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Gale and Ex Libris Partner to Offer Online Access to Authoritative Electronic Books and Journals via Primo Central

Ex Libris and Gale provide researchers with seamless access to Academic and General OneFile, Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Sabin America content

(PresseBox) (Jerusalem, Israel, ) Ex Libris® Group is pleased to announce that following an agreement with Gale®, a number of Gale's leading academic databases can now be accessed directly via the Primo Central megaaggregate of scholarly econtent.

The flagship fulltext periodical databases Academic OneFile and General OneFile, together with the Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Sabin America resources, are now available via Primo Central. Gale is the latest of the rapidly expanding group of aggregators who have chosen to make their content accessible to library users via Primo Centrala centralized index comprising data harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators.

Gale has provided metadata for the ejournals in these important databases for central indexing by Primo Central. With Primo Central, users simultaneously search locally managed collections and global econtent and receive search results that are blended into a single relevanceranked list. Primo Central is now undergoing beta testing by 14 Primo Central partner libraries around the world, and will be available to the customer community later this year.

"We are delighted to work together with Ex Libris to enable our awardwinning content to reach the extensive community of researchers, students, and consumers using Primo Central," commented John Barnes, Gale executive vice president of strategic marketing and business development. "The partnership with Primo Central will help us accomplish our objective of connecting researchers to the rich content held by their library."

"We are thrilled to launch this collaboration with Galeenabling our customer community to access a wealth of scholarly resources," remarked Nancy Dushkin, corporate vice president of discovery and delivery solutions at Ex Libris. "The huge diversity of content contained in the multidisciplinary and authoritative OneFile databases, together with the depth provided by Eighteenth Century Collections Online and the rich content of Sabin America, will be immensely valuable to Primo Central users around the world. We are delighted to include Gale in the rapidly growing number of leading content providers who are partnering with Ex Libris to provide integrated access to their content."

About Gale

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, serves the world's information and education needs through its vast and dynamic content pools, which are used by students and consumers in their libraries, in their schools, and on the Internet. Gale is best known for the accuracy, breadth, and convenience of its data, addressing all types of information needsfrom homework help to health questions to business profilesin a variety of formats. For more information, visit www.gale.com.

About Ex Libris (Deutschland) GmbH

Ex Libris is a leading provider of automation solutions for academic libraries. Offering the only comprehensive product suite for electronic, digital, and print materials, Ex Libris provides efficient, userfriendly products that serve the needs of libraries today and will facilitate their transition into the future. Ex Libris maintains an impressive customer base consisting of thousands of sites in more than 75 countries on six continents.

Dedicated to developing creative solutions in close collaboration with our customers, Ex Libris enables academic, national, and research libraries to maximize productivity and efficiency and, at the same time, greatly enhance the user experience. By empowering users to discover and obtain the information they need, libraries ensure their position as the bridge to knowledge.

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