According to Publishers Weekly “the private equity firm KKR has signed a definitive agreement to acquire OverDrive in a deal announced on Christmas Eve. KKR bought the leading digital platform that delivers e-books and digital audio to libraries and schools from Rakuten USA, a subsidiary of Japan’s Rakuten Inc.”
(Hat tip to Gary Price of infoDOCKET who emailed us a reminder that KKR also Acquired RBMedia providers of the RBDigital and Audiobooks.com platforms for audiobooks and other digital content. As Gary also noted, this makes KKR the owner of the principal providers to libraries of both ebooks (Overdrive) and audiobooks (RBDigital.)
infoDOCKET reports that “the main campus library at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville has temporarily closed two floors to prepare for an estimated $23.5 million renovation. The 18-month renovation project, once complete, will add seating for students and return some books to the library, said Dennis Clark, UA’s library dean since August…”
Digest of Education Statistics 2018 Provides New and Historical Data on All Aspects of Education Published Today by U.S. Dept. of Education
infoDOCKET also reports that “NCES released the Digest of Education Statistics 2018 today (December 26, 2019) … Compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Digest of Education Statistics is a comprehensive statistical reference for all levels of education in the United States. Topics include educational attainment, finances, federal funds for education, libraries, and international comparisons…”
And lastly, infoDOCKET notes that “the California State Geoportal officially launched December 23. Containing data from more than 30 state departments, the Geoportal represents California’s powerful investment in this field of study, and our commitment of support…”
Digital Rights Management and Books: A new Library Technology Report explores the impact of DRM on publishing and libraries
No Shelf Required reports that “the American Library Association has announced the publication of a new Library Technology Report on the impact of Digital Rights Management on book publishing (trade and scholarly) and libraries (public and academic). Authored by Mirela Roncevic …, The New Era for Ebooks and Digital Content), the report is available in ALA store in January 2020
According to Publishers Weekly this year they asked their readers to tell them “who they think are some of the industry’s most valuable players. Here’s what some of them wrote…”
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.