Posted by: bluesyemre | October 7, 2015

ProQuest and Ex Libris Join to Accelerate #Innovation for #Libraries Worldwide


Complementary capabilities will break new ground in helping libraries meet evolving needs; current products to be supported and enriched.

ANN ARBOR, MI, and JERUSALEM, Israel, October 6, 2015 – ProQuest, an information solutions provider, central to global research, has signed an agreement to acquire Ex Libris Group, a leading global provider of library automation solutions. The capabilities of ProQuest and Ex Libris span expertise in print, electronic and digital content, as well as solutions for library management, discovery and research workflows.

Bringing these complementary assets together will enable ProQuest and Ex Libris to enhance existing products and accelerate innovation of new services to quickly address some of libraries’ most pressing challenges: disparate workflows for print, electronic and digital resources, and navigation of complex and rapidly changing technology, content and user environments. The acquisition is expected to close in the coming months.

“We are excited to have Ex Libris join ProQuest and welcome its proven track-record of innovation on behalf of libraries. One great example of their expertise in action is the success of Ex Libris’ Alma unified resource management solution in helping hundreds of institutions worldwide improve their libraries’ value to their users,” said Kurt Sanford, ProQuest CEO. “Together, the companies will build on and create more groundbreaking library services, bringing additional value to our customers and the broader industry.”

“The acquisition of Ex Libris by ProQuest enriches our commitment to the global library community and will enhance our ability to carry out our product roadmaps and strategies,” said Matti Shem-Tov, Ex Libris CEO. “The combined talent and expertise of ProQuest and Ex Libris will enable more efficient development and support of our leading solutions, and will accelerate innovation in both current and new products. We will identify opportunities to deliver the best of what both companies have to offer by expanding key features in resource management, knowledge base capabilities and discovery services to enhance existing products.”

“Combining our companies enables us to create even more opportunities and choices for libraries — especially our existing customers,” said Oren Beit-Arie, Ex Libris Chief Strategy Officer. “Both ProQuest and Ex Libris are deeply engaged with the global library community and benefit from active, collaborative and forward thinking customers and user groups. Continuing our tradition of cooperation, we are committed to working with our user communities to get input and guidance as we enhance current solutions and create new ones.”

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