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    July 11th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., July 11, 2018: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of Northwestern Michigan College into the open source community with their deployment of Koha.

    Northwestern Michigan College was founded in 1951 out of a desire to have the benefits of a higher education brought to the region. They were the first comprehensive community college chartered in the State of Michigan.

    Their migration involved 36,414 bibliographic records and 12,888 patrons at the college. Equinox provided implementation and data services in addition to Koha support, hosting, and auxiliary services. The project also included Equinox’s training services.

    “We're so excited to be joining the open ILS community with our implementation of Koha,” said Joelle Hannert, library technical services coordinator at Northwestern Michigan College. “The spirit of sharing involved in this community is so much more in line with how we do things in libraries. The team at Equinox have been wonderful in every step of our migration. They've been patient, responsive, and careful in responding to questions and working with our data. Their helpful, can-do attitude has been a breath of fresh air. The customization options in Koha are awesome, and Equinox staff have been great in helping us understand how they work, so we're empowered to tailor our ILS to our specific needs.”

    Founded in 1999 Koha is the first free and open source library automation package. Equinox's team includes long-standing of Koha developers.

    “Working with Northwestern Michigan College on their migration to Koha has been a lot of fun,” said Jason Etheridge, senior developer at Equinox. “They've been really exercising the customization opportunities you find with open source software and I can't wait to see what they do next."

    To learn more about Koha and the expert services Equinox has to offer please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

    About Equinox Open Library Initiative
    Equinox Open Library Initiative Inc. is a nonprofit company engaging in literary, charitable, and educational endeavors serving cultural and knowledge institutions. As the successor to Equinox Software, Inc., the Initiative carries forward a decade of service and experience with Evergreen and other open source library software. At Equinox OLI we help you empower your library with open source technologies.

    About Koha
    Created in 1999 by Katipo Communications for the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand, Koha is the first open source Integrated Library System to be used worldwide. The software is a full-featured ILS with a dual-database design (search engine and RDBMS) built to be compliant with library standards. Koha’s OPAC, staff, and self-checkout interfaces are all web applications. Distributed under the General Public License (GPL), libraries are free to use and install Koha themselves or to purchase support and development services. For more information on Koha, please visit http://koha-community.org.

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    July 11th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Facet Publishing have announced the release of the fourth edition of Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath’s Reference and Information Services, An introduction.

    Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, Reference and Information Services, is the perfect text for students and librarians looking to expand their personal reference knowledge, teaching failsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific types of questions to the best available sources, regardless of format.

    Guided by an advisory board of educators and practitioners, this thoroughly updated text expertly keeps up with new technologies and practices while remaining grounded in the basics of reference work. Chapters on fundamental concepts, major reference sources, and special topics provide a solid foundation; the text also offers fresh insight on core issues, including:

    • ethics, readers’ advisory, information literacy, and other key aspects of reference librarianship
    • selecting and evaluating reference materials, with strategies for keeping up to date
    • assessing and improving reference services
    • guidance on conducting reference interviews with a range of different library users, including children and young adults
    • a new discussion of reference as programming
    • important special reference topics such as Google search, 24/7 reference, and virtual reference
    • delivering reference services across multiple platforms.

    The previous edition was described by Collection Building as, “an irreplaceable source that can be recommended as an essential item for any library's professional collection", and by the Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries as, "A tool for library school students, new librarians, the public library reference desk, or anyone needing a general resource about providing information services and recommended tools of the trade.”

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    Press and review copies contact:
    James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
    Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
    Email: james.williams@facetpublishing.co.uk

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    Reference and Information Services, An introduction | Jun 2018 | 480pp | paperback: 9781783302338 | £69.95

    Kay Ann Cassell received her BA from Carnegie Mellon University, her MLS from Rutgers University, and her PhD from the International University for Graduate Studies. She has worked in academic libraries and public libraries as a reference librarian and as a library director. Ms. Cassell is a past president of Reference and User Services Association of ALA and is active on ALA and RUSA committees. She is the editor of the journal Collection Building and is the author of numerous articles and books on collection development and reference service. She was formerly the Associate Director of Collections and Services for the Branch Libraries of the New York Public Library where she was in charge of collection development and age-level services for the Branch Libraries. She is now a Lecturer and Director of the MLIS Program in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

    Uma Hiremath is Executive Director at the Ames Free Library, Massachusetts. She was Assistant Director at the Thayer Public Library, Massachusetts; Head of Reference at the West Orange Public Library, New Jersey; and Supervising Librarian at the New York Public Library where she worked for five years. She received her MLS from Pratt Institute, New York, and her PhD in political science at the University of Pittsburgh.
    The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: facet@bookpoint.co.uk | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

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    June 28th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Unique Online Library of Original Architecture-Related Videos ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — June 28, 2018 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces the release of OnArchitecture, a unique online library of original architecture-related videos intended to support architectural and design education. OnArchitecture offers the largest audiovisual architecture archive available online and serves as a contemporary teaching tool, captivating students' interest and new learning patterns based on digital media and a global scope.

    OnArchitecture features video interviews with influential contemporary architects throughout the world. The interviews are supplemented by video portraits of their key projects, both buildings and installations. Original videos in the collection cover design processes, and the role of architects and architecture in contemporary society.

    The collection provides a quality, innovative and novelty resource to students and features content in English and Spanish. OnArchitecture is enriched with relevant information about the buildings and installations that are showcased, such as technical specifications, project briefs and corporate profiles. Up-to-date biographies of the architects and designers whose works are featured are also covered. Video content in OnArchitecture is updated on a yearly basis.

    OnArchitecture is the latest addition to EBSCO’s collection of art and architecture resources, including Art &Architecture Complete™, Art Full Text™ and Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals™. For more information about EBSCO’s art and architecture resources, visit: https://www.ebsco.com/academic-libraries/subjects/art-architecture.

    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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    June 25th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Scholastic Graphix Novel Selected for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Graphic Novels ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — June 25, 2018 — EBSCO Information Services and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council announced The Witch Boy, by Molly Knox Ostertag, as the 2018 recipient of the second annual SEE-IT™ Award. The SEE-IT Award recognizes outstanding achievements of authors and illustrators in youth graphic novels.

    The winner of the 2018 SEE-IT Award (“Stories Engagingly Expressed-Illustratively Told”) was announced by EBSCO and the Children’s Book Council at EBSCO’s School and Public Library Luncheon at ALA Annual in New Orleans, Louisiana. Finalists, announced in April 2018, included:

    • New Superman, by Gene Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic (DC Comics)
    • Nightlights, by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)
    • Pashmina, by Nidhi Chanani (First Second)
    • Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
    • The Wendy Project, by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish (Super Genius)

    The SEE-IT Award is an annual book award developed by EBSCO and the Children’s Book Council to recognize the cultural and literary impacts of youth graphic novels. Youth graphic novels are highly appealing to visual learners and increasingly used in public libraries and classrooms to engage young readers, boost reading comprehension and help students develop a life-long love of reading.

    John Meier, Science Librarian at the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library at the Pennsylvania State Library and SEE-IT award judge, says that although The Witch Boy is a fantastic adventure of shapeshifters and magic users, what truly makes this book memorable is how real the characters and situations are. “In addition to Molly Knox Ostertag's captivating artwork, her characters have depth and struggles that pull readers’ attention and emotions. Aster as a boy is taunted for not fitting into the gender roles of his family's expectations and Charlie, his friend in the "outside world", doesn't conform either. We can all remember awkward times growing up. So, all ages will enjoy this book, but not every child or adult will have the same experience in reading. That is not easy as a writer or an artist, and Ostertag has done both."

    EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Product Management for Books, Ken Breen, says the SEE-IT Award recognizes the impact that graphic novels have on youth reading habits. “Graphic novels, because they are so visually engaging, have the ability to connect a reader to the story in a way that draws in young readers. We were glad to support this award in its second year and help celebrate the rise of this popular medium.”

    A total of 125 submissions from more than 30 publishers were evaluated by a panel of nine librarian jurors, with each submission weighted against the following criteria:

    • Literary quality
    • Interweaving of art and story
    • Lasting impact and distinguished contributions to youth literature
    • An audience range of K-12, or young readers through young adults

    The 2019 SEE-IT Award will begin soliciting publisher submissions in October. More information is available on the SEE-IT website (https://www.ebsco.com/see-it).

    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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    June 24th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    South Central Library System Selects Bibliovation
    North Bethesda, MD, June 22, 2018 - LibLime, a Division of PTFS, has been selected by South Central Library System (SCLS) as the winning vendor to implement the Bibliovation Library Services Platform after a lengthy and competitive review of industry LSP’s. LibLime responded to SCLS’s technical requirements with a comprehensive functional response, on-site demonstration and a compelling cost proposal which has resulted in a contract award. LibLime will provide development, migration and continued support services to SCLS. LibLime and PTFS specialists will work closely with SLCS staff to continue to upgrade their current LibLime system.

    About Bibliovation
    The Bibliovation LSP provides an extensible, web based platform from which libraries can manage both traditional bibliographic materials along with digital content, all in a single platform. Supporting a flexible ‘Green Holds” queue, MARC21, RDA and geotagging, Bibliovation offers a Rest API-based Discovery Layer integrated with the EDS API providing the end user the ability to search both catalog and databases at the same time. 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 from the Discovery Layer. Bibliovation is completely web-based and is hosted in a FedRAMP-compliant cloud facility. The latest release of Bibliovation, which came out in April, includes a variety of new features such as OCR upon ingest, batch edit of bibliographic records, ‘object-only’ displays in the Discovery Layer, a new reporting module, and notification enhancements.

    About South Central Library System
    The South Central Library System is a consortium of 54 member libraries that works to provide the best possible service to the public. SCLS assists its member libraries with sharing materials, providing members with guidance and direction in technology solutions, and supplying them with the training and expertise to cope with constantly changing technologies and demands for service. SCLS, with over 10 million circulation transactions per year, is a sponsor of many key features that have allowed LibLime software to be a feature-rich and innovative ILS solution. SCLS is an active leader within the LibLime User Group and works to help all LibLime customers benefit from their innovative ideas and services.

    About LibLime-PTFS
    LibLime, a division of PTFS, is the 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 by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation and support/hosting services. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, Knowvation, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization and metadata keying services. For more information, see http://liblime.com or http://ptfs.com.

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