Ipswich, MA --June 28, 2013. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Innovative Interfaces, Inc. (Innovative) have expanded their strategic partnership designed to improve access to library resources. The expanded partnership will incorporate catalog functionality within the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) experience including real-time circulation status checking, enabling end users to place holds via EDS, providing libraries with single sign-on authentication and displaying patron account status within EDS. The partnership also allows Innovative to sell EBSCO A-to-Z with LinkSource, which will be known as Full Text Finder.
Innovative Chief Executive Officer, Kim Massana, says the expanded agreement came out of the success of the existing working arrangement. "As we have developed our current Encore/EDS integration, we saw opportunities for a closer working relationship in other areas that will benefit our library customers and their end users."
EBSCO Information Services President Tim Collins say the expanded partnership with Innovative is a great example of two library vendors working together to benefit customers. "We know our customers are looking for a variety of solutions for improving access to library collections and that is what we want to provide. The continuing success of our partnership with Innovative is a testament to what two vendors can accomplish when they decide it is in their collective best interests to develop solutions that leverage their strengths and, most importantly, serve the needs of their customers."
The existing agreement has provided for joint development designed to enable more tightly integrated access between EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and Innovative's Encore discovery platform in addition to facilitating access between EDS and Innovative's Sierra Services Platform. Having access to EDS's unified index expands the quality and amount of content available for Encore users while adding the enhanced features and functionality available from EDS. Encore users are also able to search their EBSCOhost databases via the Encore interface—providing a uniquely powerful article search experience.
The partnership has also lead to the development of the newly released Encore with EBSCO Discovery Service which brings the most comprehensive collection of full-text articles available into Encore. The robust metadata offered by EDS is culled from thousands of major journal publishers and information providers, providing the deepest possible indexing for the majority of journals and magazines. In addition, users of Encore with EBSCO Discovery Service benefit from more full-text resources than with any other option.
About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET, EBSCO's total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 420,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: http://www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.
About Innovative Interfaces
Innovative creates cutting-edge products that allow libraries to succeed in a modern technology environment and the freedom to implement solutions that best meet their specific needs. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions include: the Sierra Services Platform, the Millennium ILS, the Encore Synergy discovery application, Electronic Resource Management, and INN-Reach resource sharing. An established company with a vision for the future, Innovative connects with thousands of libraries of all types in over 50 countries. Innovative's commitment to service is reflected by its 24/7/365 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. The company is located in Emeryville, California with offices around the world.