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    February 6th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – February 6, 2018

    WHAT: Gale, a Cengage company, is demonstrating its upcoming new Digital Scholar Lab, a cloud-based research environment that allows students and scholars to apply natural language processing tools to raw text data (OCR) from Gale's primary source collections in a single research platform. ALA Midwinter attendees will get a sneak preview of this new innovative research tool that removes key barriers of entry into digital scholarship, enabling users at any level to quickly perform textual analysis on large corpora of historical texts. This accelerates workflows allowing scholars and students to focus on their core research objectives.

    WHY: As academic libraries continually shift to keep up with the changing needs of research and scholarship, many are looking at the digital humanities as an opportunity for closer collaboration with faculty and other campus stakeholders.

    With the Digital Scholar Lab, Gale has created a research environment that helps bridge the gap that often exists between the primary sources available through the library and the research workflow of faculty and students. By simplifying and combining access to unique content and natural language processing tools, the Digital Scholar Lab helps position the library at the center of digital scholarship across campus.

    WHEN: February 9-12, 2018

    WHERE: ALA Midwinter Conference, Booth #1508, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

    NOTE TO REPORTERS: If you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with Gale at ALA Midwinter, please reach out to: Kayla Siefker, 248-915-9624, kayla.siefker@cengage.com.

    About Cengage and Gale
    Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, a Cengage company, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when, and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.gale.com.

    Follow Gale on:
    • Twitter - @galecengage
    • Gale Blog - http://blog.gale.com/
    • Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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    February 1st, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Agreement with Open Source Service Provider Designed to Offer Libraries Choice and Support for FOLIO Systems ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — February 1, 2018 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and ByWater Solutions have expanded their relationship to ensure libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP) will be able to rely on hosting and services support.

    The agreement secures ByWater’s commitment to provide FOLIO implementation and support services backed by EBSCO hosting technology and data services. ByWater Solutions has been recognized for its customer satisfaction in supporting library systems and is currently the largest service provider for the Koha Open Source Library System supporting more than 1,000 Koha libraries.

    ByWater Solutions co-owner and Chief Executive Officer Brendan Gallagher says the ByWater team will work with EBSCO to provide support for its libraries using FOLIO as their library services platform or looking to add FOLIO microservices or apps to their current systems. “Open source services allow libraries to save money on the technology and focus on service and customer support. By extending our expertise, and leveraging EBSCO’s services, we expect to help libraries implement FOLIO and migrate libraries to the FOLIO LSP and provide ongoing support.”

    EBSCO, which has supported FOLIO with funding, developers and project management as well as provided funding for Koha, will provide FOLIO hosting services and advanced software support as well as a compliment of data integration services. EBSCO Vice President of Services Product Management Ron Burns says these agreements give EBSCO the opportunity to create a high level of customer service standards. “As we move to the next phase, where beta sites are actively testing FOLIO, we want to ensure that service providers such as EBSCO and ByWater come together to create technical support structures, migration plans and implementation goals. As FOLIO becomes a reality, service providers are going to create the foundation needed to allow the adoption of open source systems and the expansion of FOLIO into multiple types and sizes of libraries.”

    ByWater and EBSCO will be working together and with the FOLIO community to support the first libraries going live with FOLIO in 2019.

    Since being announced in June 2016, FOLIO has formed a community and librarians and developers have joined special interest groups that are actively creating an open source LSP that supports traditional resource management functionality that can be extended into emerging areas. FOLIO is being designed to be flexible to allow librarians to select the applications that best align with their workflow needs. The applications are modular and allow multiple vendors or libraries to contribute applications. Extensibility is an essential element allowing FOLIO to integrate with internal and external systems including university enterprise systems, institutional repositories, research management and discovery services. Development supports Linked Open Data to allow libraries to expand their reach and FOLIO provides scalability through multi-tenancy. The service will support all formats natively and is based on a central knowledgebase. More information is available at 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.

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

    About ByWater Solutions
    ByWater Solutions is a full service, high quality open source 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 or Folio 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: http://bywatersolutions.com/.

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    For more information, please contact:
    Nathan Curulla
    Owner/CRO, ByWater Solutions
    (888) 900-8944 ext. 2
    nate@bywatersolutions.com

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    February 1st, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ByWater Solutions at Louisiana Library Association 2018

    ByWater Solutions will be at the Louisiana Library Association (LLA) Annual Conference from March 7-9, 2018. The Conference will be held in Alexandria, Louisiana at the Holiday Inn Downtown Alexandria Convention Center. We would love to see you, catch up and share some time together. Please email Adam Brooks at adam@bywatersolutions.com to set up a time to meet.

    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.

    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/

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    January 31st, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Nursing Reference Center Plus™ and DynaMed Plus® Rated Top Point-of-Care Clinical Reference Tools by Healthcare Providers~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 31, 2018 — Two EBSCO Health clinical resources were named among the top performing point-of-care reference tools in the 2018 Best in KLAS: Software and Services report. KLAS, a research firm that specializes in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors, found that Nursing Reference Center Plus™ and DynaMed Plus® were among the top performing clinical decision support – point of care clinical reference tools, with Nursing Reference Center Plus ranked number one and DynaMed Plus coming in as a close second.

    KLAS interviews thousands of healthcare professionals and uses the responses to rate point-of-care Disease Reference and Diagnostic Support tools. Evaluation questions cover several areas, including Sales and Contracting, Implementation and Training, Functionality and Upgrades, and Service and Support.

    Nursing Reference Center Plus is EBSCO Health’s point-of-care resource, designed by nurses for nurses. With Nursing Reference Center Plus, users get instant access to the most current evidence-based answers to their clinical questions, high-quality continuing education modules, tools to develop and improve nursing skills and more. DynaMed Plus is EBSCO Health’s flagship evidence-based information resource designed to reduce time to answer for clinicians and provide the most useful information to healthcare professionals at the point of care.

    EBSCO Health’s Senior Vice President of Product Management, Betsy Jones, says the KLAS report reinforces EBSCO Health’s commitment to providing the top clinical reference tools to meet the needs of its users. “Clinicians need to access the most accurate information at the point of care to foster a successful patient experience and meet the needs of their patients. We’re encouraged to hear that healthcare professionals place these resources at the top of their list, from service to technology to support.”

    More information about EBSCO Health’s clinical decision support solutions is available at https://health.ebsco.com.

    About KLAS
    KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers and payers to be heard and counted. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals, KLAS gathers insights on software, services and medical equipment to deliver timely reports, trending data and statistical overviews. KLAS data is accurate, honest and impartial. The research directly represents the voice of healthcare professionals and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. To learn more about KLAS and the insights we provide, visit www.KLASresearch.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 CINAHL®, DynaMed Plus®, Nursing Reference Center Plus™, clinical e-books and e-journals, EBSCO Discovery Service™, licensed databases (such as MEDLINE®), 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 30th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Annual Scholarship Pays for the Travel Expenses of Librarians
    Attending National Conference ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — January 30, 2018 —EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has awarded five librarians, including two first-time attendees, $1,500 scholarships to attend the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, February 9th-13th in Denver, Colorado. The scholarships are co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). The scholarship recipients will be honored by EBSCO and ALA representatives at a breakfast during the conference.

    The EBSCO ALA Midwinter Scholarship finances the cost of attending the conference and allows the librarians to benefit from the professional development and networking opportunities available at the conference. As part of the application process, librarians were asked to write an essay on the topic of “In a world where libraries may be underappreciated, how do you advocate for libraries and how do you think libraries can better advocate for themselves within their communities or institutions?”

    The scholarship winners are:

    • Chelsea Brantley, Media Coordinator, Nags Head Elementary School, Nags Head, North Carolina

    • Natalie Burclaff, Head of Information Literacy Initiatives, Reference Department, University of Baltimore; Baltimore, Maryland

    • Rosa Diaz, Children’s Librarian, Lincoln Branch Library, Rochester, New York

    • Loren Klein, Coordinator of Transgender and Non-Binary Programs & Services, Rockland County Pride Center, Norwood, New Jersey

    • Veronica Milliner, Outreach Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    All of the librarians effectively described the ways in which libraries can better advocate their mission of serving the needs of researchers and patrons. Chelsea Brantley, Media Coordinator at Nags Head Elementary School, believes “the key to promoting libraries in today’s society is to redefine people’s perceptions of the space. Libraries are not silent, dusty locales full of authoritarian librarians. Instead, they are bustling community centers where all types of learning, researching, creating, and discovering can take place.” First-time conference attendee Rosa Diaz, Children’s Librarian at Lincoln Branch Library, wrote “gone are the days when libraries could ‘afford’ to wait for patrons to enter, use the library and participate in programs. We need to go and seek patrons. It is about collaborating with local agencies and showcasing what the library has to offer.”

    EBSCO is dedicated to supporting the professional development of librarians around the world and has a long-standing tradition of co-sponsoring scholarships to ALA conferences, providing funds for conference registration, travel, and expenses.

    About ALA
    The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 65,000 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 900,000 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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