We are pleased to share that during the week of June 8, you will be seeing new enhancements when you login to EBL LibCentral.
These enhancements are a sub-set of features in the works for the EBL/ebrary combined platform – ProQuest Ebook Central. We determined that these enhancements could be released early to you in the current EBL LibCentral interface – we wanted to get these benefits to you as soon as possible!
Access Permissions re-structured into three tabs (General, Owned and DDA) to improve your user experience:
• We made the display more intuitive and eased the management of these options, as they have expanded over time.
• These improvements do not require any immediate action on your part; your current settings and access behavior will not change.
• We introduce Extended Access, a term for settings related to turnaway prevention, in the interface. Extended Access helps you handle turnaways for 3-user and Non-Linear titles.
Seamless experience for patrons using Unlimited Access titles:
• Patrons will have an improved experience for Unlimited Access titles; they will no longer be prompted to take out a loan to browse continuously, print or copy owned Unlimited Access titles.
• From a reporting perspective, if you own Unlimited Access titles, you may see a decrease in your overall number of “owned loans” due to these changes.
Improved handling of turnaway reporting:
• In reviewing our current logging of turnaways, we determined that in the rare case where a Non-Linear title has no remaining loan days, and the library has selected “Unavailable” (do nothing), then a patron is turned away. This should be counted in reporting (it has not been, to date).
• For libraries that have selected “Mediated”, “STL” or “Purchase Automatically” to handle Non-Linear books with no remaining loan days, there is no turnaway. Therefore, there will not be a change in reporting.
We hope you enjoy reviewing these improvements to EBL LibCentral, and please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.