Jerusalem, Israel—October 12, 2011. Ex Libris Group, a world leader in the provision of library automation solutions, is pleased to announce that it has signed agreements with numerous content providers to add their collections to the Primo Central Index. Primo Central will now provide access to Bridgeman Education content; the ECONIS database at the German National Library of Economics—Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW); the Manuscriptorium Digital Library at the National Library of the Czech Republic; the China/Asia On Demand collection from Oriprobe Information Services; three C. H. Beck journals; and content from Woodhead Publishing, the World Bank, and World Scientific. These publishers join the rapidly growing number of leading information providers who are partnering with Ex Libris to provide instant access to their online content.
Offered as a cloud-based service to hundreds of libraries around the globe, the Primo Central Index is an integral part of the Ex Libris Primo discovery and delivery solution. Providing library users with a one-stop service for their information needs, Primo enables users to explore their library's locally managed collections along with global and regional resources indexed in Primo Central.
"Enabling the Manuscriptorium content to be discovered and used by researchers is our primary goal," noted Adolf Knoll, director for science, research, and international cooperation at the National Library of the Czech Republic. "The Manuscriptorium project offers seamless virtual access to digital documents related to historical book resources up to the year 1800, particularly old manuscripts, from more than 90 European institutions. This vast collection of historical resources will become more easily and widely accessible as a result of this agreement with Primo Central."
"China/Asia On Demand (CAOD), now including close to 10,000 journals, is popular with libraries around the world as a comprehensive repository of valuable scientific, technical, and medical information from China," commented Frank Liu, chief customer officer at Oriprobe. "The Primo Central Index will further promote this leading authoritative scholarly resource, and Ex Libris customers will benefit from instant access to a huge selection of Chinese research materials."
"We are delighted to welcome these content providers to the Ex Libris publisher program," commented David Beychok, vice president of discovery and delivery solutions at Ex Libris. "The addition of important Asian and European collections demonstrates our commitment to regional as well global scholarly resources. With the ongoing development of Primo Central, we are continuing to meet the goals of publishers and libraries and to fulfill the needs of scholarly researchers."
Learn more about the Primo Central Index at the Frankfurt Book Fair, at booth #4.2L438.
The Manuscriptorium digital library provides free access to historical resources, such as manuscripts, incunabula, and maps, related to historical book resources, up to the year 1800. The digital library aggregates documents from many renowned institutions extending beyond the countries of the European Union.
For more information, see http://www.manuscriptorium.com/.
About Oriprobe Information Services
Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Oriprobe Information Services, Inc., is a leading supplier of Chinese electronic resources. Oriprobe offers customized information platforms, Chinese digital resource collections, and quality services for information-retrieval from China specifically and Asia in general. Oriprobe's electronic resources cover journals, policies, laws, Chinese companies and products, institutions, newspapers, dissertations, conference proceedings, patents, standards and much more.
For more information, see http://www.oriprobe.com/.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic 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 80 countries on six continents.
Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research 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.