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May 21, 2001 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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ebrary Announces Company News

ebrary ( has announced that Adobe chairman and co-founder John Warnock has joined its board of directors. According to the company, Warnock, who recently retired as Adobe's CEO, will provide ebrary with strategic direction as it continues to expand its e-content business. ebrary has also announced that Kevin Cronin has joined the company as vice president of sales. In addition to direct sales and alliance-partnership development, Cronin will be responsible for developing and securing channel opportunities that will enable ebrary to reach large communities of Internet users while allowing channel partners and publishers to increase their profitability, according to the company.

In other news, ebrary has announced the commercial availability of the ebrarian solution for channel partners, which will enable online organizations to increase profitability and Web site traffic. According to the company, ebrarian lets publishers, Internet portals, academic institutions, libraries, e-learning companies, large corporations, and other organizations provide high-value, focused content to attract and retain customers, increase sales, and make their Web site properties more valuable to advertisers. ebrary's channel partner strategy also benefits publishers and other content providers by opening additional channels to increase online access and sales.

The company also announced that it is expanding its business beyond the online library to make its content available through channel partners, search engines, and other Web sites via its open-access model. This model enables search engines such as Google, Yahoo!, Excite, and other sites with search capabilities to freely index content. In addition, any site can provide links directly to high-value documents. This open-access model allows search engines to increase site traffic, provides additional revenue streams for channel partners and publishers, and offers a way for end-users to find and access the information they need online.

Source: ebrary

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