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    April 18th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Point Park University Library in Pennsylvania is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 70,000 plus holdings from Sierra ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at:

    Brenton Wilson, Associate Library Director at Point Park University Library recently commented on the migration:

    I also wanted to let you know that I have been involved in multiple ILS migrations and you and your team made this one the easiest one by far.

    About Point Park University
    At Point Park, Pittsburgh's only Downtown university, you'll engage in a more active, more real, more professional education. You'll have professors who teach from their own real-world experience when you pursue a degree from among more than 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs that we offer. Read more about Point Park here:

    About ByWater Solutions
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality Koha 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 for Koha support 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:

    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:

    For more information, please contact
    Jessica Zairo
    Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
    ByWater Solutions

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    April 11th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    DUBLIN, Ohio, 10 April 2019—Gwinnett County Public Library in Lawrenceville, Georgia, has signed on to implement OCLC Wise, the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries.

    Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) joins Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Anythink, in Adams County, Colorado, as an early adopter for Wise. This robust system seamlessly integrates the power of customer relationship management, marketing, and analytics with typical integrated library system (ILS) functionality, such as circulation and acquisitions. Wise transforms traditional library management with a holistic, people-centered approach—empowering library staff to better understand and meet community needs.

    “GCPL is consistently pushing the boundaries of library service—from being the first library in the U.S. to provide customer self-service access outside of regular operating hours, to committing to active and inventive community engagement. We’re delighted that GCPL is joining us as a Wise early adopter,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC President and CEO.

    The GCPL team has been transitioning many aspects of the organization over the past several years to transform into a true community-oriented library. Adding Wise is another significant step in that transformation.

    “GCPL is excited to play a part in the ongoing development of what promises to be a revolutionary new approach to library automation and engagement, one that focuses on the customer, not the collection,” said Charles Pace, Executive Director at GCPL. “We look forward to partnering with OCLC to enhance this robust, secure system that will serve not only our needs, but the needs of the library industry more generally.”

    “We’re impressed with GCPL’s dedicated efforts to innovate outreach and community partnerships, and their determination to embrace technology advancements for the benefit of their community. GCPL’s leadership and staff understand where we’re headed with Wise, and their partnership will help us get there,” said Mary Sauer-Games, OCLC Vice President, Global Product Management.

    Wise is the first community engagement system for U.S. public libraries. The system is currently used by more than 75 percent of public libraries in the Netherlands and has been tailored to address the specific needs of U.S. public libraries. OCLC will work with early adopters, other public libraries, and the library community at large to help inform Wise development efforts.

    OCLC is actively recruiting early adopter partnerships for Wise. This special group of libraries will work closely and collaborate with OCLC's product team to evaluate ongoing development opportunities and to shape future library innovation.

    Learn more about Wise at

    About Gwinnett County Public Library
    The award-winning Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL) system was formed in 1996 after the dissolution of the Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library. For more than 20 years, GCPL has provided resources and services that enrich and inspire our community. The Library has 15 branches that offer free access to computers and Wi-Fi, classes, materials, and programming for people of all ages. In 2018, more than 4.5 million items were checked out at GCPL, more than any other library system in Georgia. In 2018, GCPL was recognized as a Top Workplace by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. For more information about Gwinnett County Public Library programs and services, visit

    About OCLC
    OCLC is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. Libraries gain efficiencies through OCLC’s WorldShare, a complete set of library management applications and services built on an open, cloud-based platform. It is through collaboration and sharing of the world’s collected knowledge that libraries can help people find answers they need to solve problems. Together as OCLC, member libraries, staff and partners make breakthroughs possible.

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    April 10th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Traces the History of Religious Developments and Movements Unique to America

    ACRL 2019 Conference, CLEVELAND – April 10, 2019 – Gale, a Cengage company, is introducing a new digital archive that explores the history and unique character of the American religious experience. Religions of America provides scholars and researchers access to the largest resource of its kind that follows the development of religions and religious movements born in and significantly reshaped by the United States from 1820 to 1990. This never-before-digitized collection contains thousands of rare resources that opens a window for scholars and researchers onto the contemporary religious condition and its impact on modern American society and politics. Read Gale’s blog about this new archive:

    Religions of America pays close attention to America’s unique role as a birthplace for new religious movements, particularly after World War II. It provides distinctive coverage of the expression of and reaction to various religious movements from Pentecostalism and Mormonism to modern Judeo-Christian organizations and non-Christian movements. It also offers robust coverage of alternative, lesser-known, but culturally important religious traditions, including New Age, Neopagan, Wicca, neo-Christianity and Christian Identity, and independent fundamentalist movements.

    The archive’s wide variety of periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, newsletters, ephemera and visual materials lets scholars examine America’s religious life through the lens of politics, sociology, economics, psychology, women’s studies and other disciplinary perspectives. It draws on a variety of collections, including the largest multi-denominational religious collection of its kind, assembled by J. Gordon Melton, the premiere scholar of 20th-century American and Canadian religious life.

    Cross searchable with other Gale Primary Sources, Religions of America comprises five unique collections:

    • The American Religions Collection: Includes materials from Hebrew Christians and Pentecostal groups to Baptist organizations and Grace Gospel organizations. It features serials on neo-Pagan and occult religious traditions as well as important subject files on LGBTQ churches, church-and-state controversies, women and female spirituality and political extremism.

    • The Shaker Collection: Documents the life and history of Shakers from several communities during the 18th through the early 20th centuries. Content includes correspondence, diaries, journals, photographs, community laws, church covenants, hymnals, spiritual communications, inspirational writings and drawings, lectures and speeches, as well as writings by and about members.

    • The FBI Files on Jonestown, Moorish Science Temple of America, and the Branch Davidians: Explores the events surrounding the Free Peoples Temple in Jonestown; the activities of the early Black-Moslem Moorish Science Temple of America and, through reproduced negotiation transcripts, the beliefs and practices of David Koresh and his Branch Davidian followers.

    • The Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda: From Brown University presents more than 30,000 pages of rare materials on Christian identity movements from its founding in the late 1940s until the 1990s.

    • Utah and the Mormons: Includes periodicals, doctrinal and controversial works covering Mormon thought and history, pro- and anti-Mormon writings, and newspapers from Mormon communities.

    “Religions of America allows researchers to study the unique American religious experience,” said Seth Cayley, vice president of Gale Primary Sources. “By providing a diverse range of materials on both major religious traditions and less mainstream belief systems, this remarkable archive allows researchers to explore the evolution of American religions and examine how its changed and impacted social attitudes over time.”

    To provide a better research experience, Religions of America has been integrated into the Gale Digital Scholar Lab. This integration allows researchers to apply natural language processing tools to raw text data (OCR) from the collections or Gale Primary Sources archives and perform textual analysis on large corpora of historical texts. Now researchers can analyze and explore historical text more interactively, generating new research insights and content sets not previously possible.

    Religions of America offers:

    • access to more than half a million pages of unique and rare content, making it the largest and most comprehensive resource of its kind for the study of religions and religious movements in America.

    • Thousands of research files and rare serial publications covering a variety of religious movements from Pentecostalism and Mormonism to such lesser-known religious traditions as Wicca and Neopagan.

    • Cross-searching and textual analysis with Gale’s Digital Scholar Lab and Gale Primary Sources, opening new research opportunities.

    Gale will showcase the Religions of America at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, April 10-13 in Cleveland at the Gale booth #311.

    To request a trial, visit the Religions of America webpage:

    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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    April 8th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy Boosts Student Engagement, Comprehension and Retention of Complex Science Concepts, Strengthening Spatial Literacy and Student Success

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and IOWA CITY, Iowa – April 8, 2019 – The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine has seen improvements in student engagement and exam performance from using 3D interactive learning tools. The university is using Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy from Gale, a Cengage company, to conduct virtual 3D exploration. Now students and instructors can interactively explore anatomy from every angle, streamlining lectures and lab work that fosters an active learning environment improving student outcomes. Read the blog post from one of the university’s assistant professors about how he's using Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy for teaching:

    Ranked among the best medical schools in the country for research and innovation, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is located in Iowa City, with nearly 600 medical students enrolled. With a strong commitment to supporting student success, the university needed an interactive resource that gives students a clear and complete understanding of the human body, where students can visualize essential concepts with hands-on interaction. They chose Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy, a 3D interactive learning tool.

    View a video about Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy:

    Darren Hoffmann, assistant professor in the university’s department of anatomy and cell biology, has a passion for discovering new ways to improve the quality of learning and the student experience in anatomy coursework with 3D interactive learning. Before using Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy, Hoffmann purchased an app to create videos for each of his lectures. This was very time consuming and had limitations for adequately preparing students for labs.

    “When you put a ton of objects in front of someone, they don’t know what to look at. That’s really the magic piece of Gale Interactive,” said Hoffmann. “It’s preconstructed in the sense that it’s oriented around a specific region or concept, but it’s completely free play for the students when they start going into it.”

    Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy is an innovative learning aid that allows students to examine virtual 3D structures of the human body with guided instruction that’s aligned with course curriculum. Created with both students and faculty in mind, it can be used for in-classroom demonstrations or help with homework and research assignments. The interactive aspect allows students to dive deeper into complex concepts with tools that allow them to zoom, rotate and explore the human body in real-life scenarios.

    “Guidance: That’s the most important, unique feature of Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy. That’s what keeps me coming back,” said Hoffmann. “I can trust my students to go there on their own and they can figure it out. The structure of the interface and the website is very clear and obvious what you’re going to see when you go to click on a session.”

    For Hoffmann, the best scenario for students in an anatomy course is to blend live dissection with a really good 3D model, which is what Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy makes possible. Using 3D Anatomy tools to prepare his students for cadaver dissections resulted in dissections being completed quicker and subsequently led to improved exam performance.

    “On comprehensive exams, scores went up for those who used these 3D anatomy tools as pre-lab prep,” said Hoffmann. “Most importantly, feedback from students has been overwhelmingly positive. They want more! They want the same type of resource for other subjects. I know that Gale Interactive is making a difference. It’s giving people a way to actually see what’s real in a way that’s stylized and almost hyper-real.”

    Read the entire story about the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine success with Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy:

    Gale will showcase Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy at the Experimental Biology Conference, April 7-9 in Orlando, FL at Gale booth #1041 and at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference, April 10-13 in Cleveland at the Gale booth #311.

    To request a free trial, visit the Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy webpage:

    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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    March 18th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    London, 18th March 2019

    Foreign Affairs, the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs, has partnered with Exact Editions to bring its premium content to a larger academic audience.

    Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the destination for influential leaders across business, academia and government to share new thinking on global issues. Each bi-monthly issue features insightful commentary on economics, political ideologies, the international order and more, penned by experts in their respective fields. For academics in Economics, International Relations, Political Science and History, Foreign Affairs offers a superb resource for research and course material.

    The print version of the magazine is currently stocked by thousands of libraries around the world, Foreign Affairs will leverage Exact Edition’s user-friendly digital experience to allow unlimited users to access content at the same time, expanding its utility to students, teachers and researchers. With all the text covered by full-search capabilities and the ability to access the title on any device, Foreign Affairs content is ready for the academic audience.

    The modern archive of Foreign Affairs is available in the Exact Editions institutional shop here:

    Circulation Operations Director Jonathan Chung commented: “The Exact Editions digital archive serves as a valuable academic resource for those studying economics, politics and international affairs in institutions worldwide. These recent issues allow users to chart significant world events and delve into a wealth of viewpoints from leading experts.”

    Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, said: “We are thrilled to have partnered with Foreign Affairs to provide the cross-platform format and extensive search facilities of the Exact Editions platform, so that articles can be effortlessly pinpointed and referenced, ideal for study or research.”

    About Foreign Affairs:
    Foreign Affairs is a bi-monthly magazine published by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit and nonpartisan membership organisation dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs through the free exchange of ideas. The magazine is published 6 times a year.

    About Exact Editions:
    Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. They are a team of producers, developers and designers who turn periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content and selling subscriptions across web, iOS and Android platforms, for individuals and institutions.

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