Cengage Learning may file for bankruptcy soon; ARL joins coalition to urge Senate to protect Americans’ privacy; OCLC Research Quarterly highlights available; OCLC introduces mapFAST Mobile for WorldCat; new products at ALA from 3M, EBSCO, Gale, OCLC, Overdrive, Polaris and a number of announcements from ProQuest.
According to Reuters, “Textbook publisher Cengage Learning Acquisitions Inc may file for bankruptcy protection in the coming days, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.
The publisher, which is owned by British investment firm Apax Partners, is currently negotiating a prearranged bankruptcy restructuring with senior creditors and plans to seek Chapter 11 court protection as early as July 5, the Journal said…”
ARL joined 37 other privacy and civil liberties organizations and companies in a letter (PDF) urging the US Senate to adhere to a basic set of principles to protect Americans’ privacy when drafting its cybersecurity legislation.
This periodic bulletin gathers items from the previous quarter of work in OCLC Research, the OCLC Innovation Lab, and the OCLC Research Library Partnership.
Issue 8 covers the period January – March 2013. Highlights include:
- Lorcan Dempsey on names and identities
- Tip House on disruptive innovation and WorldCat Live!
- 5 featured prototypes
- 3 publications released during the quarter…
OCLC Research Quarterly Highlights—current issue
ResourceShelf reports that “the new mapFAST Mobile lets you search WorldCat.org from your smartphone or mobile browser for materials related to any location and find them in the nearest library.
WorldCat.org provides a variety of “facets” allowing users to narrow a search by type of item, year of publication, language and more…”
In the run up to the opening of the 2013 Annual ALA Conference InfoDOCKET is reporting there are already number of new product announcements from a variety of companies including:
OCLC: Major Global Publishers to Add New content to WorldCat Publishers include Accessible Archives, 3M, Freading, McGraw-Hill Education, O’Reilly Media, and Others
And added to these are also a number of announcements from ProQuest:
“Marist College… began using Intota™ Assessment, a library collection analytics service from Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest business. Marist is the first Intota development partner to deploy Intota Assessment, and will be followed shortly by the other five partner libraries…”
“ProQuest is arming researchers studying the history of art and architecture with a comprehensive digital archive of the magazines considered the most accurate 20th-century chronicles of these disciplines… Researchers will be able to explore Art and Architecture Archive’s breadth of magazines – encompassing the entire spectrum of the arts – cover to cover as full-page, full-color images, with searchable text and article-level indexing…”
“The University of Arizona Libraries recently selected the Summon discovery service from Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest® business. In support of the University Libraries’ vision to provide unlimited access to information in a customer-centric environment, the Summon service will enable increased usage of the libraries’ vast collection and provide an enhanced user experience…”
…”ProQuest is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Eugene Power’s landmark project to capture the books indexed in the British Libraries’ Short Title Catalog on microfilm. The work launched Power’s company University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI), which would later become an essential business within the ProQuest enterprise, and marked a pivotal milestone for libraries, ushering in a new era that unlocked content…”