Responding to Demand, Maryland Library Recommits to Digital

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Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library has kicked its digital initiative into high gear, thanks to a $350,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. With the new funding, the 22-branch library system is expanding the selection of eBooks and audiobooks available in its OverDrive-powered Pratt eLibrary, investing in Sony eReaders to lend to patrons,… Read more »

Contest Winner Shares eBook Promo Ideas: “Start With the Staff”

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When we were reviewing entries to the 2012 Outreach Program Contest, grand-prize winner Mid-Continent Public Library impressed us with its comprehensive approach to promoting its eBook collection. MCPL electronic resources trainer Pam Vogt was part of a multi-department team that helped the Missouri library system raise awareness inside the library, market its digital services on… Read more »

Test Drive for Schools: Bridging the Digital Divide

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Test Drive, the eBook device lending program OverDrive introduced for public libraries last fall, is now available to schools, as well. This great program provides support for schools looking to lend eBook reading devices to students who may not already have access to such devices.  We’ve compiled a list of Test Drive-approved devices, and schools… Read more »

OverDrive Has a New Home

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This week, we moved to our new Blue Sky Campus in Garfield Heights, Ohio—just up the hill from our previous headquarters in Valley View. With its dynamic workspaces and open floor plan, Blue Sky reflects the collaborative, forward-thinking spirit of our company and will help us better serve our partners in the months and years… Read more »

Holiday Gadget Guide: Hottest Devices for Library eBooks

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When you wake up on Christmas morning and scurry downstairs in your PJs, will you find an iPad Mini under the tree?  Are you hoping Hanukkah will net you a Surface tablet? Or, after the dust settles from Kwanzaa and Festivus, will you treat yourself to a Kindle Fire HD? There’s no shortage of eReading… Read more »

Survey Says: Library Borrowers Also Buyers

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The results of a new survey sponsored by OverDrive with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) reaffirm what librarians already know: libraries play a key role in readers’ book-buying decisions.   Conducted in June and July of this year at thousands of OverDrive-powered public library websites in the United States, the… Read more »

OverDrive Selected to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500

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As libraries and schools around the world continue to expand their digital offerings, OverDrive continues to grow alongside the industry we serve. Today, we’re thrilled to learn that OverDrive ranks 221st on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, an index of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America…. Read more »

Congratulations to America’s Star Libraries

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  It’s no mystery that library patrons love eBooks, and no surprise that most top-ranked libraries rely on OverDrive to supply those eBooks.   Last week, Library Journal published the fifth edition of its “Index of Public Library Service.” The index ranks libraries according to the quantity of services offered, assigning “Star” rankings to those… Read more »

Colorado Libraries Achieve Rich Integration With OverDrive APIs

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Over the past few months, we’ve been authorizing more and more developers with access to OverDrive APIs, enabling libraries and approved vendors to integrate OverDrive content into a wide range of apps and discovery platforms. Now we’re seeing the first evidence of OverDrive APIs in action.   In October, two separate Colorado library systems—Marmot Library… Read more »

From Aberdeen to Wilderness Coast, Welcome New Partners

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October brought more than its fair share of tricks—we’re looking at you, Hurricane Sandy!—but it also brought several treats. We’re excited to welcome 40 new partners, hailing from North America, Australia, the United Kingdom, India and Singapore, including 27 schools and colleges.   Public & Corporate Libraries Array BioPharma, Inc. (Colorado) Association of Technical Market… Read more »