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ProQuest completes EBL acquisition

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ProQuest has completed its acquisition of Ebook Library (EBL). The move, says ProQuest, will 'significantly expand its e-book delivery and aggregation capabilities with libraries worldwide'.

Kari Paulson, president of EBL, and EBL’s current staff have joined ProQuest. Paulson has become vice president and general manager of the combined ebrary and EBL e-book business unit and she will report to Kevin Sayar, senior vice president of workflow solutions. Her role will be to 'lead the planning efforts to combine the strongest features of ebrary and EBL into one optimised e-book platform that has the most flexible selection of business models, the most comprehensive range of content, and the most effective tools available to support both researchers and librarians.'

ProQuest says that it does not anticipate disruption for EBL or ebrary customers over the estimated 18 month integration timeframe. Customers and partners should continue to work with their current EBL and/or ProQuest representatives.