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Publisher Ron Shank Has Died

RShank(Original  Import)Library Journal (LJ) and School Library Journal (SLJ) publisher Ron Shank (pictured, via) passed away on Saturday after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Here’s more from Library Journal: “Ron had an illustrious career, much of it at Library Journal and School Library Journal, where he was the longtime ad sales director before becoming associate publisher, then publisher and group VP. In 2007, he added Publishers Weekly to his portfolio. His business expertise helped bring about the sale of the library brands to Media Source, Inc. last spring.”

Those who wish to pay their respects can do so at a memorial service to be held in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, December 22nd. (via Publishers Weekly)

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Publishers Weekly Names New Publisher, Editorial Directors

logo2323.gifJust minutes after news broke that Media Source Inc. had acquired Library Journal and School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly has announced two big changes.

The publication tweeted the news: “New order at PW: Jim Milliot and Michael Coffey named co-editorial directors, Cevin Bryerman new publisher.”

Library Journal (LJ), School Library Journal (SLJ), and Publishers Weekly (PW) were all part of the Reed Business Information empire. In addition to editing LJ and SLJ, Brian Kenney was editorial director of PW. He will lead LJ and SLJ under its new ownership. Also leaving with Kenney is Ron Shank, who used to serve as group publisher of Reed’s publishing division. He will now serve as publisher at LJ and SLJ.

Reed’s Business Media president Jeff DeBalko wrote about the new editorial directors: “Jim’s work is widely read and respected by publishing industry executives and newsmakers, while Michael holds the reins of PW’s day-to-day operation, guiding features, composition, and coordinating the delivery of content to print and online outlets. Jim has been at PW for 20 years, and Michael has been with us for 22 years.”

Media Source Inc. Acquires Library Journal and School Library Journal

lj.jpgToday the Media Source Inc.–an Ohio-based company that owns Junior Library Guild (JLG) and The Horn Book, Inc.–announced that they had acquired Library Journal (LJ) and School Library Journal (SLJ).

Both publications were part of the Reed Business Information empire, and many were concerned about the future of the two publications–providing book reviews to hundreds of thousands of librarians around the country. Media Source has acquired “all print and Web products, services, supplements, and newsletters, including Library Hotline.”

Here’s a statement from Media Source CEO Randall Asmo: “Library Journal and School Library Journal are valuable magazines that deserve a corporate home focused on libraries … We respect the history and contribution of LJ and SLJ…Editor-in-Chief Brian Kenney and Publisher Ron Shank are important to the success of SLJ and LJ, and they will remain in their current roles. Our goal is to build upon those strengths to provide a vital and comprehensive service to the librarian community.”