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    September 5th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Collaboration Will Aggregate and Assemble Relevant Open Education Resources and Institution’s Library Materials to Improve the Teaching and Learning Experience ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — September 5, 2018 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Intellus Learning, an educational platform as a service company, have partnered to provide academic libraries with a content curation, assignment, recommendation and analytics tool. The collaboration will benefit college and university customers as they strive to offer affordable, reliable and relevant resources to students, while supporting faculty’s teaching and learning goals.

    Intellus Learning empowers instructors to access high-quality open education resources (OER) and other openly licensed content, as well as their institution’s academic library materials to help meet budgetary goals. By offering curated content, Intellus Learning enables instructors to quickly capture robust and affordable course materials. Students can seamlessly engage with assigned course materials via the institution’s learning management system, including all EBSCO resources to which the library subscribes.

    According to Craig Bleyer, the General Manager of the Institutional Business at Macmillan Learning, “Our customers are rightfully focused on providing the most affordable learning experiences that engage and retain students. Yet, finding the right mix of content and tools that answers both teaching and institutional objectives can be challenging because of the amount of time it takes to curate and assemble course objects. Via this partnership with EBSCO, we are providing a powerful search and discovery tool, which enables instructors to identify the highest-quality and best-rated free and openly-licensed content, as well as access library content to make the most efficient use of content already available at their institution.”

    The technology integration between EBSCO and Intellus Learning helps institutions launch and maintain affordability initiatives by facilitating efficient and insight-laden access to high quality, free learning content. Through an intuitive interface, faculty can curate and quickly assign pertinent OER and library content to students. The Intellus engine also offers a robust reporting dashboard that provides real-time insight into students’ engagement with the assigned materials. This pre-built feedback loop enables faculty to tweak the curriculum on the fly to suit students’ needs.

    EBSCO Information Services Senior Vice President of Business Development, Mark Herrick, says the integration will help libraries promote their valuable resources and improve the workflow process for faculty. “The collaboration with Intellus Learning allows for interoperability that enables libraries to increase use and efficiency of their collections. By integrating technologies, the content selection process works better and faster for faculty while enabling them to select from library resources in the context of their courses and already subscribed to by their institution.”

    To learn more about EBSCO and Intellus Learning, please visit: www.ebsco.com and http://intelluslearning.com.

    About Macmillan Learning
    Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education informs our approach to using user-centered design, learning science, and impact research to develop world-class content and pioneering products that are empathetic, highly effective, and drive improved outcomes. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and lift course results. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visit http://www.macmillanlearning.com or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN or join our Macmillan Community.

    About Intellus Learning
    Intellus Learning empowers instructors to quickly access high-quality open educational resources (OER), other openly-licensed content, as well as their institution’s academic library materials to help replace expensive course materials, while providing powerful, real-time insight into students’ engagement with the assigned content. To learn more, please visit: http://intelluslearning.com.

    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:
    Nikki Jones
    Sr Director, Communications
    Macmillan Learning
    862-596-2325
    nikki.jones@macmillan.com

    Jessica Holmes
    Communications Director
    EBSCO Information Services
    978-356-6500 ext. 3485
    jmholmes@ebsco.com

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    August 30th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Duluth, Ga., August 30, 2018: Equinox is pleased to announce the successful migration of the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative to Evergreen within the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System (PaILS) SPARK Consortium.

    This move includes Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative’s libraries with a total of 147,069 patron records and 156,713 bibliographic records. Services provided by Equinox as part of the migration included data extraction and deduplication. It also encompassed the migration of bibliographic, item, patron, and transaction records. Equinox staff administered software configuration and project management as well as remote and onsite training.

    "Pennsylvania Integrated Library is pleased to welcome the libraries of the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative to our shared Evergreen system (called SPARK). While some of these libraries are in close geographical proximity, they were never before able to share resources, and patrons were forced to carry multiple library cards. Thanks to Evergreen all of this has changed creating an enhanced library experience for the residents of Lehigh and Carbon Counties (PA)." Scott Thomas, Executive Director of PaILS/SPARK.

    PaILS was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide an open source integrated library system. It oversees SPARK, a consortia of Evergreen libraries across Pennsylvania. Equinox and PaILS have been collaborating on the SPARK consortia since 2013.

    "The staff at all six libraries were fantastic to work with throughout the process from our first meetings to now,” said Rogan Hamby, data and project analyst for Equinox. “I am excited to see the things they have planned for their patrons come to fruition in the near future and glad to be part of making it happen for them."

    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. To learn more, please visit https://www.equinoxinitiative.org/.

    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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    August 30th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Facet Publishing announce the publication of Digital Literacy Unpacked edited by Katharine Reedy and Jo Parker.

    This book brings together thought-leaders and experts in the field of digital literacy, providing a blend of research and practice across sectors.

    Digital Literacy Unpacked not only offers a snapshot of innovative approaches to digital literacy, but also intends to provoke discussion, encourage collaboration and inspire – whatever the role or context. The editors open up the whole area of digital literacy in all its kaleidoscopic richness, and provide diverse perspectives, content and ideas to inform thinking and practice. The cross-sectoral and global significance of digital literacy is a key theme of the book but crucially at its heart it is a citizenship and inclusion issue, necessary for the full participation and achievement of all in society. Coverage includes a discussion of terminology, institutional approaches, existing frameworks, digital literacy in learning and teaching, copyright literacy, teaching the use of digital tools, critical approaches to literacy and combatting social exclusion using digital skills.

    Rosie Jones, Director of Library Services at The Open University said of the book, 'Its timing is key, given the rate of technological change and advances in our thinking around skills, and it contributes practice, theory and research to a topic that is important on a global scale. Across all sectors, we can’t avoid the digital agenda and this text provides a fabulous insight into digital literacy and learning'

    The book will be useful reading for library and information professionals across the sector, institutional leaders and managers, and LIS students. It will also be useful reading for educational technologists, learning and teaching professionals.

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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

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    More information: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=301973

    Digital Literacy Unpacked | August 2018 | 240pp | paperback: 9781783301973 | £64.95 | hardback: 9781783301980 | £129.95 | eBook: 9781783301997

    Katharine Reedy is a digital literacy and learning design specialist at the Open University. She is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

    Jo Parker is a senior library manager at the Open University Library, with responsibility for developing digital and information literacy strategy. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a fellow of the Leadership Foundation. She has co-edited two previous books for Facet Publishing.

    Contributors:

    Liz Bennett, University of Huddersfield; Bonnie Cheuk, Senior Business and Digital Transformation Leader; Mark Childs, Open University; Vedrana Vojković Estatiev, University of Zagreb; Sue Folley, University of Huddersfield; Josie Fraser, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; Dean Groom, Macquarie University; Janet Hetherington, independent consultant; Charles Inskip, University College London; Norman Jackson, University of Surrey (Professor Emeritus); Gordana Jugo, Croatian Academic and Research Network (CARNet); Clare Killen, independent consultant; Adam Micklethwaite, Good Things Foundation; Chris Morrison, University of Kent; Chrissi Nerantzi, Manchester Metropolitan University; Joe Nicholls, Cardiff University Library; Judy O'Connell, Charles Sturt University; Philip Seargeant, Open University; Jane Secker, City University London; Caroline Tagg, Open University; Geoff Walton, Manchester Metropolitan University.

    The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available to pre-order 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 will be available in North America from the American Library Association.

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    August 29th, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    Gale’s Kids InfoBits Provides Tools and Resources to Develop Future-Ready Research Skills in Young Learners

    FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. and Chagrin Falls, Ohio – August 29, 2018 – Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools has seen an increase in student engagement by making database researching fun. The district is using Kids InfoBits from Gale, a Cengage company, to design lesson plans that focus on developing students’ research and critical thinking skills. This enables students to gain comfort with database researching as they transition to higher grade levels, putting them on a path to discovery that fosters future-ready skills. Read Gale’s blog about Chagrin Falls, here: http://bit.ly/2oiMQAP.

    Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools District is located just outside of Cleveland in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with nearly 2,000 prek-12 students across four schools. As a technology-focused district with a mission to provide an educational experience that empowers students to maximize their potential, the district needs digital resources that not only teach students how to properly conduct research, but easily integrate into classroom curriculum and workflow. Chagrin Falls chose Kids InfoBits, an intuitive resource that introduces students to database researching.

    “I love the browsing ability that comes with Kids InfoBits,” said Angie Jameson, Library Media Specialist for Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools. “Introducing our students to research and synthesis skills using topics they are interested in results in much deeper engagement compared to assigning students a research topic while attempting to teach these difficult skills.”

    Kids InfoBits’ research-friendly platform allows students to explore age-appropriate content that’s continuously updated to match elementary-level curricula. Students can dive into key subjects by exploring categories like animals, arts, geography, health, literature, social studies, people and technology.

    “Kids love the graphics! When we design lessons, we use the graphics to help guide the instruction,” said Jameson. “Plus, students can easily find appropriate content and news with a ‘child-friendly spin.’ The read-aloud option and ability to translate the content into any given language…that’s what made us realize just how amazing the Kids InfoBits accessibility features are.”

    When thinking back on her 10th grade class who had difficulty with citations, Jameson is excited that she and her team are actively introducing intermediate students to these practices—and building a strong foundation that is getting them excited about research.

    Read the entire story about Chagrin Falls’ success with Kids InfoBits, here: http://bit.ly/2PIM8JH.

    For more information on Kids InfoBits, visit: http://bit.ly/2Nvxowd.

    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 - https://blog.gale.com/
    • Facebook - https://business.facebook.com/GaleCengage/

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    August 23rd, 2018LISWire aggregatorUncategorized

    ~ Partnership will Create a Unified Acquisition Workflow to the TIND Library System ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — August 23, 2018 — A new partnership between GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO (GOBI Library Solutions), a division of EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), and TIND is aimed at streamlining GOBI acquisitions for TIND libraries. Libraries using the TIND ILS are now able to use new functionality to streamline the acquisitions process. Utilizing the GobiAPI will allow TIND systems to fully integrate with the GOBI platform in real-time, facilitating the immediate transfer of bibliographic and order data from GOBI to TIND ILS.

    This partnership will enable TIND ILS users to easily search for e-book and print titles in the extensive GOBI online catalog. All orders placed in GOBI will be automatically delivered to TIND ILS, creating a brief bibliographic and order record in the ILS. The API service, which will work on TIND ILS Version 1.6 and higher, will further enhance the workflow process and make it easier and more efficient for customers to locate titles and place orders.

    GOBI Library Solutions Chief Operating Officer Darby Kopp says GOBI’s partnership with TIND enhances the ability to provide the most efficient, streamlined workflows to customers. “As a major supplier of e-books and print books for libraries, GOBI Library Solutions is committed to partnering with ILS vendors like TIND to help make workflows more efficient for libraries and their patrons. The integration of GOBI with TIND gives librarians the assistance they need to better streamline their acquisitions process and, ultimately, better serve the end user.”

    “As part of TIND’s acquisitions development partnership with the UC Berkeley Law Library, it was a natural step to pursue an API integration with GOBI. It’s modern, simple and efficient. GOBI is a great example of a modern platform that is easy to integrate with,” says Alexander Nietzold, CEO at TIND.

    GOBI customers interested in learning more and setting up the workflow should contact their GOBI representative. For more information, visit the GOBI Library Solutions website at: gobi.ebsco.com.

    TIND is an official CERN spin-off providing library management systems, digital preservation- and research data management solutions based on CERN open source software (Invenio). For more information, visit: www.tind.io.

    About GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
    GOBI® Library Solutions from EBSCO, formerly YBP Library Services, offers over 15 million print and e-books to academic, research and special libraries worldwide. From streamlining workflows to partnering with library staff, GOBI Library Solutions is committed to providing the best solution for libraries’ acquisition, collection development and technical service needs. For more than 40 years, the mission has remained same—to partner with libraries in providing access to the broadest selection of scholarly content available. For more information, visit the GOBI Library Solutions website at: gobi.ebsco.com.

    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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