Today’s Major Developments: ProQuest to acquire EBL and Clinical Key will replace MD Consult
No Shelf Required reports that “ProQuest has done it again. Just two years after the acquisition of ebrary, they announced today plans to acquire EBL. EBL, a global ebook aggregator, was founded in 2004 and offers over 300,000 titles in their collection. They have long been a competitor for ebrary, offering similar monograph content to academic and special libraries worldwide.” The ProQuest news release confirms that they have “signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ebook Library (EBL), which will significantly expand our e-book delivery and aggregation capabilities to libraries globally…”
ATG has learned that Michelle Kraft had it right when in Aug. 2012 she entitled this posting: “A probable replacement to MDConsult, introducing ClinicalKey.” Excerpt of the e-mails being received this week from the director of MDConsult:
“…we have decided to begin shifting our development investments from MD Consult to ClinicalKey in 2013… As an individual subscriber, you will be able to continue using MD Consult throughout the length of your current subscription, but your current MD Consult subscription will not renew.
The aforementioned notice seems to be geared towards individual subscriptions, but one posting in MEDLIB-L lists an excerpt that spells out how this will affect institutional licensees: “The functionality of MD Consult will only be updated through Dec. 31, 2013, and content will only be updated until access to MD Consult for North American institutional subscribers ceases completely on Dec. 31, 2014…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.