XanEdu Partnership Expands Fathom’s Curriculum Base

April 5, 2001

ANN ARBOR, Mich.– XanEdu, a division of Bell and Howell Information and Learning (NYSE: BHW – news), today announced a partnership with Fathom Knowledge Network that will place XanEdu CoursePacks into select Fathom online courses. The partnership between Fathom and XanEdu bringstogether two of the most innovative online post-secondary education companies, and puts XanEdu’s vast base of course areas at the fingertips of Fathom users.

Beginning in April, 40 XanEdu CoursePacks will be incorporated into various Fathom online courses. Designated as part of the courses’ recommended reading lists, the CoursePacks will allow Fathom users unprecedented access to XanEdu’s primary source materials, journals, periodical, newspapers, original literary works, and case studies from leading business schools around the world.

“XanEdu’s CoursePacks are an excellent educational resource for Fathom’s broad base of users,” said Fathom President and CEO Ann Kirschner. “Lifelong learners and students enrolled in higher education programs can supplement their online learning experiences on Fathom with materials that range from an exploration of the Cuban Missile Crisis to a study of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.”

Following the April introduction of XanEdu’s product to the site, an additional 40 CoursePacks will be added throughout June and July. Aligned with Fathom’s diverse network of online academic sources, XanEdu’s CoursePacks provide users with research capabilities designed to hone in on the most important, most relevant information on any given topic.

“Partnering with Fathom allows XanEdu to reach a broader section of the higher education market,” said XanEdu’s General Manager Lew Gossage. “The wealth of information available to students and faculty through this strategic alliance is unmatched.”

About XanEdu

XanEdu is a division of Bell & Howell Company. It publishes online course materials for the higher education market, helping faculty teach smarter and students learn smarter. XanEdu also has amassed one of the largest commercial and scholarly archives of journals, periodicals, newspapers, books, dissertations, primary literature works, and academic collections, through its parent, Bell & Howell Information and Learning — second only to the Library of Congress in terms of volume. http://www.xanedu.com

About Bell & Howell Information & Learning

Information and Learning, a business unit of Bell & Howell Company, is a global leader in collecting, organizing and distributing value-added information to faculty, researchers and students in universities, libraries and schools in more than 160 countries. Information and Learning is the leading aggregator and access provider of articles and information contained in periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books and other scholarly collections from more than 8,000 publishers worldwide. An extensive and growing archive of periodicals, journals, newspapers, dissertations and other sources of information is available online through ProQuest®, on CD- ROM, microform, print and other media. Complete details are available at http://www.bellhowell.infolearning.com.

About Bell & Howell Company

Bell & Howell Company (NYSE: BHW – news), headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, is a leading information solutions and services provider to industries worldwide. In each of its businesses, the company transforms information through software and services, helping its customers operate more efficiently and effectively. Additional information on Bell & Howell Company can be found at http://www.bellhowell.com.

About Fathom Knowledge Network Inc.

Fathom Knowledge Network Inc. is the leading source for online learning. The company’s Web site (http://www.fathom.com) offers unprecedented opportunities for professional development and enrichment through authenticated free learning as well as paid online education opportunities. Fathom is a consortium of the world’s leading universities, cultural institutions, and disseminators of research, which oversee Fathom’s development, policies, and educational objectives. Fathom’s member institutions include Columbia University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Cambridge University Press, The British Library, The New York Public Library, The University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, American Film Institute (AFI), RAND, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Victoria and Albert Museum, Science Museum (UK), and The Natural History Museum (UK).