November 23, 2020

ProQuest: Ebook Library (EBL) Releases New Version of LibCentral Product, “Substantial” Step Towards EBL and ebrary Integration

From Today’s ProQuest Announcement:

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.

2014-03-06_13-22-27Patron 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.

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“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.”

Read the Complete Announcment

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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