We look forward to our ongoing work with ConnectNY and in turn their partner institutions to provide the synergies and efficiencies that Ingram’s multi-format acquisition workflows can achieve
La Vergne, TN (Vocus) April 29, 2010
Coutts Information Services Limited, an Ingram Content Group company, and ConnectNY, a consortium of academic libraries within New York State, today announced their successful patron-driven, consortium-sharing e-book acquisition project.
“Our member libraries are faced with a difficult economic environment and the new patron-driven model provides an opportunity to solve the problem long faced by libraries where upwards of 40% of book acquisitions sit on the shelf and never circulate,” said Bart Harloe, University Librarian at St. Lawrence University and Administrative Coordinator of ConnectNY.
“We’ve had great success sharing print books through ConnectNY,” Mr. Harloe continued. “With the expertise of Coutts, we can now begin a transition to e-books, making them instantly accessible to our users while reducing our costs.”
The e-book acquisition project utilizes a combination of Ingram’s MyiLibrary e-book hosting platform and Innovative Interfaces’ INN-Reach resource sharing platform. Through the project, patrons of member institutions have the opportunity to search their local institution catalogs from a library of over 6,000 e-books, where table of contents and book summaries can be freely viewed. Once a book reaches a predetermined number of uses, within the consortium, that book is then purchased by ConnectNY and becomes permanently available to member institution users.
“Ingram is delighted to have the opportunity to work with ConnectNY on this pioneering patron-driven consortia e-book model,” said Rich Rosy, Vice President and General Manager, Ingram Library Services and Institutional Solutions. “Talented project teams from both Coutts and ConnectNY worked together to implement a robust patron participation model.
“We look forward to our ongoing work with ConnectNY and in turn their partner institutions to provide the synergies and efficiencies that Ingram’s multi-format acquisition workflows can achieve,” Mr. Rosy continued.
Schools participating in the ConnectNY e-book acquisition model include; Adelphi University, Bard College, Canisius College, Colgate University, Cazenovia College,
Le Moyne College, Pace University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, St. Lawrence University, Siena College, Union College, United States Military Academy at West Point and Vassar College.
ConnectNY is a consortium of New York State college and university libraries who have agreed to share resources in innovative ways. For more information, visit http://www.connectny.info.
ABOUT INNOVATIVE INTERFACES INC.
Innovative Interfaces dedicates its energies to meeting the needs of libraries and the challenges of library automation. The company has fulfilled this mission with first-rate services and products such as the Millennium integrated library platform, INN-Reach resource sharing, Electronic Resource Management, and the Encore discovery services platform. Today, thousands of libraries of all types in over 40 countries rely on Innovative's products, services, and support. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world. For more information visit http://www.iii.com.
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