170 years of A Christmas Carol

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  “Marley was dead, to begin with.” And so begins the Charles Dickens Classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Today is the 170th anniversary of the novella that has been read endlessly in front of fire places and with warm cups of hot chocolate every year as we near Christmas Day. The story of bitter old Ebenezer… Read more »

High Point Public Library Wraps Up eReaders for the Holidays

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Since announcing the winners of this year’s marketing-focused Digital Library Champions contest at Digipalooza in August, each month we’ve highlighted their success stories through a series of Librarian’s Share blog posts. This week, we feature the winner of the “Outside the Library” category, High Point Public Library (member of the North Carolina Digital Library):   As we… Read more »

OverDrive at Elementary: Getting the word out to parents and students

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  Working at an elementary school poses certain challenges in making students aware of and getting them to use OverDrive. This year I decided to kick up my efforts a notch in regards to publicizing OverDrive to parents and students.   In September, we participated in OverDrive’s “Big Library Read.” I host book clubs every… Read more »

Librarian’s Share: Video Killed the Printed Handout Star

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  In August, we announced the winners of this year’s Digital Library Champions contest. Each winner has agreed to share their success story through a series of Librarian’s Share blog posts. This week, we feature the winner of the “Online” category, Jackson County Library Services (member of the  Oregon Digital Library Consortium):   For some… Read more »

Multilingual support for your patrons

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  Attracting new users to your OverDrive-powered website is essential for maintaining a successful digital collection. By adding support for multiple languages to your website, your library can use Spanish, French (Canadian), Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, or Japanese translations to reach new users. Russian and Malay language support will be available later this month.  … Read more »

Kenton County Public Library: KC mascot brings eBooks to life

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  In August, we announced the winners of this year’s Digital Library Champions contest. Each winner has agreed to share their success story through a series of Librarian’s Share blog posts, beginning with the OverDrive Allstar Award winner, Kenton County Public Library:   For library users who walk into our branches, it’s easy for them… Read more »

San Antonio Public Library shares the Connect at Central experience

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Recently, San Antonio Public Library premiered Connect at Central, a brand new 12,800 square foot space at their Central Branch devoted exclusively to bringing the digital media experience into the physical library. In addition to two OverDrive Media Stations (OMS) for users to discover, sample and send to their devices the titles in San Antonio… Read more »

Top Five Titles That Take You to Alaska

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An Armchair Traveler Adventure   The summer season invites us all to be outdoors. Whether the beach is your ideal destination or the shady avenues of a metropolis, summer beckons and whispers its sweet notes of nature. My perfect summer day includes a view of the mountains, a tent for two and enough trail mix… Read more »

North East Independent School District: Using Browser-based reading to increase usage

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North East ISD (San Antonio, Texas) was recently looking for a way to garner more attention and increase the circulation of the district’s digital library. While they have always had decent usage of their eBook collection, Faye Hagerty, NEISD’s head librarian, wanted greater results.   She decided to work from the top of the district… Read more »