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EBL - Ebook Library 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.

“Every library is different and the new LibCentral was built to recognize that. It provides the flexibility libraries need to construct an ebook workflow that works best for their institution and an experience that works best for their users,” said Kari Paulson, ProQuest Vice President and General Manager, Ebooks. “With its extraordinary range of options, the new LibCentral tips our hand, showing what’s ahead for our new integrated platform. We’re applying our deep experience to power libraries with tools to make ebook acquisition through any workflow simple, along with unique data and reporting capabilities that showcase the library value.”

EBL’s all-new LibCentral transforms ebook acquisition and management with expanded workflow tools that drive efficiency and reduce overlap. For example, LibCentral offers mediated or un-mediated options for Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) titles with custom loan and download lengths by access model, supporting just-in-time collection development. While EBL’s sophisticated DDA profiles do the heavy lifting, LibCentral also offers one-click and shopping cart options for title-by-title purchases, support for selector workflows and integrated fund code and budget support. Further, a matching tool enables libraries to upload print or electronic ISBNs in bulk and then map them to the EBL catalog – another means of helping libraries avoid duplication.

Patron analytics have been expanded in LibCentral and now include an optional short survey that can be customized by librarians, allowing them to gather specific data on their users, all of which is private to the library. The data can be fed into all usage and expenditure reports, providing a new window into collection use.

“We have just been migrated over to the new LibCentral and it looks pretty swish. We love that we can now view summary reports when we need to without having to export and collate the data. We are excited by the ability to import lists of ISBNs and anticipate this will save us a lot of time," said Michelle Morgan, Librarian IRAM at The University of Western Australia. "In terms of the autonomy afforded the Library staff, LibCentral is a clear winner for administrative interfaces of ebooks."

06 Mar 2014

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