September 30, 2014

Library of Congress Acquires Large Collection of Recorded Interviews With Music Superstars

From Today’s Announcement: More than 25 years ago, retired music executive Joe Smith accomplished a Herculean feat—he got more than 200 celebrated singers, musicians and industry icons to talk about their lives, music, experiences and contemporaries. The Library of Congress announced today that Smith has donated this treasure trove of unedited sound recordings to the […]

Academic Libraries: 45% of ebrary Customers Diversify E-book Acquisition Models for the Highest Return on Investment

From an ebrary Announcement: ebrary today announced that 45% of its customers are diversifying acquisition models to provide their researchers with a breadth and depth of high-quality, relevant e-books. Many customers subscribe to Academic Complete as an affordable base collection with unlimited access and continued growth and expand the collection with other models including patron […]

LinkedIn Is Acquiring SlideShare for $119 Million in Cash and Stock

One very popular service acquires another very popular resource and service. Here’s the official announcement and a blog post. SlideShare is also enabling the sharing of presentations across the Web; nearly 7.4 million presentations hosted by SlideShare are embedded across more than 1.4 million unique domains. This acquisition means good things to professionals everywhere. Presentations […]

Significant Science Fiction Collection Comes to the University of Iowa Libraries

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From U. of Iowa Library News: The University of Iowa Libraries has acquired a significant collection of pulp magazines, fanzines, and science fiction books owned by the late James L. “Rusty” Hevelin. The collection encompasses nearly one hundred years of material, documenting in great detail the development of science fiction, popular culture, and participatory fan […]

Facebook is Acquiring Instagram for About $1 Billion

From an Instagram Blog Post by CEO, Kevin Systrom: Every day that passes, we see more experiences being shared through Instagram in ways that we never thought possible. It’s because of our dedicated and talented team that we’ve gotten this far, and with the support and cross-pollination of ideas and talent at a place like […]

Serials: Wolters Kluwer Health Acquires Leading Open Access STM Journal Publisher in India

From the Announcement: Wolters Kluwer Health today announced that it has acquired Medknow, a leading Scientific, Technical & Medical (STM) journal publishing operation headquartered in Mumbai, India and one of the largest open access publishers in the world. The acquisition expands Wolters Kluwer Health’s Medical Research business’ presence in key developing markets and supports its […]

Google Acquires Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion; Patents Seen as a Leading Reason for Deal

Official Announcement “Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion (via Bloomberg) “Google: We’re Spending $12.5 Billion on Motorola to ‘Protect’ Android” (via AllThingsD/WSJ) Btw, the AllThingsD article also includes a live blog of the conference call and correctly observes that the FTC antitrust about Google probe in the U.S. and a number of investigations […]

New: Interview with Sam Brooks, Senior VP for Sales and Marketing with EBSCO Publishing, About H.W.Wilson

From The Charleston Advisor: Sam Brooks, Senior VP for Sales and Marketing with EBSCO Publishing is interviewed for his views about EBSCO’s May 2011 acquisition of the H.W. Wilson Company. The interview covers topics such as the future of the H.W. Wilson Company and its various products, the future of the H.W. Wilson brand, plans […]

Acquisition: ProQuest Acquires UK's Expert Information, Publisher of Index to Theses and Theses.com

Content from Expert Information’s Index to Theses and Theses.com has been available via PQDT [ProQuest Dissertation and Theses]: U.K. & Ireland database. According to the company, “The publishing program behind Expert Information’s products will expand to meet the global information needs of researchers.” More info from the PQ News Release: ProQuest has acquired U.K.-based Expert […]

"New York Public Library Buys Timothy Leary’s Papers"

From the NY Times: …Leary’s research, was in one of the 335 boxes of papers, videotapes, photographs and more that the New York Public Library is planning to announce that it has purchased from the Leary estate. The material documents the evolution of the tweedy middle-aged academic into a drug guru, international outlaw, gubernatorial candidate, […]