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Bowker acquires Medialab Solutions
26.06.07 | Kimberly Maul
Bibliographic information management company Bowker has acquired Medialab Solutions, the creators of the AquaBrowser Library search platform. The entire Medialab Solutions team, including co-founder Bastiaan Zwaan, will become part of the Bowker staff, but will remain in their offices in Amsterdam.
"This agreement combines the best-in-class of two global providers to the library marketplace, with Bowkers industry-leading data now being married to Medialab's renowned search technology," said Annie Callanan, president of 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."
"The Medialab Amsterdam team is extremely pleased with this new association with R.R. Bowker and with the ability it afford us to extend the range of our products and concepts," said Zwaan. "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."