Getting Down to Business
by Donovan Griffin
Big business changes have a large effect on information professionals—more than for most, perhaps—due to the technological nature of their work, along with the tendency of (non-open source) technology to be owned by companies that buy and sell and are themselves bought and sold. So it was big news when ProQuest announced that it would acquire Ex Libris Group this past month, a surprise move that will undoubtedly change the landscape of the information industry. On page 1, Marydee Ojala speaks to Kurt Sanford, CEO of ProQuest, to parse some of deal’s particulars. And in the second half of her series (see the first part in September’s issue of IT), Brandi Scardilli explores the industrial side of the Internet of Things.
Anthony Aycock explains how the ever-present print versus electronic divide works for law librarians in “Print v. Electronic 576 U.S. 280 (2015),” and Barbara Quint picks up an Amazon Fire HD 10 in “OOBE and the New Toy” on page 17. And don’t forget to check out Brendan Howley’s how-to guide for libraries in “The Razor’s Edge: Navigating Digital Disruption” on page 14.
Take a few minutes to explore the rest of the issue. You’ll find it loaded with tips to help you keep up with the big industry moves and the ways they might affect your day-to-day duties.
— Donovan Griffin