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Oxford University Press Announces Ebook Partnership with the Ontario Council of University Libraries & YBP Library Services

Released on August 22, 2014

Oxford University Press (OUP) announced today it is partnering with YBP Library Services, the academic division of Baker & Taylor, in an Agreement with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) for the delivery of scholarly, monographic content via its University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) and Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) eBook program.

This partnership will help the participating Ontario university libraries streamline their collections management of Oxford University Press content with other collections purchasing activities.  The unlimited use eBook access for participating institutions will be available to students, faculty, and researchers through OCUL's Scholars Portal Books platform and the UPSO platforms. 

"This agreement between OCUL and OUP provides participating institutions with a wealth of scholarly digital content," explains OCUL Executive Director, Kathy Scardellato. As a consortium, OCUL's 21 member libraries leverage their joint resources to negotiate, purchase and steward an impressive collection of electronic resources. "With YBP Library Services as a partner, OCUL member libraries will have a single place to get an integrated picture of purchasing activities on an individual and consortial basis. This sort of partnership strongly supports the OCUL collaborative endeavor and its goal of building world-class digital library services for Ontario's university community."

YBP Library Services will provide the collection management, duplication control, and invoicing services for the eBooks.  "This new partnership continues our long-term strategic initiative to provide our OCUL customers with the broadest possible access to leading scholarly content," said Mark Kendall, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations at YBP. "Our collaboration with OUP offers our OCUL customers the valuable combination of OUP's outstanding content and YBP's value-added services."

The mission of the project is to ensure that users' needs for eBooks can be served in a cost-effective, shared way that will be a model of sustainability, cost savings, and workflow efficiencies across the libraries.  Integration with YBP Library Services allows for de-duplication across print and digital formats in accordance with existing collection development strategies used by the libraries.

"This offer represents a sensible and sustainable model which the OCUL community can take advantage of to access high quality, peer-reviewed digital monograph content available through Oxford's University Press Scholarship Online platform," said Rebecca Seger, Director of Institutional Sales for Oxford University Press. "Working with YBP, and with OCUL's Scholars Portal to provide local hosting, we have the opportunity to ensure this robust content is available to the widest audience possible in furtherance to the mission of the Press."

 

About OCUL
The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is a consortium of Ontario's 21 university libraries. Its strength lies in a commitment to work together to maximize collective expertise and resources. OCUL enhances information services in Ontario and beyond through collective purchasing and shared digital information infrastructure, collaborative planning, advocacy, assessment, research, partnerships, communications, and professional development. OCUL preserves and provides access to information resources collected and shared by Ontario's 21 university libraries through Scholars Portal, OCUL's information infrastructure service. OCUL is an affiliate of the Council of Ontario Universities. For more details, visit OCUL and Scholars Portal.


Contact:
Kathy Scardellato
OCUL Executive Director
kathy.scardellato@ocul.on.ca
 

About OUP
Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs more than 5,400 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

Contact:
Rebecca Seger
Oxford University Press
Director of Institutional Sales, Americas
rebecca.seger@oup.com

 

About YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor company, provides print and digital content, supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and special libraries throughout the world. GOBI3, YBP's acquisition and collection development interface, provides access to more than 10 million titles. YBP is located in Contoocook, NH, USA. For more on the company, visit YBP Services.

Contact:
Mark Kendall
YBP Library Services
Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations
800-258-3774 x3196
mkendall@ybp.com


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About Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes thousands of new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs some 6,000 people worldwide.

It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

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