ATG News & Announcements 12/26/19

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Equity Firm Agrees to Buy OverDrive

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.)


$23.5 Million Makeover at University of Arkansas Library to Add Seating, Restore Books

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…”


State of California Launches Data Geoportal

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


PW Notables: Our Readers Pick Their Industry MVPs

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

U.S. Federal Data Strategy 2020 Action Plan Released

W3C Makes Support for International Writing Modes an Official Web Standard

Sharjah World Book Capital Program Backs Kenyan Library Restoration

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