Impelsys logoImpelsys, a provider of electronic content delivery solutions, recently announced the commercial launch of a new acquisitions system for libraries that enables library staff to order e-books for their collections directly from participating publishers.

Impelsys’ new library eBook Ordering System, as it’s called, was developed in partnership with Douglas County Libraries (DCL), a seven-branch public library system in Douglas County, Colo. The e-book acquisition dashboard was beta tested by DCL’s professional staff and system modifications were made prior to commercial launch last week.

“The Library E-Book Ordering System is an important addition to the 21st century librarian’s toolchest,” said James LaRue, director of Douglas County Libraries, in a release. “This acquisition dashboard greatly simplifies the process of managing purchases and relationships with a whole new universe of content creators.”

Here’s Sameer Shariff, founder and CEO of Impelsys, explaining the system:

The concept of this new management system is to allow a library’s collection development and acquisitions staff to receive new title metadata directly from publishers, and then order the e-books they want directly from those publishers without the need of a third-party ordering system. A publisher simply uploads its entire catalog to the Impelsys dashboard, which displays all the crucial information library professionals need in order to consider purchasing e-books for their collections, such as cover art, book description and pricing.

There are five components to the new system:

• Catalog Feed — Import catalog lists from publishers.
• Create List — Select and add the titles for eContent acquisition.
• Purchase Orders — Generate multiple purchase orders based on the number of different publishers.
• User Management — Set up a new librarian user, new acquisition account or reset existing account passwords.
• Email — Automatically generate email alerts to librarians for all new catalog updates, to acquisitions staff when a selection list is being submitted for purchase, and to a user when an account has been setup or updated.

“This new service is very compatible with the ‘DCL Model’ for e-book acquisition and circulation,” said Jimmy Thomas, executive director of the Marmot Library Network. “Librarians leery of the high costs of e-books will appreciate a tool that facilitates the direct purchase of eBooks, and eliminates needless mark-ups, without requiring too much extra effort by library staff.”

Library staff members interested in receiving more information about the Impelsys eBook Ordering System for Libraries can email sales@impelsys.com.