EBSCO announced today that it has been selected as the supplier for print and electronic periodicals, e-books, and associated subscription management and access services such as a discovery tool for NTNU, Norway’s primary institution for the education of engineers and scientists. It is also Norway’s second largest university, with approximately 20,000 students and 4,000 employees.
The agreement between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet – “NTNU”) and EBSCO was initiated through a competitive tendering process conducted in accordance with Norwegian Regulations on Public Procurement. Following this evaluation, EBSCO was selected for its proven ability to deliver all types of information resources using the best products and product integration, as well as the best data services and data quality; also because of EBSCO’s experience in meeting the demands of customers worldwide; its modern, highly-integrated technology and its well-organised customer services.
Ian Middleton, President and European General Manager at EBSCO Information Services, states, “We are privileged to be awarded the opportunity to support Norway’s most important science and technology institution in its quest to deliver quality service and value-for-money solutions to its students from all over the world. Being chosen as supplier to NTNU is another great achievement for EBSCO. It emphasises our competitiveness, our financial stability, our expertise and our innovative approach to supporting libraries with all of their current and future information needs.”
Rune Brandshaug, Head of Section for Information Resources at NTNU University Library, states:
“NTNU is a large university focusing on meeting both students’ and researchers’ need for information. We clearly see that the information world is moving rapidly into the online environment, and our users expect to have easy access to all our resources, regardless of where they are and what device they are using. In addition, our staff resources are limited, and we need to find vendors that can help us work more efficiently. We have chosen EBSCO because they are able to deliver most of the products and services we acquire. By integrating data feeds between different modules we expect that we will have to spend less time updating different systems.”
The two-year renewable contract confirms EBSCO’s capability to serve NTNU in accordance with its requirements for best-priced quality products with a high level of technical integration. With EBSCO as its approved supplier, NTNU will benefit from:
ü Close support and training from EBSCO’s Nordic offices, which are staffed by experienced, service-orientated information professionals
ü Traditional value-added subscription services, combined with access to innovative and integrated technology to support procurement, management, and reporting. This includes EBSCONET® Subscription Management – EBSCO’s comprehensive solutions to help NTNU staff to streamline processes. It also includes effective tools such as EBSCONET® Discovery Service and LinkSource to facilitate end-user searching and rapid access to full text; and EBSCONET® ERM Essentials® and EBSCONET® Usage Consolidation to facilitate management and support decision-making regarding collection development, as well as enabling analysis of return on investment
ü Consultation and negotiation, on NTNU’s behalf, with publishers in collaboration with the CRIStin consortium
ü Value-for-money pricing on print and electronic periodicals subscriptions and e-journal packages
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is Norway’s primary institution for educating the nation’s future engineers and scientists. The university also has strong programmes in the social sciences, teacher education, the arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art.
NTNU’s cross-disciplinary research delivers creative innovations that have far-reaching social and economic impact.