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November 27, 2006 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Francisco Partners to Acquire Endeavor Information Systems from Elsevier

Francisco Partners (http://www.franciscopartners.com), a technology-focused private equity fund, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com) for the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares of Endeavor Information Systems, Inc. (http://www.endinfosys.com), an Elsevier company. Endeavor will merge with Ex Libris (http://www.exlibrisgroup.com), which was acquired by Francisco Partners earlier this year. The combined entity will retain the Ex Libris Group name and be headed by Matti Shem Tov, president and CEO of Ex Libris.

In the coming years, the company will continue the development and support of flagship integrated library systems from both companies, Ex Libris' ALEPH 500 and Endeavor's Voyager. New versions of both systems will be released as planned in 2007. The Ex Libris and Endeavor management teams will be working closely over the coming weeks, in consultation with industry leaders and customers, to complete the roadmap for the combined product portfolio.Source: Francisco Partners

Swets Launches Swets Book Service with Ingram

Swets Information Services (http://informationservices.swets.com), continuing its commitment to provide solutions that simplify the process of acquiring, accessing, and managing content, announced the launch of Swets Book Service. This new service enables Swets North American customers to order books easily and efficiently and is the result of an alliance between Swets and Ingram Library Services, Inc. (http://www.ingramlibrary.com).

With the addition of Swets Book Service to its portfolio, Swets customers gain the convenience of working with a single source to acquire both their books and journals content. Swets Book Service allows North American customers to purchase books via their Swets customer account managers or place orders online through SwetsWise Subscriptions, the Web-based service for ordering and managing journal subscriptions. By aligning with Ingram, Swets customers gain access to Ingram's selection of more than 2.5 million book titles.

The new service exposes Ingram's inventory to Swets' 60,000 global customers covering the academic, corporate, and government markets. Ingram Library Services, Inc. is a unit of Ingram Book Group (http://www.ingrambook.com), a wholesaler of trade books, spoken audio, and magazines.

Source: Swets Information Services

H.W. Wilson Adds Images to Art Museum Database

H.W. Wilson (http://www.hwwilson.com) has announced the addition of some 62,000 images to its Art Museum Image Gallery database, an art image reference source on the WilsonWeb database service. Drawn from more than 1,800 sources worldwide, the new images include material from many of the most respected museums of Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia: Musée du Louvre, Paris; Museum der Stadt, Vienna; Bibliothèque des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Musée du Château de Versailles; Museo del Prado, Madrid; National Anthropological Museum, Mexico; British Museum; Archaeological Museum, Istanbul; Archaeological Museum, Lima; Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg; Bardo Museum, Tunis; and others. Full bibliographic records accompany every image, and all images are rights-cleared for educational use.

Acquired through an arrangement with The Art Archive of the Picture Desk, Inc. (an art, civilization, and history image library), the new images build on the Art Museum Image Gallery's coverage of ancient civilizations, American and European history, Medieval history, world religions, and icons from the history of art and architecture. The new content brings the total number of images on the Art Museum Image Gallery to more than 155,000, spanning works from 3000 B.C. to the 20th century.

The Art Museum Image Gallery is designed to offer support for curricula in art history, studio art, and design, as well as cultural studies, area studies, archaeology, classics, history, religion, literature, and related subject areas. Teachers can use high-resolution images in class lectures, assignments, academic presentations, and password-protected course Web sites. Students can use Art Museum Image Gallery works in papers and classroom assignments. Museums can provide patron access to the Art Museum Image Gallery from computer kiosks, and images can be used for public lectures or scholarly presentations.

Source: H.W. Wilson



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