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October 4, 2004 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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R.R. Bowker Acquires Syndetic Solutions

R.R. Bowker ( has acquired Syndetic Solutions (, a provider of enriched content for a library's online catalog. Working closely with publishers and ILS vendors, Syndetic Solutions gathers and disseminates data for seamless integration into a library's OPAC System. Enrichment options include cover images, summaries, fiction profiles, biography profiles, author notes, first chapters, excerpts, tables of contents, and book reviews. Currently thousands of public, academic, school, and special libraries around the country use Syndetic Solutions for its added-value content.

Under the agreement, Syndetic Solutions co-founder Allan Graham and his team will join Bowker. The company will maintain its offices in Portland, Ore., where operations will continue under Graham's leadership.

Founded in 1872, R.R. Bowker is a leading provider of bibliographic information and is also the official agency for assigning ISBNs in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company's flagship product, Books In Print, is available on the Internet (, on CD-ROM, and in hardbound print format. R.R. Bowker is a unit of privately owned Cambridge Information Group, which also owns CSA.

Source: R.R. Bowker

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