Jerusalem, Israel—October 7, 2013. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library technology solutions, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with NewsBank to include a number of the Readex Archive of Americana collections in the Primo Central Index. Offered as a cloud-based service to institutions around the globe, the Primo Central Index gives users access to hundreds of millions of scholarly e-resources of global and regional importance.
For nearly 70 years, Readex has served as an authoritative source of primary research materials covering American history, literature, politics, culture, and daily life. The NewsBank-Ex Libris agreement will enable mutual customers of Readex and the Primo Central Index to search the metadata of the following collections:
- U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1994
- Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
- Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819
- Early American Imprints, Series I: Supplement from the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1670-1800
- Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement from the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1801-1819
- American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1, 1760-1900
- Afro-Americana Imprints, 1535-1922: From the Library Company of Philadelphia
"Adding the metadata of these Archive of Americana collections to the Primo Central Index furthers our overarching objective—to make our scholarly resources easier to discover regardless of how or where researchers search," commented David Braden, president of Readex, a division of NewsBank.
David Beychok, vice president of discovery and delivery solutions at Ex Libris, remarked: "Mutual customers of Readex and the Primo Central Index will now benefit from an extraordinary breadth and depth of material from American historical sources. We are pleased to be partnering with NewsBank to make these resources readily accessible to library users around the world."
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NewsBank, inc. has been one of the world's premier information providers for more than 43 years. NewsBank's comprehensive, web-based research collections satisfy the diverse needs of public libraries, colleges and universities, schools, military and government libraries, professionals, and researchers. NewsBank also offers online educational resources covering all academic curricula. NewsBank's Readex division offers a wealth of Web-based collections in the humanities and social sciences, including the Archive of Americana, a family of historical collections featuring searchable books, pamphlets, newspapers, and government documents printed in America over three centuries. For more information, see http://www.newsbank.com/.
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Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic, national, and research libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 90 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.