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Impelsys Announces Commercial Launch of New eBook Ordering System

Impelsys, a provider of electronic content delivery solutions, announced the commercial launch of a new title acquisitions system for libraries that enables library staff to order ebooks for their collections directly from participating publishers. Impelsys’ new eBook Ordering System was developed in partnership with Douglas County Libraries (DCL), a seven-branch public library system in Douglas County, Colo. The ebook acquisition dashboard was beta tested by DCL’s professional staff and system modifications were made prior to commercial launch.

“The Library eBook Ordering System is an important addition to the 21st century librarian’s toolchest,” said James LaRue, director of Douglas County Libraries. “This acquisition dashboard greatly simplifies the process of managing purchases and relationships with a whole new universe of content creators.”

There are five components to the new system:

  • Catalog Feed—Import catalog lists from publishers
  • Create List—Select and add the titles for econtent acquisition
  • Purchase Orders—Generate multiple purchase orders based on the number of different publishers
  • User Management—Set up a new librarian user, new acquisition account, or reset existing account passwords
  • Email—Automatically generate email alerts to librarians for all new catalog updates, to acquisitions staff when a selection list is being submitted for purchase, and to a user when an account has been setup or updated

“This new service is very compatible with the ‘DCL Model’ for eBook acquisition and circulation,” said Jimmy Thomas, executive director of the Marmot Library Network. “Librarians leery of the high costs of ebooks will appreciate a tool that facilitates the direct purchase of ebooks, and eliminates needless mark-ups, without requiring too much extra effort by library staff.”

Impelsys is also the developer of iPublishCentral, a digital publishing software platform. iPublishCentral is the ebooks technology infrastructure used by some of the largest science, technology, medical publishers, academic publishers, and professional associations in the world.

Source: Impelsys

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