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December 18, 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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Cambridge Information Group to Acquire ProQuest Information and Learning

Cambridge Information Group (CIG; http://www.cambridgeinformationgroup.com) announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProQuest Information and Learning (PQIL; http://www.il.proquest.com), a segment of ProQuest Co. (http://www.proquestcompany.com), for about $222 million. CIG will combine its Bethesda, Md.-based CSA subsidiary (http://www.csa.com) with Ann Arbor, Mich.-based PQIL to create a new, privately held, independent company. The new company plans to continue operations in both locations. CIG is the parent company to CSA, R.R. Bowker, RefWorks, and Corporate Educational Services; the owner of Sotheby's Institute of Art; as well as the largest shareholder of Navtech, Inc.

Both CSA and PQIL offer library users access to electronic resources. The companies said they will serve a combined customer base of more than 25,000 library customers. CSA specializes in natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and technology—areas that will complement PQIL's product lines (business, history, literature, and news).

PQIL comprises the following product brands: ProQuest, Chadwyck-Healey, UMI, Micromedia ProQuest, Serials Solutions, SIRS, eLibrary, and CultureGrams. Product brands within ProQuest Education, another part of ProQuest Co.—Voyager Expanded Learning, ProQuest Learning Page (Reading A-Z), and ExploreLearning—are not affected by the pending acquisition. ProQuest Co. recently completed the sale of its Business Solutions segment (automotive parts catalogs).

Look for our full NewsBreak report on this important development to post on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

Source: Cambridge Information Group and ProQuest Co.

EBSCO Snags Exclusive with The Paris Review

EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO; http://www.epnet.com) has announced an exclusive distribution deal with the literary journal, The Paris Review. EBSCO will be the only source for electronic access to the full text of The Paris Review. It will soon be available to libraries and other organizations via EBSCO's Humanities International Complete (HIC) database. The full text will begin with Volume 1, Issue 1 from 1953 and continue to the present day with ongoing coverage (i.e., no embargo).

Under the editorship of George Plimpton for its first 50 years, The Paris Review introduced many contemporary writers to their first readers—it published the earliest works of Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, Jack Kerouac, Ha Jin, Mona Simpson, and Jeffrey Eugenides. It is known for its carefully crafted interviews. The journal continues under the editorship of Philip Gourevitch, who was appointed in 2005 following Plimpton's death.

Available through the EBSCOhost platform, Humanities International Complete provides the full text of hundreds of journals, books, and other published sources from around the world. This database includes more than 2 million indexed records from more than 2,000 publications, as well as the full text from more than 700 titles.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

Thomson Gale Adds Publishing Partners to Virtual Reference Library

Thomson Gale (http://www.gale.com) recently added a number of new publishing partners to Gale Virtual Reference Library, its platform for delivering electronic reference material such as e-books. With the addition of two of these partners—Ediciones Akal and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)—Thomson Gale will launch its Spanish e-book program. The content will be available in early 2007.

Established in 1973, Ediciones Akal is based in Madrid, Spain, and has published more than 3,000 titles in the fields of anthropology, arts, economics, history, music, philosophy, politics, religion, and social sciences. Eleven of its e-books will be available on Gale Virtual Reference Library.

PAHO is an international public health agency with 100 years of experience working to improve health and living standards in the countries of the Americas. PAHO has more than 700 book titles in print. PAHO's 30 e-book titles will be bundled into a set called La OPS colección sobre la salud mundial (The PAHO World Health Collection). These titles join a Scribner title, Enfermedades y Trastornos de la Salud (Human Diseases and Conditions), in providing Spanish speakers with access to health information online.

The Spanish language titles join other new English-language publishing partners, including Brill Academic Publishers (6 titles), Indiana University Press (2 titles), the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (8 titles), and Scarecrow Press (11 titles).

Source: Thomson Gale



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