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    November 21st, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Recognized for Commitment to Improving the Accessibility of Digital Platforms ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — November 19, 2018 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has been ranked the number one e-book platform provider out of 54 e-book platforms audited in the 2018 Jisc ASPIRE Accessibility National Audit. This honor recognizes organizations committed to improving the accessibility of digital platforms and the information provided to end users, librarians and disability services groups.

    The ASPIRE (Accessibility Statements Promoting Improved Reading Experience) project works to improve the accessibility of digital products by encouraging publishers and platform providers to provide clear and centralized guidance to users and to continually improve the user experience of their products. One of the biggest studies of its kind, this large-scale project has helped drive discussion among publishers and platform providers to account for accessibility in all aspects of their e-book processes. Data for the 2018 ASPIRE project was compiled with assessments submitted by librarians, publishers, disability services teams, providers and other stakeholders in the library industry.

    EBSCO Information Services Senior Director of Product Management John Brennan says this ranking reflects EBSCO’s significant commitment to improving the user experience with EBSCO eBooks™. “We were delighted to learn that our focused commitment to accessibility over the last few years has been recognized in the community. Participation in the ASPIRE project helped our eBooks team to continue the ongoing conversation around accessibility at EBSCO, and the outcome of the evaluation underscores the importance of continued investment in the accessibility of the EBSCO eBooks experience.”

    Alistair McNaught, the ASPIRE Coordinator for Jisc, said that, "One of the best outcomes of this project has been the positive collaboration with suppliers. EBSCO's 'can do' attitude has been exemplary with benefits for all readers, particularly those with print disabilities."

    In addition to participating in the ASPIRE project, EBSCO recently released several software changes to enhance the e-book experience, improving navigation options, and continues its commitment to working with publisher partners to evaluate their content and educate them on the importance of building in accessibility features into their files. The e-book download workflow has also been redesigned, and the recent release of DRM-free EBSCO eBooks offers improvements for accessibility. DRM-free e-books can be opened and read with any software that supports the file type, so DRM-free e-books are far more compatible with assistive technology like screen readers and text-to-speech tools than DRM-protected e-books which are limited to programs that support Adobe DRM.

    EBSCO eBooks offers access to the world’s finest collection of e-book content and is fully integrated with EBSCOhost® and EBSCO Discovery Service™. In addition to thousands of DRM-free titles, EBSCO eBooks offers more than one million high-quality e-books and 100,000 audiobooks from more than 1,500 major academic publishers and University Presses from around the world.

    For more information about EBSCO eBooks, please visit: https://www.ebscohost.com/ebooks.

    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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    November 20th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 20 November 2018

    International scholarly publisher Brill expands its portfolio in the Social Sciences by adding two new interdisciplinary book series to the program: Critical Emotion Studies (CRES) and Theory Workshop - New Frontiers in Social and Political Theory (WSPT).

    Critical Emotion Studies is a peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary series of monographs and edited volumes dedicated to the critical analysis of emotions, meaning that emotions are theorized as contextual, relational, and shifting. The series aims to promote research on issues that are connected to understanding emotions as socially constructed, tied to culture and history, expressed through language and deeply enmeshed in power relations. For more information and manuscript proposals visit brill.com/cres.

    The Theory Workshop: New Frontiers in Social and Political Theory book series aims to publish work that interweaves social and political theory. The board welcomes studies that explore new approaches and novel cross-fertilizations between historical understanding and critical engagement with the present, between genealogy and ideological-critique, and between Anglo-American and Continental thought (and between these and thought in the Global South), in the examination of enduring questions and emergent topics. For more information and manuscript proposals visit brill.com/wspt.

    For more information on these two new book series, contact Jason Prevost, Acquisitions Editor at Brill, at prevost@brill.com.

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Literature & Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Biology, Education, Social Sciences and International Law. With offices in Leiden (NL), Boston (US), Paderborn (GER), Singapore (SG) and Beijing (CN), Brill today publishes 284 journals and close to 1,400 new books and reference works each year, available in print and online. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information, please visit www.brill.com.

    View this media alert online: https://staging.brill.com/newsitem/106/brill-launches-two-new-book-serie...

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    November 19th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Facet Publishing have announced the release of the second edition of Information Resource Description: Creating and managing metadata: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=302239

    The second edition of Information Resource Description provides an overview of the range of activities and the products of these activities collectively referred to as ‘information organization’ and will be ideal for LIS students, information professionals wishing to specialise in this field, and existing metadata specialists who wish to update their knowledge.

    Author Philip Hider said, “While much of the general thrust of the first edition of this book remains applicable, some of the specifics have changed in significant ways since it was published in 2012. The library cataloguing code, Resource Description and Access, has now been adopted by most libraries in the English-speaking world, and related standards such as BIBFRAME are coming into view as more concrete propositions. The book is fully updated to reflect these changes.”

    The book explains how the various elements and values of descriptive metadata support a set of common information retrieval functions across a wide range of environments. Through this unifying framework, the book provides an integrated commentary of the various fields and practices of information organization carried out by today’s information professionals and end-users.

    Key topics and updates to the first edition include:

    • discussion of big data vs the traditional database model
    • introduces and applies the FRBR-LRM user tasks
    • expanded coverage of scholarly repositories and questions around Open Access
    • new section on the history of information organization
    • expanded discussion of the functions, economics and management of metadata
    • a new section on mobile access.

    David Bawden, Professor of Information Science at City, University of London and co-editor of Facet’s Foundations of the Information Sciences series, said, “As we enter the infosphere, and documents in an increasing variety of forms and media become ever more essential for our society, so the problems of organizing information increase. This second edition of Philip Hider's book addresses one essential component: the organizing of information resources through their description. Its focus on general principles expressed in different contexts, and its equal treatment of systems, sources and processes, makes it a valuable addition to the Foundations of the Information Sciences series.”

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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

    Information Resource Description: Creating and managing metadata | October 2018 | 288pp | paperback: 9781783302239 | £59.95 | hardback: 9781783302246 | £119.95 | eBook: 9781783302253

    Philip Hider is Head of the School of Information Studies and Professor of Library and Information Management at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He has worked, taught and researched in the field of information organization in the UK, Singapore and Australia. He holds a PhD from City University, London and was made a Fellow of CILIP in 2004.

    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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    November 7th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The Auschwitz Volunteer: Captain Witold Pilecki, a multimedia dramatic performance based on the award-winning book The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery, premieres on Broadway in a SOLD OUT performance on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre Row Theatres, 410 West 42nd Street, New York 10036, as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival. Next show is the Wednesday Matinee, November 14, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the box office or in advance online at: http://unitedsolo.org/us/theauschwitzvolunteer-2018-2/

    One man volunteered for Auschwitz. This is his story.

    Called “one of the great heroes of the 20th century” by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, Pilecki’s bravery has few rivals. His story has been almost completely unknown, until now.

    Starring and directed by Marek Probosz, with narration appearance by Terry Tegnazian, the show was adapted for the stage by Terry Tegnazian and Debra Gendel from The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery by Captain Witold Pilecki (Aquila Polonica 2012). This book was the first time that Pilecki’s most comprehensive report on his Auschwitz mission was translated and published in English.

    Video trailer at http://www.polww2.com/PileckiBroadwayTrailer and download http://www.polww2.com/PileckiBroadwayPostcard

    In September 1940, Polish army officer Witold Pilecki volunteered for a secret undercover mission: get himself arrested by the Germans and sent to Auschwitz as a prisoner, in order to smuggle out intelligence to the Allies, and build a resistance organization among the prisoners. Pilecki accomplished this “mission impossible”—barely surviving nearly three years of brutality, starvation and disease before escaping.

    The book received accolades from the New York Times Sunday Book Review, where it was named an Editors’ Choice, the Wall St. Journal, the New Republic, the Atlantic, Tablet Magazine, Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Journal, and numerous other sources. More info at http://www.polww2.com/AboutAuschwitzVolunteer.

    Marek Probosz, a preeminent figure in European stage, television and film, has starred in over 50 films competing at key international festivals including Cannes, Venice and San Sebastian. He maintains a busy career as an actor, writer, director and producer in TV, film and stage in both Poland and the U.S., and also as Adjunct Associate Professor of Theater and Film Acting at UCLA in Los Angeles. Mr. Probosz earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the prestigious Polish National Film, TV and Theater School in Łódź, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. More info at www.polww2.com/MarekProbosz

    Terry Tegnazian is president and founder of Aquila Polonica Publishing, www.AquilaPolonica.com, an award-winning independent publisher based in Los Angeles, specializing in publishing the Polish WWII experience in English. The company is a member of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Aquila Polonica’s titles are distributed to the trade in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand by National Book Network, www.nbnbooks.com, and are available from fine bookstores, online retailers, and all major wholesalers. More info at www.polww2.com/TerryTegnazian

    Co-sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand, the Polish Consulate of Los Angeles, the Polish Consulate of New York, and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York. Co-financed in part with Polish diaspora funds of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.

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    November 7th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., November 6, 2018: As part of their ongoing commitment to supporting public libraries, Above the Treeline and the Equinox Open Library Initiative are excited to announce a tool which facilitates export of data from Koha into Edelweiss, allowing for detailed collection analysis. Libraries who use Koha will be able to easily configure scheduled data exports from their Koha ILS into Edelweiss+Analytics.

    “We are very excited to extend Edelweiss+ support to Koha users,” said Mike Rylander, president and founder of Equinox. “Equinox is always looking for ways to improve library services through partnerships, and Above the TreeLine has been extremely easy to work with."

    Equinox Open Library Initiative is a nonprofit founded in 2007. They currently help libraries and consortia of all types leverage open source solutions to best serve their patrons. They are passionate about the ongoing development of open source technologies for libraries. The addition of Edelweiss+Analytics functionality provides Koha libraries with increased flexibility and resources.

    “The teams at Equinox and Above the Treeline are both committed to supporting the work of library professionals,” said John Rubin, Founder and CEO of Above the Treeline, the company behind Edelweiss+. “With the technical setup accelerated and simplified, libraries can quickly start using tools to help them manage their collection and maximize their budgets.”

    The Edelweiss+ platform is used by over 100,000 book professionals to sell, discover, and order new titles. It hosts digital catalogs from all major publishers and over 95% of the US frontlist titles. Edelweiss+Analytics is an add-on module that allows libraries to simplify collection management and benchmark their performance. It helps librarians identify circulation trends, weed stale titles, select faster-circulating titles, compare location and collection performance, benchmark to libraries and retailers across the country, and more.

    The partnership between Equinox and Above the Treeline started as a result of partnering to integrate Edelweiss+Analytics and Evergreen ILS, another open source solution supported by Equinox. The functionality for Evergreen was so popular with libraries that the team decided to expand the awesomeness to Koha.

    Interested libraries using Koha should inquire with Above the Treeline to learn more about the platform and how it works here: http://www.abovethetreeline.com/koha.

    About Equinox Open Library Initiative
    Equinox Open Library Initiative 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. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

    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.

    About Above the Treeline
    We connect the world with books. Edelweiss+, powered by Above the Treeline, gives over 100,000 book professionals a single source of information to sell, discover, and order new titles. Our analytical and workflow tools have helped publishers, booksellers, libraries, and reviewers “work better, read more” for over 15 years. We proudly serve thousands of retail outlets, libraries, and publishing houses across the United States and Europe.

    Above the Treeline is a privately-owned company based in Ann Arbor, MI. It was founded in 2002 by John Rubin, the son of an Indie bookseller and grandson of a librarian, who saw an opportunity to increase business efficiency in the book industry with technical solutions. While our product functionality has grown significantly since then, we continue to be dedicated to serving book professionals. For more information, go to http://www.abovethetreeline.com
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