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  1. Customizable Purchase Hierarchy

    We would like the ability to customize our autopurchase hierarchy, because our preference of Access Model does not match the Purchase Hierarchy for Ebook Central

    Also, we require the ability to exclude select Access Models so they are never purchased.

    53 votes

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    3 comments  ·  DDA and Profiling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This idea is still in the review stage. We appreciate the continued votes and comments on this idea (as well as others), so continue to engage! We will keep the status updated, so stay tuned. Best,
    Rayna

  2. Ability to sign up for notification when an ebook is available again, especially for one user titles.

    One user ebooks should allow users to sign up for notification when an ebook is available again on the platform. Useful tool especially for the academic institution that uses the text in the curriculum as recommended reading where we know demand is high.

    46 votes

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    1 comment  ·  User interface  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. 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.

    33 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Access Permissions & System Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Ebook Central license upgrade pricing relates to historical spend

    When upgrading to an unlimited license, it should be taken into account when the institution has previously paid for multiple 1 or 3 user licenses.

    In these cases the institution should be invoiced for the difference between the total spend to date on licenses for that title, rather than the current model of the difference between the unlimited user license and the cost of a single 1 or 3 user license.

    27 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Ordering and Invoicing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Make the Bookshelf function shareable across institutions

    The Bookshelf function is a brilliant function of Ebook Central. I work in a support role for Jisc, and we use Ebook Central to host our collection of e-books for FE. I created several Bookshelves to divide our collection into subject and qualification areas, but was disappointed to learn that I would not be able to share these with different organisations, I could only share them within Jisc. This is disappointing because it would be a fantastic support mechanism for Jisc's librarian members in the UK. Our members often don't have the time to create these Bookshelves themselves, and therefore this great tool…

    25 votes

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  6. 24 votes

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  7. Bulk update Book Level Permissions for a set of owned ebooks

    We would like to have the ability to run a job to bulk update/change the Download Days and Online Reader Loan Days in the Book Level Permissions parameters for a list of owned ebooks. Ideally, this would be for both making initial changes to the individual book permissions and for reverting the permissions back to the default general settings.

    23 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Access Permissions & System Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We appreciate the users who have been commenting and voting on this enhancement idea for LibCentral. It is under review and we will keep the status up to date on this exchange. Keep innovating and voting! Best, Rayna

  8. Find alternate solutions to manage downloads.

    Find alternate solutions to manage downloads. Our license is with you, not Adobe. We should not have to give Adobe our employees' data in order for employees to be able to download fulltext books we have licensed from you.

    21 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. 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,…

    21 votes

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    5 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!

  10. Add Readership Level to DDA profiling

    We would like to be able to profile by readership level, so that it is easy to filter out non-academic content which we do not want to acquire.

    18 votes

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    5 comments  ·  DDA and Profiling  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This idea is still under review by the product team. We will continue to update our customers on the Idea Exchange. We appreciate your comments and votes as we evaluate and triage your great ideas! Best, Rayna

  11. 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.

    16 votes

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  12. Provide forthcoming ebook information, especially for new editions

    It would be wonderful if you could provide information on when you will receive an ebook from a publisher, especially when new editions of print are available. I'm often asked this question when the title can't be located in your catalog but it is known to be available in print and the ebook is available directly with the publisher. Being able to pre-order these books would also be great. When I e-mail support with these questions, I'm often never provided with a response.

    15 votes

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  13. ISBN/eISBN with hyphens

    LibCentral and Patron Portal should be capable processing ISBN and ISBN with hyphens

    14 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Acquisition Catalog  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback on this potential enhancement. We are currently reviewing this request, and gathering additional information. In the meantime, please continue to provide more feedback and we welcome your votes. We will keep the status of the project updated here.. We appreciate your engagement.

  14. I'd like to share my comments with my students

    Please enhance the sharing capability of Ebook Central so that I can share the highlights and comments that I leave on the books within my Bookshelf Account with my students. I teach Library & Information Science to both under-graduate and post-graduate students. Currently, within my classes, I need to log into my Ebook Central account; open the books with my annotations; and show them on the screen to the students. Although I’m not a user, I heard that New RefWorks has the capability of sharing the highlights and comments with other users. I would like to see the same functionality…

    14 votes

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  15. Information about titles that have been added to bookshelves by students before the titles are withdrawn from Ebook Central subscriptions

    When titles are withdrawn from our Ebook Central subscription, we have no way to knowing if any of the titles that we will lose access to have been added to a student bookshelf (where notes and chapters have been highlighted). Students also do not get notified and may lose access to the title with all highlighting / notes accompanying the text it relates to. I would like to propose that users get some form of notification prior to withdrawal if the title is part of their personal bookshelf to give them an opportunity to save the notes and also that…

    13 votes

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  16. Hour Checkout

    We can customize downloads by the number of days. We need to be able to customize downloads by the hour as well.

    12 votes

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  17. Over-the-license-limit-ebook access

    ProQuest allows patrons to use an e-book with limited licenses to have 5 minutes of access even if no license is available. I would suggest that such users get a notification that they have "limited" access to the book and a count-down click to show them the remaining access. If a license becomes available during those 5 minutes, a pop-up window can appear to inform them that they now have full access. If the five minutes are up, the patron should have the option to enter an e-mail or cell phone number to receive notification when a license becomes available.…

    12 votes

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  18. I'd like to get PDFs with my comments and highlights

    I would like to be able to print out or create PDFs of Ebook Central’s books with the highlights and comments that I leave on my Bookshelf Account. Currently, the created PDFs cannot show any annotations I leave on the books. It will be very nice to have the option of displaying the highlights in the PDFs as they are added and showing the comments on either left or right side of the file.

    12 votes

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  19. Notifications when a patron is blocked

    We recently had an academic blocked by PEC because he downloaded in excess of 100 titles in a month. We were not aware of any blocks in Proquest, and neither the library nor the patron were notified of the block; his access was just limited without explanation. We were informed that Proquest would remove the block at the end of the month, but that was not communicated either. A notification system needs to be in place if patron access is going to be affected.

    11 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Administration and User Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback on this potential enhancement. We are currently reviewing this request, and gathering additional information. In the meantime, please continue to provide more feedback and we welcome your votes! Please keep checking the Exchange for further status updates.

  20. Offer KBART to customers

    It would be great if customers could get KBART of their holdings. It would help in maintaining collections in discovery systems.

    10 votes

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