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  1. Referral Statistics

    We would find it helpful if there is a way to get referral statistics for Ebook Central under LibCentral's self-service options. This would benefit institutions looking at the various ways they're providing access to Ebook Central titles, and are hoping to get statistics to see how library users are discovering and linking to ebook holdings.

    6 votes

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  2. 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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  3. Getting usage data through API

    Set up a possibility of getting usage data through API.

    6 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!

  4. 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

    6 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!

  5. 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.

    6 votes

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

    We are currently reviewing this idea and appreciate the users who are voting and commenting. Please check back here for updates and thanks for keeping our Idea Exchange active! Best, Rayna Stowe

  6. More refine options - Doody's, OAT and RCL titles

    I'd like to request to add more refine options such as Doody's Core Titles, Outstanding Academic Titles and Resources for College Libraries titles.

    6 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Acquisition Catalog  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    ushma.bhatia responded

    We are currently reviewing this request, and gathering additional information about this feature.

  7. We have disabled the “Download Book” link for ProQuest ebooks. Is there any way to have this button removed from the item page? We’ve found

    We have disabled functionality of the “Download Book” option in Ebook Central. We would like to suggest the option to also have this button removed from pages for titles when this function is disabled. Having it appear on this page when the function is disabled is proving to be confusing for some of our students, and we have received several complaints.

    5 votes

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  8. Pay for ebook purchased by credit card

    Please create an option to pay for each ebook purchase with a credit card, rather than being invoiced. This would greatly improve the efficiency of our workflow and likely increase our utilization of the ProQuest eBook Central platform in our library. Thank you!

    5 votes

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    0 comments  ·  Ordering and Invoicing  ·  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 updated of the project update here.

  9. Add country data to the Usage Report export

    As an international membership organisation it is important for us to record which titles are being accessed from where. Adding a country column to the Usage Report would do this - if that's possible?

    5 votes

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    2 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  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 updated of the project update here.

  10. Users do not need to put names and email addresses again in request form

    Users login their accounts to request a book so names and email addressed should be automatically put in the form to save their time.

    6 votes

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  11. Link editions/ Pearson versions

    We have had turnaways from a 2nd edition of a book where we own the 3rd edition and have an issue now with additional copies of Pearson books having different URLs due to the removal of print/copy by Pearson. It would be very helpful if you could provide a link between editions /versions along the lines of Amazon's 'There is a newer edition' link.

    4 votes

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  12. Permalinks need to have the option to always include proxy info

    Our faculty work sometimes from campus and sometimes from home and send permalinks to students who may be on or off campus. The permalinks will only consistently work if they are proxied all the time. Our faculty or students are not going to think to check the URL every time...mainly because every other vendor we use just allows us to turn on proxied version 100% of the time regardless of where they are when they are accessing the resource so they don't have to think about it.

    4 votes

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  13. Curated Topics -- Would it be possible to customize the list? Example for users of healthcare establishments?

    Derired topics:

    Anesthesia
    Cardiology
    Dermatology
    Emergency medicine
    Endocrinology
    Family medicine and primary care
    Gastroenterology
    Geriatry
    Gynecology
    Hospital management
    Infection prevention
    Infectious diseases
    Internal medicine
    Medical imaging (Radiology, MRI, Ultrasound, etc.)
    Mental health (adult)
    Mental health (children)
    Neurology
    Neuropsychology
    Nutrition (Clinical nutrition)
    Nephrology
    Nursing
    Obstetric
    Occupational therapy
    Oncology
    Ophthalmology
    ORL (Oto-Rhino-Laryngology)
    Orthopedy
    Palliative care
    Pediatry and neonatology
    Perinatalogy
    Pharmacology
    Physiotherapy
    Pneumology
    Psychiatry
    Rheumatology
    Social work
    Surgery
    Urology

    4 votes

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    1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello voters!

    Just wanted to send a short note to let you know that there is already a way to request a customized list.

    In LibCentral, if you scroll to the end of the Curated Topics list, there is a link – “Request your customized list now”. If you click this, it will take you to a form where you can make a detailed request for a list on a particular subject.

    The request will go straight to our team of librarians, who will then work to create a list to spec.

    Thanks for the Idea and the votes!

  14. Select PDF or EPUB

    If an ebook is available in both PDF and EPUB format, the reader displays the PDF only. You have no chance to display the EPUB format. It would be very helpful for mobile device to have the opportunity to select which format should be displayed and downloaded.

    4 votes

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  15. Keeping the search string in the search box until done, with a 'clear search' option

    Keep the wording of a search in the search box for ease of editing and reminding oneself of the search. Also suggest a 'Clear search' button for when done.

    Alternatively, make the 'Edit search' option bigger, clearer and easier to find. It took me a while to even notice it was there, I had to keep typing out my searches again and again.

    Thanks.

    4 votes

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  16. Allow for greater interplay between price and number of additional copies in Extended Access

    We would like to be able to control the number of additional copies purchased relative to the price of the title. If we have a price cap of $500 on the purchase of additional copies and the purchase of an additional copy falls well beneath that price cap, we would like the opportunity to increase the limit on the number of additional copies purchased.

    4 votes

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  17. 4 votes

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  18. Bisac classification in LibCentral as well

    Since end of 2018 patrons have a more specific subject filter (BISAC) for search results. This would be helpful for DDA profiing and title searching in LibCentral as well.

    5 votes

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

    Thank you for your feedback on the Idea Exchange! 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.

  19. 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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  20. 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).

    4 votes

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