Just as ALA Midwinter in San Diego began and just as ProQuest was unveiling their new platform, news broke of the acquisition of ebrary by ProQuest! Founded in Palo Alto in 1999, ebrary saw its 2010 revenue increase 30% over the previous year. ebrary founders Christopher Warnock and Kevin Sayar will remain to lead the business in its Palo Alto headquarters.
Very interesting is Eric Hellman’s “Why ProQuest bought ebrary,” see http://www.teleread.com/library/why-proquest-brought-ebrary-by-eric-hellman/
Was talking to John Riley about ALA Midwinter. John ran the ATG/Charleston Conference breakfast on Sunday morning. Some of the hot topics mentioned were, of course, patron driven acquisitions, collaborative collection development, connecting with patrons through mobile devices, job inventories, discovery services, and the looming budget crises of 2012. Plenty of fodder for the 2011 Charleston Conference coming up – mark your calendars! – November 2-5, 2011.
Did you know that 1 February 2011 marks the 160th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s death. The original Frankenstein manuscript is on display in the Shelley’s Ghost exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford until 27 March 2011. For those who can’t get to the exhibition, the entire manuscript of Frankenstein can be viewed and the pages turned at an online exhibition made possible by a generous donation from Dr Leonard Polonsky to increase digital outreach of the Library’s Collections.
Another did you know? Wikipedia marks its 10-year anniversary this month. An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Wikipedia Comes of Age” by Casper Grathwohl (Vice President and Publisher of digital and reference content for Oxford University Press; did you see him in Charleston in November?) is worth a read. Like most of us, Grathwold was skeptical of Wikipedia but he acknowledges that it has evolved radically over time and that the scholarly community should work to build stronger entries with links to advanced resources. “Wikipedia’s first decade was marked by its meteoric rise. Let’s mark its second decade by its integration into the formal research process.”
And did y’all see the “Academic Library Autopsy Report, 2050” by Brian T. Sullivan, instruction librarian at Alfred University? Sullivan says, “librarians planted the seeds of their own destruction and are responsible for their own downfall.” I have to disagree. I think this needs a “forum” discussion on the ATG website! Let’s get one started.
Meantime, HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! Be sure and renew your ATG subscription! Many happy thoughts, Katina Strauch, Yr. Ed.