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  1. When books are scheduled to be removed from the Ebook Central subscription...

    contact both the library with the list of titles currently on our patron's book shelves that will be removed, and contact the patron so they know that the book will not be available after a certain date. The patron should then be given options, e.g. how to save their notes and annotations, how to contact their libraries to request that perpetual access be acquired so they don't lose access to their existing notes and annotations, etc.

    20 votes

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  2. extend customizability

    Please make more texts and messages (e.g. in the login window) customizable.

    4 votes

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  3. Highlight reason for turn-away on eBook's landing page

    Many students do not take the time to scan the page (much less read it). When a s student is unable to access a book, all information is irrelevant, EXCEPT the information that I have highlighted. The student will not care about title, author, publication date, etc. They only care about accessing the book, and if they can’t access the book, they are ONLY interested why not & what else they can do. I suggest you highlight this information so that students know why they could not access the book, and what other options they have to proceed from here.

    5 votes

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  4. Friendly language for number of users

    The language used to describe number of users across all systems should be updated to be patron friendly. It is confusing for patrons and librarians!

    2 votes

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  5. Include URLs in LibCentral Title Reports

    Including urls in Title Reports can help manage holdings in third-party catalogs and discovery layers. Thank you!

    4 votes

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  6. Customize individual ebook's loan period

    Hi, it would be nice to be able to customize individual ebook's loan period, ie. to set the loan period for individual ebooks. I understand that now we are able to either enable or disable loan period for all ebooks. Thanks!

    2 votes

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  7. Patrons can see when a newer edition is available

    new edition
    Indiquer clairement qu'une nouvelle édition est disponible.
    Par exemple pour le titre Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults

    3 votes

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  8. Add hourly loans option at the title level

    Would like ability to add hourly loan option for selected titles, instead of only across the board permissions settings.

    2 votes

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  9. Username Login Prompt

    Include a prompt on the login page that helps a user remember that their username could actually be their email address. Too many users forget their username (especially over the summer break) and then create new accounts and are shocked when they cannot find their bookshelf. Having some kind of prompt is ideal.

    2 votes

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  10. Icon to cancel mediated request/Auto-reply when submitting a mediated request

    Currently, once a mediated request is submitted, it cannot be canceled, so it would be useful to be able to cancel it. To make it happen, it would be nice if a use receives an automatic reply when submitting a mediated request - ideally a cancel icon is included in that reply.

    6 votes

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  11. When Accessibility Mode has been enabled, return the user to their previous location.

    Currently users are returned to an Ebook Central search page. From there they have to search for, correctly identify and re-access the book they were reading, and navigate back to the location within the book where they were when they changed their accessibility setting. For users who navigated in via their institution's Catalogue record for the book, this can be confusing and disorienting.

    4 votes

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  12. Subjects are translated to patron's preferred language in Search Results

    Sujets en francais
    Après avoir exécuté une recherche, les sujets proposés sont inscrits en anglais, alors que l'interface est en français.

    Ils devraient être présentés en français

    1 vote

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  13. Provide automated holdings updates for EBSCO

    EBC allows for automated holdings updates in OCLC Collection Manager and it would be very helpful to have the same service for EBSCO holdings management. EBC customers use different knowledge bases for discovery and partnering with EBSCO would be helpful for maintaining holdings accuracy.

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  14. Include the DRM Allowances as columns on an exportable report

    Include the DRM Allowances (40% Print, 5% Copy) as columns on an exportable report such as the Title report and/or Expenditure report.

    2 votes

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  15. Include a direct link from the menu bar to the Accessibility Settings

    Currently the settings are accessible via Settings > Profile. Including a direct link would reduce steps for users with disabilities.

    2 votes

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  16. Persist Zoom Level

    Every time when opening an Ebook (or re-load it after the session timed out once again ...) I have to adjust the zoom level to get an appropriate zoom level for my display. I use either my laptop display or an external monitor (4K). In either case the zoom level is too high, s.t. I have to zoom out first.

    The following features would ease that (mild) pain:

    • best: have the zoom level persisted in the browser's local storage

    • good: make the zoom level a request parameter, s.t. I can have the zoom level fixed via bookmark

    2 votes

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  17. LibCentral title reports enhancement request - total user access

    For limited user access titles (1U or 3U licenses) we often want to know the total user access we have currently, and as far as I'm aware there's no way to extract this from the current admin reports.

    Generating title reports, there is no total user access information. There are "copies" and "access model" but there is no way to easily calculate the total access from these columns.

    For example we have a title that shows as 4U access when you search in LibCentral. However the same title on the title report has:
    Copies - 3
    Access model - 1-user,…

    4 votes

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  18. Patrons can return books early

    To allow return of book earlier after download, so that the book can be available for other users.
    Each ebook will have a specific number of concurrent user access. However, if a user downloads a book, this is tied to a fixed number of days, before the book can be free-up for other users to access. The function should allow users to return the book earlier, so that others can also access the eBook earlier.

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  19. Ebook Central Upgrade Report

    Create a report that can be routinely pulled in LibCentral that provides --turnaway data, unique access data, highest owned license, highest available upgrade, current price for highest available upgrade, upgrade path and Is the title included in any subscribed products. A report such as this will help with making ebook upgrade decisions in bulk on a routine basis.

    2 votes

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  20. Retain and provide usage for full calendar years

    This idea is closely related to another that address availability of 2018 usage. It is very important for subscribers to have monthly usage totals for titles for a full calendar year in order to have complete and accurate usage counts. When titles with usage are deleted or omitted from a report based on the run date of the report rather than retained and provided for the date range selected, valuable product history is lost – history that customers use for making renewal and/or purchasing decisions.

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