33 library systems surpass one million checkouts in 2015

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Yesterday we shared the record breaking stats from 2015 as libraries across the world saw circulation increases from their digital collections. Today we’re excited to announce that another record was broke in 2015 as 33 separate library systems across North America circulated over one million digital titles through their OverDrive websites. Of the library systems… Read more »

OverDrive’s Holiday Device Guide (Part 1)

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By Quinton Lawman, OverDrive’s resident device nerd (he’s also a Product Owner here but that’s beside the point…) I am a self-proclaimed nerd. Well, more than self-proclaimed, really, as most of my friends and acquaintances would hardily agree with my assessment. One of the ways I revel in my nerdom is to passionately share my… Read more »

5 easy ways to help your staff prepare for the holiday season around the library

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By Adam Sockel, OverDrive’s Social Media Specialist The holidays are a busy time. We appreciate that you are likely running multiple seasonal campaigns and events while also dealing with staff taking time off. To top everything off, each holiday season leads to an influx of new users accessing your OverDrive materials which leads to increased… Read more »

eHighlights gets a Makeover!

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By Emma Kanagaki, librarian and OverDrive Collection Development Analyst The Collection Development Analysts are excited to announce that our eHighlights catalog has gotten a bit of a makeover. For eHighlights, our aim is to provide a visually appealing, curated selection of content each and every month that will appeal to varying demographics and interests from… Read more »

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHARLIE BROWN!

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By Jill Grunenwald, a librarian and Collection Development Analyst with OverDrive 65 years ago today, Charles M. Schulz’s iconic comic strip made its first appearance (although it was still another two days before Charlie Brown’s beloved beagle bounced into his first panel) and next month the Peanuts gang will be making their big screen debut… Read more »

How public libraries are evolving to meet patrons’ needs in the digital age

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Public libraries have always played a vital role in the communities they serve. The changing needs and demands of  patrons have led to a physical evolution of libraries, including an increase in group work spaces, expanded computer and internet access and dedicated kids and teens hangout areas. Concurrent with this physical transformation  has been a… Read more »

OverDrive launches the first two public library digital collections in Japan

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This week Ryugasaki Public Library launched their OverDrive digital collection, becoming the first Japanese public library to do so. Ryugasaki offers their users everything from children’s and young adult literature, graphic novels, manga and nonfiction titles for health and fitness, arts and crafts and much more. In the coming days, Itako Public Library will also launch their OverDrive-powered website… Read more »