Yet Another Merger

Cambridge Information Group (parent of CSA, Bowker, RefWorks, and other odds and ends) has just announced it is acquiring Proquest Information and Learning to create one powerhouse group of academic, news, historical, and business databases.

There seems to be an urge to merge going on, but what it spells for academic libraries remains to be seen – as does how it might intersect with Peter Suber’s prediction that open access is now an unstoppable trend. Anyone out there with a crystal ball care to speculate?

Author: Barbara Fister

I'm an academic librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Like all librarians at our small, liberal arts institution I am involved in reference, collection development, and shared management of the library. My area of specialization is instruction, with research interests also in media literacy, popular literacy, publishing, and assessment.

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