August 20, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – To help K-12 libraries acquire e-books more strategically, ebrary, a ProQuest business, has added hundreds of relevant e-books across acquisition models, which provide libraries with the best value when combined. Diversifying acquisition models is a key component of ebrary's three-step approach: Transition, Diversify, and Streamline.
ebrary's renamed the Schools and Educators Complete subscription database, which has been updated with thousands of new e-books from renowned publishers such as ALA Editions, ASCD, Classroom Complete, and National Science Teacher Association. The highly affordable database now includes a growing selection of more than 8,500 titles with unlimited, multi-user access and a wealth of information in professional development and training resources. Moreover, almost 4,500 titles in the database have relevance to state, national or provincial curriculum standards – with coverage of all common core subjects – including English Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, and Information Literacy/Technology.
Additionally, ebrary has added over 3,000 new titles that can be purchased outright or through its patron driven acquisition program where titles are only purchased if used. Many of these titles are also eligible for short-term loan and ebrary consistently grows the consideration pool for these titles.
To further align with Common Core Standards and make it easier for librarians to purchase those essential titles, ProQuest's K-12 editorial experts have created a new off-the-shelf pack in Common Core Math Standards using a proprietary software application that aligns content to curriculum. ebrary's new Math pack has over 45 e-books and covers advice, teaching resources, and ready-to-go activity ideas for K-8 teaching, as well as pre-Algebra, pre-Calculus, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, and AP preparation for higher grades. The perpetual pack includes publishers such as Math Solutions Publications, MIT Press, Nomad Press, SAGE Publications Inc. (US), and World Scientific Publishing Co.
"ebrary believes in supporting both students and teachers with the most relevant content available while providing libraries with flexible acquisition options to achieve the greatest return on their investment. We're excited to be able to offer content that maps directly to Common Core Standards," said Leslie Lees, ebrary's Vice President of Content Development. "In order to achieve that value alongside applicable subject matter, many libraries start with a continually growing collection like Schools and Educators Complete and then supplement with patron driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive – including expertly selected packs in critical areas."
Key features and benefits of the ebrary platform include the following:
- Dedicated apps for the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android
- DASH! (Data Sharing, Fast) for uploading and integrating a library's own digital content from local computers. DASH! is available to School and Educators Complete subscribers.
- InfoTools, which turns words into portals to additional knowledge online
- COUNTER-compliant usage statistics
- Multiple search and navigation options
- Chapter ranking of search results
- Personal bookshelves
- Highlighting and annotating
- Automatic citations
- Interface in multiple languages
ebrary (www.ebrary.com) helps customers acquire e-books strategically through a three step approach: Transition, Diversify and Streamline. The company believes that by challenging the e-book status quo, organizations can effectively serve the diverse and growing needs of researchers and maximize their budgets. Founded in 1999, long before e-books were popular, ebrary is a ProQuest business located in Palo Alto, CA, USA.