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Bell & Howell purchases Electric Library

Library Systems Newsletter [August 1999]

Infonautics, the developer of the online Electric Library service used by many libraries and schools, has sold its cornerstone product to Bell & Howell. A new, as yet unnamed, joint-venture company will be formed to market not only Electric Library, but also Bell & Howell's ProQuest K-12 business. Taken together, ProQuest and Electric Library are used in more than 40,000 libraries and schools. It is estimated that 25 million students in K-12 used the two products each day. Infonautics will own 27 percent of the joint-venture company. It will continue to market the consumer version of Electric Library, and will retain its line of "Sleuth" online reference services.

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Publication Year:1999
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 19 Number 08
Issue:August 1999
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Company: Bell & Howell
Products: Electric Library
ProQuest Direct
Subject: Mergers and acquisitions
Record Number:5936
Last Update:2023-09-23 16:16:34
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00