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Coutts Information Services has been awarded APUC contract to supply e-books

Press release from the issuing company

RINGWOOD, UK - Scotland's APUC (Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges) Limited has selected the Ingram companies Coutts and MyiLibrary together as one of three suppliers in their first framework agreement for the supply of e-books.

"The technology which MyiLibrary offers will contribute to increased
efficiency in staff activities for the acquisition, organization and
maintenance of key library content, and will help us address space issues," stated Alison Redpath, Edinburgh Napier University.  "Our key aim of supporting learning and teaching will be greatly enhanced by 24/7
simultaneous access and enhanced functionality for our users."

With 200,000 e-book records on offer, MyiLibrary is the most comprehensive e-book base currently available.  The market-leading platform can also boast leading-edge functionality such as a dedicated statistics site, Open URL link resolving and WAYFless URL compatibility. MyiLibrary will announce the introduction of an upgraded e-book viewer in 2010.

"APUC's award ensures that MyiLibrary remains the leading UK e-book
platform," said Jason Beech, Coutts' UK Sales & Marketing Director.  "We aredelighted to be such a key partner with the Scottish Academic Institutions, as the recommended print book supplier and now, one of three named e-book suppliers.  We look forward to working with the institutions to provide the synergies that multi-format acquisition workflows can achieve."

Jill Evans, Service Development Manager for SCURL (Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries) commented on the consortial approach of SCURL and SCABS (Scottish Academic Book Supply).

"The SCURL SCABS consortial approach to e-book acquisition meets the
Scottish Government's strategic aims of shared services and collaborative
activity to achieve best value for our institutions. Services such as
MyiLibrary's contribute significantly to a changing role for our libraries
by offering resources which successfully complement our printed book

The framework agreement is due to start on November 2, 2009, for two years.  Find out more about APUC Limited at www.apuc-scot.ac.uk