New ebrary Partners to Distribute ebrarian Service to Thousands of Libraries Nationwide
April 2, 2002 – Mountain View, CA – ebrary™ (www.ebrary.com), a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services, today announced that it has partnered with six new regional library networks to distribute its ebrarian™ service throughout the U.S. Partners include The Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR), which serves 3,000 libraries throughout the Western U.S.; Michigan Library Consortium (MLC), which has 700 member libraries throughout Michigan; PALINET, a network of 600 libraries throughout the Mid-Atlantic area; NELINET, a network of approximately 700 libraries in the six New England states; Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), which serves 500 member libraries in Wisconsin; and OHIONET, which serves more than 500 libraries in Ohio.
“These relationships mark an important milestone for ebrary, and they are enormous validation for our service as nine out of 10 libraries purchase digital resources either through their regional network, consortium or based upon their recommendations,” said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary. “At the same time, these partnerships present new opportunities for our publishing partners, who can efficiently distribute their copyright protected works to new online channels while further promoting education and knowledge sharing.”
ebrarian for Libraries: Multi-User Access to Quality Content at an Affordable Price
ebrary offers an affordable solution for desktop delivery of valuable books and other documents from more than 100 leading publishers including The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House, Penguin Classics, Cambridge University Press, Princeton University Press, Yale University Press, Taylor & Francis, John Wiley & Sons and many others that integrates with libraries’ existing catalog systems and other digital resources.
Key features and benefits of ebrarian 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’ 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 – With tens of thousands of titles under contract, ebrary is continuously expanding its collection in key subject areas and will offer periodic content updates to libraries at no additional cost. The majority of ebrary’s titles were published within the past two years.
Customizable Research Tools – ebrary InfoTools™ make it easy for patrons to instantly link to knowledge resources including definitions, biographical information, maps and translations as well as 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 Technology – 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 and cost-effectively grow its collections. PDF technology also ensures that documents maintain the look and feel of the originals, which enhances patrons’ experience.
Pricing and Availability
ebrarian for Libraries is available now to organizations worldwide. Special regional network and consortia pricing is available. ebrary charges an annual license fee for implementation, technology license and maintenance. Exact pricing varies depending on the type of library and its size (FTE). For more information call 650-230-0700 or visit www.ebrary.com.
About the Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR)
The Bibliographical Center for Research (BCR) is a nonprofit, multistate library cooperative that has served the library community since its founding in 1935, providing cost-effective library and information services. Today BCR serves more than 900 voting-member libraries in 39 states and Canada, including libraries throughout our 12 member states of Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. In all, BCR services reach more than 3,000 libraries throughout the entire nation.
About Michigan Library Consortium (MLC)
MLC has a current membership of over 700 institutions representing academic, public, special, school, and governmental libraries. Membership in MLC provides libraries with numerous opportunities to obtain high quality, low-cost services within the framework of a member-governed cooperative.
Founded in 1936, PALINET is a nonprofit library network, headquartered in Philadelphia with a regional office in Pittsburgh, Pa., representing libraries and information centers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and neighboring states. PALINET's 600 members are comprised of academic, public, school, and special libraries including corporate, government, legal, medical, museums and nonprofit organizations. PALINET offers educational opportunities through classroom and online distance learning, and a cooperative purchasing program with pricing discounts on subscriptions, products and services from major library vendors. PALINET is an OCLC–affiliated network providing OCLC participants with access to OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. products and services. For the latest information on PALINET, visit www.palinet.org.
NELINET, Inc. is a regional, not-for-profit membership organization with nearly 700 members located throughout the six New England States. Established in 1966 to help libraries achieve their operating goals, NELINET provides its member libraries with educational, consulting, and group purchasing services.
About Wisconsin Library Service (WiLS)
WiLS, a consortium of member Wisconsin libraries, offers services in areas of shared bibliographic information, resource sharing, in service training and other cooperative activities relating to the changing nature of information technology.
OHIONET is a membership-driven organization that provides cost-effective information sharing with integrity, innovation, and responsive customer service. OHIONET provides support, training and consultation related to all services from the OCLC Online Computer Library Center. Serving libraries in Ohio and its environs, OHIONET offers group purchasing for reference products and technology-related products, web design services, and continuing education programs. OHIONET promotes cooperative partnerships within the library and information community.
ebrary is a 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 authoritative materials and customizable research tools that allow them to automatically access additional materials, biographical information, maps, translations, definitions and more when words or phrases are selected. 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.
Library patrons, students, scholars and researchers worldwide will soon have online access to current publications in critical subject areas ranging from environmental issues to world health, labor rights, agriculture, and development economics through ebrary™ (www.ebrary.com), a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval services. The company today announced that The World Bank Group, The United Nations University Press, The World Health Organization, The International Labour Organization and The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will make their publications available through its online channels.
“These international organizations, and their publications, are central to global efforts to ensure health and welfare throughout the developing world,” said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary. “By making these titles available as part of our collection, not only do we add enormous value to our service, but above all, we help promote widespread collaboration and knowledge-sharing among researchers and decision makers tasked with solving many of the world’s most pressing problems.”
About The World Bank Group
The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of development assistance, and the single largest external financer of education. It works in more than 100 developing economies with the primary focus of helping the poorest people and the poorest countries. The Bank, which provided US$17.3 billion in loans to its client countries in fiscal year 2001, brings a mix of finance and ideas to improve living standards and eliminate the worst forms of poverty. The World Bank undertakes large projects of research, analysis, and data gathering, and publishes hundreds of books and reports yearly on most topics related to economic development.
About The United Nations University Press
Like its parent organization, The United Nations University, The United Nations University Press focuses its work within two thematic areas - Environment and Sustainable Development and Peace and Governance. Its publications represent a broad range of issues: from food and nutrition to information technology; from land use and climate change to the freshwater crisis; from managing international financial flows to the challenges of urbanization; and from the legitimacy of international organizations to the causes of complex humanitarian emergencies.
About The World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO was founded in 1948 as a specialized agency of the United Nations. WHO’s mission is to "promote and protect the health of all peoples.” WHO's constitution defines health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." WHO publishes books and reports covering a vast array of topics related to health, including global public health, infectious and non-communicable diseases, mental health, environmental issues, education and training, emergencies and disasters, epidemics and epidemiology, health systems, pharmaceuticals and biological substances, nutrition, gender, and human rights.
About The International Labour Organization (ILO)
The International Labour Organization, founded in 1919, is the UN specialized agency which promotes social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. The ILO actively seeks to create decent work for all and brings together governments, workers and employers in an international forum to address workplace issues. The ILO publishes widely in the areas of international labour standards, employment, social protection, gender issues and women at work, occupational safety and health, child labour, management, training and labour statistics.
About The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded in 1945 with a mandate to alleviate poverty and hunger, to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. FAO publishes in plant and animal protection, genetics, land and water development, forestry, fisheries, nutrition, food standard and commodities trade, economic and social policy, environmental monitoring, legislation and investment. The organization also plays a major role during food and agricultural emergencies such as drought, famine, insect plagues and outbreaks of animal diseases—as are broadly reflected in its publications.
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 authoritative materials and customizable research tools that allow them to automatically access additional materials, biographical information, maps, translations, definitions and more when words or phrases are selected. 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. ~~>
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