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LISWire: Marvin Memorial Library Live on Evergreen joins COOL

March 27, 2014 - 12:25pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Duluth, GA —March 27, 2014

Marvin Memorial Library has gone live on Evergreen as part of the Consortium of Ohio Libraries (COOL). They are the 11th library system to join the consortium. Equinox Software oversaw the data migration and will continue to provide system hosting and technical support to the entire COOL consortium.

The Marvin Memorial Public Library began as a reading room in 1897 with a collection of 300 books. Dan Marvin, a local Civil War veteran and uncle of the first librarian, donated a home to the city to be used as a library. A large addition was made to the home in 1981 with most of the children’s collection being housed in the original house while the adult collection was moved to the new area. Today, Marvin Memorial Public Library houses over 59,000 bibliographic items and provides services to 6,000 patrons.

Shae Tetterton, Equinox Director of Sales, says “It's always a pleasure to work with our growing consortia. The Marvin Library Director, Kathy Webb, was just wonderful. She made the most of this transition by reviewing and revamping library policies and procedures as needed. Marvin is sure to be a great addition to the COOL and Evergreen communities.”

About Equinox Software, Inc.

Equinox was founded by the original developers and designers of the Evergreen ILS. We are wholly devoted to the support and development of open source software in libraries, focusing on Evergreen, Koha, and the FulfILLment ILL system. We wrote over 80% of the Evergreen code base and continue to contribute more new features, bug fixes, and documentation than any other organization. Our team is fanatical about providing exceptional technical support. Over 98% of our support ticket responses are graded as “Excellent” by our customers. At Equinox, we are proud to be librarians. In fact, almost half of us have our ML(I)S. We understand you because we *are* you.
We are Equinox, and we’d like to be awesome for you.

For more information on Equinox, please visit http://www.esilibrary.com

About Evergreen

Evergreen is an award-winning ILS developed with the intent of providing 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, almost 1200 libraries across the US and Canada 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.

Press contact: Corinne Hall, corinne@esilibrary.com, 770-709-5571

LISWire: Library Journal and NoveList Announce the LibraryAware Community Award Recipients

March 27, 2014 - 10:53am

Library Journal and NoveList Announce
the LibraryAware Community Award Recipients
~ Award Recognizes Library’s Engagement in Community and Ability to
Make Community Aware of what the Library Offers ~

IPSWICH, Mass. — March 27, 2014 — Wichita Public Library in Kansas was named the recipient of the 2014 LibraryAware Community Award. Atlantic County Public Library in New Jersey was awarded second place and Kitsap Regional Library in Washington came in third. The annual LibraryAware Community Award is given by Library Journal and underwritten by LibraryAware™, a product of the NoveList division of EBSCO Information Services. The award recognizes model communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create life-long learners. Wichita Public Library has been instrumental with the city’s initiative to increase engagement with its residents. The library was an invaluable partner in creating the Activate Wichita online engagement site. The site has helped generate over 400 ideas for ways to improve the community.

Wichita Public Library Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner Harris says they are pleased to be able to share the award with their community. “The staff of the Wichita Public Library was delighted to receive word of our selection for the LibraryAware Community Award. Through our partnerships and projects such as Activate Wichita, our library is not only ensuring that our programs and services are meeting the needs of our residents, but also bringing the power of citizen engagement into discussions about important community issues. Our board and staff are honored that these efforts are considered noteworthy. We look forward to celebrating this award selection with our community.”

Atlantic County Public Library was recognized for their extraordinary commitment to serving their community in the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy. The library staff took on a new role of connecting residents with vital recovery and rebuilding information and also created the Sandy Stories Project, a series of interviews with Sandy victims, to serve as a source of inspiration and healing as well as a primary source of historical significance. Kitsap Regional Library was commended for the creativity and ingenuity of the library staff in finding new ways to bring innovative services to the community to support literacy, the education of youth and providing a forum for civic engagement.

LibraryAware Product Lead Nancy Dowd says the efforts of these libraries have really made an impact on their communities. “These winners really demonstrate what it means to have a library at the heart of the community. Kudos to them for working together to make a difference in the lives of citizens.”

“It’s inspiring to see the many ways Wichita Public Library has integrated the library into fabric of its community. By connecting to the vision of the community’s civic leaders, and helping to identify citizens’ top priorities, WPL has positioned itself front and center and is helping to shape the future of its community” notes Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal.

Criteria for the LibraryAware Community Award include any and all components that create a LibraryAware community: strategic planning, marketing, outreach, partnerships, and programs, product, or service development. The award emphasizes the library’s engagement with the community its ability to make its community “aware” of what the library can do for it—and has delivered on that promise. This year, libraries were also required to include one letter of recommendation from a representative from local government such as a city manager.

Submissions were judged by the following library and community experts:
• John Chrastka, Founder, EveryLibrary.org
• Eva Davis, Director, Canton MI Public Library (2013 LibraryAware Winning Library)
• Sandra Fried, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Libraries Initiative
• Kira Hasbargen, International City Managers Association
• George Martinez, Knight Foundation

The 2014 winners are also featured in an article in Library Journal: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/03/awards/engaging-everyone-in-town-20.... The LibraryAware Community Award will be given annually to a community of any size and its library.

About Library Aware
LibraryAware is a subscription service that enables libraries to reach their community through print, online, email and web channels. Uses for the LibraryAware program include a full range of marketing and communication channels including email blasts, e-newsletters, flyers, bookmarks, brochures, website inserts, letters, invitations, and social media. Learn more about LibraryAware at: www.libraryaware.com

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 500,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

About Library Journal
Founded in 1876, Library Journal (LJ) is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. More than 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries read LJ. Library Journal reviews more than 8,000 books, audiobooks, videos, databases, and web sites annually, and provides coverage of technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. Visit www.libraryjournal.com.

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

LISWire: Gale Connects Customers with Rare Pieces of History with the Launch of Several New Collections

March 26, 2014 - 9:53am

Expands Gale Artemis: Primary Sources Platform with the Addition of New Products

Farmington Hills, Mich., March 26, 2014 — Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and education resources for libraries, schools and businesses, today announced the launch of several new Gale Digital Collections products for academic and special libraries, as well as additions to the Gale Artemis: Primary Sources platform.

“The launch of these new products and our continued investment in innovative research platforms like Gale Artemis demonstrates Gale’s dedication to our library customers,” said Jim Draper, vice president and general manager, Gale. “We are extremely proud to be the most active publisher of historical collections in the world, and we are grateful to our customers, to our end-users, and to our many content partners for helping to make this happen.”

News Features & Internal Communications and the U.S. City Bureaus Collection - the first two of three planned collections for 2014 in the Associated Press Collections Online program - are now available to researchers. The Washington, D.C. Bureau Collection will be available later this spring. News & Features & Internal Communications provides exclusive access to an array of internal publications and personal papers of Associated Press (AP) staff members, as well as detailed information about the formation of the AP and insights into reporters and how they report the news. The U.S. City Bureaus Collection covers events transpiring from 1931-2004 and offers archival material from the AP Bureaus in major U.S. cities including exclusive access to memos, meeting notes and wire copy newspaper clippings.

Indigenous Peoples: North America is a new archive that allows researchers to trace the history of Native Peoples in North America from colonial relations in the 1600s to twentieth-century issues such as civil rights. Indigenous Peoples is unique in its comprehensive coverage, with collections from sources like the Library of Congress, Princeton University and the United States War and Interior Departments. The collections provide insights into social and cultural issues, law and legal history, and government and politics. Researchers across disciplines will find essential documents related to the customs, spirituality, wars, property, education, and treatment of tribes like the Navajo, Iroquois, Mohawk and Cherokee.

Lastly, the first of four 2014 collections in Gale’s Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO) program - Science, Technology and Medicine, Part II - is now available. This archive expands subject coverage with an extraordinary gathering of materials from renowned sources, including European, British and American monographs and periodicals. The archive includes collections covering natural history, the rise of public health in England and Wales, and the publications of major scientific academies. Additional NCCO archives covering Children's Literature and Childhood; Maps and Travel Literature; and Religion, Spirituality, Reform and Society will be available in June.

All of these exciting new digital archives, as well as Sabin Americana, 1500-1926; Making of the Modern World; The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1600-1926; and The Making of Modern Law: Trials, c.1600-1926 are now available on Gale Artemis: Primary Sources, Gale’s newest research platform. Gale Artemis provides workflow tools and features designed to transform the way students and researchers explore material, giving them the ability to challenge inherited assumptions and to create new avenues for academic debate.

For more information on these new Gale Digital Collections products or Gale Artemis: Primary Sources, or to request a free trial, please visit http://www.gale.cengage.com or contact Kristina Massari at kristina.massari@cengage.com.

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, software and services company, empowering educators and driving learner engagement through personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, schools and on the Internet. It is best known for the accuracy, breadth and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needs – from homework help to health questions to business profiles – in a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.cengage.com or www.gale.cengage.com.

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LISWire: Media Alert: Brill’s Journal of Early American History now included in SCOPUS

March 26, 2014 - 5:55am

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 26 March 2014

Brill’s Journal of Early American History is now included in SCOPUS. The reviewers commented: “This journal covers a significant research area, has an excellent editorial policy and is well organized and well cited.”

With this addition, 60% of Brill’s journals have now been selected for coverage in SCOPUS. SCOPUS is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with smart tools that track, analyze and visualize research. Visit www.elsevier.com/online-tools/scopus for more information.

The peer-reviewed Journal of Early American History is dedicated to the advancement of scholarly understanding of the history of the colonization of the Americas and appears three times annually. It offers explorations on any aspect of early American history to a broad audience of historians. These investigations may be conceived in the broadest way chronologically, geographically, and thematically, whether in explicitly comparative studies, or by the grouping of studies. More information can be found here: www.brill.com/jeah

FREE ACCESS to the special issue of the Journal of Early American History (JEAH) that focuses on the Two Row Wampum treaty, a historical agreement between the Dutch and the Iroquois, is available. Read Volume 3, Issue 1 on http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/18770703/3/1

For more information on this media alert please contact Nozomi Goto (goto@brill.com or + 31 71 5353 553).
For customer queries please contact sales-us@brill.com or sales-nl@brillusa.com.

About Brill (brill.com)
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law, among others. With offices in Leiden and Boston, Brill today publishes 200 journals and around 700 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. 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 www.brill.com.

View this media alert online: http://www.brill.com/news/brills-journal-early-american-history-now-incl...

LISWire: NISO Releases Recommended Practice on Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs for Public Comment

March 25, 2014 - 1:15pm

The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) is seeking comments on the draft recommended practice Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs (NISO RP?20?201x). Launched in June 2012, the NISO Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) Working Group was charged with developing a flexible model for DDA (also referred to as patron-driven acquisition) that works for publishers, vendors, aggregators, and libraries. The draft Recommended Practice discusses and makes recommendations about key aspects of DDA, goals and objectives of a DDA program, choosing parameters of the program, profiling options, managing MARC records for DDA, removing materials from the consideration pool, assessment of the program, providing long-term access to un-owned content, consortial considerations for DDA, and public library DDA.

“Libraries have embraced DDA because it has the potential to rebalance the collection away from possible use toward immediate need,” stated Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services at University of Denver Libraries and NISO DDA Working Group Co-chair. “It is important that, regardless of the model used, the program be sustainable for publishers, vendors, and libraries, that there is some free discovery without triggering purchase, and that discovery is integrated in some way with other tools in use by the library. This Recommended Practice addresses all those issues and more.”

“The guidelines in this draft Recommended Practice will allow libraries to develop DDA plans for both electronic and print books that meet differing local collecting and budgetary needs while also allowing consortial participation and cross-aggregator implementation,” explained Barbara Kawecki, Director of Sales, Western U.S. at YBP Library Services and NISO DDA Working Group Co-chair. “Although DDA has been adopted primarily by academic libraries, greater interest in and use of DDA by public libraries is expected in the future and these recommendations should work equally well for them.”

“The DDA Working Group conducted focus groups and surveyed a wide variety of existing users of DDA prior to developing their recommendations,” said Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. “We are interested in feedback on this draft Recommended Practice from organizations already involved with DDA as well as those just getting started or considering a DDA program. This feedback will be used to make any needed revisions to the document before final publication of the recommendations.”

The draft recommended practice is open for public comment through April 24, 2014. To download the draft or submit online comments, visit the Demand-Driven Acquisition Working Group webpage at: www.niso.org/workrooms/dda/

Cynthia Hodgson

Technical Editor / Consultant

National Information Standards Organization

chodgson@niso.org

301-654-2512

LISWire: American Society for Indexing Appoints New Book Series Editor ASI Immediate Past-President Pilar Wyman to Helm ASI Books, an Expanding Program of How-To Guides and Handbooks for the Professional Indexing, Abstracting, and Taxonomy Communities

March 24, 2014 - 4:50pm

Tempe, AZ—March 24, 2014. The American Society for Indexing (ASI) has announced the appointment of Pilar Wyman, the immediate Past?President of ASI, as editor of the association’s professional book series effective May 1, 2014. Long?time series editor Enid L. Zafran will consign the role to Wyman during a ceremony at the start of the annual ASI conference being held this year in Charleston, SC.

ASI Books is a series of professional guides and handbooks designed to serve indexing professionals and has been published on behalf of ASI by Information Today, Inc. (ITI) since 1998. ITI will continue in the role of publisher as the series is set to expand under Wyman’s editorial leadership.

“ASI is delighted to name Pilar Wyman as editor of ASI Books,” said Ina Gravitz, ASI President. “The book program is a mainstay of our effort to help indexers and prospective indexers learn new skills and keep current. Pilar’s energy, expertise, and vision will ensure the continued success of this vital series of print and digital books written for indexers by indexers.”

Wyman, founder and chief indexer of Wyman Indexing, based in Washington DC, has been involved in the publishing field as an indexer, editor, and consultant for over 24 years. In addition to serving as ASI President from 2012–2013, she currently serves on the association’s Digital Trends Task Force (DTTF) and has been its International Representative since 2007, giving talks and presentations worldwide. No stranger to the association’s book publishing program, Wyman has contributed her expertise to numerous titles over the years and is the editor of Indexing Specialties: Medicine, a seminal text published by ASI Books in 1999. She also edited the association’s bulletin, Key Words, from 2000–2006.

“When it was announced that Enid Zafran would be retiring as ASI’s book editor after 18 impressive years in the role, we seriously questioned how or even if a suitable replacement could be found,” said John B. Bryans, ITI’s editor?in?chief and book publisher. “When we heard that Pilar Wyman had agreed to take over we were not just relieved, we were thrilled. In the many years we’ve worked with Pilar we have come to recognize her as one of the most capable, insightful, and dedicated indexer?editors on today’s publishing scene. ASI Books has been a star performer even through challenging times; with Pilar at the helm the future of this program could not be any brighter.”

About the American Society for Indexing
ASI, the voice of excellence in indexing, advocates, educates, and provides the central resource for indexing. ASI was founded in 1968 to promote excellence in indexing and increase awareness of the value of well?written and well?designed indexes. ASI is the only professional organization in the United States devoted solely to the advancement of indexing. ASI is affiliated with indexing societies in other countries through an International Affiliation Agreement. Find ASI on the web at www.asindexing.org.

About Information Today, Inc.
ITI is a diversified publisher and conference organizer serving professionals in the library, information, publishing, digital content, and knowledge management communities. Find ITI on the web at www.infotoday.com.

For more information on the announcement, contact Pilar Wyman, Series Editor/ASI
Books, at pilarw@wymanindexing.com; or John B. Bryans, Editor?in?Chief and Publisher, Book Publishing Division, Information Today, Inc., at jbryans@infotoday.com or 609/654? 6266, ext. 134. To view currently available ASI Book titles, visit books.infotoday.com and click “American Society for Indexing.”

LISWire: Buying and Selling Information: New Book by an Information Industry Veteran Offers Win–Win Guidance for Librarians Who Buy Expensive Databases and the Vendor Reps Who Sell Them

March 24, 2014 - 12:00pm

March 24, 2014, Medford, New Jersey—Information Today, Inc. (ITI) announced the publication, in print and ebook editions, of Michael L. “Mike” Gruenberg’s Buying and Selling Information: A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success.

Gruenberg, a veteran of the electronic information field, has aimed to represent both sides of the negotiating table in his guide. The author’s personal stories, insights, and knowledge are geared to helping librarians and salespeople understand what the “other guy” is grappling with in order to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone. He sheds light on the importance of relationships, some harsh realities of the business world, and the “music” of the sales experience.

Thomas H. Hogan Sr., president of ITI, says, “With over 30 years successfully selling information to a variety of libraries, we think Mike’s tips, techniques, and strategies will be welcomed by information and sales professionals.” Hogan adds, “The industry has been waiting a long time for this book, and we’re delighted Mike entrusted us with ‘his baby.’”

“Practical and actionable advice about the relationship between the information/knowledge practitioner and the vendor has long been neglected,” writes Guy St. Clair, president of and knowledge services evangelist for SMR International, in the book’s foreword. “Mike provides practical and actionable advice on these matters. … The advice is solid and the storytelling is terrific. … The attention [he] gives to the value of change management and the role of leadership in our professional lives is right on target. We need to hear what he has to say.”

Author Gruenberg describes the book as, “the culmination of a dream that started after a sales meeting at a library many years ago. … If you gain one fact that makes you better in your professional and maybe even your personal life, then I have fulfilled that dream.”

Buying and Selling Information is organized in three major parts featuring these 14 chapters:

  1. People Do Business With People, Not With Companies
  2. It Takes Two
  3. Making the Most of Trade Shows
  4. The Importance of Your Words
  5. Preparing for a Sales Meeting
  6. Sales = Showtime
  7. Time Management: Meet Mr. and Ms. Clock
  8. What a Typical Sales Meeting Looks Like
  9. The Importance of Value
  10. Breaking Down the Barriers
  11. Managing the Decision-Making Process
  12. Negotiation Skills
  13. Terms and Conditions
  14. Sales Satisfaction

In addition, the book includes a foreword by Guy St. Clair, the author’s Conclusion and Epilogue, and an exhaustive back-of-book index.

Advance Praise for Buying and Selling Information

“The combination of first-hand experience, invaluable tips and tricks of the trade, and a refreshingly readable style make Buying and Selling Information a must-read for anyone buying for, selling to, or just working in libraries. It should be part of every MLIS curriculum.”

—Tim Rogers, executive director, NC Live

“Gruenberg distills the process to its essential elements: two people working together to reach a successful result. … A must-read for those ready to engage in productive business relationships beneficial to both sides.”

—Janice Lachance, CEO, Special Libraries Association

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael L. Gruenberg is president of Gruenberg Consulting LLC, providing information services companies with sales source analysis, market research, executive coaching, and trade show analysis. A popular information industry speaker and trainer, he has recently begun teaching a workshop on negotiation skills for information professionals. He lives in North Bethesda, MD, with his wife Barbara. Buying and Selling Information is his first book.

Buying and Selling Information: A Guide for Information Professionals and Salespeople to Build Mutual Success (224 pp/softbound/$49.50/ISBN 978-1-57387-478-6) is published by Information Today, Inc. (ITI) and is available wherever quality books and ebooks are sold. For more information, call (800) 300-9868; fax (609) 654-4309; email custserv@infotoday.com; or visit the ITI website at infotoday.com.