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desLibris offers a creative answer to the library ebook challenge: Check them out at CLA

I will be checking this out at CLA IN Winnipeg.  This is an exciting development for Canadian publishers and libraries to promote and offer Canadian content to their communities and cardholders.  The Gibson brothers have a long, successful history of innovation in Canadian libraries and Canadian digital content.  It is worth investing time in understanding this transformational approach.

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desLibris offers a creative answer to the library ebook challenge

May 31, 2013 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Canadian Electronic Library introduces, at the 68th Annual Conference of the Canadian Library Association. desLibris offers innovative approach to the challenges facing publishers and libraries wrestling with ebook distribution and delivery in Canada.

Pronounced “day-Libris” and built on the content aggregated by Canadian Electronic Library since 2006, the new service offers a novel approach to library e-lending and book discovery.

The desLibris platform is open to the public. Over 30,000 documents from Canadian public agencies are available for searching and viewing.

There are also over 16,000 books from 70 Canadian publishers previewed on the site. Hundreds of new documents and books are added each month.

Through a membership plan, libraries may take ownership of the collection, giving their users full access to books online, and using the desLibris MARC records to provide one-click access to every desLibris title from library OPACs or catalogues. Publisher Onix data is integrated with every record to maximize discoverability. Links to 49th ShelfWorldcat, publisher websites and Amazon allow for additional access. Sophisticated search tools in the interface offer selectivity and search precision.

desLibris is an unmatched source of Canadian content. The bilingual (English-French) interface gives Canadian readers access to all content in their language of choice.

In desLibris, every book is available to every reader without limit. By discarding the “prior purchase” requirement, which is the traditional model for library ebook acquisition, desLibris eliminates the need for libraries to purchase multiple copies based on best-seller lists or demand guesses. This streamlines acquisition, reduces purchase costs and administrative overhead and promotes client satisfaction. And, perhaps most important, it provides maximum exposure for Canadian books and authors, who often are squeezed out by the competitive, best-seller-driven book acquisition process.


Finally, by adding the Universal Loan option to its membership plan, a library may give its readers unlimited borrowing privileges. Any client of a desLibris library with the Universal Loan option may borrow / download to personal devices any qualified book title in the collection, without holds or wait-times.

Universal Loan recognizes that Libraries want to lend, and Publishers want as many readers as possible to have access to their books. More information here.

Dundurn Group President Kirk Howard says:

“Our firm has released over 1400 titles in epub and PDF, and we’re delighted with the additional exposure these will receive though the desLibris platform. We want our authors and books to be discovered and read widely, and we think desLibris will help us accomplish that goal.“

Bob Gibson of Canadian Electronic Library, says: 

“The Canadian publishers represented in desLibris, whose lists are not generally well served by the prior-purchase model, are are looking forward to testing this new approach, and we expect that the idea of unlimited loan will also resonate strongly with libraries.”
Other innovative features in desLibris include:


  •  Customized MARC record sets: Member libraries may configure MARC orders based on interest profiles, exposing only selected titles. Special libraries may easily configure MARC sets around subject criteria (such as “Law” or “Education in Ontario.”)


  • Buy Button.  Authenticated users may purchase any available copyright title in the collection with one-click access to Kobo.


  • Sharing. The persistent URL given to every desLibris book allows for reliable third-party linking, sharing or tweeting. Seach strings are also shareable, so site visitors may build reading lists for others. And page-specific URLs make it easy for instructors to build desLibris content into lesson plans.
  • Platform Neutrality. In response to demand from libraries seeking to offer ebooks within their own environments, desLibris will soon offer API linking to local library discovery layers.

Pricing and Memberships

desLibris is affordably priced by library type and population served. Libraries may open a membership account instantly by filling in a simple registration form.

Password-based free trials are also available.

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Posted on: May 29, 2013, 7:30 am Category: Uncategorized

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