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May 18, 2021 — 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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ProQuest Unveils a New DEI Ebook Subscription; Gets Acquired by Clarivate

The big news from ProQuest is that Clarivate is set to acquire the company from Cambridge Information Group for $5.3 billion, including the refinancing of ProQuest’s debt. The transaction is expected to close in Q3 2021. According to the press release, “The acquisition will establish Clarivate as a premier provider of end-to-end research intelligence solutions and significantly expand its content and data offerings as the addition of ProQuest will materially complement the Clarivate Research Intelligence Cloud.”

In other news, ProQuest showcased its new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Ebook Subscription, which “is designed to help libraries address the challenge of building collections across topics of gender, race, sexual orientation, physical ability, age, and political and religious beliefs.” It has thousands of titles from global publishers—covering a variety of disciplines—and offers unlimited, multiuser access via ProQuest Ebook Central.

“Teaching, learning and research is evolving to better address the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice—but finding curated and comprehensive ebook content in these areas has been historically difficult for libraries,” says Audrey Marcus, ProQuest’sVP of product management. “The new DEI Ebook Subscription makes it easier and more affordable. We’ve aimed to bring together a wide selection of publishers, authors and titles that ensure representation of voices and help libraries support the growing need for inclusive ebook collections.”

For more information, read the press release.

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