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CCH and FIRST launch eBook lending solution for law firms

Ability to lend and recall a library eBook a ‘first’ for law firms in Australia

CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business has today launched an Australian-first eBook lending arrangement for law firms and organisations using the  FIRSTLibrary Management System (First WebAdmin) to access and lend-out  CCH eBooks. FIRST LMS is a Library and Information Management System that allows eBooks to be borrowed or downloaded from a library catalogue.

Jonathan Seifman, Director of Books for CCH Australia and New Zealand, said the deal solves the ability for an organisation to replicate lending arrangements typical of a print-book library – only digitally.

“This is the first time an eBook lending arrangement has been reached for legal firms and organisations in Australia. It’s a big deal with big law firms,” Seifman said. “CCH’s foray into eBook lending came about due our close relationships with our customers. Many of our major customers want to provide eBooks and eBook lending to their end-users but do not want to install an extra system or software to make this happen,” he continued.

Law Librarians are particularly excited given that  CCH Australia and New Zealand

Managing Director Matt Sullivan announced this partnership with FIRST Software Solutions during the Publishers Panel at the 12 to 14 September 2012 Australian Law Librarians Association ‘ ALLA 2012’ national conference in Brisbane.

Alice Anderson, Projects Librarian at  Lander & Rogers Lawyers in Melbourne, runs the ‘First User Group’ in Victoria Melbourne and said there are user groups in other Australian states also. “The Melbourne user group recently had the opportunity to see a demonstration of eBooks and eBook lending and the group will continue to explore the potential of the new eCirc module at upcoming meetings,” she explained. “eBook lending is working seamlessly in our library system at Lander & Rogers – not only on the desktop via Adobe Digital Editions but also on the iPad opening into  BlueFire Reader.”

CCH Australia Major Account Manager  Alicia Cohen said the Melbourne First User Group “cheered and clapped when they learnt about the recall function”. “They celebrated the end of searching floors for lost books. Librarians can now sit at their desk and recall an eBook when they need it back.”

Bill Fatouros, Managing Director,  FIRST Software Solutions Pty Ltd was delighted to announce an integrated e-circulation module within FIRST’s existing  WebAdmin and FIRST OPAC products.

“We are delighted to have CCH, a provider of information, software/tools, and services on board with our hosted Content service which will allow our users to purchase electronic content from CCH, have it uploaded to our content server and then be able to manage the circulation of the individual teams. This hosted service will mean that a law company’s end-users will be able to access their electronic documents outside of their internal networks, making it more flexible for users of mobile content readers,” Fatouros said.

About FIRST Software

FIRST Software Solutions ( www.firstsoftwaresolutions.com) provides customised information management solutions for libraries of all sizes. Proudly 100 per cent Australian owned and run, FIRST has been providing tailor-made systems and support since 1993 and are constantly evolving to meet the unique needs of each and every client.

Since it launched eBooks in January 2012, CCH Australia and New Zealand has experienced a consistent volume of eBook sales across both the Tax and Accounting and Legal and Business segments. Seifman said feedback from customers on the deliverability and functionality of eBooks has been very positive, with many opting to purchase titles in both print and online versions.

“With over 50 titles already available to download as eBooks and plans to release all 2013 titles as eBooks, sales are expected to continue to grow throughout 2013,” Seifman said. 

About CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business 
CCH ( www.cch.com.au) is part of  Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company focused on professionals with annual revenues of (2011) €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion) and approximately 19,000 employees worldwide. Please visit our website or follow us on  TwitterLinkedIn or  Facebook for more information.