ProQuest is pleased to announce that on January 18, 2013 we signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ebook Library (EBL), which will significantly expand our e-book delivery and aggregation capabilities to libraries globally. Since 2004, EBL has earned a reputation as an innovator in the library market by developing a first-rate user experience, deploying creative business models for e-books, and providing librarian-friendly workflow support. The acquisition of EBL will further ProQuest’s goal of enabling researchers to seamlessly discover content across multiple formats including books, journals, dissertations, newspapers, and video.
ProQuest established our e-book presence in January 2011 by acquiring ebrary, a leading aggregator offering unmatched content selection, an award winning e-book subscription collection, and highly scalable platform technology. By combining the complementary strengths of EBL and ebrary, we intend to create the best possible research experience, connecting e-books with the vast array of other content and services offered by ProQuest.
Kari Paulson, President of EBL, will be joining ProQuest and will manage the combined e-book business unit. She will lead the effort to integrate the best of ebrary and EBL onto a single platform. Kari will report to Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of Workflow Solutions. In addition, Kari’s current team will be joining ProQuest and will play a critical role in the smooth transition to a single platform.
At this time, no action is necessary on your part. Please continue working with your existing contacts at ProQuest, ebrary, and EBL. After closing, we will be combining the EBL and ebrary platforms, as well as the sales teams, and back office operations. We will communicate any changes that impact you well in advance.
In the meantime, if you have questions or need more information, please reach out to your current contact.
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