Seattle, March 29, 2007–Cdigix, Inc., the leading provider of digital educational services to the college marketplace, announced that it has formed a relationship with PALINET, one of the largest member-owned and -governed library networks in the country. As part of this new relationship, PALINET members are entitled to preferred pricing and premium customer support on Cdigix´s digital educational platform, C-Labs. For a limited time, members of PALINET will also be eligible for a free semester trial of the service.
C-Labs is a complete turnkey service that provides universities with all the tools to easily post and maintain course-critical digital audio and video media online–for access by students on multiple platforms to fulfill their course requirements. The recently upgraded version, C-Labs 2007, offers a significantly enhanced user experience, new administrative tools, and three important new features: C-Labs Library, C-Labs Podcasting, and C-Labs Community.
"We are excited about our relationship with PALINET, one of the nation´s most reputable and influential library consortia," said Larry Jacobson, Chairman and CEO of Cdigix, Inc. "Since shifting our business model to focus solely on educational products and services, we have made huge strides in creating awareness about C-Labs and securing new partners. Our relationship with PALINET is an important step toward making C-Labs the industry standard for digitally distributing educational media for academic libraries at universities nationwide."
"C-Labs addresses an important issue that university librarians and other faculty members are faced with daily–how to support the online distribution of the enormous amount of audio and video content collected over the years," said Chris Martire, Director for Strategic Partnerships at PALINET. "We are pleased to partner with Cdigix to offer C-Labs to PALINET members at a preferred rate and enable institutions to significantly enhance the learning experience by incorporating valuable material into their curriculum and their collections."
C-Labs is gaining recognition as an essential service to universities around the country. Institutions currently offering or piloting C-Labs include Yale University; University of Rochester; University of Michigan; California State University, Fullerton; University of Maryland, College Park; University of Arizona; University of Chicago; and Mount Holyoke College.
C-Labs allows universities to post and maintain an online digital media reserve of content that they already own in their library, while simultaneously distributing that media in a secure manner to their students on both PCs and Macs. Administrators need only provide the media, enter the metadata for each piece of content, and relate it to a class and its associated students using the C-Labs Administration web-based software program. C-Labs automatically controls which users can see which pieces of content, delivering both protected and secure files. C-Labs integrates with common authentication systems, such as LDAP and Shibboleth, and course management systems, such as Blackboard and Sakai.
C-Labs 2007, now available to universities nationwide, includes three significant upgrades:
C-Labs Library, allowing administrators to acquire media that is not currently in their campus libraries while alleviating the challenge of procuring individual titles for specific classroom assignments;
C-Labs Podcasting, letting students and faculty download campus-produced content that is posted to C-Labs in non-encrypted audio and video formats to their computer or transfer it to a portable device such as an iPod;
C-Labs Community, giving a participating university the ability to post institution-owned media into a shared media pool that is available to other C-Labs partner institutions. All media posted to the C-Labs Community must be owned by the university responsible for the posting of those materials.
About Cdigix, Inc.
Cdigix, Inc. is the leading provider of secure digital educational media to the college marketplace. The Seattle-based company operates C-Labs, a complete turnkey service that allows universities to post and maintain course-critical digital audio and video media online ?to be accessed by students. More information about the company and its services is available at www.cdigix.com.
PALINET, a member-owned and governed regional library network, was founded in 1936 and is one of the largest U.S. networks, serving 600+ members throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. PALINET trains over 1,400 people annually through its classroom and online distance education events, provides discounts on hundreds of library services from 80+ business partners through its group purchasing program, and is the region´s provider of OCLC services. For the latest information on PALINET, visit www.palinet.org.
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