Innovative and EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) are pleased to announce integration of YBP Library Services (YBP) and EBSCO online ordering with Sierra. The integration will provide seamless ordering and improved workflow efficiencies.
This news follows the recent announcements of EBSCO’s API and Innovative’s Open Library Stack. The initial development will use cloud-based RESTful APIs from both Innovative and EBSCO to help libraries manage their e-book and print holdings by integrating Sierra with YBP Library Service’s GOBI ordering, automatically creating orders in Sierra’s acquisitions system within seconds of the order being placed in GOBI. Further developments will enable similar integration for EBSCO’s ECM e-book ordering and EBSCONET journal procurement and renewal systems, as well as a more streamlined process for ingesting YBP approval shipments and invoices.
The integration will leverage the value each partner offers to benefit mutual customers by significantly reducing the number of steps required to complete a purchase and improving the overall workflow. The result is significant savings in time and resources required to complete transactions, while enabling libraries to continue to use their preferred selection and ordering tools.
Innovative’s Director of Library Product Strategy, Sarah Hickman Auger explains the integration is a key example of how Sierra enables libraries to streamline their workflows, even across multiple interfaces from different vendors. "Sierra is open, so data and transactions can be shared automatically and in real-time by providing RESTful APIs and collaborating directly with content providers, Innovative delivers solutions that are sustainable for how libraries operate today and going forward."
EBSCO’s Senior Director, Product Management, SaaS, Harry Kaplanian says the EBSCO API provides libraries with choice and allows for interoperability that lets libraries select a best of breed service to meet their unique needs. "We know that a seamless integrated workflow is an enormous issue for libraries and by providing an API that allows for real-time ordering and workflow efficiencies, we are making it easier for librarians to acquire content and track those additions to their collection."
This announcement speaks to the continued commitment of resources by Innovative and EBSCO to their established partnership and to their common philosophy of supporting choice for libraries.
About YBP Library Services
YBP Library Services (ybp.com) 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 12 million titles. YBP has 300 employees with customers in 63 countries and is headquartered in Contoocook, NH, USA.
About EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO)
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO.com) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 700,000 e-books.
Innovative (iii.com) is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the broadest and most complete portfolios of library automation products on the market today. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in 66 countries and has offices around the world.