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Monday, November 19, 2012



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NewsBreaks
Springer Gets Reference Manager Papers
by Barbie E. Keiser
Springer Science+Business Media acquired Mekenatosj BV and Lifve Ltd., known for the reference manager software tool, Papers. Developed by Alexander Griekspoor with his friend Tom "Tosj" Groothuis, Papers improves the way that researchers handle workflow as they search for, download, annotate, and organize scientific literature (together with supplemental material), appropriately citing the works in in term papers (students) and publications (scientists, authors). Lifve allows Papers users to share their collections with peers.
Golden Gate Capital Acquires Ex Libris Group
by Paula J. Hane
Library automation vendor, Ex Libris Group, announced that Golden Gate Capital, a prominent San Francisco-based private equity firm with $12 billion in capital under management, entered into an agreement to acquire Ex Libris from its current owner, Leeds Equity Partners. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Ex Libris will remain an independent business based in Jerusalem, run by the current management team. The deal is expected to be completed in December 2012 (undoubtedly mindful of that "fiscal cliff,' which could bring a substantial increase in capital gains tax rates).

Weekly News Digests
New Findings Reaffirm Library Borrowers Are Also Buyers
An extensive online poll of library ebook readers finds that these patrons purchase an average of 3.2 books (both print and ebooks) each month, and a majority would consider purchasing books discovered on a library website. These ebook borrowers, who are at OverDrive-powered public library websites in the U.S., also report that their digital content purchases have increased in the past 6 months. Sponsored by OverDrive with the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), the survey constitutes the largest study of library ebook usage to date, with more than 75,000 people responding.
Wiley Launches StatisticsViews.com
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced the launch of StatisticsViews.com, a new website created for professional statisticians, analysts, students, and any user of statistics in interdisciplinary subjects as the first place to go when looking for any information related to statistical research. StatisticsViews.com provides all users of statistics with access to the best statistics information that Wiley offers, delivering a new service and one-stop shop for the statistics community.
EBSCO Publishing Releases Legal Source
EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) expanded its collection of legal resources with the release of Legal Source. Developed from a merger of high-quality databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, Legal Source provides full-text coverage of the world's most respected scholarly journals making it a valuable resource for attorneys, educators, business people, law librarians, students, paralegals, and others involved with the law.

NewsLink Spotlight
Concrete Steps Toward a Digital Public Library of America
by Paula J. Hane
The dream of a national digital public library is inching closer to reality. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) initiative was launched in December 2010 with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Since then it has been working to transition from a planning initiative to a fully independent 501(c)(3) organization and has crafted a draft job outline for DPLA Executive Director. The DPLA plans to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all via a large-scale digital library.

ITI Blogs

If you regularly read blogs, add these to your reader:

ITI Books Blog booksblog.infotoday.comnews, observations, and commentary from the authors, editors, and publishers of Information Today, Inc.'s many book offerings.

ITI Conference Blog libconf.com – covering ITI's library conferences worldwide.

Library Stuff librarystuff.net – the library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development, written by Steven M. Cohen.

InfoToday Europe Blog infotodayeurope.com – The latest news, analysis and opinion on the information industry in Europe and the UK.

Business of Video blog blog.streamingmedia.com – Daily posts about the online video industry, business trends and analysis, market data, and research as well as the online video business models in the media and entertainment, broadcast, publishing, advertising and enterprise industries.

destinationCRM Blog destinationcrmblog.coma blog from the editors of CRM magazine, dedicated to providing Customer Relationship Management information in a timely manner to connect decision makers and providers.

SpeechTech Blog speechtechblog.com – updates on speech technology and its applications in daily life. Covers everything from ASR to VUI, with lots of links, threads, and even a few pictures thrown in for good measure.


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Editor: Brandi Scardilli
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Email: bscardilli@infotoday.com