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The Clarivate-ProQuest Wake-Up Call
by Marydee Ojala
At 6:30 a.m. EDT on May 17, 2021, the email arrived with the announcement that the public company Clarivate intended to acquire ProQuest from the privately held, family-owned Cambridge Information Group and minority owner Atairos. ... Both Clarivate and ProQuest have their corporate fingers in many library pies, from content to workflow. Clarivate is more of the pure play when it comes to content, with scientific and intellectual property databases at its core. ProQuest is much broader in scope.

Weekly News Digests
ZDNet's 'The [U.K.] Government Wants to Have Another Go at Digital Identity …'
Daphne Leprince-Ringuet writes the following for ZDNet: "Filing a tax return, changing some key personal information like a name or an address, sponsoring a visa applicant: for many of us, this type of admin is still synonymous with complex paperwork and hours spent on the phone trying to reach the right government service for advice. The UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to change that."
Refinery29's 'Get Ready for the Summer of Revenge Travel'
Shivani Vora writes the following for Refinery29: "Call it the comeback trip, the revenge vacation, or whatever you want—so long as it accurately describes that feeling of hard-earned victory travelers all over the country are feeling as they plan and take their first, post-quarantine, extravagant—but safe—vacations this summer and beyond."
Contributed Article: NFTs and Copyright: An Uncomfortable Conjunction?
Kevin Smith's is among the most recent in a series of high-profile auctions involving NFTs and creative works. What really catches my eye in these highly publicized, big-dollar auctions is the question I think most of the articles about them skip over (or don't deal with at all): What were the rights included?

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The Next Normal: The Post-Pandemic Future of Library Services
by Dave Shumaker
As winter turns to spring turns to summer, hope has been rising that the COVID-19 pandemic will subside before many more months have passed. Everyone is beginning to imagine—and plan for—the post-pandemic future. What will it be like? When it comes to library services, it's hard to think that we'll simply return to prepandemic business as usual. Instead of a return to the old normal, or even a new normal, we may experience "the next normal."

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