|Amazon.com Announces Library Processing for Public and Academic Libraries Across the United States|
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2006--Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced it has launched Library Processing, enabling its thousands of library customers to receive Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) records and have books and other media they order from Amazon.com fitted with Mylar jackets, barcodes, and other essential preparation services. This end-to-end processing service will significantly reduce library overhead costs and decrease the time from "box to shelf" so that library patrons will have faster access to newly ordered media titles.
"Libraries already use Amazon.com when they need fast and reliable delivery of products at competitive prices, but our library customers have told us they would like Library Processing in order to better serve their patrons," said Greg Greeley, vice president of books, magazines and corporate accounts. "Amazon.com is proud to offer libraries this seamless, end-to-end processing service which will make it even easier for libraries to shop with us."
When library customers order products from Amazon.com, they will have the option of including MARC records, labels and barcodes as part of their order. Amazon.com library customers will also have the option of having hardcover books delivered with Mylar jacketing - a protective covering used by most libraries - taped over the jackets. Each of these services can be tailored to meet the needs of each library, and each library will be able to manage their processing profile online.
"Now, more than ever, libraries are under enormous pressure to meet the increased demand of library services while doing so with less money and resources," said Julie Brinkley of the Dauphin County Library in Pennsylvania. "We're very eager to have Amazon.com provide Library Processing. It will be a great time-saver for the library system."
To create a "Processing Profile," a customer simply needs to go to http://www.amazon.com/processing. From there, they can complete a web-based form to provide all the information Amazon.com needs to tailor their processing. Once a library creates a profile, the library can decide which orders they want to apply processing to.
Over the last year, Amazon.com has introduced several new library-specific features including the Librarians' Store, online invoicing, approval slips, and partnerships with sellers that enable libraries to more easily sell their used books. Library Processing represents another step forward in providing libraries with an easy way to meet their collection and acquisition needs. For the latest list of new features and services for libraries, visit www.amazon.com/libraries.
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"We think librarians are going to love saving time with authority-processed records from MARCIVE when they buy from Amazon.com," said Scott Fleming, Chief Operating Officer, MARCIVE, Inc. "For over 25 years, MARCIVE has been helping librarians get the cataloging they need at the price they want. We have always offered our customers choices and we see working with Amazon.com as a choice that librarians are going to want."
OCLC Collection Management Services
"Through this cataloging partnership with Amazon.com, OCLC will deliver WorldCat metadata records to libraries at the point of need--online, during the acquisitions process," said Phyllis Spies, Vice President, OCLC Collection Management Services. "Now, libraries that buy books and other materials from Amazon.com will automatically receive the corresponding catalog record delivered from OCLC, have their holdings set in WorldCat, and receive labels from Amazon.com. This is an added benefit for libraries with an OCLC cataloging subscription; the service will be provided at no additional charge."
"TLC has built its reputation as an innovative library technology partner by including progressive cataloging tools and quality MARC records," commented TLC CEO Annette Harwood Murphy. "With BiblioFile OnDemand, librarians can use those tools with the incredible resources of Amazon.com to obtain quality MARC records within seconds after placing an order. We are delighted with the new service and hope our customers will be too."
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