California Statewide Consortium of Electronic Libraries Partners with EBSCO Information Services to Expand Panorama™ Data Capabilities and Showcase the Value of SCELC Libraries

The Collaboration will develop Panorama Data Dashboard’s brand new Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and create a new tool for visualizing diversity in shared print collections.

IPSWICH, Mass., 31 October 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is partnering with one of the largest academic consortia in United States, the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), to provide EBSCO’s Panorama™ analytics tool to consortium staff. In addition to benefiting from familiar Panorama features, including a self-service data discovery platform, default and custom visual dashboards, and customizable data sources, SCELC will work with EBSCO to expand Panorama’s brand new Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). data panel and create a new tool for visualizing diversity in shared print collections.

IPEDS data dashboards allow comparison of an institution’s library-based data with other institutions or groups for benchmarking purposes. In response to this need, and to provide SCELC libraries with the resources they need to streamline efforts and provide evidence of their library’s value, Panorama will provide an IPEDS dashboard feature designed to capture data for ongoing IPEDS reporting and historical context. At least one dashboard will be customized to SCELC’s requirements, as well as a generic IPEDS dashboard suitable for all customers.

In addition to the newly released IPEDS dashboard, SCELC will use Panorama to visualize the diversity of shared print collections. Drawing on proprietary datasets from the SCELC Shared Print Program and their sister program, the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST), this project will compare minority-serving institutions vs. nonminority-serving institutions across multiple metrics. one-to-many and group-to-group comparisons. The aim is to create high-quality visualizations of collections to gain insight into the diversity, equality and inclusion offerings within and across collections.

executive director of SCELC, Teri Oaks Gallaway, says the partnership will help fill a distinct need for data visualization tools by the consortium, and is confident Panorama’s customization options will serve future use cases for a variety of library and educational applications. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate on creative solutions for the data visualization needs of library consortia. This is a tool we have needed for some time, and this partnership will contribute to adaptations for a variety of potential future use cases that will allow us and others to easily analyze and communicate data findings to stakeholder groups.”

SCELC Director of Research and Scientific Communication, Jason Price, says the partnership will provide SCELC with an opportunity to represent the data visualization needs of the many libraries that drive the development and functionality of consortium dashboards in collaboration with the community. “We look forward to this opportunity to play a key role in the development of Panorama panels, which will increase transparency and understanding of the library’s return on investment and the diversity of shared print collections.”

Director of Product Management, EBSCO Information Services, John McDonald, says the partnership will help enhance Panorama’s new and existing offerings to better assist libraries in their efforts to demonstrate their value and make informed decisions about how to serve their patrons. “This partnership with SCELC has helped expand Panorama’s current offering by expanding functionality for consortia to better serve their members with robust and accurate data.”

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is a leading provider of online research content and search technology serving academic, school and public libraries; health and medical devices; corporation; and government agencies worldwide. From research, acquisition management, subscription services and discovery to clinical decision support and patient care, education and research and development, EBSCO provides institutions with access to content and resources that serve the information and work needs of their users and organizations. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at:

About the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)
The Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1986 to develop resource sharing and licensing among private academic libraries in Southern California. Today, SCELC represents a diverse community of 110+ members and 230+ affiliated institutions and organizations in multiple states and is one of the top five consortia by licensing volume in all of North America. SCELC’s portfolio of consortial licenses, programming and services is made possible by our commitment to building relationships and nurturing networks between our libraries and our vendor and publisher partners, as well as our mission to enable librarians to work together to access and effectively use library resources and services.

For more information please contact:

Erica Gilson
EBSCO Information Services
Senior communications specialist
[email protected]

Amy Pham
Deputy Director for Strategic Library Services and Communications
[email protected]

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Erica GilsonEBSCO Information Services, 978-414-0385, [email protected]

Amy PhamStatewide California Electronic Library Consortium, 310-401-1376, [email protected]

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