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LISWire: Backstage’s 2014 RDA enrichment promotion a big succes

December 31, 2014 - 3:39pm

Kat Kamp
Backstage Library Works

PROVO, Utah, December 31, 2014 – Backstage Library Works ( today announced the successful completion of a year-long RDA enrichment program designed to ensure consistency within library catalogs. During 2014, Backstage enriched more than 72 million records with RDA elements.

Nate Cothran, vice president of automation services for Backstage states:

“This has been a good year for RDA implementation. We are grateful to our clients for their interest in the service as well as their flexibility as we juggled to make sure each library’s needs were met.

“As we’ve continued to develop our systems to meet client requests, we’ve refined our services and expanded our options for customized processing. For 2015, we look forward to continuing work with both new and existing library clients interested in improving RDA description and access points in their catalogs.”

Partial list of institutions that participated in Backstage’s 2014 RDA enrichment program:

• Azusa Pacific University, California
• Drexel University, Pennsylvania
• East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Louisiana
• Five College Consortium, Massachusetts
• Franklin University, Ohio
• Grinnell College, Iowa
• HELIN Library Consortium, Rhode Island
• Humboldt State University Library, California
• Jacksonville Public Library, Florida
• Kansas State University
• Kent State University, Ohio
• Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia
• Meredith College, North Carolina
• Mississippi State University
• MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts
• MOBIUS Archway, Missouri
• MOBIUS Arthur, Missouri
• MOBIUS Bridges, Missouri
• MOBIUS Galahad, Missouri
• MOBIUS Kansas City, Missouri
• MOBIUS Lance, Missouri
• MOBIUS Merlin, Missouri
• MOBIUS Quest, Missouri
• MOBIUS Swan, Missouri
• MOBIUS Towers, Missouri
• Mount Aloysius College, Pennsylvania
• National Baseball Hall of Fame, New York
• New York State Historical Association
• Ocean State Libraries, Rhode Island
• Pierce College, Washington
• Rivier College, New Hampshire
• San Diego State University, California
• SAS Institute, North Carolina
• Sinclair Community College, Ohio
• Supreme Court of Ohio Law Library
• University of Colorado, Boulder
• University of Pennsylvania Biddle Law Library
• Wellcome Library, London, England
• Western Michigan University Libraries
• Williamsburg Regional Library, Virginia

Backstage’s authority control system offers deep customization through an online profile, detailed planning guides and wikis, and a generous set of reports. Processing includes field validation and data cleanup, with optional local authority data preservation, matching against a number of specialized vocabulary files, and RDA enrichment. These services assist libraries in creating consistency and uniformity within their databases.

Backstage can upgrade existing non-RDA bibliographic records to RDA standards and re-describe the records as RDA in an automated fashion according to an institution’s preferences. To help libraries maintain newly updated catalogs with heading accuracy, and to benefit from future RDA-based discovery capabilities, Backstage offers new bibliographic record upgrades and authority updates as part of its authority control services.

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.


LISWire: Carnegie-Stout Public Library Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

December 29, 2014 - 3:10pm

Nathan Curulla
(888) 900-8944

Carnegie-Stout Public Library Chooses ByWater Solutions' Koha Support

ByWater Solutions, an open source community contributor and America's forefront provider of Koha support, announced today that the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Indiana is now live their installation of the Koha open source ILS.

ByWater Solutions has completed the migration of Carnegie-Stout Public Library's nearly 170,000 items and over 37,000 patrons and will be providing ongoing Koha Support for them. Their custom mobile-friendly OPAC can be viewed at

About Carnegie-Stout Public Library:
Carnegie-Stout Public Library serves the Dubuque and surrounding communities with a collection of over 270,000 volumes, 600 periodical and newspaper subscriptions, and a wide variety of audio and video materials. Collections of special note are an obituary file dating to the late 1850s and a newspaper index to the Telegraph Herald and other local newspapers. For more information about Carnegie-Stout Public Library, 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–XHTML, 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: