ebrary, a ProQuest business, is celebrating a pair of significant achievements as 2013 gets underway. This year marks the 10th anniversary of its flagship product, Academic Complete™, the original scholarly e-book subscription collection, now used in thousands of university libraries worldwide. The anniversary comes as the company closes another year of vigorous content development with more than 100 new publishers added to the ebrary platform, significantly building its e-book catalog and library capacity for strategic acquisition. New ebrary partners include Nova Science, Hackett Publishing, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Australian-based CSIRO Publishing, academic distributor International Specialized Book Services, and independent trade publisher Workman Publishing.
“Cambridge Scholars Publishing is intent on providing libraries with our wide array of content from all areas of the arts and humanities, and ebrary allows us to continue that mission,” said Graeme Nicol, CEO of Cambridge Scholars Publishing. “ebrary possesses an ideal combination of rich understanding of customer needs – reflected in their breadth and depth of e-books and robust technology – and flexibility in trying new models that allow libraries to work more efficiently.”
Content from ebrary’s new publishing partners will be available through a variety of acquisition models and products including Academic Complete, which has grown to encompass more than 80,000 authoritative titles selected by ebrary’s in-house librarians, with unlimited, multi-user access. Since its introduction in 2003, Academic Complete has become a key resource to support serious research and undergraduate study, earning multiple awards and honors, among hem CHOICE Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Title, Library Journal’s Best E-book Database, and SIIA CODiE’s 2013 finalist for Best Service using Aggregated Content. The database serves as a foundational collection for libraries to strategically apply budget to other models such as patron driven acquisition, short-term loan, and perpetual archive in order to earn the best return on investment. This is central to ebrary’s three-step approach to strategic ebook acquisition: Transition, Diversify and Streamline™.
“At ebrary, one of our commitments has been to build strong, lasting relationships with our publishing partners, providing researchers with the most authoritative content available,” said Leslie Lees, ebrary’s Vice President of Content Development. “Academic Complete is a premier example of how ebrary delivers on that commitment for publishers, as well as libraries and endusers. Over the past 10 years, we have grown the collection substantially and it has evolved along with libraries to serve the research needs of their patrons in an affordable way.”