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Chicago Public Schools Selects SAFARI Montage for
Video-on-Demand Solution

Philadelphia, PA (March 16, 2006) - Library Video Company today announced that Chicago Public Schools has recently selected SAFARI Montage as its enterprise video-on-demand solution for 182 schools, grades K-12, to improve visual learning in the classroom via digital technology. SAFARI Montage is an affordable, broadcast-quality, video-on-demand server that comes preloaded with more than 1,000 titles of the very best educational programs from the world’s most preeminent publishers.

SAFARI Montage provides Chicago’s elementary, middle and high school classes with digital access to a wide range of choice content for their visual instruction needs. Programs from award-winning educational video publishers such as PBS, A&E Home Video, BBC Worldwide, Disney Educational Productions, National Geographic Digital Media, WGBH Boston, Scholastic, Sesame Street, Weston Woods, monterey media, Goldhil Educational and Schlessinger Media comprise the robust content packages that are available on SAFARI Montage.

“Chicago Public Schools’ Principals, Teachers and Administrators have unanimously given us their elated praise for SAFARI Montage as it enhances both teaching and learning, and that all schools in the district will want to use it for their video-on-demand needs,” said Tim Beekman, President of SAFARI Video Networks, a division of Library Video Company. He added, “Chicago Public Schools is a district that’s moving in the right direction – they embrace technology, knowing that it will prepare their students and teachers for the future. Their Office of eLearning advocates the use of technology at all levels with one of its goals focused on supporting teachers and administrators in the effective integration of technology into curriculum, instruction, assessment and management. SAFARI Montage supports what the Office of eLearning is striving to accomplish, as many of Chicago’s schools have already discovered.”

The 182 Chicago Public Schools that are using SAFARI Montage are benefiting from the programs in the Core Content packages. All programs in the packages are fully segmented, searchable and available in Windows Media Player or QuickTime format. Titles containing Teacher’s Guides have free viewable or downloadable guides, and curriculum correlations for all available State Standards will be made available via remote updates. SAFARI Montage is designed with extra bays to accommodate more programming, and one of the most exciting features available is the ability to add self-created content.

SAFARI Montage offers a more reliable alternative to streaming video over the Web, which degrades a school’s T1 bandwidth significantly. Teachers can “bookmark” particular segments for classroom use. The SAFARI Montage server is easy to install and can reside in the school media center or computer room, and it is easily expandable to accommodate more programming. Additionally, this content will be indexed and correlated to state curriculum standards. SAFARI Montage is the first truly open digital video network designed for schools.

About Chicago Public Schools:

The Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school system in the U.S. and second-largest employer in Illinois, with 45,000 employees. It has more than 600 schools and serves over 437,000 students.

About Library Video Company

Founded in 1985 by Andrew Schlessinger, Library Video Company is the leading distributor of educational video to schools and public libraries nationwide. The Company stocks more than 18,000 titles, which cover all subjects for all grades. Each program has been carefully reviewed and selected for content that is appropriate for the classroom and public library setting. In its 21st year, the Company continues to be the forerunner in educational media distribution through its commitment to providing schools and libraries with new titles, new services and new product formats. Library Video Company supports the efforts of educators with the No Child Left Behind Act, and has set the standard for efficient media collection management online.

About SAFARI Video Networks

SAFARI Video Networks, a newly acquired division of Library Video Company, is the leading provider of video networking solutions for education. SAFARI Video Networks offers schools a range of video networking products, including the first truly open digital video-on-demand system; video conferencing for distance education and professional development, school news and security; local video creation uploading and many other products. SAFARI Video Networks will provide schools, districts and states with a choice of the best new video programs digitally from Library Video Company’s vast network of the finest educational video publishers and distributors, including the award-winning Schlessinger Media content library. More information is available at



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