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    January 25th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    FOLIO Launches Aster Release
    ~ Open Source Project Release Focuses on Early Adopters ~

    PHILADELPHIA — January 25, 2019 — FOLIO, a community collaboration to develop an open source Library Services Platform (LSP), is kicking off 2019 with a release that will reach a variety of notable development milestones in accessibility. The FOLIO Aster Release is the first in a series of named releases that will begin to define the features and functionality of the open source LSP.

    Aster will include general UX improvements and accessibility features including WCAG 2.0 support for forms, focus components, keyboard shortcuts and colors/icons/images. The release will also include cataloging template capability and MARC editing along with improvements to searching and editing instances, holdings and items.

    Aster includes discovery interoperability that includes OAI-PMH along with FOLIO API support for RTAC and Patron Empowerment as well as Purchase Order Management for acquisitions and GOBI Order API integration. ERM functionality that includes agreements, license and eHoldings management, Knowledgebase integration (EBSCO’s Holdings IQ and GOKb), SUSHI harvesting and configuration is also a part of the Aster Release. Circulation improvements such as improved fines & fees, manual blocks, patron notice templates and staff slips, requests and service point support along with considerable improvements for password management have also been released.

    The release aims to provide a more accessible platform for libraries in the FOLIO community. FOLIO Product Owner Lead Cate Boerema says the Aster Release is the beginning of a busy year for FOLIO. “With Aster we begin to shape the future of the ILS. The release begins to introduce key functionality for a library services platform, serve the needs of libraries and provide opportunities to extend the reach of libraries.”

    The FOLIO open source project provides libraries of all sizes with choice when selecting an LSP or building library services beyond traditional functionality. Built on a microservices architecture, the FOLIO platform ensures that components can be readily developed or replaced in new releases as technologies and requirements evolve.

    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.

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    Kathleen McEvoy
    Media Relations, FOLIO
    978-223-0438
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    January 25th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Health Acquires HealthDecision®
    ~ Decision Support & Shared Decision Making Tool Added to Suite of Evidence-Based Clinical Solutions ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 24, 2019 — EBSCO Health, the leading provider of evidence-based clinical information tools including DynaMed Plus®, Dynamic Health™ and Option Grid™, has expanded with the acquisition of HealthDecision®. HealthDecision is a clinical decision support and shared decision making tool for clinicians and patients at the point of care. The software platform provides decision support tools enabling clinicians and patients to explore their medical options. The resource combines the patient’s healthcare preferences with the clinician’s expertise and syndicates patient-specific medical data with the latest medical guidelines to personalize a patient’s risk analyses.

    HealthDecision’s visual representation of medical outcomes is educational, easy-to-use and facilitates discussion between the clinician and patient to mutually agree on a personalized treatment plan. HealthDecision tools are developed by clinicians with subject matter expertise, and the medical literature integration incorporates the latest guidelines, risk scores and analyses. These tools have been integrated into the clinician workflow in a variety of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and have been in use for nine years, reaching more than 26,000 patients a year.

    EBSCO Health Senior Vice President of Product Management Betsy Jones welcomes HealthDecision and its staff to the EBSCO Health team. “This relationship takes us one step further in our journey to offering a breadth of content with an evidence-based foundation, combined with user experience, EHR interoperability and a tailored, personalized solution for providers and their patients. HealthDecision is an important decision support tool that will integrate well into our suite of clinical offerings.”

    HealthDecision CEO and Founder Jon Keevil, MD, is looking forward to further building out the clinical decision support tools with EBSCO Health. “HealthDecision was born out of a mission to create tools that transform complex medical information into more actionable and patient-specific formats. I am thrilled that EBSCO Health’s resources and deep expertise in the field of clinical support and evidence-based medicine will greatly enhance our ability to assist patients and clinicians at the point of care.”

    To learn more about HealthDecision, visit: https://www.healthdecision.com/.

    About EBSCO Health
    EBSCO Health, part of EBSCO Information Services, is a leading provider of clinical decision support solutions, healthcare business intelligence, and medical research information for the healthcare industry. EBSCO Health users include professionals in medicine, nursing, and allied health. Flagship products include DynaMed Plus®, Dynamic Health™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as CINAHL® Complete, MEDLINE Complete) plus EBSCONET®. EBSCO Health databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the electronic resource favored by libraries around the world.

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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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    January 17th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 17 January 2019

    Brill is proud to announce that the Yearbook of International Organizations Online has made Choice magazine’s 2018 list of Outstanding Academic Titles. Selected by Choice review editors, this awarded title is representative of Brill’s rich publishing program and accomplishments in digital publishing.

    The selective Outstanding Academic Title list includes only 10% of some 6,000 works reviewed each year. The awarded titles have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as an important— often the first—treatment of their subject. For more information about their selection criteria, please visit the Choice website.

    Yearbook of International Organizations Online

    The yearbook provides a comprehensive database of intergovernmental (IGOs) and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) worldwide. It covers over 75,000 international organizations and is updated on a regular basis by a dedicated editorial team at The Union of International Associations.

    From Choice´s review of the yearbook:
    “The Yearbook of International Organizations is the definitive directory of more than 75,000 governmental and non-governmental nonprofit organizations worldwide, including both active and dormant entities. […] The fact that the organizations themselves are the principal sources speaks to the credibility of the information in the profiles […] the annual subscription to the digital version is the obvious choice […] Summing Up: Highly recommended.”
    - D. Ettinger, George Washington University, in Choice, vol. 55, no. 7 (March 2018).

    Choice is an important resource for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and online resources of interest to those in higher education. Choice is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). More information about Choice.

    Our Choice Outstanding Academic Titles from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
    Questions about these or other Brill titles? Please contact us a marketing@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 over 300 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.

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    January 10th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services and the American Library Association Award Five Scholarships for Librarians to Attend ALA Midwinter
    ~Scholarship Enables Librarians to Expand Professional Development Opportunities at National Conference ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 10, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five librarians with $1,000 scholarships to attend the 2019 ALA Midwinter Conference in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA). The scholarships aim to defray the cost of travel and other expenses, helping librarians take advantage of the conference’s professional development and networking opportunities.

    The scholarship winners include three first-time attendees from the United States:
    • Carla Myers, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Scholarly Communications, University Libraries, Miami University, Miami, Ohio

    • Danielle Osterdorf, Electronic Resources Librarian, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado (first-time attendee)

    • Jill Hofmockel, Teacher-Librarian, Iowa City West High School, Iowa City, Iowa

    • Vanesa Evers, Reading Specialist/Digital Projects Library Intern, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (first-time attendee)

    • Vickie Coyle, School Media Specialist, All Saints Catholic School, Manassas, Virginia (first-time attendee)

    As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay about how they plan to make a mark on their profession, while facing some of the current challenges libraries are undergoing. They were also asked to share how attending the conference will contribute to their professional development. First-time conference attendee, Vickie Coyle of All Saints Catholic School, wrote about the importance of networking. “My goal in attending the Midwinter ALA Conference would be to network with exhibitors and colleagues to extend to NVCLA librarians innovative methods that would utilize digital tools to promote equitable access to resources. I strongly advocate that all students have access to high-quality learning materials with the most relevant content.” Applicant Jill Hofmockel from Iowa City West High School talked about her goals if she were to attend ALA Midwinter. “My hope is to return with a renewed plan and a toolkit for providing support and advocacy for all teacher-librarians in the state.”

    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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    January 8th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha and Libki support, announced today that Libki now includes print management powered by Google Cloud Print (GCP).

    Google Cloud Print allows print management to be set up and utilized without complicated infrastructure in a web based environment for easy configuration and maintenance. The current implementation of this feature allows patrons to submit a job to a designated printer to be manually released once the job is cleared by a staff member from the administrative interface of Libki.

    This new feature was sponsored with contributions from the Roseville Public Library and ByWater Solutions.

    About Libki
    Libki is a cross-platform Open Source computer reservation, time and print management system. Libki is ideally suited for use in locations where a controlled computing environment is paramount such as public access systems, libraries, school computer laboratories and more! It consists of two parts, the Libki server, and the Libki client. Read More at https://libki.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.

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