CLEVELAND, OH – March 19, 2015 — OverDrive, Inc., the leading eBook, audiobook and streaming video platform for libraries and schools, today announced it entered into an agreement to be acquired by Rakuten Inc., one of the world’s largest Internet services companies. Insight Venture Partners has been the majority shareholder of OverDrive since 2010. OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) will operate as a subsidiary of Rakuten USA and will work closely with other Rakuten companies.
(410 million news listed at DBW)
Rakuten USA, headquartered in Boston, is the United States operating division of Rakuten. Rakuten companies provide a variety of consumer and business-focused services including eReading (Kobo), e-commerce (Rakuten.com, formerly buy.com, and Ebates), instant messaging (Viber), and others in the US, Canada and around the world. Since 2012, Rakuten (http://global.rakuten.com) has been ranked among the world’s “Top 20 Most Innovative Companies” in Forbes magazine’s annual list. Continue reading Rakuten to acquire OverDrive for 410 million
IPSWICH, Mass. — March 19, 2015 — EBSCO Orbit™, an online catalog of apps that enhance the EBSCO discovery experience for library users, is now available from EBSCO Information Services. The self-service environment allows libraries to browse and request apps, and offers the opportunity to have EBSCO manage these apps.
Orbit includes a collection of nearly 100 apps which will continue to expand. These apps augment the search experience, highlight content, enhance library interaction and integrate with a wide variety of third-party environments.
For those libraries that prefer to have EBSCO manage their apps, a cloud services package is available for a low annual subscription fee. The cloud services include implementation and consulting, hosting in the EBSCO cloud as well as ongoing support and maintenance for both functionality enhancements and required fixes. With cloud services, all apps are centrally managed as part of EBSCO’s Software as a Service (SaaS) infrastructure so libraries automatically receive software updates to their apps as well as the security, availability, and performance of the platform.
EBSCO supports open source software and choice, and that is reflected in Orbit. All Orbit apps will be available as open source at no charge to libraries that wish to implement and maintain software locally. Libraries that do not choose the cloud services package can request apps from EBSCO, download the code, and implement it independently within their EBSCO discovery environment.
EBSCO Vice President of Global Software Services, Ron Burns says Orbit allows all libraries to take advantage of innovation. “In the last few years, we have developed a large number of apps in partnership with our discovery customers. Making these apps available through Orbit means libraries can now browse a wide variety of apps and extensions to perfectly fit their library’s discovery needs. We recognize that many libraries don’t have the resources or technical ability to implement and maintain apps. For these libraries, EBSCO will host and maintain all apps so our customers can focus resources and efforts elsewhere.”
To learn more about Orbit and to start browsing and requesting apps, visit: http://orbit.ebsco.com/.
About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 6,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to nearly 700,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.
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IPSWICH, Mass. — March 18, 2015 — In line with its open metadata and technology sharing policy, EBSCO has shown a commitment to supporting its customers – no matter which mix of services they choose. On the heels of the recent acquisition of YBP, EBSCO has made the official company decision to develop fully open APIs for both YBP’s GOBI services and its subscription service division’s journal services that can be readily consumed by ILS and other technology services providers. Continue reading EBSCO offering open APIs for YBP’s GOBI and EBSCO journal services
Miami, FL – February 26, 2015 – e-Libro, a central solution for essential Spanish Language ebooks, today announced it will offer free information literacy tools in Spanish and English starting with mini lessons in finding, using and evaluating information and citing sources. Developed by e-Libro’s on-staff librarians with the ACRL’s information literacy guidelines in mind, the materials will be openly available to anyone who registers at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SpanishILguides.
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Sunnyvale, CA – February 26, 2015 – Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide, and Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, have integrated the Boopsie Mobile App with Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 digital media library. The partnership will drive circulation and usage of Axis 360 and meet patrons’ expectations for easy access to the library’s digital information and entertainment materials.
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ANN ARBOR, Mich., (February 25, 2015) — ProQuest is improving research outcomes for scholars of Spanish literature by amping the power of the classic Bibliografía de la Literatura Española (BLE). The resource is now available on the ProQuest® platform, enabling users to apply content tools and cross-search with their library’s larger ProQuest collection, including PRISMA, for a smoother, faster workflow. Continue reading Bibliografía de la Literatura Española now available on ProQuest
ANN ARBOR, Mich., February 20, 2015 — ProQuest will continue its longstanding relationship with YBP, enabling libraries to purchase its selection of more than 730,000 ebooks through the GOBI platform. ProQuest titles will continue to be offered through all available purchase models, including Perpetual Archive, Short-Term Loans, Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) and Extended Access. Customer contracts with ProQuest will be unaffected by the recent change in YBP’s ownership and account contacts will remain the same as before. Continue reading ProQuest continues collaboration with YBP
IPSWICH, Mass./CONTOOCOOK, N.H. — February 20, 2015 — EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is announcing a significant investment in the library workflow with the acquisition of YBP Library Services (YBP) from Baker &Taylor.
Founded in 1971, YBP Library Services has proudly served as the leader in delivering academic library workflow and “shelf ready” solutions through its innovative suite of acquisition and metadata resources. GOBI3 (Global Online Bibliographic Information) serves as YBP’s primary tool for the discovery and acquisition of digital and print monographic content. Relied upon by academic, research and special libraries worldwide, GOBI provides access to more than 12 million titles, including more than one million digital titles from leading aggregators and publishers. Continue reading EBSCO acquires YBP Library Services
February, 19, 2015 (New York, Tel Aviv) — As its library outreach continues, with millions of patrons now able to use Total Boox in library systems in New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, and Kansas, the company behind the revolutionary pay-as-you-read metered ebook service is pleased to announce significant expansion of its catalog via newly signed agreements with several publishers. These include the Workman Publishing Company and all of its imprints—Algonquin, Artisan, Storey Publishing, The Experiment, and Timber Press, among others—New World Library, Riptide Publishing, ECW Press, Rourke Educational Media, Packt Publishing, Parkstone Publishing, In This Together Media, FarBeyond Publishing, and Independent Publishers Group. Continue reading Top publishers partner with Total Boox
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February 05, 2015, Boston, Oxford — Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, is pleased to announce a new webinar for librarians: Designing Assignments for Information Literacy and Library Instruction. Two sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00PM EST, and Thursday, February 12 at 10:00 AM EST.
The webinar will offer tools and best practices to help librarians to both improve students’ research skills and better collaborate with faculty. The session is a follow up to Credo’s Instructional Design Best Practices session from September 2014. Continue reading Free webinar from Credo – Designing Assignments for Information Literacy and Library Instruction