ebrary Announces Technology Platform for Publishing and Distributing Library Reserves and Special Collections Online
Company Licenses Technology to Stanford, Partners with Octavo for End-to-End Digitization, Preservation and Distribution Solution
June 10, 2002 – Mountain View, CA – ebrary™ (www.ebrary.com), a leading provider of information distribution and retrieval technology, today announced that it is extending the availability of its technology platform to libraries and other organizations that need to securely, efficiently and cost-effectively distribute high-value documents over networks. The company has licensed its platform to Stanford University Libraries and Academic Resources, which will utilize the system to ensure that reserves are available to students at any time, from the convenience of their desktops. Additionally, Octavo, the pioneer in high-quality imaging of rare books, will resell ebrary’s platform to libraries that utilize its services for a comprehensive digitization, archiving and distribution solution.
Currently available as an ASP – a web-based service hosted and maintained by ebrary – the company’s platform enables libraries to securely and cost-effectively distribute high-demand reserves and special collections to patrons, students and other audiences over the Internet. Because ebrary’s technology is based on the portable document format (PDF) – the publishing and printing industry standard – documents maintain their original look and feel. ebrary’s platform can be integrated with its existing ebrarian™ for Libraries service, which features more than 7,500 authoritative books from over 115 leading publishers, as well as libraries' online catalog systems (OPAC), databases and other digital resources.
“Through our platform, ebrarian for Libraries service, and partnership with Octavo, libraries now have a complete solution for providing patrons and students with online access to their own reserves and special collections and books from leading publishers in an environment that integrates with their existing digital resources,” said Christopher Warnock, ebrary’s CEO. “This initiative is an integral part of our core business, which is providing a technology platform that enables organizations of all types to securely and efficiently distribute high-value documents over networks.”
In a separate press release issued today, ebrary announced a number of enhancements to its ebrarian for Libraries service. Among other developments the company has increased its collection by 50%, has signed a number of new content partners including Library of Congress and now offers an all-encompassing pricing model. The press release is available at www.ebrary.com.
ebrary Offers An End-To-End Library Solution
ebrarian for Libraries
ebrarian for Libraries is ebrary’s core, web-based service that enables libraries to provide patrons with simultaneous, multi-user access to its growing collection of 7,500 full-text books and other documents from 115 world-class publishers such as The McGraw-Hill Companies, Random House and 35 leading academic presses including Princeton, Yale, Harvard and MIT. More than 40% of ebrary’s titles were published within the past two years, and the company’s collection is particularly strong in business & economics and computers & technology. ebrarian for Libraries integrates with libraries’ existing catalog systems (OPAC) and digital resources, and ebrary provides MARC records for documents in its repository.
ebrarian also features ebrary InfoTools™ software, which provides advanced research capabilities. With InfoTools, patrons can automatically link to additional digital resources within the library, or tools available on the Web such as bibliographical information, maps, translations, explanations and more by selecting words or phrases. For more information visit www.ebrary.com. Technology Platform
Libraries can now leverage ebrary’s powerful technology to publish and distribute their own reserves and special collections to patrons via a branded website hosted and maintained by ebrary. Using the same PDF-based technology that powers the ebrarian for Libraries service, libraries can now easily and cost-effectively submit their own documents into the ebrary platform and enable patrons, students and other Internet users to access them online using a variety of business rules. For example, libraries can choose to make some documents only accessible within their own community, and others available widely on the Internet. Additionally, they can choose to offer simultaneous, multi-user access, or determine a business model that meets their individual needs.
“Occasionally there is contention for items on our physical reserve shelves, preventing students from reading assigned sources in timely fashion,” said Michael Keller, university librarian and director of academic information resources at Stanford University Libraries and Academic Resources. “ebrary solves this problem by providing any number of patrons with simultaneous access to online reserves.”
ebrary’s technology features customizable InfoTools software which provides word-level interaction within and across documents. The company’s platform can be integrated with its ebrarian for Libraries service, libraries’ existing catalog systems (OPAC) and other digital resources.
Digitization and Preservation
Octavo has partnered with ebrary to provide libraries with an end-to-end solution for digitizing, preserving and distributing their special collections, rare books and other valuable documents to Internet users worldwide. Under terms of the agreement, Octavo will resell ebrary’s platform to libraries that utilize its high-quality digitization and preservation services.
“Octavo’s Library Partners are as equally interested in ‘preservation’ as they are in providing ‘access,’” said Czeslaw Jan Grycz, CEO of Octavo. “Once Octavo has digitized high-resolution images of rare books, and provided a transcription and other attractive editorial enhancements, these same libraries can now make their titles widely available to students, scholars, and other libraries through ebrary’s technology platform.”
Pricing and Availability
ebrarian for Libraries and ebrary’s technology platform are available now to libraries worldwide. The company charges an all-encompassing license fee for its ebrarian for Libraries service based on library type and size (FTE/population served). Pricing for ebrary’s platform varies depending on the number of documents distributed, level of customization and bandwidth requirements. For information on digitization and preservation services visit www.octavo.com.
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.
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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