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EasyBib.com and OCLC Collaborate on Library-Branded Citation Service
OCLC and ImagineEasy Solutions, LLC are collaborating to create a customizable library version of ImagineEasy Solutions’ popular EasyBib.com service, the popular online citation site on the web. The EasyBib Library Edition service will be rolled out in a beta testing phase with select OCLC member libraries this month.
EasyBib is an automatic bibliography composer, used by more than 23 million unique visitors in the past year. More than 500,000 new citations are added each day during peak periods of use, such as at the end of university terms. Students simply search or enter bibliographic data of a particular source and EasyBib formats the citation, alphabetizes the works cited list, and exports it to word processing software. Students can also use EasyBib’s notebook feature to dynamically organize their research information associated with their citations.
EasyBib, a WorldCat.org partner site, already generates a robust traffic stream to libraries through WorldCat.org, using the WorldCat Search API to power book search citations. Jointly designed by OCLC and Imagine Easy Solutions, EasyBib Library Edition will provide an opportunity for libraries to reach students where they already go for help with citation formatting. The Library Edition will offer a variety of features designed to extend library reach and usage, such as:
- Library-branded interface
- Links to library home page and catalog
- Search box for easy discovery of additional resources at your library and beyond
- Integration with virtual reference services
- IP redirects to your library’s customized version
- Deep links into a library’s OPAC
- Integration with the OpenURL Gateway.
OCLC will be the exclusive provider for EasyBib Library Edition, and a provider for EasyBib School Edition, EasyBib’s standard institutional service. OCLC is currently working with a set of member libraries that will serve as test sites for the beta service of Library Edition, which is expected to be available in the U.S. and Canada by spring 2011.
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