[Libs-Or] Orbis Cascade Alliance communication with EBSCO and Ex Libris about data sharing

John F. Helmer jhelmer at orbiscascade.org
Fri Jun 6 09:55:38 PDT 2014

Northwest colleagues,

You may be aware that the Alliance has been encouraging EBSCO and Ex Libris
to reach a data sharing agreement that allows EBSCO content to be fully
represented in Primo.  Although this particular conversation involves these
two vendors, it is part of a broader principal.  We continue to hold that
libraries must be able to make independent decisions about content and
discovery.  All of the content our members purchase must be fully available
via our chosen discovery system.

As you will recall, in April EBSCO announced a new metadata sharing policy.
 Since that time we have been analyzing this proposal and have engaged with
both vendors. Now the Alliance Board has formally responded. In brief the
Board's letter to EBSCO and Ex Libris says that we celebrate this step in
the right direction but that it is not enough.  The letter asks for a quick
implementation timeline and a roadmap for more.

See the latest letter and entire dialog at

Best wishes.

John F. Helmer
Executive Director
Orbis Cascade Alliance
 jhelmer at orbiscascade.org
541.246.2470 ext 205
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