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  1. Ebook Central turnaway messages

    The existing turnaway message that users are given is hidden in not very clear text, in the middle of the screen, amoungst other things. a student with sight issues flagged this as hard to see, and they are right.

    The current message of 'All copies are currently in use' should be in bold, or make much clearer in any other way.

    Even the ability to customise this message would be useful.

    12 votes
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  2. Additional turnaways information requested

    With auto-upgrades, if an eBook is only available as a 1-user license and is in use please could it be reported as a turnaway if someone else tries to access it. Not everyone will fill in the mediated title request so I don't think we are getting a true picture of how often people can't access 1-user titles and we have quite a lot of these. It would also help make COUNTER reporting of turnaways more accurate I would guess? Thanks

    2 votes
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  3. Add a trigger stage to DDA Statements & Mechanism for accurately tracking triggers

    ebook statements should be enhanced to indicate trigger stage (e.g. 1st trigger, 2nd trigger, purchase). Otherwise it requires manual reconciliation which is very time consuming. As well, there should be a mechanism to keep track of triggers even when a title changes price. Otherwise, customers exceed their preferred purchase settings with excessive loans.

    1 vote
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    0 comments  ·  Ordering and Invoicing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. For clarity, you are referencing the statements and invoices for DDA purchases or does this also include any of the reports you can retrieve from LibCentral (Expenditure, Title, etc.)? Please keep these great ideas and votes coming our way! Thanks much.

  4. Password repetition

    For avoiding typos and also for safety reasons the password should be entered twice while creating/requesting a patron account.

    6 votes
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  5. Truncation for full text searches

    Righthad truncation wildcard * does not work for the full text search (search within the ebook). Researches need this functionality with in the content!

    3 votes
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  6. Show patrons all prices! (ATO and non-mediated prices are missing atm)

    Currently patrons do not see prices for ATO Loans or when non-mediated processes (non-mediates STL or autopurchase) are defined.

    1 vote
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  7. Remove Non-Linear from current upgrade hierarchy; give it its own setting.

    We have auto-upgrade enabled, with the expectation that a title will upgrade from one stable limited-user model to the next: 1u->3u->UU. Currently, NL is included in the auto-upgrade hierarchy: 1u->3u->NL->UU.

    This is really inappropriate; NL is a very different sales model from the other three, since you can run out of uses. It's especially problematic if overuse of a 3u has triggered the upgrade - that indicates really heavy use, and really heavy use will run down an NL license very quickly - thus potentially replacing 3u access with no access at all. That's not an "upgrade".

    NL is, however,…

    14 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Ordering and Invoicing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all for your feedback on this issue. Is this primarily an issue only with upgrades or also with autopurchases? I’d like to best understand the scope of the problem, and look forward to all additional feedback from those affected. Keep those great ideas and thoughts coming!

  8. Be able to limit searches by pagination.

    Surprisingly, teachers want to be able to select course readings by page length. They want to search for books that are say less than 100 pages, less than 150 pages, etc.

    4 votes
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  9. Description and/or TOC search

    I am writing to ask if ProQuest would consider adding an option to search eBook Central by description and/or table of contents.

    2 votes
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  10. Add access permission to Expenditure and Usage Report

    For tracking costs (of user groups defined by access permissions sets) a additional column of the user access permission in the reports (exports) would be helpful.

    1 vote
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  11. Refine Search by STL availability

    I would like to be able to quickly refine the search results by STL availability.

    1 vote
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    0 comments  ·  Acquisition Catalog  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    megan.marion responded

    We are currently reviewing this request and gathering additional details about this feature. Thank you for the suggestion!

  12. 2 votes
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  13. Covers at the book carousel of the patron by selection

    Librarians should be able to choose the books displayed at the book carousel of the landing page (recently viewed/featured titles).

    3 votes
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  14. ipv6

    Please support IPv6 IP addressing

    3 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Access Permissions & System Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Export citations for "EndNote/Citavi" are in difficult to use format

    Exporting citations for "EndNote/Citavi" appear to normally result in file download named:

    biblioExport.action

    The customer reports (and I confirmed) that doesn't open seamlessly with Chrome on a Mac with EndNote.

    Customer asks, your KB article says the files "should be downloaded as a .action or .ris file into your Downloads folder". Why not always one or the other (preferably .ris files)?

    1 vote
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  16. Getting usage data through API

    Set up a possibility of getting usage data through API.

    5 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    megan.marion responded

    Thanks for your suggestion. We are currently reviewing this request and gathering additional details about this feature.

    In the meantime, please continue to provide more feedback and we welcome your votes!

  17. Real-time turn away alerts/reports

    Kathleen wants this so she can go in and upgrade immediately. It’s not as helpful to see a turn away report in hind-sight

    5 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    megan.marion responded

    Thanks for your suggestion. We have a turnaway report available if you contact customer support, but I can see how it would be much more useful to run on demand in LibCentral. While we continue to monitor demand, please feel free to provide more feedback and votes!

  18. Would like to see an index/thesaurus in the advanced search section.

    The detailed index/thesaurus would allow me to search more specifically by the criteria ProQuest uses in the indexing process--for example, if there are specific subject classifications. I would want to be able to either start typing a word in the index search bar to find a term or be able to browse alphabetically, then click on the term, which would either hyperlink to records containing that term or be able to add the term to the advanced search.

    1 vote
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  19. Inter-library loan of titles across consortial institutions

    Would like to ‘share’ copies of ebooks with other institutions via inter-library loan. Of course, we don’t want to give our last copy, but it seems like we should be able to share our licenses because we are not creating additional copies. Ideally, this would work the same way returnables work. It’s also important that this not only work with Alma libraries, but libraries with a variety of ILSes.

    5 votes
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    megan.marion responded

    Thank you for your feedback. We plan to start looking at this feature and we will provide updates as appropriate.

  20. Download from Reader for Only DDA Titles

    I want to enable downloading from the Online Reader only for DDA purchases (to force users to at least look at the book before triggering an STL), but allow downloading from the title page for owned/subscribed titles.

    1 vote
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    2 comments  ·  Access Permissions & System Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    ushma.bhatia responded

    Thank you for your suggestion. We will explore this feature over the next few months and would like your feedback. Are you available for a phone call to share more details about your suggestion? Will implementing the download from the reader only for DDA titles feature, fix an issue you’re currently experiencing?

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