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June 26, 2014 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Hachette and Ingram Acquire Perseus Books Group

Ingram Content Group, Hachette Book Group, and Perseus Books Group entered into an agreement that will allow Hachette to buy Perseus and sell Perseus’ client services businesses to Ingram.

Perseus, which is composed of nine imprints and partnerships with companies such as The Daily Beast, will become a new publishing division of Hachette. Perseus releases about 700 new books each year and has a backlist of 6,000-plus titles.

Ingram will acquire the print and digital distribution services that Perseus provides to more than 400 independent publishers and integrate them with its own Ingram Publisher Services solutions.

Source: Ingram Content Group

Boopsie and ProQuest Offer Mobile App Integration

Boopsie for Libraries partnered with ProQuest’s eLibrary product team to integrate Boopsie’s mobile apps with eLibrary’s resources, which include 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, transcripts, and books.

High school, college, and professional researchers use eLibrary to export citations and access the collection on mobile devices. Integration with Boopsie is in test mode with two libraries and is live in the Ela Area Public Library app.

“ProQuest’s eLibrary delivers one of the largest general reference collections of periodical and digital media content designed to support every range of users and shares the desire to offer easy access for library patrons and students via mobile devices,” says Tony Medrano, Boopsie’s CEO.

Source: Boopsie for Libraries

3M Cloud Library App Gets a Makeover

3M Library Systems plans to release a new version of its 3M Cloud Library app for ebook and e-audiobook lending in August 2014. New features include personalized browsing for content, enhanced terminology and feature descriptions, and a redesigned interface.

Users will also be able to sort titles into categories they specify and flag favorite content. “The combination of both library and patron customization tools means we have the most flexible interface to create a[n] intuitive and elegant experience for the library user,” says Tom Mercer, 3M Cloud Library’s marketing manager.

Source: 3M Library Systems 

Thomson Reuters and Royal Philips Team Up to Protect IP

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters signed a multiyear, multiproduct contract with the Netherlands-based Royal Philips technology company. The partnership is designed to protect intellectual property (IP) business intelligence and foster product innovation.

“Our relationship is mutually beneficial. While Philips benefits from our products and expertise, we gain an innovative partner and valuable insight into our product development,” says David Brown, president of IP solutions at Thomson Reuters.

Philips’ IP&S (Intellectual Property & Standards) unit uses several of Thomson Reuters’ IP solutions, including Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), Thomson Data Analyzer, and Thomson Innovation.

Source: Thomson Reuters

SAGE Rolls Out Digital Healthcare Journal

SAGE Publications announced Digital Health, an upcoming interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access (OA) journal that will cover developments in digital health practices, such as genomics research, informatics and technology, and the social and political implications of digital healthcare.

The journal “provides us with platforms that can deliver meaningful outcomes in population health and enable scalable methods for remote delivery of medicine.  However, to date, a clear vision for this transformative specialty has not been articulated,” and Digital Health will contribute to creating a definition for the field, says Samir Damani, cardiologist and CEO of MD Revolution.

The journal’s editorial board will begin accepting article submissions this summer. Sign up to receive the official launch announcement. 

Source: SAGE Publications

TLC Unveils Web-Based Product Line

The Library Corp. (TLC) introduced its new product line that facilitates desk-free interactions with library patrons through the products’ web-based, mobile functionality. Librarians will be able to use CARL•Connect products to interact with patrons while using a PC, tablet, or smartphone.

“Across the world, libraries are embracing new trends in technology and the concept of flexible, creative spaces and services to meet the needs and desires of their library users,” says Lorrie Ann Butler, TLC’s director of product strategy and customer relations.

CARL•Connect upgrades TLC’s suite of CARL•X products to include web-scale circulation, cataloging, and reporting interfaces. The first product release will be CARL•Connect Circulation, available in August 2014. Its features allow librarians to provide real-time patron lookups, library card registrations, and checkouts; manage and analyze collections; and do other mobile-friendly activities.

Source: The Library Corp.

Warner Bros. Movies Are Now Streaming via OverDrive

OverDrive added Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. titles to its streaming video lending offerings in the OverDrive Marketplace. Now, its public and government library partners throughout the U.S. and Canada have access to hundreds of new streaming videos such as I Am Sam, Natural Born Killers, and Life as a House.

OverDrive instituted its first pay-per-use model to purchase these titles, which means that libraries can make titles available as patrons want them instead of having to purchase content in advance. This allows for simultaneous usage by multiple patrons. 

“Helping win new patrons, supporting evolving on-demand content models, and providing world-class ease-of-use for digital lending are core to the ongoing innovations we bring to our library partners,” says Lee Milstein, OverDrive’s chief strategy officer.

Source: OverDrive

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