December 18, 2014

Merger Completed: Say Hello to Penguin Random House (Roundup)

From a Random House News Release: Bertelsmann owns 53% and Pearson 47% of the company. Penguin Random House will combine the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and India; Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and […]

Skip Prichard Named CEO and President of OCLC, Will Take Over July 1

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Skip Prichard was named the next President and CEO of OCLC, effective July 1. (In the meantime, he will serve as President-elect, effective June 3.) Prichard will succeed Jay Jordan, who will retire June 30, after 15 years as OCLC President and CEO.

Prichard most recently served as President and CEO of Ingram Content Group, a position he left just shy of a year ago, saying he’d met the goals he came to achieve. Previously, he was President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning, a position he vacated after the business was sold to Cambridge Information Group in 2007.

Editor’s Note: Open-Web Collection Development

In today’s special infoDOCKET edition of LJXpress, we are collecting a few examples of some of the high-quality open-web resources we’ve shared on infoDOCKET during the past year. They are also examples of the types of open-web resources libraries should be increasingly collecting and promoting.

Why? It’s time to give open-web collection development the attention it deserves. In most respects this is nothing new. It’s simply taking what we’ve always done—as when we build collections of print and electronic tools—and adapting these concepts for the open web.

What’s included below is only a tiny portion of what we’ve selected to share on infoDOCKET and an even tinier portion of what’s available on the open web. We hope you join us on infoDOCKET or on Twitter via @infoDOCKET each day as we share news and new resources and tools for you to know about, learn, and share.

Thanks for reading –

Gary Price, Editor, LJ’s infoDOCKET

After Successful 3-Year Pilot, JSTOR Launches New Alumni Access Program

Exciting news from JSTOR. From Today’s Announcement: JSTOR is pleased to announce a new Alumni Access program, which enables participating higher education institutions to provide their alumni with access to their JSTOR archive collections.  This is an important next step in our ongoing efforts to extend access to scholarship to individuals around the world, and […]

Reference: U.S. Census Adds New Data to USA Counties Web Site

From a U.S. Census E-Mail: [Data] files contain demographic, economic and governmental statistics from the Census Bureau and other federal agencies, presented for the purpose of multi-county comparisons or single county profiles. National- and state-level statistics are presented as well. The files cover topics such as agriculture, crime, education, health, retail trade and vital statistics. […]

Jeffrey Trzeciak Named University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis

From a News Release: Jeffrey G. Trzeciak, university librarian at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has been named university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, 2012, announced Provost Edward S. Macias, PhD, executive vice chancellor and the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences. Trzeciak replaces Shirley […]

Now Available: CLIR Issues (No. 85; January/February 2012)

New from the Council on Library and Information Resources CLIR Issues (No. 85; January/February 2012) Articles Include: Anvil Academic to Forge New Publishing Platform for Humanities ARL/DLF E-Science Institute: Next Steps by Rachel Frick Frye Institute 2012 Participants Named Library Leaders Announce New Digital Curation Residency Program CLIR Has a New Website Complete Archive of […]

Academic Libraries: U. of Wisconsin-Madison Launches Improved Library Technology Space

From The Badger Herald: The University of Wisconsin is kicking off technological updates to campus libraries in a grand opening ceremony today as part of an effort to optimize student learning. College Library and Wendt Commons, the engineering library, will both undergo the learning-focused remodel known as the Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning Center. With […]

Exhibit in Evanston: Hidden Treasures of Northwestern University Library and Archives Opens to the Public

From Chicago Tonight (WTTW-TV): It’s not often you see a letter by George Washington, a limited edition Barbie doll and Groucho Marx’s autograph as part of the same exhibit. But that’s exactly what’s on display as Northwestern University opens its library archives to the public. “Because we’re a library and not a museum, many of […]

Academic Libraries: U. of California Santa Cruz Library Sees Student Visits Double After $100 Million Renovation

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel: With the addition of the hip Global Village Cafe, the McHenry Library fully reopened last summer after six years of renovation and new construction costing $100 million. With laptop bars, couches for gathering, long study tables and an outdoor reading porch perched high in the redwoods, student use of the […]