January 9, 2006 - West Hartford, CT -- Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children's publishing, media and education company, has employed the services of Index Data to implement standards-based information retrieval gateway, thereby making it easier for libraries to access Grolier Online, the leading subscription-based online reference resource for schools and libraries (
"Scholastic Library Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Z39.50 compliant versions of all of the encyclopedia databases that are included in Grolier Online," said Trudy Tuffy, Senior Director of Grolier Online. "We are very excited about this new method of access to our encyclopedia databases, as it helps to make them available to a wider range of educators and students."
"One of our specialties is to build gateways between proprietary database servers and standards-based clients," said Sebastian Hammer, Index Data's CEO. "In a time when libraries everywhere are seeking to implement single search interfaces to multiple resources for their patrons, it is in the interests of content providers to make it an easy matter for metasearch software vendors to access their content, and ease of access is best achieved through standards such as Z39.50 and its Web services offspring, ZING."
About Index Data
Index Data has been developing standards-based information retrieval technology since 1994. Library software vendors as varied as Ex Libris, Fretwell-Downing, Geac, ISACSOFT, Koha and Polaris use Index Data's technology in the software they provide to libraries. And libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress and many other national libraries, use the company's technology and services to meet demanding and sophisticated information retrieval challenges. The company's metasearch service, Keystone Retriever, is among the most advanced in the industry and is distributed under an Open Source license.
About Scholastic Library Publishing
Scholastic Library Publishing creates a multitude of products, both in print and online, for the school and public library market under the imprints of Grolier, Children's Press, Franklin Watts, and Grolier Online. Children's Press offers primarily non-fiction series for elementary and middle schools, while Franklin Watts focuses on non-fiction for the high school market. Grolier publishes encyclopedias and is best known for the brands Encyclopedia Americana and The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online is a self-contained, non-commercial electronic gateway offering thousands of resources for student research, including the Encyclopedia Americana online, The New Book of Knowledge Online and the Spanish language encyclopedia La Nueva Enciclopedia Cumbre - serving more than 18 million students and teachers.