EBSCO Publishing has been named to this year’s InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. This is the second year in a row that EBSCO has achieved this recognition. The annual list was revealed on September 11th at a gala awards ceremony at the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference which took place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA.
EBSCO was ranked 203rd on this year’s InformationWeek 500 – a list of the top technology innovators in the U.S. EBSCO Publishing is a global leader providing online research databases—more than 350 learning and reference products—to corporations, universities, libraries and other institutions around the world.
EBSCO earned its ranking on this year’s InformationWeek 500 for a development enabling libraries to benefit from the improved integration of content through a unified interface. EBSCO released e-books and audiobooks via EBSCOhost in order to better serve the needs of library end users and also offer end users ease of access along with a familiar, powerful user experience.
By integrating e-books into EBSCOhost, EBSCO brought these essential resources to a familiar and easy to use interface to meet the needs of any library—from the serious academic researcher looking for the latest information on a subject who will now see e-books integrated with periodical content to the public library patron looking for an e-book or audiobook to download to the latest mobile device. EBSCO will continue its goal to develop an e-book service that provides the best user experience and unparalleled content along with the most flexible acquisition and licensing arrangements.
EBSCO Publishing’s Vice President of Sales, E-books and Audiobooks, Scott Wasinger, is thrilled with this recognition saying it demonstrates that EBSCO is moving in the right direction with the development of its e-book and audiobook services. “We are honored with this achievement. E-books and audiobooks are becoming core services for libraries and as patrons and researchers come to expect more from these resources, libraries are in turn looking to EBSCO to help them stay ahead of growing demand. EBSCO continues to work with libraries and publishers to expand the e-book options available to libraries so they can best serve the needs of their end users.”
“The InformationWeek 500 has recognized the most innovative users of business technology for 24 years, and this year’s innovations were particularly impressive,” said InformationWeek Editor In Chief Rob Preston. “What the editors looked for are unconventional approaches—new technologies, new models, new ways of grabbing business opportunities and solving complex business problems with IT.” InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments, and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. Past overall winners include PACCAR Inc., The Vanguard Group, CME Group, National Semiconductor, Con-Way, and Principal Financial Group. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders. Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.