Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR Call on Ingram Content Group for Groundbreaking e-book Library Consortium Model

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Ingram Content Group Inc. announced today an e-book agreement with the Inter-regional e-book Consortium facilitated by the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Peking University and the China Academic Humanities and Social Sciences Library (CASHL), which represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR.

We will continue to work with our valued publisher, retail and library partners to deliver beneficial and relevant content solutions that deliver long term success for all involved.

Ingram Content Group Inc. announced today an e-book agreement with the Inter-regional e-book Consortium facilitated by the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Peking University and the China Academic Humanities and Social Sciences Library (CASHL), which represents a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR.

“All participating libraries unanimously agree that this consortial initiative has marked a pioneering step in the collaboration between the university libraries in the Mainland and Hong Kong on cross-region collection development, breaking geographic boundaries,” said Professor Steve Ching, University Librarian of the City University of Hong Kong Library and founding member of the Consortium.

The agreement between Ingram and the Inter-regional Consortium provides unprecedented shared access of over 4,000 English language academic e-book titles to 15 university libraries in the Mainland and Hong Kong. The titles from Ingram’s innovative MyiLibrary platform come from over 100 prominent academic international publishers.

“With the expertise of the Ingram team and their comprehensive digital book solutions, we are realizing the strategic vision of university educators on cross-border cooperation and support,” Prof. Ching stated. “Not only has it enriched the resources at individual libraries in the Mainland and Hong Kong, but also has laid a significant foundation for the future development of similar collaborative models.”

With Ingram’s MyiLibrary platform, participating university libraries of the Inter-regional Consortium overcame system restrictions and jurisdiction differences on English academic title acquisition, and collection and copyright limitations between the Mainland and Hong Kong. Through the use of MyiLibrary e-books, the Inter-regional Consortium has reduced the impact on storage space, enabled collaborative title selection, allowed participating libraries to enjoy greater discounts on collective purchases and has enriched the resources at participating individual libraries.    

“We are delighted that Ingram has played such a pivotal role in this significant e-collection endeavour,” said Rich Rosy, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Library Services and Institutional Solutions. “We will continue to work with our valued publisher, retail and library partners to deliver beneficial and relevant content solutions that deliver long term success for all involved.”    

The fifteen libraries participating in the Inter-regional consortium include Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University of China, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Nanjing University, Zhejiang University, Xiamen University, Wuhan University, Sun Yat-sen University, City University of Hong Kong , University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong Institute of Education.

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Ingram Content Group Inc. provides a broad range of physical and digital services to the book industry. Ingram’s operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Ingram Digital, 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 Ingram Marketing Group Inc. For more information http://www.ingramcontent.com

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