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    August 30th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., August 30, 2021: Equinox Open Library Initiative, an expert leader in open source technology development and support for libraries, is pleased to announce the migration of Henry County Library to Evergreen ILS as part of the Missouri Evergreen Consortium. Evergreen Integrated Library System is an award winning and trusted library solution used by more than 1,800 libraries worldwide.

    Henry County Library, founded in 1927 by the Women’s Civic Club, was the first library in Clinton, Missouri. Since then, it has grown to support 10,640 patrons with a collection of 58,935 bibliographic records. The migration project was supported by Equinox’s remote training team of degreed librarians. Henry County Library will be hosted on Sequoia which supports library automation services with 99.9% uptime.

    "I have really enjoyed working with the migration team at Equinox,” said Debbie Jones, Assistant Director at Henry County Library. “They have been very helpful and supportive - a fantastic group of people to work with. It was because of them that the transition to Missouri Evergreen has been smooth and painless!"
    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. The consortium is 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.

    “It was a wonderful experience working with Henry County Library and the support team at the Missouri Evergreen Consortium,” said Rogan Hamby, Data and Project Analyst at Equinox. “Henry County Library staff dove right into the project and were engaged at every step which made my job of enabling them to get up and running as smoothly as possible a pleasure. I have every confidence that the Missouri
    Evergreen Consortium is going to benefit from Henry County Library's contributions and that Henry County Library will benefit from the wonderful Evergreen community in Missouri.”
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    About Equinox Open Library Initiative
    Equinox Open Library Initiative provides innovative open source software for libraries of all types and delivers extraordinary service at exceptional value. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., Equinox Open Library Initiative builds upon more than a decade of trusted service and technical expertise, providing consulting services, software development, hosting, training, and support for Evergreen ILS, Koha ILS, and other open source library software. To learn more, please visit For Equinox Library Services Canada, please visit

    About Evergreen
    Evergreen Integrated Library System is an award winning and trusted library solution used by more than 1,800 libraries worldwide. Evergreen ILS is a web-based and mobile-friendly system which provides attractive, easy to use interfaces for library acquisitions, administration, cataloging, circulation, OPAC, reports, course reserves, and serials functionality.

    Evergreen ILS is an enterprise level system designed to manage a scalable catalog shared across libraries, including large public and academic library consortia. While designed for large collections, Evergreen is suitable for libraries of any size and type from government libraries to museum and special library collections. Its flexibility enables libraries to configure policies and settings that work best for their communities and to maintain ownership of their library and systems data.

    Evergreen differs from other library management systems in that there are no licensing fees. The software is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3.0 or higher. For more information about Evergreen:


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    August 26th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Rockville, MD, August 19, 2021 – Three federal government public libraries have gone live using a hosted offering of the Bibliovation 7.0 Library Services Platform (LSP). One library is in Illinois, one in Louisiana, and one in Washington. These three institutions are now using Bibliovation 7.0 to manage physical and electronic resources as they serve their respective communities. The migration for all three libraries took place during the early summer and all three went in the first weeks of August. The library staffs are now enjoying the benefits of a 100% browser-based library management solution in a FedRAMP-certified hosting facility. The users of the three libraries are accessing their collections and related resources using the Bibliovation Discovery Layer.

    About Bibliovation 7.0
    The Bibliovation 7.0 LSP is 100% web-based, providing all system access to researchers, library staff, and system administrators through web browsers. With FedRAMP authorized IaaS and PaaS certification made available through the Amazon AWS Cloud, Bibliovation offers libraries a secure and cost-effective hosting solution. Supporting MARC21, Dublin Core, RDA, and geotagging, Bibliovation helps libraries manage both physical and digital content all in a single Rest API-based platform. Bibliovation includes an EDI-compliant acquisitions component; a completely MARC-based cataloging editor for bibliographic, holdings and authority records; and full patron empowerment for purchase requests, ILL requests, and reference requests directly from the Discovery Layer. Bibliovation 7.0 includes a variety of new features such as ERM support, expanded union catalog circulation functionality, automatic digital object ‘OCR upon ingest’ using the digital content module, and a new reporting module.

    About LibLime
    LibLime is a global leader in providing support for open development Library Service Platforms (LSP). Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open development, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates deployment of the LSP in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation and support/hosting services. To learn more or receive budgetary service estimates, please visit:

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    August 25th, 2021LISWire 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 Spanish Fork Library in Spanish Fork, Utah. Aspen was added to Spanish Fork's already existing Koha ILS that ByWater Solutions has supported since 2012! We are so happy to expand our partnership with Spanish Fork and their outstanding staff.

    You can view Spanish Fork's Aspen interface by visiting:

    Addie Van Salisbury of the Aspen Implementation Team recently commented, "It was great working with one of our long-time Koha partners and getting them re-acquainted with Bywater staff and resources. They have incorporated some beautiful design elements into their Aspen Discovery catalog, such as using HTML to design custom placards. We look forward to seeing what else they create and are happy to have them as a part of the Aspen community!"

    About Spanish Fork Public Library
    The Spanish Fork Library is not only a place that fosters literacy, education, entertainment, development, and discovery, but also one where community members connect. Their current library, which was built in 1965, served a community of 7,000 residents. Now, with nearly 45,000 residents, Spanish Fork is building a beautiful new library that will be completed in 2023.

    Read more about Spanish Fork Public Library here:

    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:

    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:

    For More Information
    Jessica Zairo
    Director of Library Sales & Outreach
    ByWater Solutions

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    August 24th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    University of Missouri System Adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform Using EBSCO FOLIO Services
    ~ Open Source Library Platform Provides University of Missouri System Libraries the Ability to Modernize and Leverage Existing EBSCO Resources ~
    IPSWICH, Mass. — August 24, 2021 — The four academic libraries in the University of Missouri System are transitioning to the FOLIO Library Services Platform using EBSCO FOLIO Services from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). The move to FOLIO will create a unified platform that provides flexibility and a customizable resource for the University of Missouri System while also realizing efficiencies with existing EBSCO systems.

    The University of Missouri System includes four academic campuses — the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). The University of Missouri System is part of the MOBIUS consortium.

    Deborah Ward, Interim Vice Provost for Libraries at the University of Missouri-Columbia says the university system will leverage FOLIO to work together to manage shared resources while also maximizing the tools each site uses. “Transitioning to a new system is a big step for any library and library system. FOLIO’s customizability allows us to leverage a backend for the resources we share while also providing us with a platform where we can take advantage of the services we offer individually. With EBSCO FOLIO, we are able to be both a consortium while being ourselves.”

    The FOLIO Platform is a collaboration of libraries, vendors and developers that have come together to build an open source library services platform (LSP). Unlike a traditional integrated library system (ILS), FOLIO allows anyone to build on its core functionality or extend the platform through development of applications that deliver new services. FOLIO supports core library management functionality across domains including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions and electronic resource management (ERM).

    Chair of the University of Missouri System Library Deans, Chris Dames says the move to FOLIO allows the libraries to take advantage of open source technology, allowing for a better use of staff and the ability to easily integrate with EBSCO resources. “We want to leverage modern technologies as we serve the needs of our users and our staff. Students and faculty are accustomed to EBSCO’s search platform and FOLIO offers that modern approach to ERM and the library management workflow. Our universities can customize a system that works best for them and benefit from a tight integration with existing systems that will include more streamlined processes and efficiencies.”

    EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) is widely used by students in the university system, and all four campuses use GOBI® and EBSCONET®. EBSCO FOLIO provides an array of services that can meet the needs of all libraries, leveraging its experience developing the FOLIO platform, its expertise in hosting and supporting implementations, and FOLIO’s built-in interoperability to provide the right services to libraries. Customers benefit by having more choice to make the best decisions for their institution.

    Sites already using EDS will be able to maintain the front end that end users are accustomed to seeing while also modernizing their backend systems, including eliminating the need to sync the discovery layer with the ILS. GOBI® customers using FOLIO will benefit from a streamlined book selection and acquisition workflow. When an order is placed in GOBI, it is seamlessly reflected in FOLIO with the purchase number, bib record, and all associated order details and can be processed via electronic invoicing. EBSCO FOLIO’s electronic resource management integrations extend to EBSCONET, allowing sites to manage their subscription workflows including agreements, licenses, holdings management, orders and renewals, which takes advantage of the EBSCO Knowledge Base.

    The University of Missouri System implementation is expected to begin in September 2021 with the migration completed before mid-2022.

    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:


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    August 20th, 2021LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    “With Aspen 21.10 libraries now have the power to dedicate sections of their website to specific patron types. We’re excited to see libraries build staff intranets, volunteer sites, and more!”

    This release was primarily focused in three areas:
    - Polishing Polaris to add additional functionality and conveniences for our Polaris partners
    - Allowing library staff to restrict web builder content to specific patron types
    - Continuing work on eCommerce integrations

    Our Polaris integration improved in a number of ways to help make Aspen easier to use for patrons, give them more complete information, and add additional functionality. We added the ability to display patron blocks within Aspen so that patrons can easily see why they might be restricted from borrowing and contact the library to resolve any issues. We also added the ability to import lists so patrons can use any lists that were previously created within Polaris in Aspen. Next we added the ability for patrons to change contact information and reset PINs/passwords within Aspen. Finally, we have added the (optional) ability for staff to masquerade as patrons to making customer service easier without needing to ask patrons for PINs.

    Web Builder functionality in Aspen received a major upgrade with this release. Library staff can now restrict pages and menu links to specific patron types. This will allow libraries to build staff intranets, volunteer sites, and much more.

    We also added eCommerce integration with ProPay as well as reporting for all transactions done within Aspen. This development now gives libraries a third method of paying fines via Aspen in addition to Comprise and PayPal which were previously released. All eCommerce options are available to any Aspen partner with no additional cost.

    In addition to these major improvements, over three dozen other enhancements and refinements are included for our partners.

    Read the Full Release Notes
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    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/record grouping) 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

    For More Information
    Jessica Zairo
    Director of Library Sales and Outreach
    ByWater Solutions

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