Forward thinking academic libraries are searching for innovative collection development and supply chain solutions to fulfill the needs of their patrons
La Vergne, TN (Vocus) June 23, 2010
Coutts Information Services Limited, an Ingram Content Group Inc. company, has been named the Statewide Primary Academic Book Supplier for higher educational institutions within the state of Florida.
“The Florida system was looking for an experienced, technologically savvy vendor that had both a strong track record for serving libraries and could also handle the diversity of the many institutions in our system,” said Roy Ziegler, Associate Director, Florida State University Libraries. “The strength of the entire Ingram offer – from their library and distribution know-how, the sound technology of their OASIS library interface and e-book platform, and the print-on-demand innovation of Ingram’s Lightning Source made them the exact right choice to collaborate with as we embark on Florida’s inaugural statewide book contract.”
Under the agreement, Coutts will provide coordinated collection development programs for both print books and e-books, firm order and standing order programs, and will also develop and manage both print and digital approval plans for participating libraries in the system.
“A critical factor in our statewide supplier decision was the superior level of knowledge and account support the Coutts team offers to the full range of libraries within our system – from the smallest of our libraries to the largest of our academic research institutions,” said Judy Russell, Dean of Libraries, University of Florida. “At the University of Florida, we did our due diligence. Both the depth and range of titles and academic research materials, and the level of support excellence we receive from Coutts made it an easy choice for us and I look forward to a long and collaborative relationship.”
Libraries participating in the voluntary statewide academic book supplier program gain shared access to the OASIS platform, a robust and comprehensive online library interface for bibliographic information and searching, book and e-book acquisition, collection development and workflow management. Through the single interface of OASIS, users are able to collaboratively access a database of millions of titles; search, select and manage orders online; download records; monitor standing orders; manage approval plans and new title notification plans; track orders and access management information.
“We’ve worked closely with the Coutts team on the creation of our existing print and e-book approval plans, and we couldn’t be more delighted with the results and return on investment for our institution,” said Lia Hemphill, Director of Collection Development, Nova Southeastern University. “It’s great news that other institutions in our state will have access to Ingram’s content delivery solutions and their comprehensive OASIS platform – I’d highly recommend the solutions of Coutts for all the libraries within the system.”
Coordinated collection development with Ingram will allow libraries in the state to reduce duplication of titles and stretch dollars. With a statewide consortia relationship, libraries have greater purchasing power, allowing institutions to use savings for additional books and materials, further strengthening collections statewide.
“Working with Coutts and the statewide consortia, we are delighted to be able to gain the ability to coordinate materials and purchasing with other libraries within the state, and, have access to competitive discounts that member libraries enjoy,” said Deborah Robinson, Director of Libraries, St. Petersburg College. “A statewide library consortia is an innovative and economical win all the way around for the institutions of Florida and St. Petersburg College, and we are very much looking forward to using the programs and services of Coutts to strengthen our collections.”
“Forward thinking academic libraries are searching for innovative collection development and supply chain solutions to fulfill the needs of their patrons,” said David “Skip” Prichard, President and CEO, Ingram Content Group. “Ingram is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of academic libraries through our fully integrated print and digital content distribution programs and specialized library services. We couldn’t be more pleased that Coutts has been named the Primary Academic Book Supplier for Florida.”
Mr. Prichard continued, “Many libraries in the Florida system have already made the choice to work with Ingram and Coutts to help provide the best possible collections to their patrons. We very much look forward to introducing these benefits to other libraries within the system.”
The statewide academic book supplier agreement between Coutts and Florida State University will support The Florida College System (FCS), The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) and the State University System (SUS). These three groups have a combined student enrollment of 829,000 students representing 68 institutions.
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, Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Coutts Information Services, and Ingram Marketing Group Inc. For more information, visit http://www.ingramcontent.com.
Contact: Keel Hunt (615) 321-3110