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→
November 13, 2014 — Mountain View, CA — Libraries around the world can now acquire the essential Psychology and Behavioral and Social Sciences titles researchers need under flexible models that meet their budget requirements.
The American Psychological Association (APA), the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and the world’s largest association of psychologists, has joined forces with ProQuest ebook business ebrary to make more than 250 titles published since 2009 available electronically Continue reading APA ebooks available for individual purchase on ebrary→
ebrary will be launching a new and improved ebrary reader in the next few months. Many of the new features are listed below (and also available in a ppt). As a result of the new reader, ebrary will be retiring the dedicated mobile app on August 4th. The new ereader is designed with laptop and tablet use in mind, tablets using the Bluefire app as access point (which has already been available for some time).
New features of Reader:
Clearer user permissions & information on ebooks for patrons
Intuitive navigation to find popular features faster
Higher text quality & display options for better readability
Focus on streamlining key tasks:
Copy, print, download, in-book search
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→
2500 titles from O’Reilly Media and other partner publishers are included for the ebrary platform. EBL is not included at this time, but will be in the near future due to the merger of the products. See more from the press release below:
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→
April 9, 2013 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest is streamlining research by enabling ebrary® and ProQuest® content to be discovered within a single search experience. Now, researchers can surface e-books side-by-side with relevant reports, videos, journal and newspaper articles and more in one step. The advance in searching comes via linking technology that enables users to navigate seamlessly from search results to the platform that best supports the content they want to explore. Continue reading ebrary and ProQuest content discoverable in single, integrated search→
4,500 hundred titles in this new German-language collection featuring several prominent publishers. Subscription pricing available. More from the press release:
ebrary Launches Deutsche Sammlung – Company releases German-language e-book subscription database covering multiple disciplines
Palo Alto, CA — March 12, 2013 — ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced a new German-language e-book subscription database for academic libraries. The ebrary Deutsche Sammlung collection includes STM, humanities and arts disciplines — and features more than 4,500 titles from publishers such as De Gruyter, Aarhus University Press, International Monetary Fund, Ohne Verlag, and Frank & Timme GmbH. The collection can be subscribed to on its own, or in conjunction with the award-winning Academic Completeâ„¢ collection.
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→
December 18, 2012 — Palo Alto, CA, USA — ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that it is forging ahead with its efforts to support non-English language programs for customers around the world. The company is launching a new e-book subscription database, ebrary Nordic Collectionâ„¢, as well as recently acquired content from renowned German publishers including Verlag C.H. Beck, W. Bertelsmann Verlag (WBV), and Frank & Timme. Continue reading ebrary launches Nordic Collection→
Congratulations to ebrary on receiving the Best E-book Database award from Library Journal.
More from the press release:
November 1, 2012 — Palo Alto, CA, USA — ebrary®, a ProQuest business, today announced that its flagship e-book subscription collection, Academic Completeâ„¢, has been awarded the title of Library Journal’s Best E-book Database. The award, which was voted on by numerous reference librarians, further strengthens Academic Complete’s position as the best valued e-book database in the industry and marks the second highly esteemed title for Academic Complete in addition to the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) designation.
“With Academic Complete approaching its 10th anniversary, we are very grateful to be recognized as a quality e-book database by our customers,” said Kevin Sayar, President and General Manager of ebrary. “We look forward to increasing the value of our flagship product as it is an integral part of librarians’ e-book acquisition strategies.” Continue reading ebrary’s Academic Complete awarded LJ’s Best E-book Database→
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