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DATA RESEARCH SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT TO ACQUIRE INLEX LIBRARY AUTOMATION SYSTEMS

 ST. LOUIS, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Data Research Associates Inc. (NASDAQ: DRAI) today announced that it has signed a letter of intent for the purchase of the library automation systems and other related assets of Inlex Inc. Data Research intends to purchase the assets for an undisclosed cash amount, subject to the execution of a definitive asset purchase agreement and other conditions.
 The proposed assets to be purchased include Inlex's automation systems software; all rights for the sales, licensing and distribution of Inlex's third-party products; all rights and obligations under each of Inlex's support agreements; and all intellectual property rights related to Inlex's automation system.
 Inlex is headquartered in Monterey, Calif. Its automation system is installed at more than 110 customer sites.
 "This proposed purchase combines the complementary technological capabilities of two leading library automation vendors," said Michael J. Mellinger, chairman and chief executive officer of Data Research. "During our negotiations, we have emphasized the ability to provide Inlex customers with the highest levels of ongoing service and support. We recognize the enthusiasm and loyalty of the Inlex customer base and we affirm our commitment to the Inlex product line.
 "In addition, we will make our best efforts to retain the high level of expertise that is represented in Inlex's current staff. Corporate continuity -- both internal and in relationships with customers -- has been and will continue to be one of our highest priorities."
 Data Research is a leading provider of library automation systems, electronic networking services and other related services for libraries and other information providers. Data Research is headquartered in St. Louis.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Bonwich of Data Research Associates, 800-325-0888 or 314-432-1100/
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CO: Data Research Associates Inc.; Inlex Inc. ST: Missouri, California IN: CPR SU: TNM

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