January 28, 2014 -- Emeryville, CA. Innovative announced that Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) in Ohio is live on the Encore Discovery Solution with eBooks from OverDrive, the leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks. With this first commercial integration of OverDrive eBooks into a discovery tool, Encore users have an immediate path to eBook and eAudioBook content, including the ability to view samples, place holds, check out, and select among eBook platforms such as OverDrive Read or Kindle, as well as Web browser and PDF formats. Library users can access functionality in both their desktop and mobile Encore interfaces.
"I have been providing support and training for our library's OverDrive collection since 2009," says Joe Salamon, Internet Specialist at CCPL. "Working with Innovative, in partnership with OverDrive, proved to me that everyone concerned understood the complexities of digital borrowing and were focused on ways to make it easy for patrons. It in turn makes it easier for libraries and library staff to support those patrons."
Salamon continues: "One of our top priorities at CCPL is customer convenience, and now that the integration is live in Encore, our existing eBook customers should find it much easier to locate materials, in real time, using Encore's discovery tools and relevancy ranking. The convenience of seeing checkouts, holds, etc.—both physical and digital items—in one account view is a logical and highly-valued feature that patrons really want! The book-preview feature will really help boost awareness among our non-eBook borrowers of the breadth and accessibility of our growing digital collection."
"We at OverDrive are delighted to have worked with Innovative to create this solution for such an influential and forward-thinking partner as CCPL," said Shannon Lichty, Director of Partner Services at OverDrive. "This is part of our ongoing commitment to providing seamless services for all of our partners, and a simple, integrated user experience for their patrons."
"Innovative is dedicated to providing open-platform tools that allow for the kind of API integration that serve the needs of libraries and their users," says VP of Product Management Brad Jung. "OverDrive is a strong and valued partner to our company, and together we are providing an experience of the modern library that is convenient, immediate, and enriching to users."
CCPL patrons are already taking advantage of seamless access to OverDrive digital content from Encore. The power of the integrated experience can be seen in this example search for "Grisham": http://goo.gl/rfKaea.
Innovative expects the functionality will be available to all Encore libraries in Encore 4.4 during the first half of 2014.
OverDrive Read is a trademark of OverDrive.
OverDrive is the leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video worldwide. We deliver secure management, DRM protection, and download fulfillment services for publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers-serving millions of end users globally. OverDrive currently hosts more than 1 million premium digital titles from more than 2,000 publishers, including Random House, HarperCollins, AudioGO, Harlequin, and Bloomsbury. Our digital distribution services are utilized by more than 22,000 libraries, schools, and colleges worldwide. For two consecutive years, OverDrive has been named to the EContent 100 as a company that matters most in the digital content industry. OverDrive was a founding member of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Established in 2000, the IDPF promotes the development of electronic publishing applications and products that will benefit creators of content, makers of reading systems, and consumers, including the industry standard EPUB format. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio with an office in Melbourne, Australia.
Innovative (www.iii.com) is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers the broadest and most complete portfolio of library automation products on the market today. Innovative's flagship library services platform, Sierra, is the most rapidly adopted product in library automation history. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions also include the Millennium ILS, the Encore discovery solution, Electronic Resource Management, Decision Center collection management tool, the SkyRiver cataloging service, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Customers are supported through a 24/7/52 Help Desk, Innovative University, and the CSDirect Web support center. A recognized leader in library automation software, Innovative has introduced technological advancements for over 30 years. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in over 50 countries and has offices around the world. Keep up with Innovative on the CEO INN-Sights blog at blog.iii.com, Facebook, and YouTube.