1024px-Salle_Saint-Jacques_(Bibliothèque_de_la_Sorbonne)*ProQuest Completes Acquisition of Ex Libris;   *Library, Higher Education Groups urge US Congress to support open internet order;   *Bill would make Copyright Office a standalone agency;   *NISO Releases a Set of Principles to Address Privacy of User Data in Library…; *University of Minnesota Libraries Receives 540 Year Old Book Containing Europe’s First Printed Map Of The World;   *NASIG 2016 Grants, Awards, And Scholarships;  and  *The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will now publish with Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group; plus more library and publishing news from a variety of sources.

ProQuest, … has completed its acquisition of Ex Libris Group, … The businesses’ complementary assets are being integrated, enabling existing services to be enhanced and sparking the creation of all-new solutions that will help libraries seize opportunities in rapidly changing technology, content, and user environments…

ProQuest has formed a new business unit — Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company – which will continue to support the broad selection of products that customers depend on, including Alma, Aleph, bX, Intota, Primo, Rosetta, SFX, SIPX, Summon, 360 Link, Voyager, and the newly launched Leganto reading-list solution and campusM mobile campus solution. The Ex Libris business unit is led by Matti Shem-Tov, reporting to Mr. Sanford and supported by a team comprised of both Ex Libris management and ProQuest Workflow Solutions management…”

According to KnowledgeSpeak “the American Library Association (ALA), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE recently sent a joint letter to US Congressional leaders, asking them to oppose the inclusion of any language in the current Omnibus Appropriations bill that would undermine the authority of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enforce its Open Internet Order protecting net neutrality. The Open Internet Order, which became effective in June, prohibits blocking, throttling, and paid prioritisation of content on the Internet.

According to FedScoop “a bipartisan pair of lawmakers introduced a bill in the House Friday that would remove the Copyright Office from the Library of Congress and make it an independent agency — a move meant, in part, to correct the deficiencies in the office’s IT.

The bill, H.R. 4241, sponsored by Reps. Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Judy Chu, D-Calif., would continue to house the Copyright Office within the legislative branch and includes technical provisions meant to help it move out of the Library. The bill also would require the head of the office to periodically conduct studies of the agency’s IT to make sure it is “meeting the needs of the copyright community, including internal and external.” The lawmakers had been shopping a draft version of the legislation since June…”

Library Technology Guides reports that “the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has published a set of consensus principles for the library, content-provider and software-provider communities to address privacy issues related to the use of library and library-related systems. This set of principles developed over the past 8 months focus on balancing the expectations library users have regarding their intellectual freedoms and their privacy with the operational needs of systems providers…”

According to infoDOCKET “A rare example of the Rudimentum Novitiorum, a chronicle of the world printed in 1475, containing the Europe’s first printed map of the world, has been acquired by the James Ford Bell Trust for the benefit of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota.

NASIG is pleased to announce the beginning of the application cycle for its 2016 grants, awards, and
scholarships to be awarded at the 31st Annual Conference being held in Albuquerque, NM, June 9-12, 2016.
Professional/Paraprofessional Awards Including:
  • Birdie MacLennan Award An award for a mid-career professional, covering conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel costs within North America.
  • Capstone Award A $1500 award to recognize a professional who has made significant and distinguished contributions to the field of information resource management.
  • First-Timer Award An award for an information resources management professional or paraprofessional who has not attended a NASIG conference, covering costs of registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America…”

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group are delighted to announce that the Bulletin will be moving into a partnership with Routledge, part of the Taylor and Francis Group, effective January 1, 2016…

A top ranked journal in the International Relations and Social Studies categories with a 2014 Impact Factor* of 0.690, the Bulletin is a prestigious and internationally recognisable brand, and includes the iconic Doomsday Clock, recognized as a universal symbol of threats to humanity and currently set at 3 minutes to midnight…”


More library and publishing news from a variety of sources.