October 6, 2015

3M Sells Off Library Systems Division to Bibliotheca

From Bibliotheca: Bibliotheca is excited to announce that their shareholders, One Equity Partners (OEP), today completed the purchase of 3M Library Systems North American business, and entered into agreements to purchase the assets of 3M’s remaining global Library Systems business. [Clip] Going forward, Bibliotheca will combine with the former 3M Library Systems business and will […]

Big Acquisition News! ProQuest is Acquiring Ex Libris

BIG BREAKING NEWS From Ann Arbor and Tel Aviv! More to Come from LJ. Here’s the official statement: ProQuest, an information solutions provider, central to global research, has signed an agreement to acquire Ex Libris Group, a leading global provider of library automation solutions. The capabilities of ProQuest and Ex Libris span expertise in print, […]

Bill Rozek Named OCLC’s New CFO, Was Once CFO at ProQuest

From Dublin: William (Bill) J. Rozek, who has held financial leadership positions for several organizations in a variety of fields including electronic publishing and education, has been named OCLC Chief Financial Officer. Rozek comes to OCLC most recently from the Mars Agency, a marketing organization in Southfield, Michigan, where he served as Chief Financial Officer. […]

Pratt Institute: “School of Information and Library Science Renamed”

From a Pratt Institute Announcement: Pratt Institute has changed the name of its School of Information and Library Science to the School of Information. For more than 125 years, the School of Information and Library Science has been a leader at the nexus of information studies and design thinking and has been internationally known among […]

After Nearly 2 Billion Printed, OCLC Prints Last Library Catalog Cards

From OCLC: OCLC printed its last library catalog cards today [October 1, 2015], officially closing the book on what was once a familiar resource for generations of information seekers who now use computer catalogs and online search engines to access library collections around the world. [Clip] OCLC built the world’s first online shared cataloging system […]

Jaipur Literature Festival Comes to Boulder Public Library

Proclaimed the world’s largest free literary festival, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) has attracted world-class writers since its 2006 inception in Jaipur, India. On September 19–20, it left home for very nearly the first time and came to America, where it was hosted by a public library. The Boulder Public Library and Civic Lawns, […]

Mobile Platform For Libraries Provider Boopsie Acquired by Demco

Here’s a Portion of the Acquisition Announcement: Demco, Inc., a leading library supplier, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide. “We’re excited to add the Boopsie team and software platform to our global organization because their people, technology and user-centric approach are designed to deliver a […]

Espionage: In From the Cold | Collection Development: Spy Fiction & More, October 1, 2015

Spy fiction is alive and well, despite the loss of its favorite setting—the Berlin Wall—and the demise of its chief nemesis—the Soviet Union. Warm up your collection with these 18 titles.

U.S. Senate Confirms Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

From IMLS: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew’s nomination to be director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was confirmed by the United States Senate on Tuesday night. The Institute, an independent United States government agency, is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. [Clip] Dr. Matthew […]

2015 National Book Award Long-Lists Announced

From Monday, September 14, through Thursday, September 18, the National Book Foundation rolled out its long-lists for the National Book Awards (NBA), which will be presented at an invitation-only awards ceremony on November 18. The long-lists, ten books each in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature, ranged beyond hard hitters like Lauren Groff’s Fates […]