EBSCO in talks to buy RoweCom

This Chicago Tribune article (free registration may be required) says that EBSCO is close to reaching a deal to buy RoweCom (formerly Faxon). The publishers that RoweCom didn\'t pay with the money libraries paid to RoweCom are apparently in separate discussions with EBSCO regarding this deal. Swets Blackwell pulled out of its talks to buy RoweCom, citing liability issues.


Divine in talks on libraries

A bit more on The Divine Story from The Chicago Tribune.

They say Chicago-based Divine Inc. is in negotiations with a handful of publishers and a Dutch competitor to resolve a problem that threatens to interrupt the flow of periodicals to thousands of libraries across the nation.

A Divine subsidiary, RoweCom, collected at least $50 million from as many as 4,000 libraries for subscriptions last year, but failed to pay the publishers. The money was used to pay RoweCom\'s operating costs and debts, Divine executives have said.

\"Our strategy is to structure this so that a portion of the money would be put forward by the RoweCom side,\" Hess said. \"Swets Blackwell would put together some of the money. And concessions, discounts, by the publishers would cover part of the cost.\"


Divine unit suit: Libraries may lose $50 million

The Chicago Tribune has This Story on the thousands of libraries across the country that may be out $50 million after a subsidiary of Chicago-based Divine Inc. accepted their money last year to buy periodicals but failed to pay the publishers.

\"This is unconscionable, unethical and moving rapidly toward grand larceny,\" said Susan Davis, head of periodical acquisitions at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her e-mail, sent to a RoweCom sales representative last month, is part of a lawsuit filed against the company by the New York State attorney general\'s office


Secure Shopping @ Barnes & Noble Not So Secure

A security flaw has been discovered in the Barnes & Noble web site, which could expose users personal information to anyone, just by entering an old email address. Read More.


Yahoo Internet Life Magazine Folds

Yahoo Internet Life is closing up shop. According to Robert Callahan, CEO, \"the closure is due to the struggling technology market after the dot-com bubble burst and the decline of advertising dollars.\" ZDNet has More.


AT&T Sued for Profiting from USF (E-Rate) Charges

USA Today is reporting that AT&T has raised their USF
(E-Rate) charge to nearly double what the federal government mandates. The company is being sued, as a result. According to an attorney involved in the case, \"If successful, the case could result in an award of tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.\" More


Microsoft Ordered to Release Windows Code to Opponents

The BBC is reporting that a Supreme Court judge has ordered Microsoft to hand over to legal opponents, the code to its famous Windows operating system. Microsoft is trying to avoid releasing the code. More


OCLC Closes on netLibrary Sale

Cavan McCarthy writes \"The sale of netLibrary assets to OCLC was finalized at 5 p.m. Jan. 24 in Boulder, Colorado. The sale includes both the eBook Division, which will become a division of OCLC, and the MetaText eTextbook Division, which will become a for-profit subsidiary. Both operations will remain in Boulder.

Press Release \"


Questia lays off more

steven bell writes \"

This comes from Library Stuff.

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- Questia Media down to 28 workers. -
\"Another round of layoffs at online library and academic research firm Questia Media has reduced the company to a skeleton crew of about 28 workers, just enough to maintain its Web site. About 40 workers were laid off last week without severance pay, sources say, when it became clear plans for another round of investment cash wouldn\'t materialize. The company previously raised more than $135 million and at one time employed over 300 workers, but has had several rounds of layoffs beginning last spring.\"


Once-Trustworthy Newspaper Databases Have Become Unreliable and Frustrating has a Story that says The New York Times Company v. Jonathan Tasini and related cases have perhaps permanently changed electronic databases.

Almost 20 years\' worth of newspaper history, a vital source of information for those studying history, politics, society, the media, and other subjects, is shot through with more holes than a block of Swiss cheese.


Librarians Lobby to Save Electronic Library

Rozella Hardin writes...

\"If you can surf the Internet or find your way to a Tennessee public library, you\'re only a few keystrokes away from an $11,000 information windfall known as the Tennessee Electronic Library. For no charge, you can dig into virtual mountains of reference materials, magazines, almanacs, encyclopedias, academic journals, and directories. Since 10/1999, the electronic library has provided access to nearly 4.7 million documents on topics ranging from business to literature to current events to health and wellness. Librarians report using it for purposes as serious as aiding in cancer research at St. Jude Children\'s Hospital and as frivolous as answering an office trivia quiz about why a Fig Newton is so named.\" More


OCLC purchase of netLibrary assets approved

Lee Hadden writes: \"OCLC announced that plans continue for the purchase of netlibrary, a
collection of e-books available to academic, public and special libraries.
Read more about it at the OCLC webpages.

Final closing on the sale of netLibrary assets to OCLC Online Computer Library Center has been set for later this month, based upon approval granted today by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado.


Signing on the Dotted Line: Licensing Essentials for Library Professionals

There is a new, free, educational service from ALA\'s Office for Information Technology Policy.

\"Signing on the Dotted Line: Licensing Essentials for Library

Beginning February 25th through April 5th, OITP will host an online e-mail tutorial on licensing. Similar in format to the successful copyright and UCITA tutorials offered in 2000 and 2001, the licensing tutorial will cover licensing basics in 25-30 brief, but informative messages written by Lesley Ellen Harris, a recognized expert in copyright law and the author of Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians.


Baker & Taylor Agree to Reimburse Ohio Libraries

The following is a press release from the Ohio State Attorney General\'s Office regarding the lawsuit brought against Baker & Taylor on behalf of Ohio libraries.

\"In 1999, the Ohio Attorney General\'s Office brought a lawsuit against book distributor and publisher Baker & Taylor, Inc., alleging misrepresentation of discounts to public, school, and university libraries throughout Ohio. While claims against co-defendants WR Gracve remain pending, B&T entered into a settlement agreement with the Attorney General\'s Office in October 2001. The company agreed to provide credits to libraries, schools, and universities involved in the action, with which boks may be purchased.


IT & Global Ecological Crises: Soul and the Sustainability of Librarians

Cate Gable writes...

\"If we can read pages of text at will on little electronic devices-Will books survive?

If we can read news literally up-to-the-minute online-Will newspapers survive?

If we can buy whatever we want at the lowest possible price online-Will stores survive?

If we can get information from Google anytime of the day or night-Will libraries survive?



Penguin Classics Inks Deal With Ebrary

Someone writes...

\"ebrary, a provider of information distribution and retrieval services, announced that Penguin Classics will distribute its library to new online markets via ebrary\'s software, ebrarian. According to ebrary\'s CEO, \"This new deal with Penguin Classics is a breakthrough for both ebrary and the publishing industry, as together we will bring some of history\'s most important works into a format preferred by many readers worldwide. I believe that the authors of these great works would be pleased to see their texts brought into the most modern publishing medium in history, and we look forward to working with Penguin Classics in that pursuit.\" More


XreferPlus Digital Reference Service Launched for Libraries

Paula Hane writes...

\"For the past 2 years, searchers have had Web access to about 50 ready-reference sources from Now, the company has officially announced the launch of xreferplus, its new subscription reference service for libraries The free site is still available It offers general reference works—encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, and books of quotations—and a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law. There are over 1 million entries. The cross-referencing technology connects related information across all the works and has generated an additional network of over 5 million xreferences.\" More


An OK Christmas for books

An article in today\'s Chicago Tribune says that strong sales after Thanksgiving have dissipated a lot of economic gloom from the book industry.

AAP President Patricia "Snidely Whiplash" Schroeder is quoted as saying that books are like lipstick. But we librarians have known that for a while.


New Virtual Libraries Have Some Growing to Do

For BusinessWeek Online, Stephen Wildstron writes...

\"Libraries are essential because only a tiny fraction of the knowledge contained in books is available on the Web--and what\'s there is hard to find or use. Things should change as more and more books are put into electronic form and as publishers and distributors figure out how to make money in the process. More


NetLibrary sale plans move forward

A judge approved a loan to netLibrary going and granted its sales procedure, which in effect allows the sale to go forward, and opens the door to competitive bids, if any.

The remaining workers worked for the equivalent of unemployment benefits — $9 an hour — in the weeks following netLibrary\'s decision to put itself on the block. They are back to normal pay now, the company states, but are owed about $500,000 in back pay.

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