NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ--(Marketwire - June 22, 2007) - R.R. Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information management, today announced that it has acquired Medialab Solutions by Amsterdam, creators of the highly regarded AquaBrowser Library search and discovery platform that is used by more than 60 million patrons in public libraries throughout the U.S. and Europe.
The acquisition represents the alignment of the richest collection of bibliographic data with the most popular and user-friendly visual faceted search technology in the library industry, improving Bowker's ability to deliver new products that enhance the user experience in libraries.
AquaBrowser Library is widely recognized as the only platform exclusively dedicated to providing visual faceted search solutions for libraries. The product seamlessly integrates with any major library system, opening up both the library catalog and any other information source. Through AquaBrowser Library, libraries can offer the finest user interface available today, without the need to change anything in the way they work, their existing ILS or OPAC.
"This agreement combines the best-in-class of two global providers to the library marketplace, with Bowker's industry-leading data now being married to Medialab's renowned search technology," said Annie Callanan, president of New Providence, N.J.-based R.R. Bowker. "The combination of AquaBrowser's impressive visual Web technology and focus on user interaction with our global resources and product development commitment will result in innovative new offerings for the library community. By aligning our organizations into one company, we will be able to deliver these new products much faster and with greater depth of content."
Under the acquisition agreement, Medialab Solutions co-founder, Bastiaan Zwaan, his senior management team and staff will all become part of the Bowker family. The company will maintain its offices in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where operations will continue under Mr. Zwaan's leadership.
"The Medialab Amsterdam team is extremely pleased with this new association with R.R. Bowker and with the ability it affords us to extend the range of our products and concepts," said Zwaan. "Together with Bowker's resources and AquaBrowser's ability to operate independently of any ILS brand or type, this acquisition represents the start of a new era in the library marketplace. While the industry has recently been witness to multiple mergers, buyouts and takeovers, Bowker and Medialab represent a real marriage of the best data and the best Web-based search technology in the industry, each of which can be integrated onto any library information system."
The teams from Bowker and Medialab will be discussing their partnership in more detail this week at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Meeting, which will take place June 21-27 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Company representatives will be available in the Bowker booth (#3505) and at the AquaBrowser booth (#1514) throughout the event.
About R.R. Bowker
R.R. Bowker is the world's leading source for bibliographic information. The company provides searching, analytical, promotional, and ordering services to publishers, booksellers, libraries, and patrons through national and international brands, including: Books In Print®, Global Books In Print®, Syndetic Solutions, Pubnet®, PubEasy®, PubTrack and more. In the U.S., Australia and Puerto Rico, Bowker is also the exclusive ISBN and SAN Agency and a DOI registration agency for the publishing industry. Bowker is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with operations in East Grinstead, England, and Port Melbourne, Australia. For more company details, please visit www.Bowker.com.
About Medialab Solutions BV
AquaBrowser is the world leader in visual faceted search that connects to any number of data sources. Its creators at Medialab Solutions focus all efforts toward creating successful searching solutions with invigorating passion to maintain all libraries as superior sources of information and knowledge. AquaBrowser can be found in libraries around the world, including over 120 library systems in the USA, libraries in the UK, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Italy and 80% of all public libraries the Netherlands. Today, nearly 2,000 library locations are serving over 60 million citizens worldwide with the visual AquaBrowser search and discovery experience. For more information about the company, access http://www.aquabrowser.com or contact us directly. See the AquaBrowser Online site at http://www.aquabrowseronline.com for more information about this new service.