We’re just returning from the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, where we showcased Next Generation services like streaming video and audio, APIs, and our HTML5-powered eBook reading technology OverDrive Read.


Throughout the show, we hosted theater presentations covering topics including collection development news, marketing ideas, school eBooks, and our Next Generation digital library service platform. If you didn’t make it to the shows, you can find helpful resources and the latest service news in our Learning Center.

Team OverDrive visited Seattle’s Space Needle during ALA Midwinter. Left to right: Cassie Renner (Library Partner Services), David Burleigh (Marketing), Karen Estrovich (Collection Development), Jason Sockel (Collection Development), Carri-an Varga (Marketing), Kevin Coon (Education & Library Sales)


One of the highlights of ALA Midwinter was the Nintendo Wii U game console on which we demonstrated the unlimited possibilities of OverDrive Read. Because it lets readers access library eBooks on any device with a modern web browser—including game consoles, tablets, smartphones, and PCs—OverDrive Read dramatically expands the reach of your library’s digital collection.


We also showcased the streaming video and audio services coming later this year to all OverDrive libraries. This Next Generation technology will give users quick and easy access to videos, audiobooks and music on any device with a web browser and an Internet connection.


In Seattle, we met with several vendors who are using OverDrive APIs to integrate digital and print catalogs. The Library Corporation (TLC) has implemented the Status and Availability APIs into its LS2 PAC, SirsiDynix is integrating OverDrive APIs into eResource Central, and we’ll soon have details about integrations underway with Biblionix and other vendors and libraries.


Many of the librarians we met were eager to see the Next Generation digital library websites we’re currently rolling out across the OverDrive network. With One-Step Checkout, filtered search, and the power of OverDrive Read, the new library websites are fostering increased engagement with returning users and converting new users into digital library devotees. The Next Gen sites are currently live in 75 locations, and we’ll notify individual libraries as their launch date draws near.


Thanks to everyone who stopped by Booth 1115 in Seattle. Stay tuned for more news about enhancements to our Next Generation library service platform.


Michael Lovett is Public Relations and Social Media Specialist at OverDrive.


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