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November 1, 2022 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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'Startup Helper Systems Aims to Help the Information Industry Thrive'

November 1, 2022, Helper, Utah—A motley crew of library and publishing industry experts and aficionados, musicians, artists, vintners, Ukrainian freedom fighters, engineers, firefighters, and robot builders have launched Helper Systems and aim to change the information landscape forever. Their goal is to make the world’s information easier to find, manage, and comprehend, and a lot more fun to use.

Since co-founding ebrary, one of the first ebook companies, in 1999, Helper Systems’ CEO Christopher Warnock has been working with friends and colleagues to innovate a software application that enables people to create highly interactive databases of multimedia files stored on their cloud or local hard drives, ensuring privacy. Called kOS (pronounced chaos), the new software provides tools for unprecedented indexing, searching, annotating, and managing information, along with other features that enable faster and easier comprehension of large data sets. Helper’s first products, which will launch this winter, are focused on PDF files and will initially be for macOS users only.

“PDF has some interesting capabilities that are unknown and not being leveraged,” said Warnock. “When used to its full potential, the PDF file format can provide some really big gains in terms of creating, finding, presenting, and navigating information, with the added benefit of preserving the heritage of the printed document.”

“I use PDFs a lot, and most of the applications that I use for PDFs are cumbersome at best. kOS makes a lot of intuitive sense to me. I’m very intrigued.”

—Dr. Kevin Wehr, professor of sociology, CSU Sacramento

“I want KOS now! Every student in America will want KOS.”

—James Wiser, dean of library services and educational technology, Abilene Christian University, and doctoral candidate at University of Texas

Helper is debuting kOS at the Charleston Conference, Nov. 1–3 in Charleston, S.C. The team believes its software will greatly benefit both librarians and publishers and create synergies between them. Helper is seeking input. Anyone interested in participating in a focus group or demo should visit helpersystems.com.


About Helper Systems (helpersystems.com)

Based in and named after Helper, Utah, we are a motley crew of library and publishing industry experts and aficionados, musicians, artists, vintners, Ukrainian freedom fighters, engineers, firefighters and robot builders who all have the same goal: Making the world’s information easy to find and manage, quick to comprehend, and fun to use.


Media Contact: Tish Wagner (tish@helpersystems.com)



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