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LGCA Virtual Library with Sora from OverDrive

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LGCA Virtual Library, with Sora from OverDrive Shared Collection

The LGCA Virtual Library is a collection of eBooks and audiobooks that are available to the students and staff of schools/districts that use the LGCA Media Services. Check to see if your school uses our Media Services.

The collection is expected to go live the week of August 13, 2018. We will be holding a kickoff meeting on Thursday August 23rd at the LGCA offices in room 106 of the Auburn Technology Learning Center (8221 Auburn Road, Concord Township, OH 44077-9723). Please Register for the Event and let us know if you plan on attending.

How to access the collection

Go to the LGCA Virtual Library site and select your school/district. You will need to login to access the resources.

Students: Your login is your district ID# You may know this as your lunch code number. Your PIN is the  month and day of their birthday. Examples:
0704 for July 4
1225 for December 25 

Staff: Your login is your Employee ID# from the district payroll system. Your PIN is the same as the password used for home access to the INFOhio resources

  
Berkshire LSDbadgers
Beachwood CSD {see note below)
Cardinal LSDhuskies
Chagrin Falls EVSD44022
Chardon CSDchardon
Hershey Montessori {in process} 
Kenston LSDkenston2
Kirtland LSDhornets
Madison LSD99books
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin {in process} 
Riverside LSDbeavers
Painesville City SDpcls
Perry LSD pirates
St. Anselm {in process} 
Warrensville CSD tigers
Wickliffe CSD{in process}
Willoughby-Eastlake CSDinfohio
West Geauga LSDwestg
 

*Beachwood City Schools already has an OverDrive account. Please use the same login procedure as directed by your library staff 

 Do you have questions or does your school want to join and gain access to the LGCA Virtual Library? Contact us at lgca_sirsi@lgca.org

 

OverDrive Resources

OverDrive’s Resource Center  Explore a variety of marketing assets, training tools, collection development assistance, and information about OverDrive’s apps and features designed to help you increase circulation, and make the most of your investment in your digital collection.

Introduction to Sora  Expore the functions of Sora and learn how to get started or find an answer to your questions.

FAQ's

Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the LGCA Virtual Library, with Sora from OverDrive
 
Who can use the LGCA Virtual Library? 
These resources are INCLUDED as part of the service for any district/building using LGCA Media Services and includes hundreds of titles purchased each year that can be accessed by all participating schools. If your school is not receiving LGCA Media Services and wants to have access to this collection, please contact us at 440.357.9383, ext 4 or by email at LGCA_SIRSI@LGCA.ORG 
 
FAQ Length Video
 Students your student ID# is used to access the LGCA Virtual Library. You may know of it as your lunch code ID or lunch code number. Your PIN is the month and day of your birthday. (July 4 = 0704 and December 25 = 1225). Library Staff here is how you can Lookup Student ID and Pin in WorkFlows  TBD
     
 School Staff: Your emplyee ID is used to access the LGCA Virtual Library. Here is how you can figure out what is your employee ID    TBD
    
 School Staff: Ask your library staff to look up your login and password. Here is how library staff can lookup Staff ID and Pin in WorkFlows TBD
    
School Staff: I don't have an account , what should I do? Please contact your school library staff. They can use these instructions to add staff into the library software.TBD
     
Library Staff: LGCA has created some report templates to help you  create labels with the school staff LGCA Virtual Library login and password for your building. Here is how to print Staff ID and Pin.TBD
    

Do they have textbooks available?

No, textbooks are not something OverDrive has or is currently pursuing. There are a handful of companies that OverDrives works with. But many of the textbook publishers already have their own platform for delivering textbooks. Read More...

Are usage statistics available?

Yes, OverDrive staff librarians create and send out monthly emails to district staff with circulation statistics that includes how many books/audios were added that month. District staff will have access to this information through their admin OverDrive account.  Read More...

How do students and staff access the ebooks?

Students and staff will log into their OverDrive website portal. It is recommend that the district select a username/password that is already known. For that reason we have decided to use their student ID number as their username. OverDrives has the ability to get student information from our school library system, the LGCA Sirsi WorkFlows. If your school library is not automated with LGCA Sirsi WorkFlows, OverDrive has a library card manager portal available.

 

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How long does it take for an ebook to be available after purchase?

For schools that participate in the shared collection, a MarketPlace account will be created for them to purchase materials for just their students and staff.  Materials purchased in the Marketplace are typically available for access in 2 to 4 hours. Read More...

You mentioned that students can take notes in the eBook, are the notes and highlights available to the teacher?

The notes are private to the indivicual user. The student will have to share/show the teacher the info. Teacher cannot pull the information out.  Student's are able to export highlights and notes. Export options include exporting to Google Drive, PDF, Copy to clipboard and CSV. Read More...

Do you have books that are unlimited so that an entire class can read the book?

Yes, there are open resource books that are unlimited. There are also some publishers that allow unlimited access. Read More...

Since these are electronic files, can multiple students read the same book at the same time?

No, they are treated just like a physical book. If you have one copy then you can only have one user at a time. If you need a classroom set then you need to purchase as many as you will need at one time. Read More...

USEFUL DOCUMENTS

What is a shared collection? A shared collection enables two or more schools or districts to access digital content via a joint platform. Purchased titles are available to all participating schools or districts through this central access point.
A meeting with OverDrive was held on January 22nd to discuss the creation of a shared collection of eBooks & audiobooks for schools affiliated with LGCA, similar in design to what CLEVNET has done with the surrounding public libraries. The following are highlights from the meeting.
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