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  1. Remove requirement for patrons to log in when downloading a DRM free title.

    I would like to see the removal of th requirement for users to login on title that are DRM-free. I see this as removing an extra step and relieving some of the frustrations that some of our users experience.

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  2. Better Search Experience - Some Miscellaneous Ideas for Finding Content More Effectively

    A set of ideas from a librarian who would love to see enhancements to the search interface and the lists that are provided within the system.

    Who is curating the list?
    How often is it updated?
    How is it updated/description of what’s on the list
    More specific lists (i.e. Social Justice is great, but it’s way too broad for practical reasons and should be narrower by specific SJ topic)

    Better filtering:
    Popularity within LibCentral
    Critical Acclaim
    Awards
    Community Selections/Picks
    Highlights/Spotlights around specific events or contexts
    Promotions/Sale Items
    Review ratings (like Amazon)
    New releases/future releases
    Rather than “year of publication,” which…

    1 vote

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  3. Imprints should be visible and searchable in patron portal

    Imprints should be visible and searchable in patron portal.

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  4. Linking and re-running search

    We'd like to be able to link into Ebook Central from another ebook database and re-run the same search on Ebook Central that was just performed on that other database

    1 vote

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  5. Add setting to allow removing 'Cite Book' option on Ebook Central

    Harvard Referencing on Ebook Central does not match the Harvard referencing style used at our institution. This can sometimes cause confusion and inaccurate details on students' reference pages.

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  6. Discount information in LibCentral should be reflected into ebook prices of mediate request page

    Currently, discount prices are in book details of LibCentral but they are not reflected into ebook prices of mediated request page so to confirm discount information before purchase, admin users have to click a title to go to its book detail page. I want to request this to save their time.

    7 votes

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  7. Drop-down menu Fund Codes

    The values ​​entered in the Fund Code Controls currently only appear in the cart as a dropdown menu.
    The drop-down menu should also be displayed in the Patron Request so that you can see exactly which Fund Codes have already been created and should therefore be used

    2 votes

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  8. Schedule usage report

    Schedule a customize usage report every week, monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually and send to an email.

    4 votes

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  9. To send notification when a book is about to be returned online

    It would be good if users got a notification when a book they were borrowing online was about to be returned. We have users that have lost notes because they made notes on Adobe DE and then when the book was returned and then re-loaned the notes were not there.

    3 votes

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  10. Support HAN server (reverse) authentication

    Please officially support authentication methode via HAN server.
    https://www.hh-han.com/en/concept.cfm

    1 vote

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  11. Alma CZ collection for Ebook Central specific to geographic regions

    In Alma, the PQ-provided CZ collection for Ebook Central includes titles which are not available to some regions of the world. This means that all libraries in the United States and Canada who use the CZ collection are showing their patrons records for titles to which we do not actually provide access.

    Please create a region-specific collection for the CZ that we can use. The scale of this problem is significant: all libraries in the US and Canada who use Alma and the CZ are having the same problem with the same titles.

    Thank you!

    1 vote

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  12. Include subtitles in display for items added to a bookshelf.

    Items on an Ebook Central Bookshelf are displayed using the title only; the subtitle is omitted. This means that if items share a title it is difficult to differentiate them when they are on the same Bookshelf, for example items that belong to the same series.

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  13. Timeout on eBooks

    There is no option to change the timeout on eBooks. It also times out if you click from the catalogue so could affect members.

    1 vote

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  14. Track ebook upgrade costs

    If using a DDA deposit account and using this money for upgrades too, it would be useful to be able to track the cost of upgrades via the budget tracker or a separate upgrade tracker

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  15. Receive notifications for titles removed from the DDA pool outside of the biannual ebook process

    We've had instances where faculty members ask if we have an ebook available for a class that they'll be teaching in a different semester. At the time we receive the question, we have access to it as we have activated it as part of our DDA pool. By the time the class comes, it has been removed by the publisher and we no longer have access.

    We would like to receive notification of the titles that will be removed by the publisher outside of the biannual ebook removal process. By the time it hits the MARC removal list, we are…

    1 vote

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  16. Improve pricing transparency

    Some publishers such as Elsevier or Springer multiply the base cost of the ebook. On LibCentral the price shown is not what we end up getting charged for in these cases. Could you calculate the actual cost of the ebook at the point of ordering? That way we can assess whether we want to purchase the ebook at that price or not. For example, we recently purchased one ebook for $57.51 but when the email confirmation came it was for $115.02 as Elsevier charges twice in that case.

    1 vote

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  17. Account Creation Requirements

    Require patrons use a root email address selected by the institution (example: @[institution].edu), and verify the legitimacy of that address before creating account (patrons receive email with link to complete the setup process).

    3 votes

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  18. DDA - Date Removed

    It would be nice to have a "date removed" field for DDA titles. As titles are removed between file loads, patrons occasionally come across a record that has been removed from ProQuest but not from the catalog yet because the monthly file has not been created yet. If a title had a note of when it was removed from DDA, that would help clear up these problems. It would be similar to the "date added" field, but would be "date removed from DDA".

    3 votes

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  19. By adding information about the licence model on the Detail page

    Improve usability by adding information on the Detail page for books purchased under a NL model that the options “Download PDF Chapter” and “Download PDF” in ToC does not work unless you first Download the book (check-out). As I was told when asking about it, this information is available in Libcentral. However, endusers does not have access to Libcentral. I would also suggest that you change “Download Book” on the Detail page to “Download Book (check-out)”. As a librarian I understand what check-out means and so does teachers and researchers, but necessarily not new students with low library skills. Think…

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