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The League for Innovation in the Community College and
OpenMind Publishing Deliver Digital Content Solution

Phoenix, AZ - October 29, 2001 -The League for Innovation in the Community College (League), an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement, and OpenMind Publishing Group, a collaborative publishing service, today announced the creation of a new professional resource that will benefit community college educators and administrators.
The digital publications library will house electronic versions of League content including books, monographs, and reports. The repository will be available through subscription.

"Community college educators will now have immediate, online access to all of the League's publications," states Cynthia Wilson, Vice President, Publications & Research for the League. "This partnership with OpenMind has allowed us to create a resource that will be a beneficial professional development tool for faculty, staff, and administrators throughout the institution."

OpenMind Publishing provided the technology needed to develop and maintain the digital content repository. The Digital Publications Library program allows subscribers to access a full array of League publications. Subscribing institutions will receive password protected access for their faculty and staff. Each individual user will receive personal access, providing an opportunity to add notes and highlights, download PDF versions of the content, and even purchase offline copies. Future expansion plans include the addition of alternate format e-books and downloadable audio versions of the content.

"We view this alliance with The League as an exciting partnership that extends the value of the League's intellectual property to the broad community college market", said Craig Johnson, Vice President of Business Development for OpenMind Publishing Group. "By combining the League's content with OpenMind's publishing system, users gain incredible flexibility and value from multiple digital delivery methods."
The digital publications library will be unveiled at the upcoming League for Innovation Conference on Information Technology, held November 13-17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

About The League for Innovation in the Community College

The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. Nineteen CEOs from some of the most influential, resourceful, and dynamic community colleges and districts in the world comprise the League's board of directors, and more than 750 institutions from 10 different countries are members. In addition, the League partners with more than 100 leading corporations, and works with a host of other nonprofit foundations and government agencies. With this innovative core of directors, members, partners, and collaborators, the League hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. For more information on the League's award-winning programs, publications, and services, visit www.league.org.

About OpenMind Publishing Group

OpenMind is leading the initiative to replace traditional textbook publishing with a collaborative publishing model that returns the power of publishing and teaching to professors and enriches the learning experience for students. OpenMind has transformed textbook publishing into a real-time dynamic process by providing a collaborative environment where textbooks are flexible, interactive, and up to 70% less costly for students. Using the OpenMind system instructors, and institutions can create their own publications, deliver edited OpenMind CourseBooks, or even develop their own private label publishing programs. OpenMind can even help market this content across the nation and the world. Best of all these CourseBooks can be delivered online, on CD ROM, as an electronic file, or as a printed publication.

The company publishes highly customizable CourseBooks and interactive media that allow instructors to create CourseBooks ideally suited to their needs. OpenMind's exclusive electronic delivery offers the ultimate flexibility, superior quality, and incredible value. Visit the OpenMind website to learn more about services for students, faculty, and authors.

Greg Luce
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