Los Angeles and Mountain View, Calif., Jan. 22, 2003. Infotrieve said today that it has acquired Ariel(R) software from RLG, a membership corporation of leading research libraries, archives and museums. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
Ariel enables academic and research libraries to electronically convey and share scanned or digitized documents -- such as articles published in scholarly and professional journals vital to academic and scholarly research -- between and within institutions, in high-resolution TIF or PDF formats across the Internet. Approximately 9,400 installations around the world currently use Ariel. The software was developed and launched in 1991 by the non-profit RLG.
The privately owned Infotrieve is the world's leading provider of on-demand article distribution services. It is also a leading provider of Web-enabled virtual library platforms and outsourced information services to corporate and institutional customers.
"The purchase of Ariel is a strategic fit that reinforces our mission of being the world's leading provider of article distribution services," said Wes Crews, Infotrieve president and CEO. "The acquisition enhances our ties to the academic and scholarly research communities. It will allow us to expand the products and services we offer, and will help to continue our transformation into a complete research-management solutions provider built around our core business of article distribution."
"We are pleased to see Ariel move into the hands of Infotrieve," said James Michalko, RLG's president and CEO. "We are proud to have created the software and, working closely with our members around the world, to have developed it to this point. Now the product needs the added resources that a commercial vendor can provide. Infotrieve, with its focus on article delivery, is the ideal company to move Ariel forward."
Crews added that Infotrieve will continue to work in close cooperation with RLG member libraries on additional enhancements to Ariel. Infotrieve expects to add new information management tools and features to the Ariel software that will facilitate improved interlibrary loan procedures and enterprise information sharing.
"We will leverage Infotrieve's technical expertise with the Ariel functionality, while seeking the input of libraries," Crews said. "We have exciting projects in the works.
"At the same time," Crews said, "we remain focused on our responsibility to represent the publishers with which we contract for article distribution rights. As we continue our innovations in the field of document delivery and on-demand collaborative information sharing, we remain committed to protecting the full intellectual property rights of both our information providers and the academic community."
Crews also said that current license and distribution agreements with Ariel users will be transferred and managed by Infotrieve, as will customer support, training, billing and other business functions.
Current Ariel customers are being contacted by Infotrieve representatives.
Infotrieve is also holding briefings at this week's American Library Association Midwinter conference being held in Philadelphia, where Infotrieve< representatives will be at the RLG exhibition booth (#815). For more information on the acquisition, including FAQs, please visit www.infotrieve.com.
Infotrieve (www.infotrieve.com) specializes in delivering articles and reports from scholarly and professional journals and conference proceedings to customers in the scientific, medical and technical (STM) communities and academic institutions worldwide. The company also works with corporations to best manage their inventories of STM research, including providing library
staffing, warehousing and cataloging outsourcing services. Infotrieve offers Web-based, on-demand article ordering and delivery, as well as other means of customer service. The company maintains a fast-growing electronic network of scholarly and professional journals, conference proceedings and standards (currently 10,000+ sources), through which users can search and retrieve documents as needed. Founded in 1987, Infotrieve is based in Los Angeles and has offices elsewhere in the U.S. and in Australia and Germany.
Founded as the Research Libraries Group in 1974, RLG (www.rlg.org) is a not-for-profit membership corporation of universities, national libraries, archives and other memory institutions with remarkable collections for research and learning. RLG and its members collaborate on projects that bring these collections online, help deliver them around the world and support their preservation in digital form. RLG offers Internet-based services to institutions and individuals for improving information discovery and use. Its databases range from several unique union catalogs of international library holdings to the RLG Cultural Materials database of digital research objects. RLG's ILL Manager product is peer-to-peer software for handling all an institution's interlibrary loan traffic. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, RLG also has an office in New York City.