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    June 22nd, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Grants Provide Three $100,000 Grants for Libraries to Install Solar Arrays ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — June 22, 2018 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced its three 2018 EBSCO Solar Grant Winners. Red Feather Lakes Community Library in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado; Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia; and the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica, will each receive $100,000 to pay for the installation of a solar array. The grants offset the cost of installing solar panels and allow libraries to reduce their electricity expenditures.

    Red Feather Lakes Community Library is a small library in a Colorado mountain community. The library has become an essential part of the community during previous wild fires and floods. Moving to solar power will allow the library to retain power during natural disasters and provide public information dissemination in disaster situations.

    Red Feather Lakes Community Library’s John Parker is a project coordinator and area emergency preparedness volunteer with the North 40 Mountain Alliance. Parker says the library has become the headquarters of the North 40 Mountain Alliance, which provides public information dissemination in disaster situations. “This grant will allow the Red Feather Library, in addition to converting to clean energy, to run full-bore in any disaster or emergency situation, with lights, heat, internet, phones and shelter for our residents when electrical power is out. It will also enable us to provide up-to-date, accurate information that will help people make calm, rational decisions.”

    Shepherd University, located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, is eager to make its library into the first building on campus to use net metering to offset an academic building’s energy consumption. The library is involved in several sustainability initiatives on campus and will leverage the grant funds to work with an installation company dedicated to employing and retraining residents affected by the decline in the coal industry.

    Collections Coordinator Rachel Hally says the EBSCO Solar Grant will bring opportunities for education across the curriculum at Shepherd University. “Students in environmental science, science education, physics, engineering and more will be able to observe the installation and monitor ongoing electricity generation and consumption offsets. Shepherd’s deep commitment to sustainability will continue to grow with the installation of our solar photovoltaic system on the roof of Scarborough Library.”

    The University of the West Indies (UWI) is the first international library to win the EBSCO Solar Grant. Located in Mona, Jamaica, the university has a strong plan to reduce its dependence on electricity made from conventional sources.

    The Head of the Science & Engineering Branch Library, Sasekea Harris, says receiving the EBSCO Solar Grant presents an opportunity for developing a “success story” which will have far-reaching and lasting impact on the UWI Mona Campus. “The utilization of this grant will demonstrate an example of the role the Mona Library plays in contributing to the campus’ strategic objectives of sustainable cost reduction and the ‘greening’ of the campus.” The library is also working with its Physics Department and Energy Management Unit on this and other projects to improve infrastructural energy efficiencies.

    EBSCO Information Services Founder and CEO Tim Collins says the grants are a great way for EBSCO to make an impact on the environment. “The EBSCO Solar Grants not only help libraries, but they are also part of a larger effort to reduce our collective environmental footprint and demonstrate to local communities the benefits of environmental responsibility. We look forward to seeing the installations at Red Feather Lakes Community Library, Shepherd University and University of the West Indies.”

    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
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    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594
    kmcevoy@ebsco.com

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    June 22nd, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ University to Leverage FOLIO Library Services Platform to Help Build Out
    the Open Source Platform and Contribute to the FOLIO Community ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — June 22, 2018 — The University of Alabama has agreed to be an EBSCO FOLIO Beta Partner. University librarians and developers and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will partner together to establish FOLIO hosting and services in The University of Alabama Libraries, while also optimizing the FOLIO platform for future colleges and universities looking to adopt an open source library services platform (LSP).

    FOLIO, a community collaboration to develop an open source LSP, is being built in collaboration with dozens of organizations worldwide. The EBSCO beta program is an instrumental step in developing and establishing FOLIO as the primary platform for library management available to institutions around the world through FOLIO Library Services from EBSCO. Beta Partners will be testing FOLIO in large, real-world environments, demonstrating the viability of the service and its role as an LSP.

    EBSCO and other vendors ultimately plan to offer hosting and services, enabling libraries of all sizes to leverage the full benefits of FOLIO and extend the reach of open source LSP software which, in the past, has been seen as only available to sites with large technical staffs. While institutions may decide to leverage their staff to run FOLIO, many see leveraging vendor hosting and service options as a way to free up staff to take on other strategic projects.

    University of Alabama Dean of Libraries Donald L. Gilstrap, PhD, says university staff will work with EBSCO and the FOLIO Community as well. “We are committed to helping understand how a hosted FOLIO system reacts under the stress of a large, working research library. We are also excited that the FOLIO community will leverage our librarians’ expertise in FOLIO special interest groups (SIGs) and on the product council (PC) as we work with other universities to help direct future development.”

    EBSCO Information Services Senior Vice President of Resource Management and FOLIO Services Gar Sydnor says having the University of Alabama as an EBSCO Beta Partner enhances the development process. “Developers and librarians at The University of Alabama will provide EBSCO with essential, actionable information as part of the development process. The University of Alabama is in a unique position to ensure the success and viability of FOLIO while helping create a technology platform that increases the functionality and capabilities of the University Libraries.”

    FOLIO, which stands for the Future of Libraries is Open, is a community coming together to develop a reimagined library services platform, one that supports traditional resource management requirements and functionality, yet is engineered for innovation and growth through industry collaboration. FOLIO allows for extensibility into new services for libraries and will dramatically change the technology ecosystem available to libraries, service providers and technology developers.

    The University of Alabama is an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member — one of the 125 leading research libraries in North America. Fellow ARL member, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the Five Colleges Consortium, have also been named as FOLIO Beta Partners along with Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

    About FOLIO
    FOLIO is a collaborative effort among libraries, vendors, developers and consortia that leverages open source technology and a community-based effort to redefine library services and innovate based on library futures. By building on what libraries need and by leveraging library expertise as well as vendor capacity and velocity, FOLIO is designed to move libraries forward, build on the services they provide and redefine the role libraries play within their institution. FOLIO also levels the playing field and makes open source technology available to all institutions regardless of size or staffing. FOLIO brings vendors together to innovate and host services for customers and introduces open source as a service to libraries. To sign up to participate or receive more information, go to www.folio.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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    June 21st, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 21 June 2018

    Brill and the Society for the History of Emotions have agreed that the journal Emotions: History, Culture, Society (EHCS) will from now on be published with Brill. Edited by Katie Barclay (Adelaide) and Andrew Lynch (Western Australia), EHCS is dedicated to understanding the emotions as culturally and temporally situated phenomena, and to exploring the role of emotion in shaping human experience and action by individuals, groups, societies and cultures. Published in two issues, the inaugural volume (2017) is now available from the Brill website at www.brill.com/ehcs. The next issue, Vol. 2:1, will be published in July.

    “We are delighted that EHCS is joining Brill,” say journal editors Katie Barclay and Andrew Lynch. “This move offers the journal and the Society for the History of Emotions great benefits: increased profile and publicity; accessibility to more libraries through Brill’s online publication presence; and continuing professional management of all areas of production and marketing. Brill makes a perfect match for our international, trans-temporal and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of emotions. We look forward to a very happy association.”

    “Over the years, Brill has published numerous books on, or related to, the history of emotions,” says Arjan van Dijk, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Brill. “This booming field is continuously yielding new scholarly insights, pertinent both to historians and to today’s society. We are very pleased to work with the Society for the History of Emotions and to contribute to the further development of this important discipline.”

    For more information about the journal visit www.brill.com/ehcs or contact Arjan van Dijk, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Brill at dijk@brill.com.

    For customer queries, please contact your regular distributor or directly contact Brill Sales and Customer Services for journals: brill@turpin-distribution.com; T: +44 (0)1767 604 954 (Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia-Pacific), or brillna@turpin-distribution.com; T: (844) 232 3707 (Toll free US and Canada); T: +1 (860) 350 0041 (the Americas).

    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://brill.com/newsitem/89/brill-becomes-publisher-of-the-internation...

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    June 20th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., June 20, 2018: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of Emmaus Public Library to Evergreen within the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System, (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

    The migration added 80,109 bibliographic records and 13,585 patrons to PaILS SPARK. Equinox provided project management and configuration services in addition to data extraction and bibliographic deduplication including patron and circulation records. Remote and onsite training were also provided by Equinox.

    “Libraries are not just about books, they are inspiring places for our patrons to learn and grow,” said Amy Resh, library director at Emmaus Public Library. “We are absolutely thrilled with the level of training and care shown for our patrons during migration and the go-live process; giving us a more user-friendly approach to borrowing materials and the opportunity to show how much more there is to our modern library.”

    PaILS was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide a open source integrated library system. It oversees SPARK, a consortium of Evergreen libraries across Pennsylvania. Equinox and PaILS have been collaborating on the SPARK consortium since 2013. Moving to SPARK, Emmaus Public Library is able to share the consortium’s over 80,000 items.

    “It was a pleasure to work with the Emmaus Public Library as they migrate to Evergreen,” said Angela Kilsdonk, Product Training and Consultation Manager at Equinox. “They were a great group to work with and our training had the added excitement of the construction of their new Children's Wing Expansion slated to open late 2018! I have enjoyed watching the SPARK consortium grow over the years and Emmaus is going to be a wonderful addition to the consortium and the Evergreen community.”

    To learn more about Evergreen 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 Evergreen
    Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed to provide an open source product able to meet the diverse needs of consortia and high transaction public libraries. However, it has proven to be equally successful in smaller installations including special and academic libraries. Today, over 1500 libraries around the world are using Evergreen including NC Cardinal, SC Lends, and B.C. Sitka. For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see http://evergreen-ils.org.

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    June 20th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    6/20/2018
    CONTACT:
    Nathan Curulla
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    The University Libraries at Virginia Tech are live on Koha with ByWater Solutions

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha
    support, announced today that the University Libraries at Virginia Tech are now live on Koha with ByWater
    Solutions. ByWater completed the transition of the library's 1.5 million plus holdings from Sierra earlier
    this month and will be providing ongoing support and hosting services to the library. The University
    Libraries have also be implemented the Coral ERM through ByWater and the Ebsco Discovery Service to
    work alongside Koha for a unified Library Management System that allows students to easily find all of the
    resources needed in one interface. The University Libraries at Virginia Tech are the first R1 research
    libraries to adopt Koha as their LMS and marks a turning point for the Koha project in terms of large scale
    academic library adoption.

    Brendan Gallagher, CEO of ByWater stated:
    "We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with the dedicated team at Virginia Tech! The
    flexibility and control that is inherent in the open source model is a perfect match for the needs of Virginia
    Tech; an institution that continues to be at the forefront of innovation and technology. They are a true
    market leader and we are thrilled that they are up and running on Koha!"

    About the University Libraries at Virginia Tech

    The University Libraries plays an essential role in furthering Virginia Tech’s mission as a global land-grant
    university by providing access to a plethora of resources in varying disciplines. It strives to share
    information and knowledge regardless of geographic, institutional, or financial barriers, through our
    growing open data and research repositories. Overall, the University Libraries’ goal is to foster innovation,
    discovery, creativity, and collaboration through our spaces, technology, services, and people. For more
    information please visit: https://lib.vt.edu

    About Koha

    Koha is the first open-source Library Management System (LMS). 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

    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 LMS 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 LMS, but more importantly
    empowers libraries by giving them the flexibility and freedom they deserve. For more information please
    visit: http://bywatersolutions.com

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