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Books24x7 Partners with GoLearn to Offer Federal Workers On-Line, Searchable Access to Key Business and IT Titles

55 Select Titles Cover Information Technology, Leadership, Management, Communication, and Desktop Applications

NORWOOD, MA – October 14, 2003 – Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), announced today that it has partnered with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Gov Online Learning Center (GoLearn), to offer registered GoLearn users on-line, searchable access to 55 IT and business titles from a variety of publishers, including Microsoft Press, John Wiley & Sons, AMACOM, Management Concepts, Wrox Press, and Sybex. The collection is designed to complement other training available to government employees, to address specific information needs, and to demonstrate the power of Books24x7’s Referenceware to overall employee development.

The partnership between the OPM, GoLearn, and Books24x7 expands the content offering available through GoLearn, one of the key human capital initiatives supporting the President’s Management Agenda. Books24x7’s comprehensive ITPro and BusinessPro collections, with more than total 4,500 titles, are available for license by federal agencies and military branches through GoLearn.

The 55 titles deployed on the GoLearn site were selected specifically to address topics of high interest to government employees and to support the OPM’s role in leading human capital initiatives incorporated in the President’s Management Agenda. Topics covered include workforce performance, project management, electronic government, six sigma, managing diversity, J2EE, Microsoft Office, Internet security, Java, and VBA. Through the use of Books24x7’s powerful search technology, users can pinpoint specific information in seconds. Multi-level searches can be performed on all material in the collection, or on several selected titles, or on a single resource.

“GoLearn’s vision is to create a premier e-training environment that supports development of the federal workforce through simplified and one-stop access to high quality e-training products and services,” said Mike Fitzgerald, project manager of the OPM’s e-training initiative. “By providing comprehensive, efficient, and easily accessible training, we are advancing the accomplishment of agency missions.”

“Our many commercial clients have found great value in our online Referenceware products – from enhancing employee skills to increasing actual productivity for bottom-line impact. We know government employees will also find Referenceware to be an important and frequently used learning resource,” said John Ambrose, general manager of Books24x7. “We’re pleased to partner with the OPM and GoLearn to bring our online collections to an even wider government audience.”

For more information on GoLearn, visit Registered users can access available Books24x7 titles by going to the site’s floor plan and selecting “Books24x7.” For details on Books24x7 and its ITPro, BusinessPro, FinancePro, and OfficeEssentials collections, visit

About Books24x7
Books24x7, a subsidiary of SkillSoft PLC (Nasdaq: SKIL), offers subscription clients online access to more than 4,500 unabridged IT and business books and reference works. Books24x7’s patent-pending technology platform enables users to pinpoint business-critical information quickly by performing multi-tier, online searches of the company’s Referenceware collections: ITPro, BusinessPro, FinancePro, and OfficeEssentials.

Clients include Avanade, Bank of America, Best Buy, EDS, and Lockheed Martin. We should add Best Buy to the list). The company has relationships with more than 85 leading publishers, including AMACOM, ASTD, Harvard Business School Publishing, McGraw-Hill, Sybex, and John Wiley and Sons. For more information, visit

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