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February 16, 2012 — 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.

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Ingramís Vital Source Now Working With Blackboard

Ingram’s Vital Source is now providing access to its etextbook platform through Blackboard Learn, one of the most widely used learning management systems. The Blackboard Building Block for VitalSource gives institutions a comprehensive tool to implement digital textbooks for students in mobile, online, and offline environments.

The new Blackboard Building Block for the VitalSource platform developed collaboratively with educators and publishers, gives higher education institutions and their students an efficient and cost-effective way to acquire content from the world’s leading publishers through the Blackboard Learn platform. Through the Building Block, students and educators have immediate, one-click access to VitalSource’s comprehensive content library with more than 80,000 titles, as well as the functionality of the platform including integrated notes, highlights, annotations, and sharing capability through a single sign-on environment.

Using the Building Block, educators can preview and customize content used in courses. Through the functionality of the application, they can also link to required assignments and relevant activities within digital course materials and easily share that information with students. The Building Block supports the Bookshelf platform for viewing content in any modern browser, as well as downloading to clients on the Macintosh and Windows operating systems, Apple’s iPad, iPhone, iPod touch devices, and Android smartphones and tablets.

Ingram’s Vital Source continues to grow its set of tools to give educational institutions, publishers, and other places of learning, options to connect their infrastructure to commercial, as well as custom electronic and printed content in the platform. The Building Block is available to all institutions on Blackboard Learn 9.1. A member of Blackboard Partnerships Program, Vital Source also participates in the Blackboard Developers Network, an innovative community of educational and technical experts with a passion for using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Source: Ingram Content Group, Inc.

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