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LibLime Acquires Assets of CARE Affiliates

LibLime (http://liblime.com), provider of open source solutions for libraries and CARE Affiliates (www.care-affiliates.com) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to sell select assets of CARE Affiliates to LibLime. The sale will include select products, related services, and domain names along with associated service contracts. Final closing is scheduled for August 2008. Carl Grant, president of CARE Affiliates will be taking a new position as president of Ex Libris, North America, effective immediately.

LibLime says its acquisition of CARE highlights one strength of open source solutions—no vendor lock in. CARE’s customers don’t need to worry about switching to new solutions. With open source, switching vendors doesn’t mean switching software. This is LibLime’s third acquisition since the company’s inception in 2005. Earlier acquisitions include Ohio-based Skemotah Solutions and Katipo Communications’ Koha division in New Zealand.

CARE Affiliates provides services and products based on open source software to libraries and information centers around the world. These services include consulting, selection, packaging, integration, installation, support, hosting (SaaS), maintenance, and continued development. Products include repositories, federated search tools, preservation and archiving solutions.

LibLime educates libraries about the benefits of open source, enabling them to make choices about how best to provide their communities and staff with better technology services. LibLime then facilitates implementation of open source in libraries by providing development, customization, support, and training solutions—solutions tailored to each library’s needs.

Source: LibLime



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