EBL unveils the new LibCentral, the foundation for an integrated EBL and ebrary ebook platform

March 6th, 2014 · Comments Off

Just received this press release from ProQuest.  I’m really excited to see this new platform and take it for a spin.  It sounds like it contains what I feel is one of the key components of ebook purchasing – flexibility. March 6, 2014 (Melbourne, AU) — EBL – Ebook Library, a ProQuest business, has reinvented […]

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Ingram expands eBook profiling on OASIS platform with EBSCO and ProQuest’s EBL content

January 24th, 2014 · Comments Off

Ingram Content Group announced two new partnerships for eBooks on their OASIS platform.  The first is with ProQuests’s EBL.  More than 400,000 EBL eBook titles will be available through Ingram’s OASIS.  The second is with EBSCO.  Print titles have been part of the OASIS platform for EBSCO eBooks but now customers can add eBook content […]

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ProQuest automates ebrary and EBL holdings into Summon and 360 services

November 7th, 2013 · Comments Off

Earlier this week, ProQuest announced a partnership with OCLC to automate ebook collection management.  Today, they expand that announcement to include Summon and 360.  The project is currently in beta testing.  More from the press release below: ANN ARBOR, MI — November 7, 2013 — ProQuest is streamlining librarian workflows by automating holdings updates for […]

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OCLC and ProQuest partner to automate eBook collection management

November 4th, 2013 · Comments Off

With this new service, libraries can request that ebrary and EBL provide OCLC with holdings data for purchased collections and DDA repositories.  See the complete press release below. DUBLIN, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Mich., November 4, 2013—A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – […]

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EBL & ebrary integration: a status update interview with Kathy Masnik

September 30th, 2013 · Comments Off

Last January, ProQuest announced plans to acquire EBL and merge the service with ebrary.  Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayer spoke with me right after the announcement about the acquisition and plans for integrating the two platforms.  In May of 2013, the process was complete.  Since that time, staff at ProQuest have been very busy with […]

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ProQuest completes acquisition of EBL

May 14th, 2013 · Comments Off

Last January ProQuest  announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL.  Today, they are announcing that the acquisition of EBL has been completed.  The details from the press release are below.   You may also be interested in listening to an interview I conducted with two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, formerly […]

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eBook updates and must reads from ALAMW Conference

February 8th, 2013 · 2 Comments

I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th.  While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services.  Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information. I also want to bring your […]

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Interview with Kari Paulson, President of EBL and Kevin Sayar, Senior VP of ProQuest

January 31st, 2013 · Comments Off

Last week, ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL.  I had a chance to interview two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, President of EBL, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest.  Kari and Kevin discussed with me how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the […]

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ProQuest to acquire EBL, ebrary and EBL services to merge

January 22nd, 2013 · 2 Comments

ProQuest has done it again.  Just two years after the acquisition of ebrary, they announced today plans to acquire EBL.  EBL, a global ebook aggregator, was founded in 2004 and offers over 300,000 titles in their collection.  They have long been a competitor for ebrary, offering similar monograph content to academic and special libraries worldwide. […]

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Interview with David Swords, Editor of Patron Driven Acquisitions: History and Best Practices

December 8th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Earlier this week I had a chance to interview David Swords, VP of Sales and Marketing for EBL.  David is also the Editor of a new DeGruyter/Saur title, Patron Driven Acquistions:  History and Best Practices.  In the interview David discusses the content of the book and inserts specific examples of PDA programs in libraries today. […]

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