SEALS Consortium in South Africa Selects EBSCO Discovery Service™ via Innovative’s Encore Duet

~ EBSCO and Innovative Partnership Creates Perfect Discovery Solution for Consortium ~

IPSWICH, Mass.September 8, 2014 — Member Libraries in the SEALS Consortium, located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, have selected EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) via Innovative’s Encore Duet. The SEALS Consortium includes Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu University and Rhodes University.

Library staff at the member libraries evaluated other discovery services and they determined that EDS via Encore Duet provided everything they were looking for in a discovery platform. Maretha Allwright, the SEALS Trust & Systems Manager says “EBSCO’s partnership with Innovative Interfaces made it possible to offer a one-stop-shop search, with results for print, online and digital, no more than two clicks away. Encore Duet also fully supports the strategic vision of regional collaboration.”

EBSCO’s expanded partnership with Innovative is a great example of EBSCO’s increasing experience integrating with third-party services to benefit customers. EBSCO and Innovative came together to develop solutions that leverage their strengths and, most importantly, serve the needs of their customers.

According to Allwright, the EBSCO and Innovative integration also provided the features they required in a discovery service. “EDS via Encore Duet provides key elements we were looking for including data integrity, configurability of data and seamless integration.”

EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box-searching made even more powerful because of the quality of its relevance and value ranking technology.

The vision of the South East Academic Libraries System (SEALS) consortium, established in 1999, was to create a virtual library for the Eastern Cape academic libraries. Their mission is to foster improvement in access to information resources, to support and enhance high standards of teaching, research and scholarship in member institutions by promoting resource sharing of human, material and information resources between academic institutions within the region. Member libraries are from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University, University of Fort Hare and Walter Sisulu University.

About Innovative
Innovative ( is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative offers one of the broadest and most complete portfolios of library automation products on the market today. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in 66 countries and has offices around the world.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 600,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


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