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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 (
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.

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


Rick Anderson reviews Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices

December 5th, 2012 No comments



Review of Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices

This book, written in 2011, covers the history, current status and future promise of Patron-Driven Acquisition. Named book of the week by Against the Grain, it includes contributions from well-respected industry leaders.

Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, USA has reviewed Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices:

Overall, Patron-driven Acquisitions can be confidently recommended to all academic libraries—both those currently planning
to move in a patron-driven direction, and those unsure of whether such an approach makes sense or perhaps even of what all
the fuss is about. Its authors effectively cover all of the most pressing and relevant questions about PDA theory and practice, and offer highly useful tools to readers interesting in assessing the practice’s viability and likely consequences.

Download Rick Anderson’s full review – Rick Anderson Review on Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices

Read the full text online version in Library Review –

For more information on Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices, go to

To purchase a copy of this book – add to your collection on the EBL Platform, buy from De Gruyter or from various library suppliers and bookstores.

For more information on Patron-Driven Acquisition/Demand-driven Acquisition or EBL, please contact us and we will happily help. Email


ATG’s book of the week – Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices – a must read!

October 18th, 2011 No comments

Patron-Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices
Edited by David A. Swords
Released by De Gruyter at Frankfurt Book Fair last week, and already named ‘Book of the Week’ by Against the Grain, this book is a must read for librarians and publishers alike.  With contributions from well-respected industry leaders – Rick Lugg, Bob Nardini, Michael Levine-Clark, Kari Paulson, Rex Steiner and Ron Berry, Tom Corbett, Sue Polanka and Emilie Delquie, Doug Way and Julie Garrison, Dennis Dillon, and David Swords – this book provides excellent, thought-provoking discussion and analysis of the increasingly popular acquisition model.  We highly recommend this book!

EBL now supports ebook downloads to Android devices

September 8th, 2011 No comments

In helping ebooks to become even more accessible, EBL now supports the download of ebooks on Android devices, through the freely available Bluefire Reader app.

Similar to how the site works for iPhone users, EBL detects the user’s operating system and automatically offers the option to download the ebook to Bluefire Reader.  Bluefire Reader supports EPUB and PDF formats, and requires Android 2.2 and up. Bluefire is a free app that supports Adobe Digital Editions DRM and enables you to add ebooks and files from multiple sources.

EBL offers more than 30,000 ePub files, specifically formatted for an optimised reading experience on small screens.

Android App View

EBL adds 30,000 EPUB ebook files for enhanced download

June 22nd, 2011 No comments

EPUB format offers users optimised reading experience on ebook readers, iPhones and iPads…

EBL now supports the EPUB standard.  Nearly 30,000 new EPUB format ebooks have been added to the EBL platform this week, offering EBL users an optimized reading experience when downloading ebooks to ebook readers, iPhones and iPads.  EBL has enabled users to download ebooks from the platform since it’s launch in 2004, however, now whenever EPUB files are available they are served out in place of the standard PDF files.  As the EPUB files are designed to ‘re-flow’ to fit the size of the screen, they provide a more reader-friendly format for EBL compatible mobile devices.

More than 375 of EBL’s publishers are supplying EPUB standard files  – some delivering only a few titles so far, but others starting to produce EPUB as standard ebook format.  Allen & Unwin, Elsevier, John Wiley, Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press and The World Bank are some of the publishers who are already providing a substantial lists of titles in EPUB format.  We expect this list to continue to grow.

EPUB became an official standard of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) in September 2007.   EPUB is designed for reflowable content, meaning that the text display can be optimized for use on disparate reading devices and applications.     The standard has been widely adopted across the trade publishing community and has more recently worked its way into the academic publishers’ workflow.

“As EBL enabled downloading of ebooks from product’s beginning, EPUB is just a next step toward enhancing the ebook reading experience,” explains Kari Paulson, EBL’s President.  “We are pleased to be one of the first academic ebook aggregators to make use of the EPUB format and eagerly await further adoption across the academic publishing community.”

Libraries wishing to know more about this development or to receive a list of EPUB enabled titles should contact  A formal press release is available here.


An E-textbook Model for the Future

May 9th, 2011 No comments

Report from Sydney e-textbook forum in Sydney
Sponsored by James Bennett and EBL

On January 31, 2011, EBL and James Bennett organised a forum for librarians and publishers in Sydney to discuss  some of the issues surrounding e-textbooks.  The event was a resounding success with a packed out room, filled with both interested and eager publishers and librarians and produced a very thoughtful discussion and lively debate.   The Bookseller & Publisher magazine published a summary of the forum, written by Rachael McDiarmid from James Bennett, in their April 2011.

Six or seven years ago the answer to our request for e-texts was a resounding “no way” but in this digital age it’s become a case of saying “I hear you, but…”,   “when it happens, not if it happens” and more recently “how are we going to make this work?”.   As you can appreciate, there are many issues:  from the role everyone plays in the traditional book supply chain to multiple user access models in libraries, print sales cannibalisation, piracy, DRM, and most of all pricing models.

The full article, and the presentation slides are available for download here.

View Summary

View Forum Slides

Libraries and publishers have volunteered to participate in a trial, set for later this year.  A task force group will be meeting soon to construct a few e-textbook models and deliverables to guide the pilot.

Libraries wishing to sign on to the task force can register their interest at  Or, please feel free to contact EBL or James Bennett for more information.

Ebooks Corporation Launches Amigo Reader

April 28th, 2010 1 comment

amigoreaderHow We Read Now

Ebooks Corp recently launched AMIGO READER, a new social networking site devoted to bringing readers together. Although it comes from the team that brought you and EBL, it’s not really about ebooks – it’s about books (in whatever form they’re published) and their authors and readers.

The EBL team are looking at innovative ways we can integrate the some Amigo Reader’s social networking and collaborative tools into and around our ebooks.  We’ve got some great ideas, such as:

  • amigoreader_screen_smallUsing shared notes to enable instructors or anyone to annotate an ebook and then share their annotated version of the book with students or peers.
  • Pulling in blog, wiki and news information into the full-record view of the book
  • Letting users add reviews, tags and other personal information around a text

But these are just a few of our thoughts.  We’d love to hear what you think once you’ve had a snoop around.  Do you see any tools or features that would be especially appealing in an academic or research environment?

We encourage you to have a look and send us your thoughts…

>> To join Amigo Reader visit

>> To see a book online in the eB20 Reader, go to

About Amigo Reader:

Amigo Reader is a response to the new web 2.0 landscape, enabling you to:

  • Start reading any of thousands of books online.
  • Easily create and update a catalogue: “books I own”, “books I’ve lent”, “books I’ve read”, “my wish-list”, “sociology references”…
  • Follow news and discussions about your favorite publications, authors or genres.
  • Find members whose interests or reading tastes match your own.
  • Join or create an online (or neighborhood) reading and discussion group.
  • Collaborate with colleagues or class-members around a book or set of books.
  • Buy an ebook version or order a hardcopy of any book you want.
  • Plan Live Chat sessions in or around the book.  You can also read transcripts of previous Live Chat sessions with  popular authors.

The Amigo Reader site and the online reader are tightly integrated; for example, if you begin a discussion inside a book, it can be continued outside the book on the Amigo Reader website.  Amigo Reader features dedicated channels for authors and publishers. Authors and publishers have unique rights and tools to enable them to set up online events and edit their own dedicated zones.

Why aren’t ebooks cheaper than their print counterparts?

May 28th, 2009 No comments

We all hear the question raised ‘why aren’t ebooks much cheaper than their counterparts?’.  Gordon Haff, principal IT adviser at Illuminata, discusses this very topic in his CNET article ‘Why e-books aren’t cheaper?’. Here, Haff clearly breaks-down the costs involved in publishing and distributing ebooks compared to print books.  The writer acknowledges that one may or may not agree with the details or his conclusion, but Haff does present a good starting-point for discussion.

I know this post went into a lot of detail, but when you’re talking about business models and pricing, it is important to actually run the numbers. One can dispute fundamental assumptions behind those numbers of course, but at least they give a starting point.

Random House Releases ‘Enhanced’ eBooks

April 21st, 2009 No comments

There is often a lot of talk about the potential of the ebook format to enhance the reading experience and make it more interactive through inclusion of links, audio, video and other embedded media.  It’s very exciting to see one publisher actually stepping into this brave new world.  Random House announced today the release of ‘enhanced’ or ‘premium’ ebooks…

The Random House Group is today launching the first list of ‘enhanced’ ebooks to be released by a major UK publisher. Announced on the first day of the annual London Book Fair, ‘Book and Beyond’ explores the opportunities and new reading experiences which the digital format can offer to book lovers and new readers alike.

The enhanced ebooks offer readers a range of additional content such as videos, games, quizzes, photos, author interviews, interactive graphics and the option to listen to or read the text at the start of each chapter. The initial list of ten enhanced ebooks includes titles from popular authors such as James Patterson, Danny Wallace and Derren Brown. More enhanced ebooks from Irvine Welsh, Katie Price and other bestselling authors are planned for later this year.

You can view the full announcement here –