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* Golden Gate Capital, the world's sixth largest software company, recently acquired the Ex Libris Group. Ex Libris will remain an independent business headquartered in Jerusalem under its current management, according to Golden Gate Capital. Source: Golden Gate Capital (www.goldengatecap.com)

* The British Library, the Intellectual Property Office, and six U.K. libraries established a joint national network of services for small businesses. Designed to help SMBs, startups, and entrepreneurs, the network is funded by a grant from the Intellectual Property Office. Trie libraries in the network were selected in part because they have the core collections and expertise necessary to support the services. Source: The British Library (http://pressandpolicy.bl.uk)

* Bloomsbury Publishing, PLC recently rebranded a collection of academic works. Continuum, T&T Clark, Berg Publishers, and Bristol Classical Press will be rebranded as Bloomsbury. Arden Shakespeare and Methuen Drama will be co-branded under the Bloomsbury imprint, while the recent acquisitions of Fairchild Books and AVA will keep their original names. There will be a designated academic area within Bloomsbury's new website featuring books, ebooks, and digital information and highlighting previews, textbook companion sites, and additional online resources. Source: Bloomsbury Publishing, PLC (www.bloomsbury.com)

* Springer Science + Business Media added its 100th journal to Springer Open, in addition to its portfolio of BioMed Central titles. The latest addition, the Journal of Software Engineering Research and Development, reaffirms Springer's commitment to open access publishing, with topics ranging from mathematics and hard sciences to economics and business. In other news, Springer partnered with the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography (part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) to publish the Journal of Arid Land, which deals with the atmosphere, ecological improvements, and environmental protection. Source: Springer Science+ Business Media (www.springer.com)

* Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, partnered with the Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JAMAS) to improve access to Japaneselanguage article abstracts on the Ichushi-Web. Access is improved via metadata from the JAMAS A&l database, which comprises more than 5,800 medical journals. Medical libraries will benefit from the expanded content that includes interfaces in more than 32 languages and dialects, native language searching functions, and language-tuned relevancy for context in 17 languages. Source: Serials Solutions (www.serialssolutions.com)

* LYRASIS received a $670,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for initiatives to promote the use and support of open source software. The 2-year grant lets LYRASIS support collaborative approaches to open source software that are designed to reduce user costs and expand functionality in the open source arena. Source: LYRASIS (www.lyrasis.org)

* OCLC announced that 16 libraries joined OCLC WorldShare Management Services, a cooperative web-scale library management service that handles cataloging, circulation, license management, and workflow. To date, 148 libraries are now using the service. In other news, Biblioteca Max von Buch at the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina went live with WorldCat Local. The Biblioteca Max von Buch was the first OCLC member in Argentina and the first in Latin America to go live with the service. Source: OCLC (www.oclc.org)

* Access Innovations, Inc. recently partnered with SPIE, the international society for optics and phonics, on a new taxonomy in optics and phonics. …

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