dr. Hsuan-Ying Tu, assistant professor in early modern history, school of history and researcher of the Research Centre for Digital Humanities, Renmin University of China

    Project: With her project, Clientage, Politics and the Elizabethan Regime: Digital Humanities and New Perspectives, Dr. Hsuan-Ying Tu will use the digital humanities to unravel the web of deliberately complex papers left by Elizabethan ‘spymaster’ Francis Walsingham and others and explore ways to visualize these webs of data and power relationships.

    • Dr. Mark Byron, associate professor in modern and contemporary literature, department of English, University of Sydney

    Project: Dr. Byron’s project, Digitizing Samuel Beckett’s novel Watt: The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project and Beyond, aims to widen historical understanding of the novel by placing it within the historical context of its composition during the Second World War. Dr. Byron’s ambition is to open complex manuscripts to a wider readership through building digital ‘clues’ and pathways so readers can explore contexts and the relationships of this work to contemporary issues of political radicalisms and migration.

    “Welcoming our first cohort of Gale Fellows is tremendously exciting. They are a group of leading researchers and academics who will advance their respective fields through exploring new forms of scholarship using digital techniques and approaches,” said Richard Ovendon, Bodley's librarian in the University of Oxford. “The Bodleian Libraries are excited at the prospect of working with these three talented individuals as they pursue ambitious projects that will advance our understanding of the humanities, based on our rich holdings of primary sources in both physical and digital form.”
    Along with access to the special collections of the Bodleian Libraries, the fellows will be able to access Gale Primary Sources and the Gale Digital Scholar Lab to assist them with their digital humanities initiatives.

    “We are thrilled at sponsoring these fellowships and know these three scholars will enjoy a rich experience at the University of Oxford,” said Terry Robinson, senior vice president and managing director of Gale International. “Gale will continue to publish rich and varied primary document archives and are fully committed to the ongoing development of the Gale Digital Scholar Lab which, I’m sure the three scholars will make use of at Oxford. Our commitment to enabling digital scholarship is at the core of our values and I look forward to many years ahead of cooperating with the Bodleian Libraries and the University of Oxford.”

    The fellows will start their new posts at the University of Oxford between October 2021 and May 2022. They will be expected to present their work at TORCH (The Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities) and can propose to develop a digital resource or other innovative output during their time at Oxford.

    To learn more about the fellowship projects, visit the Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships 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, 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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    About the Bodleian Libraries
    The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford is the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. It includes the principal University library – the Bodleian Library – which has been a legal deposit library for 400 years; as well as 27 libraries across Oxford including major research libraries and faculty, department and institute libraries. Together, the Libraries hold more than 13 million printed items, over 80,000 e-journals and outstanding special collections including rare books and manuscripts, classical papyri, maps, music, art and printed ephemera. Members of the public can explore the collections via the Bodleian’s online image portal at or by visiting the exhibition galleries in the Bodleian’s Weston Library. For more information, visit:

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    February 25th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services and OnStrike Library Solutions Offer FOLIO Implementation Services for Libraries in the Philippines
    ~ Partnership Offers Libraries More Options when Considering Adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform ~
    IPSWICH, Mass. — February 25, 2021 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and OnStrike Library Solutions (OnStrike), the first EBSCO FOLIO partner in the Asia-Pacific reigon, have partnered to support libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP). EBSCO FOLIO and OnStrike will work together to provide reliable local hosting and support services.

    OnStrike has a seven-year history of providing over 50 libraries in the Philippines with implementation, training and support for Koha. Their experience in open source customizations, troubleshooting and management will help them support automation and migration for libraries that want to adopt the FOLIO LSP. This partnership with EBSCO will leverage EBSCO’s hosting services and advanced software support, as well as implementation services for libraries adopting the FOLIO LSP through EBSCO FOLIO Services.

    Jerwyn Fernandez, President and Founder of OnStrike, says that the company’s mission is to match Philippine libraries’ needs and requirements with expert IT specialists and professional librarians on staff. “FOLIO offers choice to libraries looking to customize their LSP as their needs grow and change. This partnership with EBSCO to provide hosting services with our local support allows us to continue meeting the requirements of institutions.”

    EBSCO Information Services Director of FOLIO Partnerships, Mark Allcock, says the collaboration between EBSCO and OnStrike extends services available to libraries choosing FOLIO. “We are delighted to be able to extend our partnership offering to libraries in the Philippines. This partnership gives libraries the advantage of expert local support from OnStrike combined with EBSCO hosting. EBSCO FOLIO Services allows libraries to build the system that best suits their needs, working with the global community and local partners.”

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, learning, and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources to serve the information and workflow needs of their users and organizations. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at:

    About OnStrike
    OnStrike Library Solutions (OSLS) was established as a means of providing a complete and extensive ILS (Integrated Library System) utilizing Koha features which includes all the modules that may be required by any library. As an ardent supporter of the academe, the company aims to provide educational establishments and the like with expert technical support from installation to implementation. With the team’s experience in Koha customization and troubleshooting, the management assures customers of a full-scale automation, migration and online support tailor fitted to each client’s unique demands and needs.


    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    EBSCO Information Services
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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    February 25th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services Launches Dynamic Health™ CDS + Skills
    ~ Innovative Training Resource for Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Expands to Incorporate Clinical Decision Support Tools ~
    IPSWICH, Mass. — February 25, 2021 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced the release of Dynamic Health™ CDS + Skills, a resource designed to help nurses and allied health professionals master critical skills, obtain fast, accurate answers to clinical questions and foster a culture of evidence-based practice. Dynamic Health CDS + Skills builds on EBSCO’s current resource, Dynamic Health™ Skills, adding clinical decision support content that is based on a strict, evidence-based methodology, leading to improved patient outcomes.

    Dynamic Health CDS + Skills features include skills and competency checklists, continuing education, seamless integration into the electronic health record (EHR) and learning management system (LMS), policy implementation, and on-the-go access via a mobile app. Both products will be available to meet the unique needs of health care organizations.

    EBSCO Information Services’ Chief Nursing Officer and Editor in Chief of Dynamic Health Diane Hanson says EBSCO recognizes the need for nurses to provide fast, actionable answers at the point of care. “Dynamic Health CDS + Skills content is crafted by a team of nurses and allied health professionals who review the evidence and write original content based on best practice to ensure the highest quality of patient care. The platform makes it easy to infuse evidence into nurses’ and allied health professionals’ daily workflow, reinforcing the connection between lifelong learning and point of care practices.”

    EBSCO provides evidence-based clinical decision support solutions, shared decision-making resources, health care business intelligence and peer-reviewed medical research information to health care organizations. For more information on Dynamic Health CDS + Skills, visit:

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the preeminent provider of online research content and search technologies serving academic, school and public libraries; healthcare and medical institutions; corporations; and government agencies around the world. EBSCO’s Clinical Decisions suite of products are designed to improve patient care by providing healthcare professionals with the most current, evidence-based answers to clinical questions as they arise at the point of care. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at:


    For more information, please contact:
    Jessica Holmes
    Communications Director
    978-356-6500 x3485

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    February 25th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    FOLIO Welcomes New Members and Introduces a New Governance Model as the Project Expands
    ~ Open Source Project Sets Course for Inclusion and Innovation as Platform Moves Beyond Initial Development ~
    February 25, 2021

    PHILADELPHIA — February 25, 2021 — The FOLIO project, which has created an open source library services platform (LSP), is expanding to add new member organizations and is introducing a new governance model. The changes are designed to open the project to a wider variety of member libraries and organizations with a new structure for both involvement and leadership.

    More than 25 organizations are now FOLIO Member Organizations and are able to participate with new membership levels. These organizations and institutions represent a range of existing and new members joining together to move the project forward, whether they commit to paying dues or donating people’s time to do the work needed to sustain FOLIO.

    The FOLIO member organizations have committed to support the new FOLIO Governance Model, which is designed to support open, transparent and respectful collaboration to create a more diverse community and provide more decentralized decision-making. Those taking part in the open source project will have a more structured way to influence the roadmap and engage in the project at the operational level.

    Lehigh’s University Librarian Boaz Nadav Manes and Governance Task Force member says the changes are designed to create a sustainable community and an ecosystem that is open and provides opportunities for all participants. “We want to make sure that transparency and communications are intrinsically built into all aspects of the project along with an established structure to welcome and involve new members and celebrate the expertise that organizations and individuals bring to FOLIO.”

    Members of the FOLIO project have been invited to suggest their nominations to be elected to the new Community Council. All members of the FOLIO community are taking part in the inaugural Community Council election, which runs through March 12th. Once elected, The Community Council will then be responsible for running elections for the Product Council and the Technical Council in May.

    FOLIO Product Council Chair and Task Force member Kirstin Kemner-Heek says the new model offers more access to community decision-making and provides for the project’s sustainability. “In looking at the long-term goals of FOLIO, we recognize that we need to be as open and transparent as possible and welcome institutions and organizations of all sizes into the community and give them a voice in the project.”

    Stanford University is one of the new member organizations. Tom Cramer, the Associate University Librarian and Director of Digital Library at Stanford, says being able to make an immediate difference was part of the draw of the new structure. “We have watched as the FOLIO project came together as a community formed to create a new service for libraries. As FOLIO takes the next steps as a platform for innovation, the new membership structure provides a clear way for new libraries to participate and help the project grow.”

    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


    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Media Relations, FOLIO

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    February 24th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Elizabeth German Joins The Open Library Foundation as Senior Program Officer
    February 24, 2021 | Open Library Foundation, Press Release

    PHILADELPHIA — February 24, 2021 — The Open Library Foundation has named Elizabeth German to the role of Senior Program Officer. German is an associate professor and the service design librarian at Texas A&M University and will work with the Foundation’s Board to support Foundation operations and strategic initiatives.

    The Open Library Foundation enables the development, accessibility and sustainability of open source software and communities for and by libraries. The Foundation also looks to increase awareness of open source initiatives and advocate for the benefits of open source in the library space.

    Open Library Foundation Board President Tom Cramer, the Associate University Librarian and Director of Digital Library Systems and Services at Stanford University, says German will work closely with the Board. “While the Foundation is looking to support more projects and communities, we are also looking for volunteers to take part in the Open Library Foundation. Beth will be providing both strategic and operational leadership as the Foundation builds programs, and a diverse group of volunteers who make up the Open Library Foundation.”

    German says her taking this role at the Open Library Foundation is an outgrowth of her support for open source technology. “Open source software can be transformative for industries and communities, being a part of the Open Library Foundation and working towards fulfilling its mission is a great way to support expansion of open source resources.”

    Cramer says the Open Library Foundation should be a vehicle for thought leaders looking to expand the use of open source technology. “The organizations and volunteers involved in the Open Library Foundation are a testament to the power open source has to galvanize people to solve problems, and for libraries to help build and shape their services in the 21st century.”
    German says her experience building processes and systems at Texas A&M is a natural fit. “The Open Library Foundation has entered a new phase in its development. I’m excited to use my skills in project management, user experience, and association organization to expand the value the Foundation adds to the library open source community.”

    In 2021, the Foundation will be focusing on strengthening a global network of library open source projects and communities that leverage and reinforce each other. This comes after two years of successful work to establish the Foundation’s operational basis, led by Ginny Boyer, OLF Managing Director from 2019-2020 and Scott Anderson, current OLF Treasurer.

    About the Open Library Foundation

    The Open Library Foundation is an independent not-for-profit organization designed to ensure the availability, accessibility and sustainability of open source projects for and by libraries. The Foundation provides an environment in which the library community can organize, contribute to, and benefit from open source. Find out more about the Open Library Foundation at


    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy, Media Relations, Open Library Foundation
    978 223-0438

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