According to a press release, ProQuest recently surveyed academic librarians about their needs regarding non-English language content. The results demonstrate a strong interest in making Chinese-language content available to address the needs of researchers:
47% of respondents purchase Chinese-language content.
Nearly 30% say Chinese-language content is among users’ most requested non-English language content
24% say they are not adequately supporting patrons’ needs for Chinese-language content.
When asked what non-English digital format resources they would like to offer, 30% said frontlist ebooks and 25% said backlist ebooks.
From the same press release:
ProQuest is collaborating with Asian Studies scholars, librarians and Chinese-language publishers to offer a selection of Chinese- language ebooks, enabling libraries to provide resources demanded by researchers. The growing collection spans thousands of titles available on the Ebook Central®, ebrary® and EBL platforms. The platforms’ multi-language interfaces accommodate readers of traditional and simplified Chinese, and other languages. Continue reading ProQuest’s mission to keep up with the high and growing demand for Chinese-language content→
Nashville, TN and Ann Arbor, MI– Ingram Content Group Inc., and ProQuest LLC today announced an expanded e-book collaboration that benefits libraries worldwide.
Earlier this year, the companies teamed to make titles from Ebook Library (EBL) available through Ingram’s OASIS® content platform. Ingram has now added ebrary‘s vast range of titles, integrating all ProQuest e-book titles within the platform, simplifying acquisition for the companies’ shared customers. In addition to adding titles to the OASIS platform for firm orders, EBL has also been integrated with Ingram’s e-book approval plans and Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) services. Continue reading Ingram and ProQuest expand eBook collaboration→
Great ebook discovery news for users of Summon. Now both ebrary and EBL full text content are indexed in the Summon. I’m amazed at the use stats on my ebook collections that are indexed in discovery tools. This should be a big boost for EBL title use. More below from the press release.
May 6, 2014 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest is boosting the visibility of ebooks in library collections by indexing the full text of the entire catalog of EBL – Ebook Library in its Summon® discovery service. EBL’s expansive catalog of more than 400,000 ebooks is now even more discoverable alongside titles from ebrary, which have been full-text indexed in the Summon service since 2012. The work to broaden discovery and accessibility of ebooks is occurring simultaneously with another major project: the integration of EBL and ebrary into a single ebook solution. Continue reading Full text of EBL catalog now discoverable in Summon→
Just received this press release from ProQuest. I’m really excited to see this new platform and take it for a spin. It sounds like it contains what I feel is one of the key components of ebook purchasing – flexibility.
March 6, 2014 (Melbourne, AU) — EBL – Ebook Library, a ProQuest business, has reinvented its LibCentral administrative and acquisitions module, enabling libraries to tailor their ebook experience to fit their own and their users’ unique needs. The new LibCentral helps libraries streamline workflows making discovery, selection, acquisition, and management of ebooks simple. With sophisticated tools, it provides the library granular access and permission settings along with insight into overall collection and Demand-driven Acquisition usage. Created through collaboration with customers, LibCentral is a substantial step in the integration of ProQuest’s ebook businesses EBL and ebrary, and will become the base of the combined ebook platform. Continue reading EBL unveils the new LibCentral, the foundation for an integrated EBL and ebrary ebook platform→
Earlier this week, ProQuest announced a partnership with OCLC to automate ebook collection management. Today, they expand that announcement to include Summon and 360. The project is currently in beta testing. More from the press release below:
ANN ARBOR, MI — November 7, 2013 — ProQuest is streamlining librarian workflows by automating holdings updates for its ebooks businesses, ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library in the knowledgebase supporting the Summon® service as well as its 360 discovery and management services. The process, which is currently in beta testing, eliminates the need for librarians to manually load records and set holdings. Data that supports Demand-Driven Acquisition models will be automatically updated, making it simple for libraries to improve “just in time” collection development strategies. Continue reading ProQuest automates ebrary and EBL holdings into Summon and 360 services→
Last January, ProQuest announced plans to acquire EBL and merge the service with ebrary. Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayer spoke with me right after the announcement about the acquisition and plans for integrating the two platforms. In May of 2013, the process was complete. Since that time, staff at ProQuest have been very busy with the integration of the platforms. Kathy Masnik, Vice President of product management for ebooks at ProQuest, is leading the charge for integration. It’s a monumental task, but Kathy took a break from her Gantt chart to tell me about the process in an interview. We discussed how Kathy and her team are approaching the integration, how librarians, publishers, and end users and involved, and some of the short term changes happening with the EBL interface.
Last January ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL. Today, they are announcing that the acquisition of EBL has been completed. The details from the press release are below. You may also be interested in listening to an interview I conducted with two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, formerly President of EBL and now Vice President and General Manager of the combined ebrary and EBL e-book business unit, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest. Kari and Kevin discussed with me, back in January, how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies. It doesn’t sound like they have strayed much from the plans laid out back in January. The press release highlights the same details 5 months later – combine the strongest features of both platforms, actively solicit customer feedback, no disruption to customers during the estimated 18 month integration, and continue to work with current EBL/ProQuest representatives. Continue reading ProQuest completes acquisition of EBL→
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
Last week, ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL. I had a chance to interviewtwo of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, President of EBL, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest. Kari and Kevin discussed with me how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies.
ProQuest has done it again. Just two years after the acquisition of ebrary, they announced today plans to acquire EBL. EBL, a global ebook aggregator, was founded in 2004 and offers over 300,000 titles in their collection. They have long been a competitor for ebrary, offering similar monograph content to academic and special libraries worldwide.
Library customers of ebrary and EBL can expect business as usual until the conclusion of the approval period. After that however, the tides will change. Responding to specific questions from No Shelf Required, Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President, ProQuest Workflow Solutions, said, “Until the approval period is over, ProQuest/ebrary and EBL will operate as separate companies with their respective content and acquisition models remaining the same. Customers for both companies will not experience any changes at this time. ebrary and EBL shared around 200 publishers, and have most of the big ones in common. There are some publishers that ebrary has and EBL does not and vice versa, so respective customers could potentially gain more content upon the deal closing.After closing the deal, the best features of EBL and ebrary will be combined on a single platform after approximately 18 months. At this point the timeline is a target and is subject to change.” Continue reading ProQuest to acquire EBL, ebrary and EBL services to merge→
YBP Library Services and Ebook Library (EBL) have announce that they have combined their unique strengths to create the first demand-driven approval plans. With this announcement, followed by developments to come later, the two companies will use the accurate, book-in-hand descriptions from YBP’s approval process with the malleable patron-driven tools of EBL to offer a unique just-in-time approach to delivering books for their customers. Here is how the service works.
Libraries can use YBP â€˜s approval capabilities to indicate the books that they want, or do not want, to see, but rather than receive the titles as an automatic book or as a slip, they can designate them DDA (demand-driven acquisition). When a book fits the rules for a DDA title, YBP alerts EBL, and EBL delivers a url that goes into the bibliographic record. YBP sends the records to the library, which puts them in the OPAC. When a patron finds an interesting record, the url links them out to their EBL site. There, the student or faculty member has five minutes to browse the book and metadata before deciding whether they need to check it out. Continue reading YBP and EBL Partner for First Demand-Driven Approval Plan→
Yesterday, I joined a panel of publishers, aggregators, and archiving agencies to discuss the issue of eBook archiving. I had to set the stage for libraries, which was quite easy – we are in fear of losing our content to which we no longer have control of since it is housed on someone else’s server in another part of the country/world. How do we guarantee that the content we purchased will remain accessible to us and our end users? We need to work on a solution….and fast.
Rebecca Seger from Oxford University Press presented the publishers perspective, highlighting things OUP has done, and challenges facing publishers.
OUP has journals archiving in place with portico, CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS. OUP’s first trigger event happened in 2009. Their policy is publicly available on the OUP site.
Ebook archiving at OUP is done via publisher archiving and a dark archive. They keep a repository in PDF format. But, OUP cannot archive the proprietary versions created by the aggregator partners like ebrary, EBL, Ingram, EBSCO.
OUP feels the obligation to preserve the Oxford Scholarship Online version for library customers. They also offer the option of providing XML data to purchaser for local archiving (as she described was being done at OhioLINK.)
ebrary announced today the launch of the much awaited patron driven acquisition model. It’s been a couple of years in the making, received considerable testing, and was grown from librarian demand and suggestions. A brief history:
ALAMW Conference, 2009. ebrary hosted a session to discuss patron driven acquisitions and many librarians were there to offer suggestions.
Yesterday at the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion of the acquisition models of eBooks for academic libraries. We chatted about business models, workflow issues and their opportunities and challenges, the pros and cons of electronic access,and the future of eBooks. I was pretty busy doing my moderating duties and didn’t get a chance to summarize the program, but luckily some folks at LJ did. Here is what they had to say: Continue reading Ebooks and Academic Libraries: Toward a New Best Practice→
If you had top executives from 4 academic eBook aggregators in the same room, what would you ask them? Seriously, I need to know. One of the Lively Lunch sessions at the XXX Annual Charleston Conference is an open forum with academic eBook aggregators from ebrary, EBL, Ingram, and NetLibrary. I’m looking for suggestions on questions to ask these individuals. I’m moderating and want to make this as informative and interesting as I can! Continue reading Ask An Aggregator…. Would You?→
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