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ebrary Upgrades its ebrarian for Libraries Service


June 10, 2002 – Mountain View, CA – ebrary™ (www.ebrary.com), a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval technology, today announced significant enhancements to its ebrarian™ for Libraries service. Among other developments, the company has increased its online collection of authoritative books and other valuable documents by 50%, has signed new content partnerships with Library of Congress, Bancroft Library, Marriott Library, Getty Images, Octavo and Maps.com, and now offers an all-encompassing pricing model.

ebrarian for Libraries is an affordable web-based service that enables librarians to provide their patrons with unlimited, multi-user access to a growing collection of more than 7,500 high-value books and other documents from more than 115 world-class publishers and academic presses in addition to advanced research capabilities. ebrarian for Libraries integrates with libraries’ existing catalog systems (OPAC) and other digital resources, and ebrary provides MARC records for documents within its repository.

“ebrary is committed to providing libraries with a comprehensive technology solution that meets their individual needs,” said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary. “At the same time, we are dedicated to providing our publishing partners with a secure and efficient way to distribute their valuable content to new online markets in a copyright-protected environment, while providing patrons, students, scholars and Internet users worldwide with access to authoritative information on the Internet.”

In a separate press release issued today, ebrary announced the availability of its technology platform, which enables libraries to publish and distribute their own reserves and special collections online. ebrary’s platform integrates with the ebrarian for Libraries service. The press release is available at www.ebrary.com.
 

ebrary Increase Its Online Collection by 50%

ebrary continues to expand its online collection of authoritative books and other high-value documents in key subject areas, and libraries receive regular content updates at no additional cost. Over the past several months, the company has added over 2,500 new titles. Overall, more than 40% of ebrary’s titles were published within the past two years.

ebrary’s growing collection is particularly strong in business & economics, with more than 40% of titles in this category published in 2001 and 2002. The depth of ebrary’s collection of approximately 2,000 business & economics titles is led by world-renowned publishers including The McGraw-Hill Companies, John Wiley & Sons, Taylor & Francis, World Bank, Greenwood and Random House.

Additionally, ebrary is focused on delivering quality online collections in computers & technology, including certification & training publications. The company’s expanding collection in this subject area features titles from leading publishers such as Pearson Technology Group, Redmond Press, Coriolis and many others. The majority of ebrary’s computers & technology titles were published within the past two years. For more information about ebrary’s collections visit http://www.ebrary.com/libraries/collections.jsp.
 

ebrary Announces New Content Partnerships

The Library of Congress, The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library, Getty Images, Octavo and Maps.com are distributing their publications, digitized archival works, images and maps to libraries and other online channels. Not only will these content partnerships benefit libraries and researchers worldwide, they offer new distribution and revenue opportunities to the participating publishers.

“The Marriott Library welcomes this opportunity to broaden access to its publications and digitized holdings,” said Margaret Landesman, Collection Development Librarian at the Marriott Library. “And the revenue secured from distribution through ebrary will support further digitization efforts.”

“The Library of Congress has always sought innovative means of providing additional access to the books we publish about our collections,” said Winston Tabb, Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress. “Our partnership with ebrary will further extend the Library’s reach.”

The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and preserves a collection of nearly 125 million items, about 20% of which are books and other print materials. In addition to collection guides and other reference publications that the Library publishes about its collections, the Library of Congress is making the Country Studies series, a collection of book-length studies of more than 100 nations now available online and published by its Federal Research Division, available through ebrary. For more information about The Library of Congress and its free online collections and services, visit http://www.loc.gov.

The Bancroft Library at the University of California
The Bancroft Library is one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States. Among other items, Bancroft is providing ebrary selections from The Mark Twain Papers, which contain the private papers of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) that he himself segregated and made available to his official biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine. For more information about The Bancroft Library visit http://bancroft.berkeley.edu.

University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library
Among the many strengths of this ARL library, Marriott Library's Special Collections document the history of Utah, the Mormons, and the West. A valuable series of biographical works on individuals in western American history, often consulted by researchers studying the westward migration, will be made available through ebrary. For more information on the Marriott Library visit http://www.lib.utah.edu.

Getty Images
Getty Images, the world’s leading imagery company, is partnering with ebrary to provide libraries a licensable collection of digitized images drawn from its content assets of over 40 million images. Nearly 1.5 million digitized images, along with a daily feed of new images, will be provided to licensing institutions from Hulton Archive (historical images) and Getty Images News and Sports Services.

Octavo
Octavo, the pioneer in high-quality imaging of rare books, is providing ebrary a number of valuable works including Hooke's "Micrographia," which is the first study of microscopy; Franklin's "Experiments,” including his kite experiment; and Copernicus’ "DeRevolutionibus." Octavo has also partnered with ebrary to offer libraries an end-to-end solution for digitizing, preserving and distributing their own special collections. For more information visit www.octavo.com.

Maps.com
Established in 1991, Maps.com is a leading supplier of maps and other geographic content to business and education markets. Under terms of the partnership with ebrary, Maps.com is making local, national and international maps available as part of the ebrarian for libraries service and in other distribution channels. For more information about Maps.com visit www.maps.com.
 

New Pricing Model Offers “All-You-Can-Eat”

ebrary charges an annual license fee for its service based on FTE/population served and library type. In addition, the company now offers two payment models for print/copy transactions: 1) Libraries can choose ebrary’s all-encompassing pricing model, where they pay a flat rate based on FTE and provide patrons with unlimited print/copy transactions or 2) as an alternative, libraries can choose to have patrons set up their own accounts with ebrary and pay for their own print/copy transactions. The average cost per transaction is $.15 to $.50 per page.

Additionally, ebrary will soon be selling individual e-books using technology from Adobe. Details will be announced at a later date.
 

About ebrary

ebrary is a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval technology. The company has developed a unique, scalable platform that enables organizations to securely and cost-effectively distribute high-value documents over networks. Based on PDF – the printing and publishing industry standard – ebrary’s technology enables documents to be both downloaded and streamed, which greatly reduces download times and bandwidth costs. Additionally, it protects intellectual property and brand integrity, enables word-level interaction and advanced search within and across PDF documents. ebrary’s technology is customizable and integrates with existing databases and website content. More than 115 of the world’s leading publishers use ebrary’s platform to securely distribute books and other high-value documents to online markets. 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.
 

About ebrarian

ebrary’s customizable ebrarian service for libraries and other institutions combines technology with copyright-protected books, periodicals, reports, images, maps, and other online documents provided by more than 115 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. ebrarian integrates with existing catalog systems and digital resources. ebrary’s publishing partners benefit from new sales and marketing opportunities on the Internet. For more information visit www.ebrary.com.
 

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