EBSCO Launches New Release of LinkSource; Announces Expansion

Dec 09, 2005

EBSCO has announced the latest release of LinkSource, EBSCO's OpenURL link resolver. One enhancement to LinkSource is its integration with EBSCO A-to-Z and the A-to-Z knowledge base. With the integration of LinkSource into a library's A-to-Z list of eresources, LinkSource is able to take advantage of library holdings that have already been configured through EBSCO A-to-Z. The result is automatic management of links to full-text articles in hundreds of databases and ejournal packages.

Additional LinkSource features include but are not limited to: Vendor-neutral linking to ejournals, full-text databases, traditional library services such as the library catalog or interlibrary loan systems, and other services, like Web search engines; Branding and customization options; Authentication options; Customer care; and Complimentary online training. Another enhancement is simplified administration. Since full-text links are automatically added to a customer's LinkSource menu, most of the work has been taken out of configuration. Further, the LinkSource administration module now includes a Collection Editor feature to streamline the process required for adding other links. Configuration options are designed to give customers the ability to organize all links and control how they are presented. If EBSCO's knowledge base does not include a desired link, customers may add and customize the appearance of their own.

EBSCO has also announced the expansion of its Web -based ordering and management services for corporations to France, Germany, and the United Kingdom under the new name EBSCO Information MarketPlace (EIM). MarketPlace enables users to select from thousands of magazine, newspaper, and journal titles, and order through a secure, online site. MarketPlace offers two versions: a desktop solution that provides direct order access, multiple payment options, reporting capability, and order approval controls, and an eprocurement solution for Oracle, SAP and Ariba systems. Payment options include credit card, corporate purchasing card, or invoicing. Level III security authorization is provided for corporate purchasing cards and most major credit cards. Multiple languages (English, French and German) and multiple currencies (US Dollar, British Pound and Euro) are available.

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