Nashville, TN and Ann Arbor, MIâ€“ 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 OASISÂ® content platform. Ingram has now added ebraryâ€™s vast range of titles, integrating all ProQuest e-book titles within the platform, simplifying acquisition for the companiesâ€™ shared customers. In addition to adding titles to the OASIS platform for firm orders,Â EBL has also beenÂ 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.Â This should be a big boost for EBL title use.Â 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 SummonÂ® discovery service. EBLâ€™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.Â I’m really excited to see this new platform and take it for a spin.Â 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 usersâ€™ 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 ProQuestâ€™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.Â Today, they expand that announcement to include Summon and 360.Â The project is currently in beta testing.Â 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 SummonÂ® 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 â€œjust in timeâ€ 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.Â Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayer spoke with me right after the announcement about the acquisition and plans for integrating the two platforms.Â In May of 2013, the process was complete.Â Since that time, staff at ProQuest have been very busy with the integration of the platforms.Â Kathy Masnik, Vice President of product management for ebooks at ProQuest, is leading the charge for integration.Â It’s a monumental task, but Kathy took a break from her Gantt chart to tell me about the process in an interview.Â 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 ProQuestÂ announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL.Â Today, they are announcing that the acquisition of EBL has been completed.Â The details from the press release are below.Â Â 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.Â 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.Â It doesn’t sound like they have strayed much from the plans laid out back in January.Â 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.Â Continue reading ProQuest completes acquisition of EBL→
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