Chicago, IL—November 17, 2011. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that the Get It Now service from Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) will be available through Ex Libris discovery and delivery solutions. This first-of-its-kind service will enable Primo and SFX users in the United States to receive PDF copies of articles from journals to which their library doesn't subscribe.
Get It Now was developed with the participation of the California State University (CSU), one of the largest university systems in the world, and the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project, a resource-sharing management system developed and maintained by the State University of New York at Geneseo. Get It Now covers tens of thousands of articles from over 8,400 journals from leading publishers, including Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, Wolters Kluwer, Nature Publishing Group, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Publishers are being added on an ongoing basis.
A while back, the California State University found that users were collecting only half of all interlibrary loan (ILL) requests. With the integration of Get It Now with SFX, all requests are delivered directly to the user's email account within a few minutes. Moreover, around 75% of requests for articles are made when the library is closed (during evenings, weekends, and holidays), and these requests are fulfilled in an average of ten minutes.
The integration of Get It Now with Primo and SFX reflects the growing trend among academic libraries toward enabling users to find and access content that the libraries themselves don't own or license. The Get it Now service therefore meets libraries' increasing preference for user-driven, just-in-time collection development.
"The initial response to Get It Now has been overwhelmingly positive," said Diane Pierson, vice president of marketing at Copyright Clearance Center. "We feel that the results of this partnership with Ex Libris will benefit both academic institutions and publishers."
"The Get It Now service, together with SFX, has proven a great success with our users," remarked Marvin Pollard, digital library services manager at CSU. "SFX has long provided our users with real-time evaluation of their information needs and direct links to full text. Now, with the addition of the Get it Now service, SFX adds a channel for users to obtain content that is not locally owned or licensed—whenever and wherever they require it."
Oren Beit-Arie, chief strategy officer at Ex Libris, commented: "By giving greater flexibility to libraries and complementing libraries' annual subscriptions, Get It Now presents a revolutionary way of delivering content fast and cost-effectively. The service enables libraries to maintain control over their budget, their brand, and the number of requests per user. Through its suite of discovery solutions, comprising Primo, SFX, MetaLib, and bX, Ex Libris is committed to helping libraries introduce innovative ways of meeting their users' need for quick and reliable access to content. Get It Now is a first step toward implementing further new business models for fulfillment."
About Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is a global rights broker for the world's most sought-after materials, including in-print and out-of-print books, journals, newspapers, magazines, images, blogs, and e-books. Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC provides smart solutions that simplify the licensing of content. Through CCC solutions, businesses and academic institutions can quickly obtain permission to use copyright-protected materials, and publishers and content creators are compensated for the use of their works. For more information, visit www.copyright.com.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 80 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.