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Vendor Collaboration Enhances Utah State University Library Discovery Process

Thanks to a new partnership between two vendors, the Utah State University library in Logan, UT will now be able to expand the resources available to students and faculty.

For several years, Utah State has used Innovative's Encore discovery system to organize its collection. Innovative, based in Emeryville, CA, provides technology for large library systems.

A little over a year ago, Innovative and EBSCO Information Services expanded a strategic partnership that already existed.

EBSCO provides online research content to libraries beyond their own collections. It has a database of more than 360,000 serial publications, 50,000 e-journals and 600,000 e-books.

By way of a new product EBSCO and Innovative have collaborated on, EDS via Encore Duet, Utah State University will be able to seamlessly provide access to EBSCO's inventory of research resources along with its own digital collection with what EBSCO representatives describe as an "intuitive interface."

With the new partnership between EBSCO and Innovative, the two companies have jointly developed an integrated system that gives users access to EBSCO Discovery Service and Innovative's Encore discovery platform.

"The integration of EDS with Encore allows us to enhance the power of our discovery platform while retaining the familiar interface and customization," said Utah State Integrated Systems Librarian Cheryl Adams.

At the same time, the new EDS via Encore Duet will give the Utah State library opportunities for customization that didn't exist before.

"The ability to customize is very important to us," Adams said, "and we will be taking advantage of those options."

About the Author

Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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