Extending OverDrive’s eBook lending service across an entire school district is a great way to maximize student access to eBooks and audiobooks by allowing multiple schools to access a shared collection. But some districts are taking a more gradual approach, launching their OverDrive service with a single school and later expanding to the entire district. This one-at-a-time strategy has helped Florida’s Seminole County School District and Texas’ Northside Independent School District grow their digital collections from the ground up.
“Terry Palin [librarian at John Paul Stevens High School within Northside ISD] was the trailblazer for our district,” says Faye Hagarty of Northside ISD. “His enthusiasm for the project created anticipation among other district librarians.”
With Palin serving as the sparkplug, librarians at other schools in Northside ISD saw the value of bringing eBooks to the classroom. “Once they decided to participate by contributing a portion of their budgets, appropriate content was purchased for those students,” says Hagarty. “When school year 2012-’13 begins, access and content will be available for nearly 100,000 students and staff district-wide.”
Adam Sockel is a Marketing & Outreach Specialist at OverDrive.