OCLC and Ingram Content Group have launched a new e-book service option that provides libraries and their patrons short-term access to e-book content that is not in a library’s collection through WorldCat Resource Sharing.
The new e-book service option increases the amount of content available through WorldCat Resource Sharing. Through the collaboration, e-books from Ingram’s MyiLibrary e-book collection will be available to participating libraries and their patrons for a nine day period. The option will be available in ILLiad within the next several months. E-book loans are fee-based, set at an average of 15 percent of the MyiLibrary price set by the publisher for access to the e-book. The fee is managed through the WorldCat Resource Sharing interlibrary loan fee management (IFM) feature that supports payment of resource-sharing services through the library’s OCLC invoice.
The addition of Ingram’s MyiLibrary content provides access to more than 50,000 e-book titles, and is growing daily. Content from the world’s leading publishers, such as Taylor and Francis and Wiley are currently available through the new short-term access option. Records for all titles have been added to WorldCat under the symbol IDILL, so users will find these titles when they search the WorldCat database via WorldCat.org, WorldCat Local, WorldCat Local “quick start” and FirstSearch. Interlibrary loan staff can then facilitate access to the available titles by requesting them from IDILL. View the list of available e-book titles.
To support the new and growing e-book access program, Ingram will send “Conditional” messages to request that borrowing library staff take an action such as enabling IFM or adjusting their Maxcost setting to accommodate the cost of an e-book loan. Ingram will place the link to the e-book in the new field “Alert” to notify the borrower immediately that the request has been filled and to alert the library that they will have nine days from the date the e-book is “shipped” to use the link before it expires.
This short-term access option delivers e-books to users quickly, so they can begin to use requested titles right away. Once a request is updated to “shipped” status, it is immediately available for use with no delays for shipping, or the time required to pick up a requested print title. This supports the way many users make use of e-books to obtain specific parts of information for research. For example, often a chapter or section of an e-book is all they need to use. The MyiLibrary interface allows users to search the full text of titles to quickly identify the sections they need.
For more information view the “What’s New with OCLC Resource Sharing Services” webinar recorded on August 25, 2011.