By Katina Strauch
Just learned that Borders (remember them?) is getting a new chance thanks to a few global bookstore lovers who have bought trademarks and intellectual property rights. Borders’ Singapore trademarks, country-specific domain names and intellectual property were acquired in early 2012 by Popular Holdings, which bid $100,000 at auction for the assets. The Singapore-based publisher, distributor and retailer, which opened its first bookstore in 1936, had to outbid Malaysia’s Berjaya Books for the local rights. The company operates the premium Prologue-brand of stores and plans to close its flagship Prologue store, citing high rental costs, and instead open a new Borders store in Western Singapore. As a bookstore lover, I wish them success!
Speaking of Singapore, The 15th Fiesole Collection Development Retreat was just held in Ft. Canning Park, Singapore, August 12-14! The Retreat , this year scheduled specifically to support those interested in attending the 79th IFLA Conference, is hosted by the Charleston Company and Against the Grain and was hosted by Casalini Libri, World Scientific Publishing Co. and the National Library Board of Singapore. The program – Opportunities for New Scholarship: Working Collaboratively — was spectacular and even got kudos from the most famously awesome James O’Donnell, the leader of the much-talked-about Provosts’ Panels in Charleston. Dr. O’Donnell commented specifically on a paper by a company called Edanz which works with scientific journal authors from China and Japan who need help getting published.
And, continuing with Casalini – did you see that EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Casalini Libri have developed a new partnership enabling content from Casalini Libri’s extensive Torrossa.it platform to be searched within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). Casalini Libri is a leading supplier of European books, journals, digital content and bibliographical data to libraries and agencies throughout the world. Torrossa hosts the full text content of over 160 publishers primarily from romance language countries. The agreement between EBSCO and Casalini Libri will add metadata from the following Torrossa.it collection’s into EDS: Editoria Italiana Online (EIO), Edición Española Online (EEO), Fabrizio Serra Editore e-journal collections, Franco Angeli e-journal collections, Olschki ebook and e-journal collections, Ecole Française de Rome, BIZ – Biblioteca Italiana Zanichelli. The content represents an expansive range of subject areas such as: social sciences, history, geography, biography, arts, philosophy, psychology, pure sciences, religion, literature and applied sciences.