“OverDrive announced today that it has acquired TeachersNotebook.com, a leading online marketplace for teacher-created curriculum materials for K-12 education. TeachersNotebook.com enables teachers to not only browse free and low-cost instructional resources, but also to create their own “shop” where others may purchase their original materials. The website operates with a “teachers helping teachers” mentality of engaging and educating students of all ages and optimizing the classroom experience.” (via OverDrive)
“SirsiDynix today announced the acquisition of EOS International, a California-based technology company that develops award-winning solutions for legal, government, corporate, medical, and other special library customers. With 1100 implementations worldwide, EOS customers will join SirsiDynix customers to create the largest and most inclusive customer base in the history of the library automation industry. Bill Davison, CEO of SirsiDynix, commented, “With this acquisition, we’re demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the library industry. We will continue to invest in the people, technologies and products necessary to develop, distribute, and support the dynamic solutions that libraries need to be successful. We’re now even more capable of delivering exceptional products on a global scale with the precise features that each library requires.” (via SirsiDynix.com)
“We are pleased to announce that Ancestry.com LLC has acquired Find A Grave, Inc., the leading online cemetery database. With over 100 million memorials and 75 million photos, Find A Grave has amassed an unparalleled collection of burial information. Over the past 18 years, it has grown to become an invaluable resource for genealogists, history buffs and cemetery preservationists. Find A Grave will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com, and will continue to be managed by its founder, Jim Tipton.” (via Ancestry.com)
“Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced it has acquired Woodhead Publishing Limited, an award-winning, UK-based publisher known for its high-quality content in the fields of materials science, food science, engineering, energy & environmental technology, textile technology and biomedicine. The acquisition of Woodhead Publishing also includes Chandos Publishing, which is known for its strong publishing program in library information science and Asian studies.” (via Digital Book World)
“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that, together with Reed Elsevier Properties SA, it has acquired the acclaimed publishing brands and businesses of Sheshunoff™ and A.S. Pratt from the Thompson Media Group. Financial details of the transaction are not being disclosed. Widely known for its “how to” guides for compliance professionals, the Sheshunoff collection of publications includes more than 100 titles offering expert information critical for the financial services industry with a strong focus on federally regulated banking and credit union lending activities. The A.S. Pratt collection has established itself as the “gold standard” of analytical content for the banking and commercial practice areas and includes 40 industry-leading titles covering key legal and regulatory issues – including respected treatises, journals and newsletters such as the Banking Law Journal, Pratt’s Letter, Brady on Bank Checks, Clark’s The Law of Secured Transactions, and others” (via LexisNeis)
Elsevier Acquires Knovel, Provider of Web-based Productivity Application for the Engineering Community
“Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today the acquisition of Knovel Corp. New York City-based Knovel provides a web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools to drive innovation and deliver answers engineers can trust.
Founded in 2001, Knovel has developed a deep knowledge of the engineering community and is a valuable tool for thousands of engineers and students in more than 700 corporations and engineering schools worldwide. Knovel integrates information and data from more than 100 engineering societies and publishers and makes it highly searchable and interactive so that engineers can easily manipulate the data they find and use it in other engineering applications.”