SOURCE: ebrary

March 07, 2005 10:05 ET

ebrary® Announces New Technology Advisory Board

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2005 -- ebrary (www.ebrary.com), a leading information services and technology provider, today announced that it has appointed six members to its new technology advisory board. These industry leaders will provide ebrary with strategic direction as the company continues to develop new products and technologies for the library market. Additionally, ebrary's technology advisory board will complement its existing content advisory board of industry experts from Wellesley, Stanford University, Yale University, University of California, and other esteemed institutions.

ebrary's current technology advisory board includes the following members:

--  Allen McKiel, Director of Libraries, Northeastern State University
--  Andrew Pace, Head, Systems, North Carolina State University Libraries
--  Randy Olsen, University Librarian, Brigham Young University
--  Pat Hults, Digital Resources Librarian, Rensselaer Polytechnic
    Institute
--  Edward D. Wladas, Engineering Librarian, Princeton University
--  Bettina Meyer, Asst Dean for Resources, Western Michigan University
    

"ebrary has one of the most compelling and unique technology platforms available on the market today," said Meyer. "Not only has ebrary developed a way to deliver industry standard PDF documents one page at a time, ensuring that anyone regardless of connectivity or bandwidth limitations can access content, it has also created a way to give PDF content word-level interaction with InfoTools. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of ebrary is that it has developed both a hosted platform for content delivery and a server-based product that runs behind a library's firewall. It is very exciting to be a part of a company that seeks to fully address a library's needs by providing a number of options for disseminating valuable information."

"These are interesting times for libraries and the providers of information services and technologies," said McKiel. "I am eager to participate in ebrary's efforts to involve its customer base more intimately in its plans for evolving its role serving libraries."

"This is an exciting time to be in the digital book market for publishers, information providers, and libraries," said Pace. "It's great that ebrary affords its customers and the library industry an opportunity to provide valuable feedback about both content and its technology platform, assuring that digital books gain even more acceptance in the library world."

"As the technological landscape in the library market is rapidly evolving, we are very pleased to have such an esteemed group of industry leaders on our technology advisory board," said Badsah Mukherji, ebrary's Senior Strategic Product Manager. "We look forward to receiving their valuable input and guidance as we continue to develop new technologies while enhancing our current product line."

About ebrary

ebrary® provides technology solutions and information services that students, employees, patrons, and staff need to be more productive, competitive, and knowledgeable.

The company has pioneered the Dynamic Content Platform (DCP)™, a hosted information delivery service that features a growing selection of more than 60,000 titles from more than 200 leading academic, STM, and professional publishers. ebrary's DCP provides simultaneous, multi-user access to customizable databases of full-text books, reports, maps, and other authoritative content in multiple subject areas.

ebrary offers server-based, enterprise software solutions, to easily and cost-effectively create remote collections and virtual content portals, from any PDF documents stored within a hard drive, database, or content management system.

All of ebrary's products feature the ebrary Reader™, which optimizes online viewing through the "real-time" conversion of PDF documents into ebrary's Exchange Data Format™ (EDF). EDF serves any PDF file, regardless of size, through any connected Internet browser, one page at a time, making the delivery fast and efficient for the viewer.

InfoTools™ is an advanced set of software features within the ebrary Reader that provides much more powerful and efficient research capabilities than editorial-based linking or multiple search queries. By selecting words within a current document, end users can instantly link to relevant information from other EDF or PDF documents, digital databases, and resources on the Web.

Founded in 1999, ebrary is privately held and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

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