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    May 9th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services to Be Gold Sponsor at Annual Koha Conference
    ~ Sponsorship and Presentation to Benefit the Open Source Community Conference in Dublin, Ireland ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — May 9, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will be a gold sponsor at the Koha Open Source Library System Annual Conference, KohaCon19. KohaCon19 is being held in Dublin, Ireland, from May 20 – 24. This is a free conference for the Koha open source community, making sponsorships like EBSCO’s essential.

    During KohaCon, community members share their findings and experiences with open source technology in efforts to further develop Koha library automation technology. The conference will include presentations and sessions focusing on technical issues and trainings for librarians.

    EBSCO speakers, Executive Vice President Sam Brooks and Vice President of Open Source Platforms and Communities Christopher Spalding, will be presenting at KohaCon19. Their presentation on Supporting Data Integrations for Open Source Communities will review the areas in which EBSCO provides support for Koha and other open source projects, including financial help, technology advancements and integrations. Additional library automation leaders speaking at KohaCon19 include Ken Chad and Marshall Breeding.

    EBSCO has been committed to helping further the innovation of open source technology for years. EBSCO was a member of the board of the original Kuali OLE and has funded extensive Koha development. EBSCO is also an active member of the Open Library Foundation.

    Open source technology allows libraries, vendors and developers to collaborate and redefine the future of libraries. EBSCO’s continuous support of open source technology like Koha and its partnership with ByWater Solutions allow the community to move forward toward an open library environment for libraries of all sizes and needs. ByWater Solutions is currently the largest service provider for the Koha Open Source Library System, supporting more than 1,000 Koha libraries.

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 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 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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

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    May 9th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services Names Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources
    ~ Carroll Brings More Than 25 Years of Industry Experience to Global Technology Company ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — May 8, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the hiring of Patricia Carroll as Senior Vice President of Human Resources (HR). Carroll brings extensive experience in HR to EBSCO and will be responsible for HR strategy on a global level.

    Carroll was most recently the Vice President, Human Resources, at OSRAM Sylvania, Inc., where she was responsible for developing the organization’s HR strategy and establishing long-term plans to attract, retain and develop employees. Carroll focused on increasing engagement by fostering an innovative employee brand and culture.

    Carroll holds an MS from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass., and a BS from University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Before her time at OSRAM, Carroll worked in HR at Aspen Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and held earlier positions with Teradyne, UNICCO Service Company and Deloitte & Touche.

    EBSCO Information Services Founder and CEO Tim Collins says Carroll has the experience needed for the company to continue to foster its employees’ development while attracting and retaining new talent. “EBSCO revolves around a culture of entrepreneurship, hard work and integrity. Patty possesses the knowledge and characteristics that will help ensure EBSCO employees feel valued, while being given the freedom to thrive in their roles.”

    Carroll will work out of the company’s international headquarters in Ipswich, Mass., and will be responsible for more than 3,000 employees in more than 30 countries. She says she looks forward to working with the company to continue to develop innovative HR solutions to help drive business results. “EBSCO is a leading information technology company that is growing at a rapid pace. My goal is to work with the leadership team to be a change agent for employees and support the positive work environment here at EBSCO.”

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 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 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Jessica Holmes
    Communications Director
    978-356-6500 ext. 3485
    jmholmes@ebsco.com

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    April 30th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that Santaquin City Library in Utah, is now live on Koha! ByWater completed the transition of the library’s 16,000 plus holdings from Follett ILS and is providing ongoing support services to the library. The library’s customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: https://santaquin.bywatersolutions.com/.

    Jessica Zairo, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator recently commented on the migration:

    We are so excited to have another library in Utah join the Koha Community and ByWater Family! We love watching the relationships build between libraries using Koha and when we heard they will be working with Payson Library, we were thrilled!

    About the Santaquin City
    Santaquin is located in the southernmost part of Utah County, approximately seventy miles south of Salt Lake City. It is a picturesque and beautiful community with a view of Utah Lake to the north and peaks of the Wasatch Range surrounding the valley. Approximately 12,000 residents call Santaquin home. Read more about Santaquin: https://www.santaquin.org/.

    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: https:bywatersolutions.com.

    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: http://koha-community.org/.

    For more information
    Jessica Zairo
    Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
    ByWater Solutions
    bywatersolutions.com
    Phone:(888)900-8944

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    April 29th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The first two issues of brand-new publication, ArabLit Quarterly, are now available on web, iOS and Android platforms in collaboration with digital publishing experts Exact Editions. Each subsequent issue will add value to the ever-growing digital archive, rendering it an indispensable resource for scholars, students and enthusiasts of Arab literature around the world.

    The title brings together within its pages the English translations of short stories and poetry originally penned by Arabic-language writers. Some of the prestigious writers that have featured thus far include South Sudanese writer Stella Gaitano, Syrian short-story writer Zakariya Tamer and Palestinian poet Asmaa Azaizeh.

    ArabLit Quarterly was launched in late 2018, propelled by the enthusiasm of the ArabLit website community, as well as listeners of the Bulaq podcast that examines the Arab region through the lens of literature. Each quarterly issue aims to bring out beautiful literary translations, new work by Arab artists and new forms of literary criticism that re-frame the discussions around Arabic literature, translation and art.

    ArabLit Quarterly is available in the Exact Editions individual and institutional shops here:

    Individuals: https://shop.exacteditions.com/arablit-quarterly

    Institutions: https://institutions.exacteditions.com/arablit-quarterly

    Editor-in-chief Marcia Lynx said: “The new state-of-the-art digital edition enables our ever-expanding treasure trove of literary content to reach new international audiences. We’re particularly excited about the opportunity to target the institutional market, as the stories and poems will prove invaluable for students of Arab studies.”

    Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “Any individual who is interested in the world of Arab literature, whether from an academic or amateur perspective, will benefit from ArabLit Quarterly - especially as the archive will grow issue by issue.”

    About ArabLit Quarterly:

    ArabLit Quarterly is a magazine launched in 2018 stemming from the community around the ArabLit website and Bulaq podcast. It aims to bring out beautiful literary translations from Arabic, fresh work by Arab artists, and also new forms of literary criticism that re-frame the discussions around Arabic literature, translation, and art. In the publication’s pages, you can find classical Arabic recipes in translation, illuminative infographics, and literary playlists.

    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 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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    April 29th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services and the American Library Association Awards Ten Librarians with Scholarships to Attend ALA Annual Conference

    ~ Awardees Include International Recipients from Three New EBSCO/ALA Scholarships Specifically Available to Librarians Outside the United States ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — April 29, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded ten scholarships, including three new awards specifically for international recipients, to attend the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. The scholarships are in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA). The scholarships aim to help the winning librarians defray the cost of travel and other expenses so they can take advantage of the conference’s professional development and networking opportunities.

    International Scholarship Winners:
    • Elizabeth Wangari Mwangi, Library Assistant/MLIS Student, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya (first-time attendee)
    • Olivia Kerubo Ongera, Library Assistant, South Eastern Kenya University, Kitui, Kenya (first-time attendee)
    • Marie-Eve Berthiaume, Student Librarian, HEC Montreal, Montreal, Canada (first-time attendee)

    EBSCO/ALA Scholarship Winners:
    • Rebecca J. Campbell, Adult Services Manager, Eustis Memorial Library, Eustis, Florida
    • Tracy S. Drake, Archivist/Librarian, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois
    • Alice Erickson, MLIS Student, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (first-time attendee)
    • Aubrey Iglesias, Cataloging Librarian, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
    • Ji Hye Lee, Electronic Cataloging Librarian, Nova Southeastern University Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (first-time attendee)
    • Ayaba Logan, Research and Education Informationist/Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina Library, Charleston, South Carolina
    • Brianna N. Thurman, Administrative Support Specialist, Gaston County Public library and Library Student, East Carolina University, Gastonia, North Carolina (first-time attendee)

    As part of the application process, international applicants were asked to write an essay discussing how technology can help them face some of the current challenges in their libraries. Award winner Marie-Eve Berthiaume said that the advancement of technology will help with productivity in the library. “Technology could address the automation and execution of repetitive, time-consuming tasks such as cataloguing, programmed searches and current awareness using sophisticated Boolean operators and keyword combinations, it would help librarians and researchers be more productive.”

    Traditional applicants were asked to share how attending the conference will contribute to their professional development. Award winner Brianna Thurman wrote about the impact that the conference has on a young library student who is the “blazing bright future of a field.” She wrote, “being a first-time attendee and recent graduate will allow me to use this professional development opportunity to sketch out my first contributions to our field as a degree-holding librarian. This work is my purpose, one that I have been lucky to know and pursue early in life.”

    EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the library community around the world and maintains a long-standing tradition of co-sponsoring scholarships to ALA conferences that provide funds for conference registration, travel and expenses. The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives during the conference at a scholarship breakfast.

    About ALA
    The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 57,000 librarians, library trustees and other friends of libraries dedicated to providing and improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society: www.ala.org.

    About EBSCO Information Services
    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 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 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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    For more information, please contact:
    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
    kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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