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    June 5th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    EBSCO Information Services and Children’s Book Council Announce 2019 SEE-IT™ Award Winner
    ~ Farrar, Straus and Giroux Novel Selected for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Graphic Novels ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — June 5, 2019 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and the Graphic Novel Committee of the Children’s Book Council announced Speak: The Graphic Novel, written by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by Emily Carroll, as the 2019 recipient of the SEE-IT™ Award.

    Laurie is a New York Times Bestselling Author, a two-time National Book Award nominee, and the proud recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award winner given by the YALSA division of the American Library Association for her contribution to young adult literature. Emily Carroll is an award-winning Canadian comics creator. She has received several honors, including the Eisner Comic Industry Award and the Ignatz Award.

    SEE-IT Award Juror Francisca Goldsmith says, “Seeing Laurie Halse Anderson’s contemporary classic Speak as a graphic novel in the sensitive art of Emily Carroll is to take yet an even more intimate step into the world of their character Melinda. Just as Anderson developed a protagonist who, after a traumatic event that leaves her mute, finds her way to communicating again, through art, Carroll’s grayscale images do indeed speak to readers. Melinda’s posture, expressions, and experiences are faithful to the original text while expanding Anderson’s verbal descriptions to show us exactly how Melinda’s world presents itself to her and through her recovery of voice.”

    Developed by EBSCO and the Children’s Book Council, the SEE-IT Award recognizes the cultural and literary impacts of youth graphic novels and was designed to celebrate the year’s most distinguished graphic novels for young readers. Finalists, announced in April 2019, included:

    • Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation, adapted by Ari Folman and illustrated by David Polonsky (Pantheon)
    • The Cardboard Kingdom, written and illustrated by Chad Sell (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
    • Hey, Kiddo, written and illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic/Graphix)
    • Illegal, written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin and illustrated by Giovanni Rigano (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)
    • The Prince and the Dressmaker, written and illustrated by Jen Wang (First Second)

    EBSCO Information Services Vice President of Product Management for Books, John Brennan, says the SEE-IT Award recognizes the impact that youth graphic novels have on young readers of all levels. “Due to their visual nature, graphic novels have the ability to immerse young readers in a way that other mediums may not. We are proud to support an award that celebrates the rise of this unique literary art form and its positive influence on readers of all ages.”

    A total of 168 submissions from 42 publishers were evaluated by a panel of ten 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

    For more information on the SEE-IT Award, visit the SEE-IT website at:

    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: 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

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    June 3rd, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Leiden / Boston / Paderborn / Singapore / Beijing – 3 June 2019

    In collaboration with Professor Olivier Hekster and the Radboud University Nijmegen, Brill has released 14 volumes in the book series Impact of Empire in Open Access. Together, these titles form the complete collection of proceedings from the annual workshops by the International Network Impact of Empire. The workshops draw top contributions from various disciplines on topics that are still relevant today, such as migration, religion, cultural identity, and justice, focusing on the consequences of the actions and sheer existence of the Roman Empire in the regions it dominated.

    “It is great news to have these volumes out in Open Access“, says Professor of Ancient History and Series Editor, Olivier Hekster. “An important goal of the network is to foster cooperation between disciplines and between scholars working in various academic traditions. Having the proceedings of all our previous workshops now publicly available will help to promote the importance of such cooperations and of course make the proceedings accessible to many people, who might not otherwise have been able to use them.”

    Mirjam Elbers, Sr. Acquisitions Editor at Brill, adds: “Since the Network’s transfer to Brill in 2006, Brill has been committed to disseminate the workshops’ results in the Impact of Empire book series. Open Access enables us to introduce these results to an even broader audience, and heighten the impact of the important work by the International Network.”

    Brill’s Open Access books are discoverable through DOAB and distributed free of charge in Brill’s E-Book Collections, and through JSTOR. To maximize the dissemination and ensure optimal indexing in library catalogues, Brill also includes these titles, free of charge, in the complete E-Book Collection of the Impact of Empire series. This new collection, which includes 34 volumes in total, is available as of today. Information and prices can be found here.

    For more information on this media alert please contact Ms. Stephanie Paalvast, Program Manager Open Access at Brill, via, or the publisher at Brill, Ms. Mirjam Elbers,

    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, Languages & 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

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    May 31st, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    UBLIN, Ohio, 31 May 2019. OCLC and Springshare have signed an agreement to transfer the QuestionPoint 24/7 Reference Cooperative and all active QuestionPoint subscriptions to Springshare, a recognized leader in the development of reference software for libraries worldwide.

    QuestionPoint is the global industry leader in providing cooperative virtual reference services, including 24/7 reference back-up coverage from its team of experienced reference librarians. Through this acquisition, Springshare will extend its highly regarded LibAnswers virtual reference software to include the comprehensive QuestionPoint library reference cooperative with 24/7 coverage. QuestionPoint’s team of reference librarians will become part of Springshare and will continue to work from their current locations around the world.

    “This agreement brings together Springshare’s full-featured, state-of-the-art reference software and the unparalleled professional reference coverage from QuestionPoint’s 24/7 Reference Cooperative that libraries count on,” said Chip Nilges, OCLC Vice President, Business Development. “We’re confident that this move will result in the best possible virtual reference service for libraries.”

    Slaven Zivkovic, Founder & CEO of Springshare, added: “We are thrilled to welcome all QuestionPoint libraries and the QuestionPoint librarian reference team to the Springshare community. We see great potential for the Cooperative to include tens of thousands of libraries worldwide - all sharing librarian resources to ensure their users can get help online whenever needed. Today’s library users have 24/7 access to many non-library services. Our goal with the Cooperative is to ensure these users also have access to high-quality assistance from professional librarians, anytime, anywhere.”

    Springshare has committed to further invest in enhancing the Cooperative by hiring more coop librarian staffers, providing additional training to the coop librarians, and devising more effective workflows to share knowledge and information between coop librarians and local admins. Mr. Zivkovic continued “In addition to our own ideas for taking the Cooperative to its new heights, we will seek feedback and suggestions from current QuestionPoint users. Springshare has built a tremendous reputation for listening and acting on customer feedback, and our approach here will be no different. We are very excited to start working on this project and we’re thankful to our partners at OCLC for entrusting Springshare to lead QuestionPoint’s next growth phase”.

    Current QuestionPoint subscribers will maintain uninterrupted use of QuestionPoint while Springshare completes software upgrades to its LibAnswers platform to integrate the 24/7 library reference cooperative. Once the changes are completed, all current QuestionPoint subscribers will move to LibAnswers. At any point, QuestionPoint subscribers can attend free and unlimited training as well as request a LibAnswers Platform system install to learn and explore the system prior to service migration. Springshare will contact subscribers directly about timing and process for their transitions to LibAnswers. “OCLC and Springshare are working together to ensure uninterrupted support of libraries’ virtual reference service during the upcoming transition from QuestionPoint to LibAnswers,” said Nilges.

    About Springshare
    Springshare ( software helps libraries engage with their communities and deepen relationships with users. Our SaaS suite is used by over 6,000 libraries in 80 countries around the world.

    About OCLC
    OCLC (https://oclc.og) is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services.

    OCLC, WorldCat and are trademarks and/or service marks of OCLC, Inc. Third-party product, service and business names are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective owners.

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    May 31st, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The Koha Community, home of the world's first free and open source library system, announced this week that the Koha 19.05 release is available. This major release includes 15 new features, 246 enhancements, and 437 bugfixes. Full release notes are available at:

    Nick Clemens, 19.05 Release Manager and ByWater Solutions Developer, recently commented on the release:

    This release (as always) is the work of many librarians, developers, and community members who donate their time and effort to the project. Their contributions help shape the release, and the project going forward. None of this would be possible without them, and my sincere thanks goes out to everyone who had a hand in the project.

    Sponsorship of New Features
    We thank the following ByWater Solutions' Partners who have sponsored new features in Koha!

    Northeast Kansas Library System (NEKLS)
    Self-check module highlighting (Bug 19458)
    Email librarian when purchase suggestion made (Bug 5770)
    Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC)
    Branch transfer limits (Bugs 22330, 7614, 7534)
    Portsmouth Public Library
    Add holds and account information to self checkout module (Bug 21772)
    Round Rock Public Library
    Add language and ccode facets to Elasticsearch (Bugs 17169 and 18213)
    Ability to check out items that are already checked-out without staff intervention (Bug 17171)
    Carnegie Stout Public Library
    Detailed description of charges on Accounting tab (Bug 19489)
    “Edit as New” in Advanced Cataloging Editor (Bug 42090)
    DoverNet Dover Public Library
    Validate SMS numbers (Bug 22594)
    Virginia Tech University Libraries
    Patron password reset limited by patron category (Bug 21890)
    Bedford Public Library
    Add support for SIP2 field CM - Hold Pickup Date (Bug 19619)
    Arcadia Public Library and Middletown Township Public Library
    Mark Hold Items 'On hold' instead of 'Available' (Bug 15505)
    Fargo Public Library
    Holds rerouting dialog improvements (Bug 21346)
    ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America’s forefront provider of Koha support, is proud to be a part of the Koha Community.

    Nick Clemens, 19.05 Release Manager and ByWater Solutions Developer, additionally adds

    Extra thanks to all who helped me with this release, and with getting here to be the release manager for this version. I am so lucky to work with such a great team on a wonderful project and look forward to helping make Koha better on each release. Excelsior!

    Access the Release
    Koha 19.05.00 can be downloaded from:

    Installation instructions can be found at:

    Koha Wiki
    Full Documentation

    Release Team
    The release team for Koha 19.05.00 is

    Release Manager: Nick Clemens
    Release Manager assistants:
    Tomás Cohen Arazi
    Jonathan Druart
    QA Manager: Katrin Fischer
    QA Team:
    Tomás Cohen Arazi
    Alex Arnaud
    Chris Cormack
    Jonathan Druart
    Kyle Hall
    Julian Maurice
    Josef Moravec
    Martin Renvoize
    Marcel de Rooy
    Topic Experts:
    REST API — Tomás Cohen Arazi
    SIP2 — Colin Campbell
    EDI — Colin Campbell
    UI Design — Owen Leonard
    Elasticsearch — Ere Maijala
    Bug Wranglers:
    Indranil Das Gupta
    Jon Knight
    Luis Moises Rojas
    Packaging Manager: Mirko Tietgen
    Documentation Manager: Caroline Cyr-La-Rose
    Documentation Team:
    David Nind
    Lucy Vaux-Harvey
    Translation Managers:
    Indranil Das Gupta
    Bernardo González Kriegel
    Wiki curators:
    Caroline Cyr-La-Rose
    Release Maintainers:
    18.05 — Lucas Gass
    18.05 — Jesse Maseto
    18.11 — Martin Renvoize
    17.11 — Fridolin Somers
    Release Maintainer assistants:
    18.05 — Kyle Hall
    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:

    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:

    For more information
    Jessica Zairo
    Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
    ByWater Solutions

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    May 29th, 2019LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    The Strad, the authoritative voice in the world of string music, has partnered with digital providers Exact Editions to offer subscriptions to institutions and individuals around the world. Over 60 issues spanning 5 years issues have been expertly digitised into a state-of-the-art archive, allowing unlimited access to a treasure trove of fully-searchable music content at the click of a button.

    Since its launch in 1890, The Strad has educated its readers through entertaining features, insightful commentary pieces and thoughtful analysis on a wide range of topics relevant to string teachers, players, students, instrument makers and enthusiasts alike. Each monthly issue keeps subscribers up-to-date with the latest news, research and all aspects of playing.

    The innovative features of the new digital archive make it ideal for either personal use or academic or professional research in an institutional setting; the seamless cross-platform browsing experience means issues can be accessed on web, iOS and Android devices, and the platform offers the facility to share and cite each and every article or review from the publication.

    The Strad is available in the Exact Editions institutional shop here:

    Product Director Alex McLachlan said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer a digital archive of The Strad to institutions with robust music faculties around the world. The magazine’s meticulous coverage of all parts of the string instrument world will ensure that this new enhanced level of access to the latest issues and archive is extremely valuable.”

    Managing Director of Exact Editions, Daryl Rayner, commented: “The new possibility of digital subscriptions to the archive grants the publishers an opportunity for lucrative revenue. The cutting-edge search functions and cross-platform access, in particular, make it an indispensable resource for anyone in the industry.”

    About The Strad:
    The Strad magazine has been a trusted authority in the world of string music since 1890. Each monthly issue offers expert music reviews, the latest news in instrument technology, research and interviews with the industry’s biggest stars. In recent months, the publication has included interviews and articles from some musicians at the forefront of the industry, including Anne-Sophie Mutter, James Ehnes and Hilary Hahn.

    About Exact Editions:
    Exact Editions is a digital publishing company based in London. They are a team of producers, developers and designers who turn periodicals with archives into dynamic, user-friendly digital editions. Exact Editions specialises in digitising content and selling subscriptions across web, iOS and Android platforms, for individuals and institutions.

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