YBP Library Services and Ex Libris Collaborate
to Streamline Library Operations
Customers of the two companies will benefit
from enhanced selection and acquisition workflows
Ex Libris® Group is pleased to announce a new collaboration with YBP Library Services (YBP) to offer a new, streamlined acquisition process to academic and research libraries that use the Ex Libris Alma and YBP GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) platforms. YBP is the academic division of Baker & Taylor and the leading provider of content-management services for libraries. In addition, the collaboration will enable libraries to reduce costs associated with acquisitions.
Leveraging Alma’s open architecture, the first deliverable of this project will automatically update Alma in real time with all print and electronic orders placed via the GOBI3 platform. As a result, librarians will be spared the task of replicating these transactions in the Alma interface. Ex Libris and YBP plan to release this first deliverable in the coming months.
Mark Kendall, senior vice president of sales and operations at YBP, commented, “Libraries continue to look to YBP and our partners for a high level of joint collaboration designed to deliver enhanced acquisition and technical workflow efficiencies. YBP and Ex Libris are proud to have worked closely for many years and this latest initiative utilizes our newest technologies, resulting in significant value to our mutual customers.”
Dvir Hoffman, vice president for product management and marketing at Ex Libris, remarked: “I am pleased to embark on this new collaboration with YBP Library Services. Using Alma’s open APIs, integrated with the GOBI platform, library staff will be able to simplify their acquisition processes and dedicate more time to providing valuable services to end users. The fundamental goal that we share with YBP and other partners is to enable each customer to adopt the most effective way of serving its own end users.”