ProQuest Announces Sale of Periodical Microfilm Business

Nov 04, 2005

ProQuest Information and Learning has announced the sale of its periodical microfilm business, including the periodical film itself, to National Archive Publishing Company (NAPC), an Ann Arbor-based company established by former ProQuest executives. ProQuest Information and Learning continues to own sole rights to pursue digitization options of all microfilmed content, including periodical film owned by NAPC.

ProQuest will continue to sell newspaper microform, along with research collections and the dissertations product line, under the UMI brand. ProQuest also will continue to produce digital periodical databases and draw on periodical content for a variety of products. Terms of the sale include a provision for NAPC to perform manufacturing of non-periodical microform and electronic scanning services. Production processes will remain in Ann Arbor and will continue to be performed by the same group of microform experts. Terms of the sale allow NAPC to market their periodical products as UMI Periodicals in Microform.

ProQuest has also announced the concurrent sale of the XanEdu CoursePack business to NAPC. ProQuest Information and Learning originally launched XanEdu in 2000 to expand the delivery channel for ProQuest content into the classroom via electronic coursepacks. XanEdu has built a national brand for custom print publishing in higher education, but its content needs and manufacturing operations diverged from ProQuest's core business focus in the library and K-12 markets. ProQuest will lease space from NAPC until it moves to its new building in Ann Arbor in 2006.