News • October 12, 2016

LS&S Implements Edelweiss Analytics

Real-time data now supports collection management at company’s 83 public libraries

ROCKVILLE, Md. – Library Systems & Services (LS&S) has begun enhancing collection management in the 83 public libraries it operates by implementing Edelweiss Analytics, a collaborative product between Above the Treeline and Ingram Content Group’s Library Services. The rollout of the new analytics system will begin with several libraries in California.

Edelweiss Analytics gives libraries real-time access to information to compare their library circulation and holdings, including pre-publication orders, to peer libraries and previously unavailable retail sales data. Libraries can use the data to manage their collection and better anticipate patron demand.

“Book retailers are an important bellwether for knowing what titles and other materials are popular,” says Chris Ourand, vice president of marketing and communications at LS&S. “With Edelweiss Analytics we no longer need to make purchasing or inventory decisions based on historical reports because we get immediate insight into what book readers like and can accommodate their needs quickly.”

“With Edelweiss Analytics, we’re able to open a window into a new world of data and information for libraries, helping them curate and enhance their collection management systems,” said Dan Sheehan, VP & GM of Ingram Library Services. “We’re happy to work with LS&S to bring their libraries access to this unique insight, which includes sales information from independent bookstores combined with library circulation data. It presents a clear picture of popular titles from across the country and regionally, along with a direct link to Ingram’s inventory for easy and quick access to titles.”