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    December 8th, 2015LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    IPSWICH, Mass. — December 8, 2015 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) introduces a new information resource for researchers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Biotechnology Source™ provides access to industry-leading, full-text journals from a single platform, and is designed to help companies gain a competitive edge by providing fast access to relevant, current and accurate information.

    Biotechnology Source has a versatile, fully-customizable platform, and content that includes more than 8,700 full-text journals — including many unique titles available only through this tool. In addition, current journals are complemented by an extensive backfile.

    Biotechnology Source is easily integrated into a company’s workflow for increased visibility and usage, and can conveniently be accessed via mobile devices. It provides increased discoverability to reliable information via top industry journals, ensuring that researchers are returning search results of value to their organizations.

    Joe Tragert, Senior Director of Product Management, says Biotechnology Source helps researchers of all experience levels navigate an increasingly complex landscape of medical and pharmaceutical literature, while surfacing reliable information. “Results-oriented organizational researchers and corporate librarians don’t have time for complex and laborious search engines. They want answers and information fast. Biotechnology Source gives researchers immediate, one-click access to full-text primary literature that has been carefully vetted, so they know they can trust it to be reliable and relevant.”

    For more information on Biotechnology Source, visit

    About EBSCO Information Services

    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is a leading provider of premium content for corporations, associations, and government institutions. EBSCO’s product line includes eJournals, eBooks, ePackages, and Subscription Services as well as Business Source® Corporate™ Plus a comprehensive collection of full-text business publications, EBSCO Discovery Service™, a single search of the world’s largest collection of vetted science, technical, medical, and business content and EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world and may be integrated into corporate intranets and applications and used via mobile devices. EBSCO is the trusted resource for thousands of organizations worldwide and millions of end users. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at:, or contact:

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

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    December 4th, 2015LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    EBSCO Information Services Releases RILM Music Encyclopedias™
    ~ Global Repository of Music Encyclopedias and Dictionaries for Music Researchers ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — December 4, 2015 — A new resource designed to meet the research needs of the international music community is now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, Inc (RILM). RILM Music Encyclopedias™, available via the EBSCOhost® platform, provides researchers with key music encyclopedias and dictionaries published from 1775 to 2015.

    RILM Music Encyclopedias is an extensive global repository that offers music researchers a compilation of 41 seminal full-text titles and is comprised of more than 80,000 pages with approximately 165,000 entries, the majority of which are not available anywhere else online. Coverage spans the disciplines of historical musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music, opera, instruments, blues, gospel, recorded sound and women composers. This new resource will continuously expand with titles that fit the needs of the international musicological research community.

    RILM Music Encyclopedias is also a valuable research resource for the international music community with content spanning multiple countries and languages including: English, German, French, Italian, Dutch and Greek.

    The addition of RILM Music Encyclopedias further expands EBSCO’s collection of music resources for researchers including RILM Abstracts of Music Literature™, Music Index™ and RIPM e-Library of Music Periodicals™.

    About RILM
    Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) facilitates and disseminates music research worldwide. It is committed to the comprehensive and accurate representation of music scholarship in all countries and languages, and across all disciplinary and cultural boundaries. RILM’s flagship publication, RILM abstracts of music literature, is a comprehensive international bibliography of writings on music covering publications from the early 19th century to the present. RILM music encyclopedias, a full-text repository of seminal music encyclopedias, was launched in December 2015. In late 2016, in partnership with the publisher Bärenreiter and J.B. Metzler, RILM will release MGG online, which comprises the 2nd edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart along with new and substantially updated content.
    RILM is a joint project of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML); International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); and the International Musicological Society (IMS). For more information, visit the RILM website at

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 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, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning 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 750,000 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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    December 3rd, 2015LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Kat Kamp
    Backstage Library Works

    BETHLEHEM, Pa., December 2, 2015 – After 20 successful years, Backstage Library Works ( and Center for Research Libraries (CRL) are continuing to work together to preserve historically important documentation and newspapers from Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, Latin America and Slavic East Europe. This milestone is the result of Backstage’s and CRL’s commitment to ensure the long-term accessibility of historically important materials. When stored properly, preservation microfilm has a shelf life of 500 years and can easily be converted into digital files for access by future generations, regardless of changes in technology.

    The current contract calls for preservation microfilming of approximately 297 newspaper reels consisting of 194,000 frames and 365,000 newspaper pages. Backstage services can include materials preparation, filming in strict adherence to ANSI and RLG guidelines, quality assurance, optional duplication and processing, duplicate reels review, optional polysulfide treatment, and optional microfilm reel storage. Backstage delivers their work with an exclusive lifetime guarantee.

    James Simon, vice president for collections and services at CRL, states:

    “We’re very pleased to cross the 20-year threshold with Backstage Library Works. As a globally-oriented consortium dedicated to the preservation of unique documentation and evidence, CRL is pleased that Backstage has maintained its own commitment to ensuring long-term integrity of research resources through preservation.”

    Over the past 20 years, Backstage has provided preservation microfilming for the following CRL projects:

    • Foreign Newspaper Microfilm Project (FNMP)
    • Cooperative African Materials Project (CAMP)
    • Latin American Materials Project (LAMP)
    • Middle Eastern Materials Project (MEMP)
    • South Asia Materials Project (SAMP)
    • Southeast Asia Materials Project (SEAM)
    • Slavic East Europe Materials Project (SEEMP)

    One recent microfilming project under the CAMP umbrella was the Rwandan newspaper Imvaho Nshya with issues dating 2001-2013. Backstage microfilmed a total of 22 reels which completed CAMP’s earlier Imvaho Nshya and Imvaho collections dating back to 1977. Imvaho Nshya is currently the second longest running newspaper in Rwanda. In 2007, Imvaho Nshya had a circulation of 51,000.

    About CRL

    Founded in 1949, the Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Supporting advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, CRL and its member libraries invest strategically in print and digital resources to ensure the long-term integrity and accessibility of valuable primary source materials. Collections are built by specialists from the major U.S. and Canadian research universities working together to identify rare documentation and evidence from around the world.

    Learn more about CRL here:

    Backstage Library Works

    Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced and efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


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    November 30th, 2015LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Nathan Curulla
    (888) 900-8944

    Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library of Clayton, North Carolina is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

    ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 75,000 titles earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at:

    Christie Starnes, Director of the Clayton Library, commented on their decision to migrate to Koha with ByWater:

    "Moving from a traditional library system to an open-source system was like shedding off this great weight and frustration that we didn’t realize we had. It has been extremely easy to operate and manage, especially in regards to collecting data and providing user access. The ease of sharing notes, editing accounts and making changes to records have been a synch. If you’re interested in the cataloging feature, my cataloger and I can attest to the ease of dropping in MARC records, batch edits and creating item types – it makes cataloging much more dreamier than it already is for those of us to specialize in this library field. My favorite, or rather ‘most fun’ is how you can personalize the catalog homepage and make it look and feel exactly the way you want. The open source options for OPAC is the best way to promote your brand and feature items."

    She continues:

    "Obviously the associated cost is a major plus, but having the ByWater Solutions crew help maintain the site and give us access to the MySQL report library is like free shopping with a gift card with every online visit!"

    About the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library:
    Our mission is to enrich the quality of life within our community by nurturing library users of all ages. The library upholds and supports the Library Bill of Rights. The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library will be the community’s preferred resource for local history, recreational reading, lifelong learning, quality collections and exemplary service. Our commitment to value is uncompromising. We strive for quality services delivered to each member of the community. Our commitment to inclusiveness embraces defending the rights of all individuals to use the library’s resources and services. We value our community’s diversity and strive to reflect that by providing a full spectrum of resources and services to the community we serve. Our commitment to integrity ensures that our town’s activities will be conducted with fairness, openness and honesty. We will do the right things, not just the easy things. Our commitment to stewardship guides us as we wisely utilize all resources to secure the best value for the community. Our commitment to transformation is achieved by embracing change rather than sustaining the status quo. We work to ensure that the knowledge, skills and abilities of our employees are relevant to the needs of our community.

    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:

    About ByWater Solutions:
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality support and implementation company dedicated to providing libraries with a lower cost, more advanced level of support for their ILS than a traditional proprietary solution can offer. ByWater Solutions has a proven track record in first rate Koha implementation and support with library systems of all sizes. Our highly ranked, comprehensive support is what sets our company apart from any other vendor in the industry. Partnering with ByWater Solutions to support Koha not only lowers the cost of implementing and maintaining an ILS, but more importantly empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please visit:

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    November 24th, 2015LISWire aggregatorLISWire
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