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Emerald acquires information management group ASLIB

*ASLIB acquired to run alongside Emerald Group Publishing*

Press Release :

"United Kingdom, April 2010 – ASLIB, The Association for Information
Management, has been acquired by MCB Group, the holding company for Emerald
Group Publishing Limited. Emerald and ASLIB have been working closely
together since 2001, when ASLIB’s collection of research journals, including
Journal of Documentation and ASLIB Proceedings, were acquired by Emerald.
The acquisition means that ASLIB’s services to members will continue and
grow, and the operating name and identity of ASLIB will be preserved."

"Established in 1924, ASLIB has recently encountered difficult times.
Following the sale of its journals to Emerald, ASLIB sold its book
publishing business to Taylor and Francis in 2002, and went into voluntary
liquidation in 2004, following which it was reconstituted as a limited
liability company providing membership services to library and information
professionals. "

"Emerald Joint CEO John Peters commented: “Following the acquisition of the
ASLIB journals, we have worked very closely with the organization over the
years, and were sad to see the decline of a highly regarded institution.
This is a real opportunity for us to build a 21st Century member
organization. ASLIB will be run independently, but will draw on services
from Emerald, as well as other publishers. We plan to reinstate an Advisory
Board, and to revamp and improve the ASLIB Managing Information (MI)

Future Plans
"Peters continued: “These are obviously difficult times for libraries and
information services providers worldwide. We will hold ASLIB and MI
subscription fees at current levels in 2010 and 2011, but will be looking to
offer a raft of new service options for members. Our first step will be to
go to current and former members, and our own LIS community of editors and
advisers for consultation. It’s a great strategic fit for us, and an
opportunity to build something of value to all ASLIB members, and to the
LIS/Information and Knowledge Management community.”

"ASLIB’s registered office will move to Emerald’s UK headquarters in
Bingley, West Yorkshire."

- ENDS -

ASLIB was originally established as the Association for Special Libraries
and Information Bureaux in London, following the September 1924 conference
of that name. Its original ethos, which still applies today, was to serve
“those engaged in the collection, treatment and dissemination in many
departments of human activity”. ASLIB was set up to serve people playing the
role of librarian or information professional, who were not necessarily
professional librarians. ASLIB draws on members from academic, corporate and
public sector organizations, with about 75% of its membership being
UK-based. ASLIB also publishes the Managing Information magazine
(distributed to members) which appears 10 times annually.

About Emerald
Established in 1967, Emerald Group Publishing Limited is the world's leading
publisher of management research. In total, Emerald publishes over 700
titles, comprising 200 journals, over 300 books and more than 200 book
series as well as an extensive range of online products and services.
Emerald is both COUNTER 3 and TRANSFER compliant. The organization is a
partner of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and also works with
Portico and the LOCKSS initiative for digital archive preservation.

Emerald Management Plus is the largest, most comprehensive collection of
peer reviewed management journals and online support for students, managers
and researchers. With "Research you can use" as a publishing philosophy, the
collection provides scholarly research that is both rigorous and relevant,
with practical implications for professionals outside the academic world.
For busy managers in corporate, federal and public organizations, Emerald
Management First is an award-winning online knowledge and information


Arnaud Pellé
Corporate Communications Manager
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Phone: +44 (0) 1274 777700
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Karen Weaver MLS, Electronic Resources Statistician, Duquesne University,
Gumberg Library, Pittsburgh PA email: [log in to unmask]

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