ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 1, 2015 — ProQuest has completed the acquisition of Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary from Ingram Content Group. ProQuest is beginning to integrate assets such as Couttsâ€™ expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms that include not only MyiLibrary but OASIS as well. They are being added to ProQuestâ€™s Books unit, which encompasses the widest selection of ebooks supporting research and a rapidly evolving technology framework for discovery, access and management of book content. ProQuestâ€™s vision is to combine these collective strengths, creating an integrated workflow for print and digital content that will save librarians time and provide a superior book experience for end users.
Libraries will gain widest selection of titles, integrated print and ebook systems, plus continued access to Ingramâ€™s fast print fulfillment and delivery
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 30, 2015 — ProQuest has signed an agreement to acquire Coutts Information Services from Ingram Content Group, adding Couttsâ€™ renowned expertise in collection development, broad catalog of print and digital titles, and platforms MyiLibrary and OASIS to ProQuestâ€™s vast selection of ebooks and innovative technology framework. The move paves the way to combine Couttsâ€™ acquisitions strengths with ProQuestâ€™s inventive digital tools to deliver a superior end-to-end workflow across print and electronic. Ingram will play a continuing role in print fulfillment in North America, supporting ProQuest with its extensive print inventory, fast on-demand print capabilities and delivery network. The acquisition is expected to close within weeks.
This panel discussion was moderated by Dick Kaser from Information Today. Â Speakers included Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing, Leslie Lees, ebrary, Bob Nardini, Ingram, and Mike Shontz, OverDrive.
Each panelist had 5 minutes to discuss who they serve and business models they offer.
Ken Breen, EBSCO Publishing
- Ken reflected back to 1997 – common themes from back then – user interface, compatibility, digital rights, unauthorized access and copying, business models.
- EBSCO Publishing acquired NetLibrary one year ago, the preview of eBooks on EBSCOhost is available now. Continue reading CIL Conference – Ebook Publishing: Practices & Challenges
Just posted a new interview with Patrick Moore from Ingram Digital on the interviews page. Patrick and I discussed Ingram’s audio-book program.Â One slight correction in the interview – Patrick states that Ingram is adding approximately 100 titles per day.Â The statement should have been â€œapproximately 100 titles per week.” For more information on Ingram Digital see the following:
MyiLibrary Audio Information â€“ product information – http://www.ingramlibrary.com/myilibrary
Ingram Library Services â€“ public and K-12 libraries – http://www.ingramlibrary.com
Coutts Information Services â€“ academic libraries – http://couttsinformationservices.com
Ingram Content Group – http://www.ingramcontent.com
Here is another blog post from Sylvia Miller, Director of “Publishing the Civil Rights Movement” at the University of North Carolina Press, summarizing a Charleston Conference presentation.Â It is reprinted with permission.Â (Thanks Sylvia, you are making my job easy!)
At the Charleston Conference, I attended an all-day preconference workshop on e-books organized by Sue Polanka of Wright State University (who runs the blog No Shelf Required), Carolyn Morris of Coutts Information Services, and Janet Fischer of Publishers Communication Group, Inc. I was especially impressed with the final talk of the day, given by Anh Bui of HighWire Press, Stanford Universityâ€“probably because she said things that support the ideas in our Long Civil Rights Movement online pilot!
Continue reading 4 Principles for E-book Discovery & Visability
Charleston Conference – eBooks, Not just another binding preconference
Session 2 â€“ eBooks and Libraries:Â Workflow & Cataloging Issues
Implementing ebooks in a traditional print environment presents different challenges and opportunities.Â Cataloging, workflow integration, content discovery, vendors and licensing agreements, budgeting, and patron driven acquisition issues will be discussed along with practical advice from librarians.
Supplier-provided MARC records-with-purchase have become the norm for aggregated ebooks as libraries cope with large title sets and limited resources.Â While this appears to be an extension of the general trend toward shelfready new purchases and outsourced cataloging, the ebook model is not a parallel to the print paradigm.Â Deb Silverman will discuss some of the issues that both libraries and vendors face as they try to integrate ebook records from vendors into their locally curated catalogs, and how the cataloging community is addressing some of these issues to insure that the catalog functions as an integrated effective discovery tool.
Deb Silverman, Manager of Technical Services, Coutts Information Systems presentation
Yesterday at the Charleston Conference we hosted a preconference on eBooks, titled “eBooks: Not just another binding.”Â Carolyn Morris from Coutts, James Galbraith from OCLC, Janet Fischer from PCG Industries, and Sue Polanka from Wright State University organized the preconference.Â There were 5 sessions on a variety of topics.Â The discussion was great, questions were thought provoking, and feedback was excellent.Â A great big thanks to all of our speakers for sharing their time and expertise.
The presentations from the sessions will be posted here on the NSR blog.Â The first session was on eBook standards, presented by Emilie Delquie of PCG and Randy Petway of Publishing Technologies.Â Their presentations are attached below.Â Contact information for each speaker is in the slides.
Session 1 â€“ eBook Standards
Our speakers will examine ebook standards from an industry and library perspective, specifically: What standards exist? What standards should exist? What librarians want in the way of ebook standards.