YBP and ebrary co-sponsor CIBER study on electronic resources challenges, trends, best practices

I received this press release today from ebrary.

YBP to Co-Sponsor CIBER’s Library Survey with ebrary, Results to be Announced at Charleston Conference

September 22, 2009 – Charlotte, NC –Baker & Taylor’s YBP Library Services today announced that it is co-sponsoring CIBER’s library survey with ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies. Based on input from more than 170 librarians worldwide, the CIBER survey will examine electronic resources challenges, trends and best practices in tough economic times. The survey questionnaire will be available to all libraries later this month, and results will be announced at the Charleston Conference, November 4-7 in Charleston, SC. “YBP has been serving the global library community for more than 30 years, and we are pleased that they have joined ebrary in supporting our survey,” said Professor David Nicholas, Director of the Department of Information Studies, UCL Centre for Publishing, and CIBER research group. “We look forward to making the survey available soon to libraries around the world and sharing the results later this Fall.”
“It is an honor to support CIBER’s efforts to explore a timely topic that was selected by librarians worldwide,” said Mark Kendall, Senior Vice President, Global Sales at YBP Library Services. “We are eager to learn more about the challenges they face and determine how we may best serve their needs.”
“ebrary and YBP continue to work together to develop products and services that enable libraries to efficiently acquire the content they need,” said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary.  “By co-sponsoring the CIBER survey, we will make this information available to all in order to facilitate improvements within the library community.”

CIBER’s expertise lies in the mapping, monitoring and evaluating of digital information systems, platforms, services, roll-outs and environments, using robust, big picture and innovative research methods, especially deep log analysis. CIBER has published a number of studies regarding digital information use, ejournal use and impact, cultural heritage online, impact of electronic course texts, information-seeking behavior of business students, and the like. For a full listing visit

About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, Inc. (www.baker-taylor.com) is a global information and entertainment services company that offers print and digital books and entertainment products along with value-added services to libraries, educational institutions and retailers. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company has been in existence for more than 180 years, developing long-term relationships with major suppliers, including book publishers, movie studios and music labels. Baker & Taylor maintains one of the largest combined in-stock book, video and music inventories in the United States, and services the broadest customer base in the industry. Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., a leading private equity investment firm.

About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)
ebrary helps libraries, corporations, publishers, and consumers get the most out of their digital content.  The company offers a growing selection of more than 170,000 digital books, handbooks, reports, maps, journals and other valuable content from over 350 of the world’s leading publishers under flexible subscription, purchase, and usage-based models.  Additionally, ebrary offers e-publishing services for customers to cost-effectively distribute their own PDF content online on ebrary’s servers or their own.

All ebrary products and services can be integrated and delivered via a single easy-to-use interface that includes powerful tools for finding, discovering, and managing information.  With ebrary InfoTools™, every word in the ebrary system is a network to other online resources of the customers’ choice, extending their value while increasing end-user knowledge and efficiencies.

Founded in 1999, ebrary is privately held and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, USA.