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LISWire: Equinox migrates Polk County Public Library to Evergreen within the NC Cardinal Consortium

February 21, 2018 - 2:33pm

DULUTH, Ga., February 21, 2017 -- Equinox is pleased to announce that Polk County Public Library successfully migrated to Evergreen within the NC Cardinal Consortium at the end of January, 2018.

This migration added 8,060 patrons and 50,475 bibliographic records to the NC Cardinal Consortium from the Polk County Public Library including their Columbus Library and Saluda Library branches. As part of the project, Equinox migrated bibliographic, item, patron and transaction records. The process also included deduplication of bibliographic records, training, project management and software configuration by Equinox.

“We are very grateful for the support and guidance of the Equinox team throughout our migration to NC Cardinal,” said Rishara Finsel, Director of the Polk County Library. “Migrations are complex and intimidating, but the Equinox staff guided us gently through the process. Their attention to detail and quick responses to questions made our migration go off without a hitch.”

NC Cardinal is part of a growing consortia of libraries in North Carolina aiming to increase accessibility and resource sharing through the implementation of a single library catalog. Polk County Public Library’s migration gives their patrons access to the consortium's 6.4 million records.

For Rogan Hamby, Data and Project Analyst at Equinox, partnering with local libraries across North Carolina and NC Cardinal have been a large part of the last year. "The staff at Polk have continued the trend of excellence I've seen from throughout North Carolina libraries and it was a pleasure to help them realize this milestone,” he said. “A consortium can enrich both staff and patron experiences. I'm always joyful to see another library join the larger open source library community and discover these opportunities."

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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Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: Evergreen. Open SourceOpen Source ILSILS migrationOrganization Type: Non-ProfitCompany Name: Equinox Open Library InitiativeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release

LISWire: New research on the architecture, design and evaluation of online information systems and services

February 16, 2018 - 9:05am

Facet Publishing have announced the release of the second book in the iResearch series, Information Systems: Process and practice, edited by Christine Urquhart, Dr Faten Hamad, Dr Dina Tbaishat and Alison Yeoman

Design and evaluation of information systems and services have remained an area of study and research in many disciplines ranging from computing and information systems, information and library studies, to business management. Each discipline aims to address a set of unique challenges as they are seen from their disciplinary background and perspectives. This results in research that often fails to take a holistic view of information systems including technologies, people and context. This second title in the iResearch series addresses this challenge by bringing together different viewpoints and perspectives of information systems design and evaluation from the contributors’ own diverse and yet complimentary areas of teaching and research interests.

Co-editor Christine Urquhart said, “This book attempts to bridge some of the gaps between discrete areas of research that information professionals could use to design helpful and effective information systems and services. Our aim is to provide a critical analysis, with supporting case studies of library and information service and systems architecture – in a very broad interpretation of the term architecture”.

The book will be essential reading for researchers in information science, specifically in the areas of digital libraries, information architecture and information systems. It will also be useful for practitioners and students in these areas seeking to understand research issues and challenges and to discover how they have been handled in practice elsewhere.

iResearch series editor G G Chowdhury said, “This is not just another book on information architecture that focuses on content architecture alone; the research and development activities reported in this book also cover the other end of the spectrum concerned with service evaluation, performance management and library assessment. The 14 chapters in this book, written by academics and researchers from different research backgrounds and viewpoints, offer a significant contribution to research and practices in the architecture, design and evaluation of online information systems and services”.

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Press and review copies contact:
James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]
Notes:
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Information Systems: Process and practice | Jan 2018 | 288pp | paperback: 9781783302413 | £69.95 | hardback: 9781783302420 | £139.95 | eBook: 9781783302437

Christine Urquhart was a full-time member of staff in the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University. Since retiring from full-time teaching she has continued to pursue her research interests.

Dr Faten Hamad is an Assistant Professor in the Library and Information Science Department, University of Jordan.

Dr Dina Tbaishat is an Assistant Professor at the University of Jordan, Library and Information Science Department.

Alison Yeoman was formerly a Research Officer in the Department of Information Studies, Aberystwyth University and is now an independent researcher.

With contributions from: Sally Burford, Catherine M. Burns, Karen Colbron, Adam Euerby, Fernando Loizides, Aekaterini Mavri, Paula Ormandy and Cristina Vasilica.
The book is published by Facet Publishing and is available from Bookpoint Ltd | Tel: +44 (0)1235 827702 | Fax: +44 (0)1235 827703 | Email: [email protected] | Web: www.facetpublishing.co.uk. | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

Tags: systems librarianInformation architectureOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesSpecial Libraries

LISWire: EBSCO Information Services Announces Next Round of Solar Grant Submissions

February 9, 2018 - 11:25am

~ Three $100,000 Grants Available for Libraries Looking to Go Green ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 9, 2018 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will continue its commitment to helping libraries with sustainability efforts by bringing back an enhanced version of its EBSCO Solar grant program for 2018. As part of the EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO is soliciting grant applications to give libraries the opportunity to “go green” by funding solar installations. EBSCO has expanded the program for 2018 and is making three $100,000 grants available to applicants.

The grants will allow winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenses and install a solar array at their institution. After seeing the benefits of “going green” on its own campus, EBSCO introduced the EBSCO Solar grant program so libraries interested in adding their own solar arrays can do so. Since 2016, EBSCO has given libraries more than $350,000 in grant money.

In 2017, EBSCO received 90 submissions from 15 countries. Indian Trails Public Library District in Wheeling, Illinois, and Athens-Clarke County Library in Athens, Georgia, were each awarded $100,000 last year. Both libraries expect to install their array in 2018. The 2016 winner, Austin Community College District’s Highland Campus, completed their installation in September 2017.

EBSCO Information Services President Tim Collins says institutions benefit from reducing their carbon footprint in ways beyond saving money. “We have seen tremendous benefits by focusing on environmental responsibility — employees appreciate our efforts, we are able to do the right thing for our planet and support alternative energies and we can serve as an example to companies wondering if they can make a difference. The EBSCO Solar Grant program allows libraries to benefit from green technologies and to serve as examples in their communities.”

Interested libraries are encouraged to submit questions until March 16th. Submissions are due by April 30th, and the winner will be announced on June 22nd, 2018, both online and at ALA-Annual. More information is available on the EBSCO Solar webpage at www.ebsco.com/solar, including the timeline, where to submit questions, a link to the submission form and FAQs.

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
[email protected]

Tags: EBSCO SolarGreen Initiativeslibrary grantsOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial Libraries

LISWire: FOLIO Platform Begins 2018 with a Strong List of Accomplishments and Plans for Rapid Expansion Over the Next Twelve Months

February 9, 2018 - 10:36am

Open source project grows rapidly with more than 20 organizations contributing globally

PHILADELPHIA — February 9, 2018 — FOLIO begins 2018 reaching a variety of notable development milestones. The open source project is dedicated to providing libraries of all sizes with choice when selecting a library services platform (LSP) or building library services beyond traditional functionality to expand their reach with their institution. Development milestones and the expansion of the FOLIO Community point to the project reaching a critical mass in 2018.
The FOLIO project is a community collaboration of libraries, vendors and developers who have come together to reimagine library technology from the ground up. The platform provides libraries with core functionality including circulation, acquisitions, cataloging and reporting, and is extensible to facilitate rapid innovation of new library service. Built on a microservices architecture, the FOLIO platform ensures that components can be readily developed or replaced as technologies and requirements evolve.
Texas A&M University Libraries Dean David Carlson said the growth of FOLIO is exciting — and tangible. “The development and design effort is an unprecedented combination of contributions from vendors, developers, and libraries working together in genuine ‘hard-fought’ partnership. When you add them all up there are seven development teams with a total of more than 60 developers working on FOLIO. But FOLIO is more than just software. FOLIO will be a responsive, library-centric product and the focus on services and usability is led by nearly 150 subject matter experts from more than 15 libraries and library consortia are participating, 11 of which are Open Library Environment (OLE) partner libraries. In particular, the libraries in the Open Library Environment (OLE) are strategic partners. We are all excited to be working with EBSCO, IndexData and our other partners to achieve the FOLIO beta release in July 2018.”
Sebastian Hammer from Index Data says that FOLIO represents a new mode of collaboration between vendors and librarians and a vision of innovation and choice. “At the beginning of 2017, we were developing the very first app on the FOLIO platform. A year later, we have multiple teams comprised of participants from even more organizations, all working towards a common goal. It is inspiring.” With more than 10 organizations located across four continents planning to offer services, the FOLIO ecosystem is already gearing up to provide global support for academic libraries.
FOLIO Product Manager Harry Kaplanian of EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) said support for unified resource management was achieved in the first early 2018 release. “Search and management of print and electronic resources, held both locally and in remote knowledge bases, is enabled by FOLIO’s unique Codex technology providing flexible support for disparate data sources.” Circulation functionality for check in/check out, requests and loan history, user management support including permission management, user import and SSO functionality, and critical product infrastructure for localization and accessibility are now operational in the FOLIO platform.
Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden is the first EBSCO beta partner intending to prove FOLIO’s ability to satisfy traditional resource management requirements while allowing for extensibility into new services based on a vibrant new technology ecosystem for libraries. Chalmers University Head of the Department of Communication and Learning in Science and Library Director, Daniel Forsman said FOLIO opens up opportunities for libraries. “FOLIO’s microservices architecture will support our need for rapid innovation while the open platform protects against getting locked into another costly and bloated monolithic vendor-specific library system.” This commitment is shared by a growing contingent of libraries, with additional FOLIO beta partners to be announced in the coming weeks.

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 the Open Library Foundation
The Open Library Foundation is a not-for-profit where the library community can organize, contribute to and sustain the output of open source projects. The Open Library Foundation supports open collaboration and ensures that these projects can sustain their operations and the availability of their output. The Open Library Foundation uses an Apache v2 license to ensure the widest availability of the code for use and reuse. Find out more at www.openlibraryfoundation.org.
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For more information, please contact:
Kathleen McEvoy, Media Relations, FOLIO
[email protected]
978 223-0438

Technologies: Open SourceTags: FOLIOOpen Library Environmentindex dataOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansTopics: Press Release

LISWire: The Curry County Library Network Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

February 8, 2018 - 8:39am

2/8/2018
CONTACT:
Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

The Curry County Library Network Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Curry County Library Network, of Curry County, Oregon. is now live on Koha with ByWater Solutions! ByWater completed the transition of the library's 170,000 plus holdings from TLC to the already existing and ByWater supported Coos County Library System Catalog. The library network's five libraries joined the Coos County shared catalog, bringing the total number of libraries up to 17 and the total number of combined holdings to over 500,000. The library's customized Koha OPAC can be viewed at: http://catalog.cclsd.org/

About the Curry County Library Network:
The Curry County Library Network (CCLN) is a consortium of five library districts in Curry County, Oregon governed by the five library directors. The libraries include; Agness Community Library District, Chetco Community Library District (Brookings), Curry Public Library District (Gold Beach), Langlois Public Library District, and Port Orford Public Library District. CCLN pools its resources to provide reciprocal borrowing privileges, free interlibrary loan between Curry County libraries, cooperative programming, shared network infrastructure and cooperative staff training and development. For more information please visit:   http://www.currypubliclibrary.org/about-cpl/ccln/

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/

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: http://bywatersolutions.com/

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha supportKoha open source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

LISWire: Gale and California State Library Expand Partnership, Tripling Investment in Career Online High School

February 7, 2018 - 9:51am

California State Library increases funding in Career Online High School to help residents earn a high school diploma

SACRAMENTO, Calif. and FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – February 7, 2018 – The California State Library is expanding its partnership with Gale, a Cengage company, signing a three-year agreement to continue and broaden its Career Online High School Program, which since 2015 has enabled California public libraries to offer qualified residents the opportunity to earn a free, accredited high school diploma.

Based on the successes experienced by the 46 library jurisdictions currently participating in Career Online High School, the state of California tripled the amount of funding previously invested, allowing the State Library to purchase an additional 2,603 scholarships to sustain and expand the program.

“Investing more funds in this program was an easy decision when you look at the life-changing impact it’s had on residents accomplishing their education and career goals, and how public libraries are making that happen,” said Greg Lucas, California’s State Librarian.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 5.3 million Californians age 18 or older do not have a high school diploma or equivalency[i]. Currently, more than 1,000 adults are enrolled in California’s Career Online High School program and over 400 adults have graduated from the Program through local public libraries.

View or download the California high school dropout infographic, here: http://bit.ly/2ElG5YC.

“I wanted to finish high school to set a good example for my children. I also wanted to do it for me,” said Shannon Alvarado, who graduated through Los Angeles Public Library. “This program has given me the tools needed to prepare a resume. It has also made me want to further my education. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to get my high school diploma!”

With Career Online High School, California residents can:

• Earn an accredited high school diploma and workforce certificate in one of eight trade areas, ranging from protection officer to customer service to commercial driving.

• Take classes online, with the flexibility of 24/7 access to classwork, with up to 18 months to complete the program.

• Be supported by certified instructors and an academic coach to help them succeed.

• Complete the program sooner by transferring previously earned high school credits.

• Gain career readiness with a career portfolio including a resume, a cover letter and job preparation support.

“The success of California’s Career Online High School Program is a great example of how public libraries are empowering learning within the community and changing lives,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale. “We applaud the state of California’s investment in public libraries as hubs for community education and economic development. We are honored to be a trusted partner and are thrilled to continue providing their public libraries with educational and career resources to help California residents earn a high school diploma and achieve their dreams.”

California residents interested in learning more about the program or would like to view the list of libraries that offer the program can visit: http://www.careeronlinehs.gale.com/ca/.

Gale will be showcasing Career Online High School at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver, February 9-12 at the Gale booth #1508.

About Career Online High School
Career Online High School was developed in 2012 through a partnership by ed2go, a division of Cengage that provides students with online continuing education and career training, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education in an effort to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. In 2014, the program was adapted for the public library market by Gale, a Cengage company.

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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[i] U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Tags: Career Online High SchoolGale-CengageOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Public Libraries

LISWire: Equinox Adds Huntingdon County Library to the PaILS SPARK Consortium

February 6, 2018 - 3:20pm

DULUTH, Ga., Feb. 6, 2018 -- Equinox is pleased to announce that they have successfully migrated the Huntingdon County Library to Evergreen within the PaILS SPARK Consortium.

Huntingdon County Library has been serving its community since it was founded in 1935. Their migration at the beginning of January included 5,820 patrons and 41,897 bibliographic records. In addition to the migration, Equinox collaborated with the PaILS SPARK Consortium and Huntingdon County Library to provide deduplication of bibliographic records as well as training, project management and software configuration services.

"Migrating an ILS system can be very challenging for both library staff and for library patrons,” said Lisa Erickson, Executive Director of the Huntingdon County Library.
“The staff at Equinox, as well as those at the PaILS SPARK Consortium, have been great to work with. They've helped with training, troubleshooting, and making sure that our system is working exactly as we need it to. They have provided the expertise to handle all of the details that go into a migration.”

The Pennsylvania Integrated Library System, (PaILS) was founded in June 2011 as a non-profit organization to provide a 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.

"I always enjoy the opportunity to assist with library migrations to SPARK. The Huntington migration was particularly special to me, because it was my first full migration performed on the Web Client. It was a pleasure working with the Huntington staff, and they were the perfect group to work with for this transition to the Web Client,” said Erica Rohlfs, project manager for Equinox.

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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Technologies: Open SourceTags: OPACEvergreen. Open SourceOpen Source ILSconsortiumweb clientOrganization Type: Non-ProfitCompany Name: Equinox Open Library InitiativeIntended Audience: Public LibrariesTopics: Press Release

LISWire: Submissions Now Open for the 2018 John Cotton Dana Award

February 6, 2018 - 10:31am

~ $10,000 Development Awards will go to up to Eight Winners ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — February 6, 2018 — The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting submissions for the John Cotton Dana Awards (JCD). The John Cotton Dana Awards are managed by the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) division of ALA and honor outstanding library public relations.

Each year, up to eight $10,000 awards are granted by the H.W. Wilson Foundation. The H.W. Wilson Foundation was established in 1952 by Halsey W. Wilson, founder of The H.W. Wilson Company. Since 1957, they have supported scholarship grants to all library schools accredited by the American Library Association in the United States and Canada. The John Cotton Dana Awards will be presented to winners at an ALA-Annual awards ceremony, sponsored by ALA and EBSCO Information Services.

Applications for the 2018 John Cotton Dana Awards are to be submitted electronically and received by March 16, 2018. More information, including entry documents, can be found at: https://www.ebsco.com/about/scholarship-awards/john-cotton-dana

Libraries of all types and sizes are encouraged to submit entries for the 2018 John Cotton Dana Awards. Each entry should represent a strategic communications campaign from the past year and examples of past campaigns that have included rebranding efforts, promotion of archives and special collections, awareness campaigns, community partnerships and special events. Entries may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency or service provider, unless they are represented on the JCD Committee.

Entries for the JCD Award are organized around needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Entrants are asked to submit documentation to show the scope and effectiveness of their campaign. Examples of these documents may include initial assessments and research, processes for implementation, goals met, creative output, media releases, media coverage and other metrics that establish results.

About the John Cotton Dana Award
The John Cotton Dana Award was inaugurated at the 1946 annual conference of the American Library Association. It was named after John Cotton Dana (1856-1929), a librarian called the father of the modern library.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 10,000 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 800,000 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
[email protected]

Tags: John Cotton Dana AwardsEBSCOgrantslibrary awardsTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

LISWire: Gale Previews Digital Scholar Lab at ALA Midwinter Conference

February 6, 2018 - 9:37am

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, [email protected].

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/

Topics: Press ReleaseLISWireOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic Libraries

LISWire: FOLIO Library Services Platform to Benefit from Services Agreement Between EBSCO Information Services and ByWater Solutions

February 1, 2018 - 10:48am

~ 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
[email protected]

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
[email protected]

Technologies: Open SourceTags: koha open sourceByWater SoluitonsFOLIOOpen Source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: EBSCOIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesTopics: Press Release

LISWire: ByWater Solutions at Louisiana Library Association 2018

February 1, 2018 - 8:01am
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 [email protected] 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/

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsTags: kohakoha open sourcekoha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

LISWire: EBSCO Health Resource Named 2018 Best in KLAS for Clinical Decision Support

January 31, 2018 - 10:31am

~ 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
[email protected]

Tags: EBSCO HealthDynaMed PlusNursing Reference CenterTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: EBSCO

LISWire: EBSCO Information Services Awards Five Scholarships for Librarians to Attend the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting

January 30, 2018 - 10:28am

~ 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
[email protected]

Tags: AwardsALA MidwinterEBSCO ALA ScholarshipTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariansCompany Name: EBSCO