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Right now, an unprecedented new platform is taking shape -- one that fuses two powerful ebook platforms into the world’s most comprehensive ebook solution for libraries. Based on extensive librarian input, ProQuest is bringing together the features libraries want, including simple but powerful administrative tools, support for all access models, and built in interoperability with key vendors.

Development for the platform is progressing rapidly. Some components are already live, including the LibCentral administrative toolset currently on EBL. In its finished form, the ebrary Reader (currently in beta on ebrary), will become part of the integrated platform.

Adopting the combined platform won’t require complicated integration with existing systems on your part. By optimizing current workflows, it will help institutions gain even greater value from their current collection, subscriptions, and titles. Offering patrons an exceptional research experience, the integrated platform will also give librarians tools and data to realize an unprecedented ROI on their collections budget.

TIMELINE:
March 2014: LibCentral released
»» Features based on extensive librarian input yield positive user feedback
»» Fully customizable user interface and access to patron data

June 2014: Beta release of Reader
»» 17 customer beta-testing groups
»» Features developed with student researcher input

August 2014:
»» LibCentral: New short-term loan controls
»» New Reader: Official release of fully functional Reader

Late 2014: New reader enhancements
»» Additional translations
»» Improved accessibility features

Fall 2014-Spring 2015: Development with your feedback
»» Merging 500,000 ebooks from over 600 publishers into a single searchable online catalog
»» Working closely with Librarians as development partners on the evolving LibCentral workflow

Mid-2015: Release of easy-to-use integrated platform
»» Single authentication step
»» Combined searchable online catalog for patrons and librarians
»» Easy to integrate with your current library setup

For more information on ebrary and EBL's integration, click here.

23 Jul 2014

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