Oakdale, Minn. – Aug. 23, 2016 –bibliotheca announced today a new partnership with Living Language, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for exclusive distribution of digital language learning courses into public libraries.
Living Language's catalog of more than 40 language courses is now available to public libraries as a digital subscription, providing patrons with an effective, easy-to-use language learning experience that includes specialized on-the-job courses, ESL, business, and conversational lessons. Online courses and mobile-friendly apps make it convenient and applicable for a wide range of patrons.
Living Language's teaching techniques were originally designed for the U.S. State Department and offer a unique and proven method for learning a language. In addition to general language courses there are specialized on-the-job modules specifically created for librarians, business travelers, law enforcement and healthcare workers. These specific language courses can help libraries provide a valuable resource to their communities and engage a wider audience than other language programs in the market.
"bibliotheca is excited for this new opportunity that adds even more breadth and diversity to our product portfolio," said Tom Mercer, Director of Digital Products, bibliotheca. "We focus on solutions that help libraries captivate and connect with their diverse communities, and we know Living Language is a great product that will help libraries meet the growing need for language programs."
"bibliotheca's strong relationships with ILS partners, together with their infrastructure to support digital products, make them an ideal partner," said Skip Dye, Vice President, Director, Library Sales and Operations, Penguin Random House. "Our teaming together will help us both make this a great experience for libraries and patrons."
Find out more about Living Language digital subscriptions and course offerings at bibliotheca.com/livinglanguage or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Living Language
Living Language has offered proven and effective language learning instruction for over 70 years. Using techniques originally developed for the U.S. State Department, the Living Language Method follows a four-point approach from building a foundation of essential words and phrases, advancing to full sentences and conversations, practicing with recall exercises aimed at both short and long term memory and developing practical language skills to equip the learner in any situation. Living Language is an imprint of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
About the "new" bibliotheca
bibliotheca is dedicated to the development of solutions that help sustain and grow libraries around the world. Our products are designed to provide a welcoming, intuitive and seamless environment for those that use the library – wherever they choose to use it - be that at home, on the move or within the library itself. We have direct operational offices in all major continents, together with dedicated distributors who offer our solutions across a further 70 countries. We are proud to have over 30,000 unique libraries as part of our family, with a deployed equipment range in excess of 10,000 individual self-service units, 6,000 security systems and over 650 automated materials handling (sorter) systems. In addition, our digital platform features content from over 1,000 publishers and is available through almost 3,000 libraries.
bibliotheca is financially backed by OEP Capital Advisors, L.P., an independent private equity firm that has managed approximately $11 billion of invested capital over its 15 year history. The firm is principally based in New York, Chicago and Frankfurt.