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ebrary Announces Platform for Publishing and Distributing Library

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Press release from the issuing company

Digitization, Preservation and Distribution Solution MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 10 -- ebrary, 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." ebrary also 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.




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