If Rumors were Horses 5/9/19

by | May 9, 2019 | 0 comments

By Katina Strauch

Big news! McGraw-Hill and Cengage have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger on equal terms. The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, will bring together two premier learning companies that will deliver significant benefits for students, educators, professionals and institutions worldwide.

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) 2019-2020 election results are in. President-Elect is Lauren Kane, Chief Strategy and Operating Officer, BioOne. Members-at-Large include – the amazing Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lisa is a Professor and the Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the University’s School of Information Sciences. As the 2010-2011 President of the Association of College and Research Libraries, she led the launch of the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative as well as the Board processes to develop a new strategic plan and re-structure the association’s committees. Here’s to even more amazing women — Rebecca McLeod, Strategic Account Manager, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), Miranda Walker, Senior Publisher, Wolters Kluwer. Additionally, the Board of Directors has appointed Isabel Thompson to fill the one year vacancy left by Lauren Kane as she succeeds to President-Elect of SSP. Isabel Thompson, Senior Strategy Analyst, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group was also elected to the Board. These new board members will begin their terms at the end of the SSP 41st Annual Meeting in San Diego, in May. Current Board members, Jennifer Pesanelli, David Crotty, Alice Meadows, and Lori Carlin will conclude their terms at that time. The 2019-2020 President will be Angela Cochran.

And there’s more! ATG and the Charleston Conference will be doing an SSP Pre-Conference Session, May 29, 2019 from 8:30-11:30 am on the Charleston Trendspotting Initiative: Forecasting Changes on the Horizon of Scholarly Communication. The SSP 41st Annual Meeting will be in the San Diego Marriott Marquis. The session will be led by Lisa Hinchliffe (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign) and Heather Staines (MIT Knowledge Futures Group), and moderated by our own Leah Hinds, Executive Director of the Charleston Conference. We also have an amazing group of roundtable discussion facilitators: Danielle Cooper (Ithanka S+R), Jennifer Maurer(Cambridge University Press), Courtney McAllister (Yale University), Jason Price (SCELC), Nicola Poser (RedLink), and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg (Ithaka S+R). Come and help us focus on the future of our industry and the changes that will affect us.

The founder of Knowledge Unlatched (I remember when she told us all about the beginning in Charleston several years ago), Frances Pinter, retired from the KU Advisory Board at the end of March 2019. David Worlock, the internationally renowned publishing expert based in London, will take on the role of Chair of the KU Advisory Board. I want to know what pills he takes to get all his brains and energy!  For the full story see: Personnel changes in the team of Knowledge Unlatched

We told you earlier that Mary Ann Liebert had conducted the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony. Plus more musical types (besides Rick everywhere Anderson who regularly does the wonderful CD Hotlist.com), I heard a rumor that John Dove (Paloma & Associates) serenaded the shuttle bus in Fiesole with a harmonica concerto on the way back to the hotel after the conference dinner. Playing a mix of folk-tune favorites, patriotic songs, and even a few Christmas carols, John showed off a delightful talent. Who knew?

More news from ACRLTrevor A. Dawes served as the 2019 ACRL Conference Chair and did a fabulous job organizing this year’s conference. Leah attended for the first time this year and met him at the ACRL 101 First Timers Orientation. We’re happy to announce that through the work of Glenda Alvin, one of our fabulous conference directors, Trevor will be attending and presenting this year in Charleston! We very much look forward to what he has to say. Trevor has served as the Vice Provost for Libraries and Museums and May Morris University Librarian at the University of Delaware since 2016. He also served as the 76th president of ACRL from 2013-2014.

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