ebrary Ships ebrarian 2.0 With 36 Libraries, Launches International Library Program Yale University Library, Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information

Resources and Peninsula Library System Now Give Patrons Unlimited Access

To High-Value Content and Advanced Research Tools With ebrarian



    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
 patrons' needs."
     "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
 following:
 
     -- 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
        repository.
     -- 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 plsadmin@plsinfo.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
 http://www-sul.stanford.edu/ .
 
     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
 www.library.yale.edu.
 
     About ebrary
     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
 www.ebrary.com.
     NOTE:  ebrary, ebrarian and are trademarks of ebrary, Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  Tish Wagner of B2PR, +1-770-725-0585, or tish@b2pr.com, for
 ebrary; or Marty Moe of ebrary, +1-650-230-0752, or marty.moe@ebrary.com.
 
 
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