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Ebrary Launches Ebrarian 2.0, Announces New Publisher Partners

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Ebrary Launches Ebrarian 2.0, Announces New Publisher Partners

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ebrary (http://www.ebrary.com) announced that it has launched ebrarian 2.0 with some pilot library customers. It will globally roll out ebrarian 2.1 with advanced features specifically for libraries in the first quarter of this year. ebrarian 2.0 marks the company's first official move into the library market. In the first version of ebrarian, ebrary had worked with technology partners McGraw-Hill Primis Custom Publishing and Pearson's Learning Network to distribute content to customers. ebrary also announced that it has partnered with three more prestigious academic publishers to provide access to full-text copyrighted titles.

The pilot library customers that are offering ebrarian to their patrons are Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources; the Yale University Library; and the Peninsula Library System, which is a consortium of 34 public and community college libraries in northern California. These libraries will be providing their patrons with unlimited, multiuser access to books and documents in Adobe PDF from more than 100 publishers that have partnered with ebrary to make their content available.

According to ebrary CEO Christopher Warnock, the company has spent the last year and a half talking with librarians about delivering an information product that meets their needs. ebrarian allows libraries to augment their existing collections with ebrary's digital collection through tools that are already being utilized. Library patrons can use content from the digital collections through their Web-based OPAC system the way they have been using other library collections. ebrarian integrates with libraries' existing work flow, digital resources, and catalog and administrative processes, specifically through full MARC records for all titles in the ebrary repository. Warnock stressed that another advantage for libraries is that there are no viewing restrictions on the number of simultaneous users of a specific title or content.

ebrary's InfoTools technology makes it easy for patrons to find and use the information they need and interact with content at the word level. Patrons can do full-text searches within a specific document or of all available documents in the ebrary repository. They can also search by author, title, publisher, or subject. The new ebrarian now offers online annotations, highlighting, and bookmarking. And with InfoTools, libraries can create custom links to the knowledge resources of their choice, including definitions, biographical information, maps, and translations, as well as other digital resources within the library.

"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 Warnock. "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."

ebrary's service is delivered via a custom Web site that the company creates, hosts, and maintains. Libraries use a 500 KB software plug-in for their patrons' machines. The Web sites do not have advertising and they can be customized with libraries' logos and branding. Another benefit of the service for libraries is that they can use real-time activity reports to gain information on usage and transactions in order to make more informed collection-development decisions. …

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