Magazine article American Libraries

Merger of the Century Rolls Out

Magazine article American Libraries

Merger of the Century Rolls Out

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Two of the leading names in digital reference publishing told their customers June 2 that they have merged to strengthen the value of their databases and print resources. EBSCO Publishing, a subsidiary of EBSCO Industries founded in 1944 and headquartered in Ipswich, Massachusetts, has acquired the staff and product lines of the H. W, Wilson Company, founded in 1898 and located in the Bronx, New York, since 1917. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

H. W. Wilson President and CEO Harry Regan said of the merger, "EBSCO and H. W. Wilson have been engaged as business partners for a number of years and are now officially operating as one. The result will be a broader and deeper range of products and services for the library reference community, with significantly added value."

In an FAQ describing the move, EBSCO said that the "vast majority of Wilson databases will continue to be maintained, and there are many planned enhancements. Some Wilson databases will be merged together with closely related EBSCO databases to create more robust versions."

EBSCO Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Sam Brooks told American Libraries that the company's goal is to have the Wilson databases available through its EBSCOhost platform by December 31. "Our plan is to release new, more comprehensive products in early 2012 covering applied sciences, art, biography, education, humanities, law, and library science," he said. "Our customers will have the choice to continue to subscribe to the Wilson version, continue to subscribe to the EBSCO version, or to upgrade to the more comprehensive, merged EBSCO/Wilson version."

EBSCO expects to discontinue very few of the existing Wilson databases, and when that does happen, customers will be upgraded to an enhanced Wilson version at no additional charge. The FAQ mentions that all current subscriptions to Wilson print books will be fulfilled by EBSCO's subsidiary, Salem Press. …

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