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LISWire: Backstage announces cataloging and processing service for musical scores

May 5, 2016 - 4:36pm

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works
Phone: 801.356.1852
[email protected]

PROVO, Utah, May 2, 2016 –– Backstage Library Works ( has announced an expansion of its cataloging and physical processing services to accommodate new workflows for preparing musical scores for shelf-ready delivery.

Creating catalog records for scores and sheet music requires a familiarity with MARC standards, a fluency with musical terms, and often some linguistic expertise.

Nicole Arbuckle, vice president of metadata services for Backstage Library Works, reports:

“Backstage has long offered metadata for music collections. Over the years, we've cataloged books, sheet music, vinyl LPs, and compact discs.

“Recently, we've seen increased interest in shelf-ready processing for musical scores, particularly for classical pieces produced by European publishers. So we've developed workflows to meet these new needs, facilitating drop shipping through Backstage so a library's scores can arrive ready to go straight from the box to the shelf.”

Drop shipping arrangements can be initiated by the library or the book vendor.

Librarians simply request that their vendors send items to Backstage for processing, then Backstage will send the items along to the library. Publishers and distributors can also start the process, offering their library clients the convenient option of having materials delivered first to Backstage for cataloging, covering, and labeling.

In either case, the cataloging and physical processing services can be customized to fit the practices of the library purchasing the materials.

About Backstage Library Works

Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced and efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Tags: Backstage Library Worksmusic score catalogingbibliographic servicesmetadata servicesTopics: Press ReleaseOrganization Type: CompanyIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesAuthorsLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesCompany Name: Backstage Library Works

LISWire: Definitive metadata textbook now in its second edition

May 4, 2016 - 5:52am
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For immediate release:

Metadata remains the solution for describing the explosively growing, complex world of digital information, and continues to be of paramount importance for information professionals. Providing a solid grounding in the variety and interrelationships among different metadata types, Zeng and Qin’s thorough revision of their benchmark text offers a comprehensive look at the metadata schemas that exist in the world of library and information science and beyond, as well as the contexts in which they operate.

Cementing its value as both an LIS text and a handy reference for professionals already in the field, the book:

• Lays out the fundamentals of metadata, including principles of metadata, structures of metadata vocabularies, and metadata descriptions
• Surveys metadata standards and their applications in distinct domains and for various communities of metadata practice
• Examines metadata building blocks, from modelling to defining properties, and from designing application profiles to implementing value vocabularies
• Describes important concepts as resource identification, metadata as linked data, consumption of metadata, interoperability, and quality measurement
• Offers an updated glossary to help readers navigate metadata’s complex terms in easy-to-understand definitions.

HEA-ICS described the first edition as "An excellent textbook on metadata for learning and teaching” and the Journal of Documentation said, "this book is to be recommended without hesitation…it deserves a wide audience".

The book is the ideal guide to metadata for both students and working information professionals globally and is augmented with an online resource of web extras, packed with exercises, quizzes, and links to additional materials.


Press and review copies contact:

James Williams, Marketing Manager, Facet Publishing
Tel: +44 (0)20 7255 0597
Email: [email protected]


Metadata, 2nd edition| April 2016 | 400pp | Paperback; 9781783300525; £59.95

Marcia Lei Zeng is Professor of Library and Information Science at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, where she teaches knowledge organization systems (KOS), metadata, and cultural heritage informatics.

Jian Qin is Professor at the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. Her research interest areas include metadata, knowledge modeling and organization, ontologies, and scientific communication.

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: | Mailing Address: Mail Order Dept, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD. It is available in North America from the American Library Association.

Tags: metadatadigital informationTopics: Press ReleaseIntended Audience: Academic Libraries

LISWire: New Research Reveals Libraries Achieve Equilibrium between Digital and Print as Budgets Advance

May 3, 2016 - 4:44pm

May 5, 2016, Medford, New Jersey – According to new research conducted by the Library Resource Guide (LRG) in conjunction with Unisphere Research, library budgets gained strength as the economy improved in recent years. Areas seeing increased investment include staffing and computer equipment. The decline in print acquisitions has leveled off, while ebook adoption has peaked and appears to be slipping.

The results of this new research have been segmented into an overarching Benchmark Study and three independent spinoff comparative reports by library type: the Academic Libraries Edition; the Community Public Libraries Edition; and the Special Libraries Edition.

The reports are designed to provide insight into library budget trends and to help libraries benchmark their spending against their peer group. All four reports are available for $159 each as a PDF download at:

The overarching Benchmark Study, entitled Libraries Achieve Equilibrium Between Digital and Print as Budgets Advance, is broken down into three main categories:

1. Library Finances: Gaining Ground, Especially in Staffing and Technology Purchasing
2. Digital Library Trends
3. Customer Service Remains the Key Strategy

The Benchmark Study, our fifth annual, features input from 827 library managers and librarians, and provides unprecedented comparative data for similar libraries and a market overview intended to assist library professionals in the budgeting and budget justification process for their libraries. “It’s a critical resource for librarians as they continue to emerge from several years of financial struggles,” says Thomas Hogan Jr, President of Unisphere Research.

Key findings include the following:

• Library budgets, with the exception of academic institutions, have been on the rebound in recent years as the economy continues to gain momentum.
• Although ebook demand has fallen, momentum toward digital continues to build.
• Service is the mantra repeated among libraries today. There’s a renewed push to deliver greater customer service, as well as education on using the digital tools and platforms that are now part of today’s libraries

To order the Benchmark Study? or any of the other three independent comparative reports visit us at: All four reports are available for $159 each as a PDF download.

About Library Resource Guide (LRG), Unisphere Research, and Information Today, Inc.

The Library Resource Guide (LRG) and Unisphere Research are divisions of Information Today, Inc., a diversified media company that provides independent editorial content and peer-based market research to targeted communities through its own print and electronic media and custom research projects related to technology in various markets. Unisphere Research has pioneered user group-based research and has built its editorial products in conjunction with its user community-based market insight.

Tags: Information TodayLRGlibrary budgetsspecial librariesOrganization Type: CompanyTopics: Press ReleaseLISWireIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic Libraries

LISWire: Huntsville Public Library Goes Live on ByWater Solutions Koha Support

April 29, 2016 - 2:11pm

Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944
[email protected]

Huntsville Public Library 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 Huntsville Public Library of Huntsville, Ontario is now live on their Koha open source integrated library system.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of the Libraries' more than 56,000 titles earlier this year and is providing ongoing hosting and support services to the library. The Huntsville Public Library's customized online catalog can be viewed at:

Deborah Duce, CEO and Chief Librarian, commented on their decision to move to Koha with ByWater:

"2015 was an amazing year for Huntsville Public Library. We started the year off with a migration to ByWater Solutions and with the support of the knowledgeable and innovative team at ByWater Solutions we have jumped 'outside the box' with sustainable, efficient and effective procedures that allow staff to provide quality services to users at our physical and virtual ( libraries."

About the Huntsville Public Library:
Huntsville Public Library is committed to providing quality services, relevant programs, up-to-date collections, and secure library facilities for individuals and groups in the community. The Huntsville Public Library began as a Mechanics' Institute in 1880. Mechanics' Institutes were established in Great Britain in the early 19th century to provide education for working men through study classes, lectures and library facilities. By the late 19th century the Mechanics' Institutes served principally as libraries, as was the case in Huntsville, supported by membership fees and, usually, small municipal and/or government grants. The first known librarian in Huntsville was William Randalson who served from at least 1893 until 1918.

February 1991 saw the official launch of the new automated library system replacing the card catalogue and print circulation system. Throughout the 1990's and 2000's, the library has continued to update automated systems. Patrons are able to access the internet on a regular basis including wireless service. On May 1st 2010, the Huntsville Public Library celebrated 130 years of service to the community. For more information please visit:

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 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 to support Koha 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:

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: koha supportkohakoha open sourceOpen Source ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: ByWater SolutionsIntended Audience: LibrariansTopics: Press Release

LISWire: LibLime, a division of PTFS, announces El Dorado Correctional Facility Selects LibLime Academic Koha

April 29, 2016 - 1:09pm

North Bethesda, MD, April 29, 2016 - LibLime, a division of PTFS, announces that the El Dorado Correctional Facility has contracted with LibLime to provide implementation, support and hosting services for LibLime Academic Koha. Ellsworth will take advantage of much of the functionality offered in the application, including:

  • Single screen cataloging editor with MARC21 validation and the option to embed local cataloging guidelines; with support for MARC Authority records, MARC Bibliographic records, and MARC Holdings records.
  • New reports module with asynchronous retrieval.
  • Discovery Layer offering a cloud-based, fast and locally customized index of a library’s information assets, with an easy-to-use and powerful way of accessing all of that information from a single search box.

About El Dorado Correctional Facility
The El Dorado Correctional Facility (EDCF) was established in 1991. It was built in response to a federal mandate to ease over-crowding at the state's other two maximum security prisons. Expansion in 2001 brought two new general population cellhouses. The facility is expected to expand in the future. EDCF is a maximum security prison located in Prospect Township in Butler County, Kansas east of the town of El Dorado. EDCF is home of the Kansas Department of Corrections Reception and Diagnostic Unit, or RDU, which processes every male inmate when they are received into KDOC custody. RDU helps determine the inmate's custody level, mental health classification, and educational program needs before he is sent to another facility.

About LibLime - PTFS
LibLime, a division of PTFS, is the global leader in providing support for open development Library Service Platforms (LSP). Rather than sell software licenses for static, hard-to-customize software products, LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open development, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates deployment of the LSP in libraries by providing outstanding consulting, development, implementation and support/hosting services. PTFS is also the developer of the world’s leading content management software, Knowvation, and specializes in meeting library personnel staffing requirements, digitization and metadata keying services. For more information, see or

Technologies: Catalogs/OPACs/ILSsOpen SourceTags: LibLime Academic Kohakoha ILSOrganization Type: CompanyCompany Name: LibLimeIntended Audience: Academic LibrariesLibrariansPublic LibrariesSpecial LibrariesTopics: Press Release