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New Version of NetLibrary to Launch in January 2004

eBook News:

netLibrary 2004 is coming soon! Based on recent usability testing and customer feedback, we have re-engineered our site to provide you and your patrons with improved reliability, greater performance, a more intuitive interface, and non-English language capability. With literally hundreds of enhancements, netLibrary 2004 offers the tools and resources you need to enhance the services you provide existing patrons and reach out to non-native speakers, users with disabilities and more. [via Resource Shelf]

New Display Languages

As worldwide demand for eContent increases, more and more libraries are seeking to expand access and eliminate language barriers for non-English speakers. That's why the netLibrary interface is now available with a choice of display languages. Visitors to the site will be able to select a default language, choosing from English, Spanish, or Traditional Chinese, that offers full navigation and search capabilities in the selected language. netLibrary 2004 also features enhancements that will allow us to add additional language capability as new foreign language collections are added to the netLibrary catalog.

Performance Enhancements

netLibrary 2004 has been engineered to provide the highest levels of reliability and site performance. Our site now features new (.NET) technology that improves overall site performance and enhances stability. Plus, we've invested in new Web, search and authentication database servers to provide even greater stability and faster page loads. Using an index of more than 40 indicators, netLibrary has recorded gains as high as 80% in key performance areas such site navigation, page loads and searching.

New Look & Feel

Our new streamlined interface not only looks good, but it features 50% fewer graphics for faster page loads, and incorporates design elements that make it more accessible to users with disabilities. We've also made it easier for you to locate and view titles using our streamlined search interface. Now you can open eBooks directly through the search results page. Plus, we've consolidated bookmarks, notes and the eBookshelf in a single location to provide you with one-click access to all your favorite titles, notes and more. We've even added linked subjects in the Bibliographic Information to provide sideways searching for related titles within a subject.

Launches January 2004

netLibrary 2004 launches January 14. So make sure you take a few moments to view our online demonstration of new functionality and features available to you and your patrons.

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