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EBSCO Announces New Partnerships that Enhance Discovery Options
At the recent American Library Association (ALA) annual meeting, EBSCO Publishing made several announcements about recent partnerships that extend the reach of its EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The company announced agreements with SirsiDynix, OCLC, and Innovative Interfaces.
The new agreement between EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) and SirsiDynix will provide mutual customers with easier access to the databases, ejournals, and other econtent end users are looking for. EBSCO and SirsiDynix will work together to allow (EDS) to be seamlessly integrated into SirsiDynix’s eResource Central solution. The plan also calls for a refined approach to the integration of eBooks on EBSCOhost within the SirsiDynix experience.
In addition to discovering the extensive content available via EDS, SirsiDynix customers who own or subscribe to eBooks on EBSCOhost will be able to identify which ebooks are available and check them out. Checkouts will be integrated with physical holdings, and users will be able to launch EBSCO’s ebook viewer directly without additional authentication.
OCLC and EBSCO have signed an agreement to make EDS interoperable with the OCLC WorldShare Management Service, enabling libraries to use EDS as their discovery layer and WorldShare Management Services as their library management system. Additionally, the companies are investigating working toward an integrated solution allowing WorldCat Local users who also subscribe to EDS to search and retrieve results from EDS within the WorldCat Local Service.
Libraries using the integrated EDS-WMS solution will be able to perform cataloging, acquisitions, license management, and circulation in OCLC’s next generation cloud-based management system, while providing their patrons with the EDS discovery service as a user front end. OCLC and EBSCO are working together to integrate such key WMS functions into EDS as patron identity management, item availability, circulation, and system configuration. Because libraries using this integrated solution will catalog in WorldCat, users of EDS in this configuration will have the ability to access all of WorldCat.
EBSCO and Innovative Interfaces agreed to joint development that will enable more tightly integrated access between EDS and Innovative’s Encore discovery platform in addition to facilitating access between EDS and Innovative’s Millennium ILS and Sierra Services Platform. Having access to EDS’s unified index will expand the quality and amount of content available for Encore users while adding the enhanced features and functionality available from EDS. Encore users will also be able to search their EBSCOhost databases via the Encore interface—providing a powerful article search experience.
Paula J. Hane
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