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 »

Recommendations come to school digital libraries

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  Recommend to Library, OverDrive’s enhancement that lets users suggest titles for libraries to add to their digital collection, is rolling out for our school partner websites. This feature, which will enable students to view OverDrive’s catalog of titles not currently in your digital library, helps answer the ultimate questions, “What should we put in… 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 »

Back to School with School Digital Library from OverDrive

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Another school year is underway, and the kids are getting back into the classroom routine, maybe visiting the school library – or even better – the OverDrive-powered School Digital Library (SDL) site. The SDL platform allows your students to “go” to the library anytime and check out titles for class assignments, research projects, or for… Read more »

Get help with your Next Generation school library website

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In August we announced that all school digital library websites will be getting a Next Generation makeover. Updated sites come with a suite of new features, such as powerful search and filtering options, a refreshed design, enhanced metadata, and more—including these help resources for students, parents, and staff:   Printable help Students, parents, and staff… Read more »

Back to school, back to marketing

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With the start of the 2013 school year, we’re excited to announce the School Library Design Contest.  The idea is to have students create promotional materials for your digital collection. We’ll share our favorites on the blog and award prizes to the schools who submit the most creative entries. Click on the image to learn… Read more »

School Digital Library search metadata

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In early August we announced the rollout of OverDrive’s new Digital Library for schools. A number of features have been added to the improved interface including updated help materials, visual theme options and expanded title information. Perhaps the most exciting addition, however, is the search metadata now available to users.     Students, teachers and… Read more »

OverDrive rolls out the next generation school digital library websites

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At the end of July, OverDrive started updating the user experience for all schools. When teachers, students and parents visit their school’s OverDrive-powered digital library website they will find a fully updated user interface, created after extensive market research and customer feedback to provide a more informative, user-friendly experience. This post will highlight many of… Read more »

Los Altos School District: Keeping the Momentum During the Summer

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During the spring semester at the Los Altos School District (California) the library staff wanted to make sure their circulation didn’t drop during the coming summer months when students went on break. To maintain their success Kareen Burns, the District’s OverDrive librarian, developed a plan and began publishing eBook news blasts on the district library’s… Read more »