MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- ebrary(TM)
(www.ebrary.com), a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval
services, today announced that it has launched ebrarian(TM) 2.0 with pilot
customers including Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information
Resources, Yale University Library, and the Peninsula Library System -- a
consortium of 34 public and community college libraries in Northern
California. The company also today announced that it will globally roll out
ebrarian(TM) 2.1 with advanced features specifically for libraries in Q1 2002.
With ebrarian, libraries can offer patrons unlimited multi-user access to
authoritative books and other documents from more than 100 world-class
publishers including The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Harvard
University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Penguin Classics as well as
advanced research capabilities from the convenience of their computers. The
ebrarian system is affordable, reliable, and integrates with existing catalog
systems and other digital resources.
"A growing number of library patrons are demanding authoritative, digital
content and expect the convenience of the Internet," said Michael A. Keller,
University Librarian & Director of Academic Resources, Stanford University.
"With ebrary, we can now quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively meet our
"Our library staff is eager to develop effective ways of delivering
high-quality e-book content to our readers," noted Ann Okerson, Yale
University's Associate University Librarian for Library Collections and
Technical Services. "And, our participation in ebrary's pilot program will
provide us with an important learning experience."
"ebrary will enable us to give an unlimited number of patrons simultaneous
access to collections from any Internet-enabled computer, without having to
purchase individual e-books or rely on e-book reading devices," said
Linda Crowe, Executive Director, Peninsula Library System. "The ebrarian
solution will also soon integrate with our OPAC and other systems, which will
allow us to better manage our digital resources across our consortium of
libraries, reduce costs associated with inter-library loans and provide a
higher level of service to our patrons. We are extremely pleased to be among
the first to offer this exciting new technology."
"ebrary's goal is to help libraries cost-effectively and efficiently
expand their collections beyond their physical shelves, while providing new
distribution and revenue opportunities for our publishing partners," said
Christopher Warnock, ebrary's CEO. "We are all very excited that Yale,
Stanford and Peninsula Library System have chosen our solution and look
forward to continually working with them and libraries worldwide to meet their
growing needs for digital information and resources."
The ebrarian Solution
ebrarian combines powerful software, research and comprehension
capabilities at the word level and high-value, copyright protected content
from more than 100 leading publishers.
Key features and benefits of ebrarian 2.1 for libraries will include the
-- Co-branded Website -- The ebrarian service is delivered via a custom
website, which ebrary creates, hosts and maintains. Co-branded
websites never contain advertisements, and they can be customized with
libraries' logos and branding.
-- Integration -- ebrarian integrates with libraries' existing workflow,
digital resources, and catalog and administrative processes,
specifically through full MARC records for all titles in the ebrary
-- Authoritative Content from World-Class Publishers -- ebrary's
collection includes 5,000 titles in key subject areas such as Language
& Literature, Social Science, Medicine, History, Science & Technology
and Philosophy. The company is continuously expanding its collection.
-- Customizable Research Tools -- ebrary's InfoTools (TM) technology makes
it easy for patrons to find and use the information they need and
interact with content at the word level. With InfoTools, libraries can
create custom links to knowledge resources of their choice including
definitions, biographical information, maps and translations as well as
other digital resources within the library. Patrons can instantly
access these resources when words or phrases are selected. The
ebrarian solution also features online annotations, highlighting,
bookmarks and more.
-- Accounting and Reporting Tools -- Libraries can use real time activity
reports to gain information on usage and transactions in order to make
more informed collection development decisions.
-- PDF Workflow -- ebrary's product is based on the portable document
format (PDF), which is used by the majority of printing houses
worldwide. This enables ebrary to efficiently acquire frontlist titles
at the source and quickly grow its collections. PDF technology also
ensures that documents maintain the look and feel of the originals.
Pricing and Availability
ebrarian 2.1 will be available to libraries worldwide in Q1 2002. ebrary
charges an annual license fee for implementation, technology license and
maintenance. Exact pricing varies depending on the type of library and its
size. For more information call 650-230-0700 or visit www.ebrary.com.
About Peninsula Library System
The Peninsula Library System (PLS) is a consortium of 34 public and
community college libraries working together to provide innovative and
cost-effective service to residents of San Mateo County, California. Thanks
to PLS leadership and the cooperation of its members, residents can borrow and
return books at any local library. They can search a joint catalog of member
library holdings and use a variety of other library services. For more
information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.plsinfo.org.
About Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources
Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources supports
the teaching, learning and research mandates of the University through
delivery of bibliographic and other information resources and services to
faculty, student and staff. It is tackling the challenges of the digital age,
especially pertaining to scholarly communication and research libraries, while
continuing the development, preservation and conservation of its extensive
print, media and manuscript collections. For more information visit
About Yale University Library
The University Library, a highly valued partner in teaching and research
at this 300-year-old University, has more than 10.5 million volumes housed in
the Sterling Memorial Library and over 20 school and department libraries. It
employs a dynamic and innovative staff of nearly 600 FTE who have the
opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students. A full
spectrum of library resources, from rare books and manuscripts to a rapidly
expanding network of electronic resources, constitutes one of Yale's
distinctive strengths. The Library's web site is found at
ebrary is the leading provider of information distribution and retrieval
services. The company's customizable ebrarian solution combines powerful
software with copyright-protected books, journals, periodicals and other
online documents provided by more than 100 of the world's leading publishers.
The ebrarian solution enables libraries, institutions and other organizations
to give their users access to high-value, authoritative materials and research
tools that allow them to interact with content at the word level. ebrary
publishing partners benefit from new sales and marketing opportunities on the
Internet. ebrary is privately held and is funded by Random House Ventures
LLC, Pearson plc and The McGraw-Hill Companies. For more information, visit
NOTE: ebrary, ebrarian and are trademarks of ebrary, Inc.
CONTACT: Tish Wagner of B2PR, +1-770-725-0585, or email@example.com, for
ebrary; or Marty Moe of ebrary, +1-650-230-0752, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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