News & Announcements 2/28/13

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In the News: EU to decide on OASPA welcomes eLife and Taylor & Francis; ProQuest and ER&L support librarians at SXSWi; Cengage Learning partners with the Smithsonian; OASPA welcomes eLife and Taylor & Francis; and a $40 million library and plaza in Sydney.

 EU to decide on Bertelsmann, Pearson publisher deal by April 5

Reuters reports that “EU antitrust regulators will decide by April 5 whether to clear plans by Germany’s Bertelsmann and Britain’s Pearson to merge their publishers Random House and Penguin.

Europe’s largest media company Bertelsmann, owner of Random House, and Pearson, which owns the Financial Times as well as Penguin, filed for EU approval of their proposed joint venture on Tuesday, the European Commission said on its website on Wednesday…”

ProQuest and ER&L Support Librarians at SXSWi

“ProQuest, and ER&L are creating the ER&L + ProQuest #ideadrop house at this year’s festival, March 8-12. Located in the heart of Austin, (TX) the house will be a premier destination for librarians to gather for salon-style group discussions about the future of libraries and librarianship…”

Cengage Learning Launches Partnership with the Smithsonian Institution to Bring Smithsonian Treasures into the Library and Academic Space

Gale, part of Cengage Learning … and the Smithsonian Institution today announced a licensing agreement to distribute Smithsonian assets into the library and academic space…

As part of this partnership, Cengage Learning will have rights to develop Smithsonian branded products created for the library and academic markets utilizing Smithsonian assets. Immediate plans in the library space include the creation of a digital archive of the complete back files of both Air and Space magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, and will incorporate new issues on an ongoing basis…”

“The OASPA Board is delighted to welcome eLife as a full member of OASPA now with voting privileges.  This open access publication, launched in 2012, is a joint initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust…

From a new publication to a publisher that started business more over two centuries ago, OASPA are pleased to also have Taylor & Francis on board as a full voting member.  Taylor & Francis includes the well-known Routledge brand and has a network of offices around the world.  Through T&F Open they now publish a range of fully Open Access titles and Open Access hybrids…”

Citing an article from The Sydney Morning Herald, GalleyCat reports that “Stewart Hollenstein architects Felicity Stewart and Matthias Hollenstein won a contract to create a $40 million library and plaza in Sydney–building a garden, music practice and even water games into the library experience…

The below-ground vision will include garden storytelling, rolling hills and a sunken garden for reading and relaxing. It features an amphitheatre, water play area and music rooms where residents can practise on their instruments without disturbing neighbours. The space will host impromptu concerts, as well as movies and festivals…”

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