[Evergreen-acq] Ordering a mix of print books and ebooks with EDI turned on
sandbej at linnbenton.edu
Thu Oct 29 18:05:09 EDT 2020
Of course, after I sent my email to this list, and Tiffany took the time to
write that helpful response, the vendor got back to me with a pretty good
workaround. Their platform is sending the platform and license information
over in MARC records, in a subfield that we have mapped to the "Collection
Code" field that we never use. I then modified our EDI Attributes to send
over the collection code with our EDI orders. And we're using the
"Activate without Loading Items" button to make sure we don't end up with a
bunch of unnecessary items in our catalog.
The nice thing is that it keeps our workflow for this vendor pretty
consistent across formats. :-D
On Thu, Oct 29, 2020 at 8:29 AM Tiffany Little <tlittle at georgialibraries.org>
> Hi Jane,
> I can say that for PINES libraries, we don't transmit ebook orders via
> EDI. Probably what I would do in this case is set up another provider
> profile, something like Vendor_ebooks maybe, so that our EDI orders don't
> mix at all with ebook ordering (which I would not set up with EDI). But I'd
> probably be happiest with another profile so (a) I can always immediately
> distinguish which orders were ebook and which were not, and (b) if those
> are two different accounts with the vendor I like specifying that with
> provider profiles.
> If they're one account, thennnn that's something different since you'll
> get EDI invoices for both physical book orders and ebook ones. At that
> point, I might take it to a discussion with the vendor about how they're
> invoicing you (making sure that they're separating out material type in
> invoices, since you don't want invoicing mixing ebook/physical books), and
> potentially separating out ebooks into another account number.
> If you don't want on-order records, and you don't want to receive them, I
> wouldn't put them through a lineitem at all. I would just do a blanket
> order (assuming you want to encumber the money ahead of time), and apply
> invoices against it. If you don't need to encumber the money ahead of time
> (you're okay waiting for invoices), I would cut out the PO entirely and
> just use direct charges on invoices. But having that Vendor_ebooks provider
> allows you to log those invoices not against your Vendor_books provider and
> keep them separate.
> And then re: EDI, I would just order those through the vendor website so
> that you can specify those platform/license issues directly in their
> Others may have better suggestions, since after all that blather I really
> said that we don't do this. :) But that's my thought, fwiw.
> Tiffany Little, PINES Services Specialist: Acquisitions
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> On Wed, Oct 28, 2020 at 7:09 PM Jane Sandberg <sandbej at linnbenton.edu>
>> Hi friends,
>> We purchase both ebooks and print books from a particular book vendor.
>> Since we are using EDI for the print books, it gets tricky to figure out
>> what to do for ebooks.
>> One issue is that the Evergreen line item details don't have a field for
>> ebook platform or ebook license (e.g. whether it is a 1-user, 3-user, or
>> unlimited-user license). We need to be able to convey that information
>> somehow via EDI in order for the vendor to know what we want.
>> A trickier issue is that we don't want any on-order item records to get
>> generated for ebooks, or to have to go through the "receive" process.
>> How are other libraries handling this?
>> Jane Sandberg
>> Electronic Resources Librarian
>> Linn-Benton Community College
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