Over 7000 ISBNs
years of publishing
After nearly 70 years of publishing outstanding books and journals, University of Hawaii Press (UHP) has grown to the point where they require a unified workflow and title management system to function across their entire organization, that allows them to seamlessly and consistently create, edit, share, retrieve and disseminate information and assets both internally, and with their numerous regional and international publishing partners.
To date, UHP has relied on separate systems, either within departments or customized for specific functions, both to organize workflows and to create and distribute vital metadata. This structure has led to inefficiencies and redundancies, particularly in the form of duplicate data entry between several systems. With over 7,000 ISBNs to their name and publishing or distributing more than 200 new books annually (as well as 21 journals with 43 issues in print and digitally) the need for improving their systems had become urgent.
Now, UHP have found a solution that allows them to shepherd projects all the way from pre-acquisition through to royalty tracking. From a single web-based integrated system, BiblioLIVE will enable UHP to control everything from journals and schedule management through to marketing, reporting and ONIX feeds.
After a lengthy and thorough review of several impressive products with proven track records, including consultations with veteran staff at many peer presses who have found different paths to success in tackling similarly daunting internal challenges, Virtusales emerged as our partner for two primary reasons:
- The prospect of an end-to-end solution that included modules throughout the life of a project, all the way from pre-acquisition through to royalties, for both books and journals
- A strong consensus at the Press that Virtusales offered the most intuitive and user-friendly interface, with extensive capabilities for customization and reporting for individual users, allowing a single system to work across the organization, yet still be flexible enough for individual needs, now and in the future.
A key factor in selecting Virtusales was how well our staff responded to not only the functionality, but also the design and layout of the software. We feel confident this positive perception of the system's overall usability is closely connected to Virtusales' frequent new release cycle. It means we have a system that is constantly being upgraded to stay current, which in turn will help ensure that University of Hawaii Press remains up-to-date and positioned for continued growth in an ever-changing and highly competitive publishing environment.
Michael Duckworth, Director of The University of Hawaii Press
About the University of Hawaii Press
From its modest beginnings in 1947, University of Hawaii Press has grown from a largely regional press to one of the most respected publishers of Asian and Pacific studies titles in the world. We publish books and journals in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and also market and distribute a range of titles from University of Hawaii departments and scholarly and educational publishers from around the world. Our international sales representation program, East-West Export Books, sells books throughout Asia and the Pacific for the Press and fifty-five North American university presses and scholarly publishers.