BIRMINGHAM, Ala., USA – June 30, 2008 – EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has recently developed and launched another innovative feature for EBSCONET®, the Company’s premier e-service platform, that helps library staff activate their e-journals and track the ongoing status of that activation. Just one in a series of significant EBSCONET enhancements, this newest feature works in tandem with the license details feature, launched last February, since it provides instant access to key license information needed in the e-journal management workflow.
A comprehensive solution that simplifies the work involved throughout the activation and registration process, the new feature benefits library staff in many ways. It lists orders that require action; it identifies what actions are required; it provides details and instructions for completing each action; and finally, it tracks the overall progress of the registration and activation functions.
Susan K. Beidler, head of collections management and systems at Snowden Library, Lycoming College, Williamsport, Penn., was one of numerous customers who participated in the testing of this latest EBSCONET enhancement. When asked how it might help her, she replied, "I like the partnership aspect. EBSCO is able to do some of the activation steps for the users, so we don’t have to do every step of the process ourselves. But, I can see where we are, the status of each step as far as licensing goes, and who’s done what. Having it all in one place is really very nice. I like that I can search for all titles for a single publisher and handle them as a group. I also like the searching functionality using the order activation summary. I can limit the search on any one of the six steps. It’s much easier to see where you stand and what you have left to do."
Allen Powell, president of EBSCO Information Services, also commented on the new feature. He said, "In addition to helping information professionals ensure their users have timely access to all their library’s purchased resources, this new feature makes e-journal management much more efficient for library staff. The intelligent tracking of the many steps involved in activating and registering e-journals, combined with the rich data we already provide, give our EBSCONET users another unique and powerful tool."
The various components that make up the order activation and registration feature have been automatically added to existing EBSCONET Administrator accounts, at no charge.
Averaging more than 100,000 hits every day, EBSCONET is the optimal service for electronic and print resource management. With a roles-based approach, EBSCONET helps its users ― from e-resource to collection development to serials librarians ― accomplish their resource management tasks with precision and simplicity. Also, EBSCONET helps librarians access everything from subscription order records to collection development and financial analysis reports via one centralized site; it provides instant access to publishers’ access models and license profiles while helping to expedite the registration and activation of the library’s e-content; it also empowers library staff to make smart and timely decisions about their on-order resources through weekly e-journal update alerts, and there’s more to come. To learn more about how EBSCONET continues to distinguish itself from the myriad subscription management tools available today, please visit www.ebsco.com for frequent updates.
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