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ebrary Announces New Pilot Program for Public Libraries with Free Access for Local Schools

Posted May 27, 2010
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To help public libraries address the growing needs of school students, job seekers, and other library patrons, ebrary, a provider of digital content products and technologies, has announced a new pilot program that combines more than 20,000 ebooks from leading publishers under a simultaneous, multi-user access subscription model; free access for local public high schools; do-it-yourself epublishing tools; and complimentary marketing services.

ebrary's Public Library Complete Pilot Program includes the following:

  • A growing collection of more than 20,000 full-text ebooks publishers such as Random House, Penguin, The McGraw-Hill Companies, and Taylor & Francis in multiple subject areas for schools & studying, career development, fiction, practical life skills, arts & leisure, and more. Preview the selection at
  • Affordable, subscription-based pricing with simultaneous, multi-user access - No checkouts required.
  • Free access for local public high schools.
  • DASH! (Data, Sharing Fast) for uploading, integrating, and sharing searchable databases of government forms, community college programs, ephemera, special collections, and more.
  • Complimentary marketing services and 24/7 web-based training with a real person.

Additional key features and benefits include the following:

  • Highly affordable with discounts for systems and consortia
  • Available 24/7 through any web-enabled device including the iPad
  • Continued collection growth at no extra cost throughout the subscription term
  • Text to speech and other accessibility features
  • Free MARC records
  • COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
  • Powerful tools for easy researching:

o Multiple options for searching, navigating, and browsing

o ebrary InfoTools, which turns every word into a portal to additional information on the web. InfoTools can be customized to link patrons to the resources of your choice.

o Notes and highlights that are automatically stored on a personal bookshelf.

o Ability to copy/paste and print text with automatic citations and URL hyperlinks back to the source

o Personal bookshelves with moveable folders that can be emailed to others

Public libraries, systems, and consortia are invited to a breakfast focus group at ALA Annual, where ebrary will discuss the pilot program in greater detail as well as solicit input on trends, future business models for electronic content, challenges, and other matters pertaining to the public library community. To RSVP for the session, which will be held on Sunday, June 27, from 8am to 10am in Franklin A/B at the Four Points Sheraton in Washington DC, please complete our web form at

Source: ebrary,

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