July 29, 2016

Report: Chicago’s Historic Jackson Park Neighborhood Selected For Site of Obama Library, Formal Announcement Expected Next Week

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UPDATE July 29, 2016 President Obama Formally Announces that Chicago’s Jackson Park Neighborhood Will Be Location of Presidential Library Note: Along with being close to the University of Chicago, the Jackson Park neighborhood is also home to one of the city’s most famous attractions and resources, the Museum of Science and Industry. The area was […]

Dr. Carla Hayden is the New Librarian of Congress, Senate Approves Nomination 74-18

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The U.S. Senate has just voted to APPROVE the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress. Searchable C-SPAN video of comments Senators and the vote. From the Senate Floor: Watch Remarks by Mikulski, Blunt, and Cardin Before Vote The Vote Roll Call Vote Data (via U.S. Senate) Grouped By Vote Position YEAs —74 […]

Thomson Reuters Sells Intellectual Property & Science Biz For $3.55 Billion in Cash

The sale was expected. From TR: Thomson Reuters today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Intellectual Property & Science business to private equity funds affiliated with Onex Corporation (“Onex”) and Baring Private Equity Asia (“Baring Asia”) for $3.55 billion in cash. The sale is subject to regulatory approval and […]

Data: U.S. Publishers Report $28 Billion in Revenue During 2015; Downloaded Audio Sales Grow, eBooks Decline

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From the Association of American Publishers (AAP): The U.S. book and journal publishing industry generated $27.78 billion in net revenue for 2015, representing 2.71 billion in units (volume), according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey. Revenues and unit volume were essentially flat with a decrease of 0.6% from $27.96 billion in […]

Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library Closures Suspended Until Review Completed

From the CBC: Newfoundland and Labrador’s education minister says he has requested a suspension of the decision to restructure the public library system. Dale Kirby stated during a scrum with reporters Thursday that he was never comfortable with the decision, and says the it was made following consultations with Premier Dwight Ball and members of […]

Two Architecture Firms Selected to Design Obama Library/Presidential Center in Chicago

From the Obama Foundation Web Site: The Obama Foundation has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) to lead the design team for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) to be their partner as they begin this exciting project. TWBTA stood out in their commitment to explore the […]

New HathiTrust and NFB Partnership Will Make More Than 14 Million Digital Books Accessible to Blind and Print-Disabled Users

From HathiTrust: More than 14 million digital books will soon be made available to blind and print-disabled users, thanks to a new collaboration involving the National Federation of the Blind and the HathiTrust Digital Library, a digital repository hosted at the University of Michigan. When launched, the program will dramatically increase the availability of books […]

South Carolina: A Charleston Co. Public Library Branch Renamed in Honor of Librarian Cynthia Hurd

From WCBD: A Charleston County Public Library branch [was] renamed [yesterday] and dedicated in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd – a 31-year library employee who died in the Emanuel AME church shooting in June 2015. Charleston County Council, with support of the Library’s Board of Trustees, agreed to rename the [St. Andrews Regional Library] building to honor […]

Alexander Street Press Acquired by ProQuest

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From a ProQuest Announcement Alexander Street, a leading provider of streaming videos and music as well as award-winning primary source collections to libraries around the world, has joined the ProQuest family of companies. [Clip] The acquisition brings together Alexander Street’s valuable video, music and unique primary source collections with ProQuest’s extensive aggregation of content, which […]

Penguin Random House Sells Fodor’s to Internet Brands

From Internet Brands: Penguin Random House has reached an agreement to sell Fodor’s, to Internet Brands, a leading Los Angeles-based online media and technology company, whose well-known travel websites such as FlyerTalk.com and Wikitravel.org. The agreement reflects the growing value and potential of digital and mobile consumer engagement with travel information and content. Terms of […]