EBSCO snaps up YBP Library Services

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EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced an investment in library workflow with the acquisition of YBP Library Services (YBP) from Baker &Taylor.

Founded in 1971, YBP Library Services has delivered academic library workflow and shelf-ready solutions through its suite of acquisition and metadata resources. GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) serves as YBP’s primary tool for the discovery and acquisition of digital and print monographic content. Relied upon by academic, research and special libraries worldwide, GOBI provides access to more than 12 million titles, including more than one million digital titles from leading aggregators and publishers.

EBSCO has been providing collection development and acquisition services for print and electronic journals (e-journals) for more than 60 years,.

Senior vice president for YBP sales and operations, Mark Kendall, believes EBSCO is the perfect landing place for YBP because of its strong commitment to libraries: 'EBSCO fully understands the value that YBP and our outstanding staff bring to libraries and is committed to supporting this while also helping expand our core services through investment in new technologies.

'They have a leading edge vision for integrating collection development and acquisition services for all formats of content, including monographs and journals, with their discovery solution. This commitment will add significant value to both libraries and end users and we are excited to be a part of this vision.'

According to EBSCO president, Tim Collins, the company plans to let YBP 'be YBP'. 'YBP is recognised in the market as the leader at what they do. We want them to keep doing it. We are in a position to help their progress and expedite their vision, and we are looking to continue their operations and partnerships with publisher and aggregator platforms. The people and philosophies are a match, and we are excited to welcome YBP to the EBSCO family.'