5,507 New Titles Added to EBL in March 2014

April 8th, 2014 No comments
  • We added 5,507 new titles to the EBL catalog last month, including 726 Social Science and a number of Chinese language titles from Parkstone – international. We also signed with The American University in Cairo Press last month.
  • Over 600 publishers are currently signed with EBL - view our full Publisher list.

New title lists by subject area

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EBL Unveils the New LibCentral

March 7th, 2014 No comments

Inventive administrative module will form the foundation of ProQuest’s integrated EBL and ebrary ebook platform

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.

“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.”

About ProQuest ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library
Encompassing pioneering companies ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library, ProQuest’s ebook businesses enable works from the world’s most authoritative publishers to be accessed electronically, online and offline, by libraries worldwide. With more than 24 years of combined experience partnering with libraries, publishers and researchers around the globe, ProQuest’s ebrary and EBL offer the industry’s most robust content selection and most innovative acquisition models. Only ProQuest provides libraries with so many choices to support their current workflow, optimize their budget and effectively serve end users.

Generated via ebrary’s and EBL’s relationships with 600+ publishers, more than 500,000 titles serve the unique research needs of students, scholars, professionals and other information seekers. Through platforms renowned for flexibility, libraries can customize their ebook collections to precisely fit with their users. EBL’s and ebrary’s Demand-driven and Patron-driven Acquisition models enable libraries to catalog and display thousands of titles, purchasing only if patrons download and use the works. ProQuest is currently integrating EBL and ebrary, creating an unparalleled ebook solution.

About ProQuest (www.proquest.com)
ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company’s products are a gateway to the world’s knowledge including dissertations, governmental and cultural archives, news, historical collections and ebooks. ProQuest technologies serve users across the critical points in research, helping them discover, access, share, create and manage information.

The company’s cloud-based technologies offer flexible solutions for librarians, students and researchers through the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary® and EBL® businesses – and notable research tools such as the Summon® discovery service, the ProQuest Flow™ collaboration platform, the Pivot™ research development tool and the Intota™ library services platform. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world.

13,178 New Titles Added to EBL in February 2014

March 5th, 2014 No comments

EBL Scheduled Downtime March 2014

February 18th, 2014 No comments

We want to inform you that the EBL platform will be unavailable during the below mentioned times as we perform enhancements and updates to our system.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Australia EDST: 11 am to 3 pm (March 2)
  • UTC: 12 am to 4 am (March 2)
  • US PST:  4 pm to 8 pm (March 1)
  • US EST: 7 pm to 11 pm (March 1)

If you have any queries, please email support@eblib.com and we will happily help.

10,403 New Titles Added and 77 Publishers Signed to EBL in January 2014

February 11th, 2014 No comments
  • We added an impressive 10,403 new titles to the EBL catalog last month, including 913 Business/Management titles and 899 Social Science titles.
  • 77 new publishers signed with EBL recently, including: Random House Group Ltd, Random House Australia, Michigan State University Press, Melbourne University Press and more… Over 600 publishers are currently signed with EBL - view our full Publisher List.

New title lists by subject area

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Not Such A Radical Idea Anymore: It’s A Rental

February 4th, 2014 No comments

Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) could do for libraries and books what Netflix has done for movie watchers and films, argue David Swords (director of consortial sales, Ebooks) and Mike LoGreco (sales specialist, Ebooks)

The building of collections is a practice as old as libraries, and is necessary because perishable physical things that are not easily transported need convenient local storage. Many of us, in small libraries at home, build collections of books, music, or film. But warehoused collections of physical things can be inconvenient, expensive, and often are barely used.

For example, do you have a library of music (in various physical formats) that collects dust, while Pandora plays through your iPod®? Perhaps you have cruised a local store to buy a movie or a season of your favorite TV show, gradually building a collection. This library of DVDs and Blu-Rays probably lives in a closet, most of them watched once long ago, and few are likely to be seen again… Read the full article here. 


Ingram’s OASIS Library Platform Adds 400,000 New E-book Titles through Collaboration with EBL

January 24th, 2014 No comments

Nashville, TN and Melbourne, AU – Ingram Content Group Inc., and ProQuest’s EBL - Ebook Library, a leading e-book aggregator serving academic, corporate and research libraries worldwide, today announced that more than 400,000 EBL e-book titles are available through Ingram’s OASIS® content platform for academic libraries worldwide.

“Our goal is to reduce work for libraries by making e-book discovery and acquisition more ubiquitous,” said Kari Paulson, ProQuest Vice President and General Manager, Ebooks. “This agreement with Ingram provides libraries with greater choice as to how and where they acquire EBL content.”

Libraries that use the OASIS platform can search and purchase EBL e-book content through the platform. Ingram’s OASIS platform customers now have access to an expanded selection of scholarly, frontlist and award-winning e-book titles from leading publishers through the collaboration. Users can view and select from an expanded selection of e-books alongside print books with no changes to existing and preferred workflows. Billing is consolidated, offering libraries integrated acquisition services and invoicing for all EBL content.

“Through our work with EBL, OASIS platform users now have access to one of the largest repositories of academic content available to libraries,” said Dan Sheehan, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Library Services. “Ingram continues to develop solutions and collaborate with leading service providers to give libraries access to content that’s in demand by patrons. We are pleased to help libraries around the world meet the needs of the communities they serve.”

Ingram provides a total solution for academic libraries through Coutts Information Services Inc. and Ingram Library Services Inc. Through the company’s comprehensive services, libraries can find all the materials they need from Ingram, whether print, digital, print-on-demand or hard-to-find content from one company, easing the burden of collection development, acquisition and payment.

The Ingram OASIS platform is an online library interface for bibliographic information and searching, book and e-book acquisition, collection development and workflow management. Through the OASIS platform, libraries can  access a database of millions of titles; search, select and manage orders online; download records, including no-cost MARC downloads; monitor standing orders; manage approval plans and new title notification plans; track orders and access reporting information.

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About EBL – Ebook Library  

A ProQuest business, EBL – Ebook Library is a leading global ebook aggregator, serving academic, corporate and research libraries worldwide. With an extensive catalog of more than 400,000 ebook titles from premier publishers, EBL is renowned as a pioneer of flexible, innovative access models such as Demand-driven Acquisition and the esteemed Non-Linear™ Lending license. EBL is part of ProQuest’s ebooks area, which also includes ebrary, a company renowned for its inventive acquisition models and robust platform. In cooperation with customers and partners, ProQuest is currently integrating EBL and ebrary to create an unparalleled ebook solution with the most choice in access models, the greatest content selection, and integration across many library vendors and services. For more information visit www.eblib.com

About Ingram

Ingram Content Group Inc. is a subsidiary of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram provides books, music and media content to over 39,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 220 countries and territories. More than 30,000 publishers use Ingram’s fully integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand, and realize the full business potential of book content. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, Coutts Information Services, and ICG Ventures Inc. For more information, visit www.ingramcontent.com

5,783 New Titles Added to EBL in December 2013

January 6th, 2014 No comments

8,402 New Titles Added to EBL in November 2013

December 3rd, 2013 No comments
We’d like to inform you of the new titles added to the EBL catalog in November 2013:
  • We added 8,402 new titles to the EBL catalog last month.
  • Five new academic publishers signed with EBL: Critical Publishing, Libri Publishing, Scion Publishing, University of Plymouth Press and Rowman and Littlefield International.
  • Over 520 publishers - view our full Publisher list.

New title lists by subject area:

For all inquiries, please contact us and we will happily help

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Automated Collection Development – A Necessary Luxury

November 12th, 2013 No comments

There are quite a few “luxuries” that are foreign to today’s collection development and acquisitions librarians. A resource budget that fits their students’ diverse needs and “just in time” expectations is one example that comes to mind.   The ability to easily manage collections in light of the proliferation of ebooks and progressive models is a second.  Simply getting all needed tasks done in a workday with limited staff and resources, a third.  Justifying ebook expenditures to university administrators, yet a fourth example.

At ProQuest, everything we do –from optimizing discovery to curating ebook collections, and truly support the entire research ecosystem – starts with one goal in mind: Setting librarians and their patrons up for success by giving them the tools and evidence necessary to make that success known. The recently announced automation of ebrary and EBL Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) holdings in the knowledgebase supporting the Summon® service and 360 discovery and management services exemplifies this goal.

What this automation means for librarians is an easier way to manage your ebook holdings from ebrary and EBL.  It supports your  “just in time” collection development strategies by enabling you to effortlessly participate in creative acquisition models such as DDA and Short-term Loans in addition to traditional models like subscription and purchase.  It helps you open the floodgates to a wider range of relevant titles that can be discoverable and accessible to end-users in a timelier manner.

Additionally, you’ll save time because you will no longer need to manually update your ebrary and EBL records, and it’ll be easier for you to remove non-owned titles at the end of the DDA cycle.  This time could then be used to promote the value of your library to key stakeholders leveraging ebrary and EBL statistics that both demonstrate return on investment and help inform your collection strategy.

As Barbara Weiner points out in “Marketing: Making a Case for your Library,” the advancements of our digital information age mean that libraries’ long standing place as information storehouses may no longer be enough to keep them relevant (1). Libraries can no longer rely solely on making resources available, they need to know more about what their users need and focus on letting this group know where and how resources are available to them.

ProQuest is committed to alleviating some of the stress related to collection development and management.  We are also dedicated to innovating new models and technologies to improve and enhance your end-to-end ebook workflow.   Our goal is to provide an unparalleled research experience, helping users to become more successful in the classroom, the workforce, and beyond.

We understand there are many challenges, and we are here to work with you every step of the way.


(1) Weiner, B. (2007). Marketing: Making a case for your library. Retrieved from http://nnlm.gov/evaluation/workshops/measuring_your_impact/Marketing-article.pdf