(reposted from an email to the Collection Development list at work)
So I was thinking about how there’s EBSCO the subscription agent and EBSCOhost databases and how it gets confusing, so I should clarify that. EBSCO Industries is a large company which owns many children. Or let’s say, it’s a multi-tentacled beast. EBSCO subscription agent is one arm, EBSCOhost databases comprise another arm, although they must sit next to each other on the corporate body.
Then I wondered what other products and services emerge from the other EBSCO tentacles? According to this web page http://www.ebscoind.com (under GROUPS), here are just the amusing ones I found:
- Beach front real estate in Florida, and EBSCO’s very own town in Alabama with apparently its own sheriff and fire station
- Turkey decoys and many other outdoorsman stuff like fishing lures, tree stands, and producing videos/TV shows of said outdoorsman stuff
- Rifle barrels
- Building girders
- Church signs
- Metapress e-journal platform. Oops, didn’t realize EBSCO owned them!
- Professional Car Washing & Detailing magazine is published by an EBSCO subsidiary
So … invest in EBSCO Industries because no matter how the market turns, something has to be profitable??