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The Academic Publishing Industry: A Story of Merger and Acquisition

:: Bob Michaelson notes the following in an e-mail to selected listservs today. I have added a few additional links.

From February 2004 E-News for ARL Directors: (these briefings also are posted on the ARL web site at http://www.arl.org/enews/index.html, although the Feb. 2004 briefing hasn't been posted there yet).

4. New Web Site Documents Academic Publishing Mergers

A new Web site commissioned by ARL and the Information Access Alliance documents mergers and acquisitions in academic publishing. "The Academic Publishing Industry: A Story of Merger and Acquisition" was developed by Mary H. Munroe, Associate Dean, Collections and Technical Services at Northern Illinois University. Ms. Munroe, formerly a business librarian, has published work previously about mergers, including "Which Way Is Up? The Publishing Industry Merges Its Way into the Twenty-First Century" (Library Administration & Management, 14, no. 2 (spring 2000): 70-78). The site can be found at http://www.niulib.niu.edu/publishers, and links are provided from the ARL scholarly communication site and the IAA Web site. We hope libraries and the media will find the extensive information on the site helpful. Please contact Mary Case (marycase @ arl.org) with any questions or comments.

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