ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 23, 2003 – ProQuest Information and Learning has acquired SIRS Publishing, Inc. (SIRS), the highly respected publisher of SIRS Researcher, SIRS Discoverer®, SIRS Enduring Issues and other databases. ProQuest Information and Learning, a unit of ProQuest Company, is a leading provider of online information services to libraries and educational institutions worldwide.
SIRS, based in Boca Raton, Fla., provides online, CD-ROM and print reference databases to more than 50,000 libraries worldwide. SIRS' proprietary published products are designed to address curriculum-oriented, research-based information needs that arise as students study social problems, science, health, controversial current issues, legal issues, ethics and more. SIRS' databases place their editorial emphasis on balanced coverage of both current and enduring social topics.
“With the acquisition of SIRS, we have reinforced our commitment to provide a comprehensive catalog of high-value information to students using K-12 and public libraries,” said Ron Klausner, president of ProQuest Information & Learning. “SIRS has a clear understanding of users' needs for balanced information on all sides of current and enduring issues, and translates this understanding into effective products. We look forward to integrating these excellent products into ProQuest to continue to grow our business.”
SIRS products are sold by subscription to libraries, school districts, and consortia worldwide. They are highly complementary to ProQuest's existing product suite of K-12 student resources. The acquisition enhances ProQuest's leadership in the K-12 library market and diversifies its offerings with strong topic-specific content. SIRS products join the recently acquired bigchalk™ and eLibrary™ offerings to create a product suite that will provide ProQuest customers with a rich range of choices.
"ProQuest is elated and proud to welcome SIRS to our family of products created for student researchers. SIRS' editorial quality and 30-year history of excellence, service, and innovation will strengthen our publishing program. We look forward to bringing together resources that will create clear benefits for our customers and users," said Barbara Beach, Vice President, K-12 Publishing, ProQuest Information and Learning.
The acquisition was finalized on July 21, 2003. SIRS co-founder Eleanor Goldstein will remain with ProQuest as Founding Publisher, reporting to Barbara Beach. SIRS offices will remain in Boca Raton, Fla.
Libraries may receive more information by contacting their ProQuest account representative at 1-800-521-0600, ext 3183 or 3452 (outside the U.S., call +44-1-223-215-512) or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact SIRS Customer Service at 1-800-232-7477 (press “1”) or email@example.com . Editors may call 1-800-521-0600, ext 6489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
About SIRS Publishing, Inc.
With headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida, SIRS Publishing is a leading provider of online, CD-ROM and print reference databases to more than 50,000 libraries worldwide. SIRS is an acronym for Social Issues Resources Series and its proprietary published products have been designed to address curriculum-related, assignment-driven information needs that arise as students study social problems, controversies, legal issues, and ethics. SIRS Publishing products are sold by subscription to libraries, school districts, and consortia worldwide.
About ProQuest Company
ProQuest Company (NYSE:PQE) is based in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is a leading provider of value-added information and content to the library, classroom, automotive and powersports markets. We provide products and services to our customers through two business segments: Information & Learning and Business Solutions. Through our Information & Learning segment, which primarily serves the library and classroom markets, we aggregate and publish value-added content from a wide range of sources including newspapers, periodicals and books. Our Business Solutions segment is primarily engaged in the delivery in electronic form of comprehensive parts and service information to the automotive market. It also provides dealers in the powersports (motorcycle, marine, RV and outdoor power) markets with management systems that enable them to manage their inventory, customer service and other aspects of their businesses.
ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and distributing information worldwide to researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general-reference, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 8,500 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck-Healey electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary educational resources, and XanEdu online faculty and student resources. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit www.il.proquest.com.