Lots is happening though many are off for the holidays visiting family and friends, writing holiday letters, shopping for bargains, eating and celebrating. Bur here are a few highlights. More will be in the Dec 2010/January 2011 issue of ATG. Have you renewed your subscription?

Over 1300 people attended the 30th Charleston Conference this past November —  Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition: Anything Goes. The Conference has already been covered by many media channels including Library Journal, Information Today, Library HI Tech and others. I am still going through 50 pages of notes that I took and I didn’t attend nearly everything. Stay tuned for more.

On the family front, our beloved reviewer, Deb Vaughn and her husband Bo Crader have a new son, Henry Boyce Crader born Friday November 5 (don’t all exciting things happen during the Charleston Conference?) at 12:17 PM, weighing 7 lbs, 20 oz. Henry joins his sister, Helen to experience the joys of the holidays including Santa Claus. Congratulations to Deb and Bo!

On the business front, ProQuest, always on the acquisitions move, seems to be expanding its service to government markets through the acquisition of  Congressional Information Service (CIS®) and University Publications of America (UPA) product lines from LexisNexis.   “These are unique, well-known brands that fit exceptionally well in the ProQuest family,” said Marty Kahn, ProQuest CEO.  Among the acquired product lines’ best known works is the Congressional Collection, a resource that enables simple access to the full text of the breadth of governmental output — congressional publications, bills, laws and other research materials – and Statistical Insight, which captures data produced by U.S. Federal agencies, States, private organizations, and major intergovernmental organizations. The microfilm vault of government documents encompasses text of congressional hearings dating from 1789, providing content for ProQuest’s continuously expanding digital archives.  CIS and UPA editorial staff members join ProQuest and will continue to be based in their Bethesda (MD) offices.  Product names will remain the same, but will begin to include the ProQuest brand in 2011.  Customers can find answers to their questions about the transition from LexisNexis to ProQuest at www.proquest.com/go/CISUPAinfo.

Continuing, there has been a lot of discussion on the liblicense listserve about the new agreement between Hachette Livre and Google.  Many are wondering if this will show the way forward regarding the digitizing of out of print books.

See http://bit.ly/gkyWd9

And Liblicense archives at www.library.yale.edu/~llicense/ListArchives/

The feature articles for the November issue of Against the Grain are now  online: * Managing Our Collections in a Digital Age; *Heading West: Circling the Wagons to Ensure Preservation and Access; * The UK Research Reserve (UKRR) – Challenging Identities, Nurturing Collections and Delivering Service; * A College Library, Its Print Monograph Collection, and the New Information Ecologyl * Challenges and Opportunities for Federal Depository Libraries in the Digital Agel * A Rock and a Hard Place: Print Collections and Faculty Attitudes

And the fabulous Doug LaFrenier is retiring from AIP but guess who is joining AIP? The American Institute of Physics (AIP)   has  hired  Darrell W. Gunter as chief commercial officer (CCO). Gunter will join AIP to become part of a core leadership team that will help to reposition and transform AIP’s publishing program to thrive into the 21st century. He will be responsible for delivering AIP Publishing’s global marketing and sales strategy. Sounds like a great strategic move to us! Congratulation, Darrell.

Was excited to see that selected essays of Matthew J. Bruccoli (one of the most passionate speakers we have ever had in Charleston!) have recently been published by the University of South Carolina Press – On Books and Writers edited by John C. Unrue. I have ordered my copy. Have you?

And for more Rumors read the next issue of ATG coming up for ALA Midwinter! In the meantime, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays!

Yr. Ed.