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ARTICLE: Utilizing E-books to Enhance Digital Library Offerings

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  • David P. Dillard
    This article involves some of the results and developments that have come about because of the acquisition of NetLibrary by OCLC, owner of the WorldCat
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 24, 2002
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      This article involves some of the results and developments that have come
      about because of the acquisition of NetLibrary by OCLC, owner of the
      WorldCat international online database and the FirstSearch databank of
      periodical abstracting and other databases.

      Utilizing E-books to Enhance Digital Library Offerings

      Shirley Hyatt and Lynn Silipigni Connaway describe the rationale and
      background of OCLC's acquisition of netLibrary, the information
      environment that is being pursued, and the resulting benefits that
      libraries may experience.

      <http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue33/netlibrary/>

      On January 24, 2002, OCLC Online Computer Library Center acquired
      netLibrary, a major electronic books (e-books) company. OCLC's acquisition
      includes the e-book Division of netLibrary, which OCLC has integrated as a
      division of OCLC, and netLibrary's MetaText eTextbook Division, which has
      become a for-profit subsidiary of OCLC. This article describes the
      rationale and background of the acquisition, the overall vision of the
      information environment that is being pursued, and the benefits that
      libraries may experience as a result.

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      netLibrary has been dedicated to providing electronic book services to the
      library community since it began operations in July 1998. It is committed
      to encouraging the creation of the electronic version of the monograph,
      and to serving these up through libraries. netLibrary provides academic,
      public, special/corporate and school libraries with solutions for the
      purchase, management, and use of digital learning content, specifically
      e-books. It digitized its first e-book in January 1999, launched its Web
      site in March 1999 and sold its first title in May 1999. Today,
      netLibrary's e-book offering is the most broadly adopted in the market,
      representing the content of 315 publishers and serving more than 6,700
      libraries, with a catalog of more than 41,000 titles.

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      The full text of this article may be read at the URL above. There is a
      bibliography that follows the article for those who would like to read
      more on the topics discussed in this article.


      Sincerely,
      David Dillard
      Temple University
      (215) 204-4584
      jwne@...
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