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OverDrive Shared Collection

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LGCA OverDrive Shared Collection

There will be a meeting on Thursday April 19th at 8:30am to discuss implementation steps for each distriect.

OverDrive has proposed 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. Each school/district that pays into the fund will have access to all the materials in the shared collection. The LGCA finance committee will be responsible for determining the final cost. For now, please consider $1.00 per student as the amount for budget planning purposes. A meeting with OverDrive was held on January 22nd. A recording of that meeting can be found online at Play recording

Highlights and questions from the audiance can be read in the "Summary of Jan 22, 2018 Presentation" document.

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LGCA OverDrive Shared Collection Presentation

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Can individual schools can buy into the shared collection?

Yes individual schools can buy into the shared collection. OverDrive is working with LGCA to try and get entire districts involved. OverDrive & LGCA are going to customize this to meet your needs and your students.  Read More...

Is there a discount with more schools involved?

No, you’re not getting a discount. What you are getting are more schools involved to spread out the cost. Read More...

What is the biggest concern as perceived by schools?

Not enough books. If you have a small number of schools at launch, then your purchasing power is limited. But as more schools come into the program you have more funds to purchase even more books. These are books on top of their current collection. 50% participation of LGCA schools would make it well worth the effort and investment. Read More...

Will the cost for the service change based on school participation? If schools drop out will our fee be raised?

No, we won’t need to change the cost based on who is in or out of the project. We still have the books that were bought with the shared money. If a district leaves the shared collection, they only take with them the books that they bought for their student and staff (they own the licenses for those titles). Participation will drive the cost, initially. But there are no plans to adjust the price as schools enter/leave the shared model. The amount of money collected is the amount of money available to purchase materials. If schools want to increase the amount of materials being purchased then more funds will be needed.

 

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Do you 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...

How do you know what to buy?

With Overdrive Staff librarian doing the ordering, they will do an initial survey out to all the schools involved in the project. If entire school district, then they make sure that schools funds are allocated for Elementary, Middle and High school materials. If only High School, then the allocated funds for that school will go into the funds for the High School materials budget. Collection development for shared collection starts with purchase of most recent/popular titles. Example: Maybe in a series the most recent books is #10. Shared collection would start with purchase of book#10 and if it is popular, start working backwards in the series to purchase #9, #8, etc. Concentation is on recent titles.

 

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What formats and how do we decide how many of each?

Collection balance is recommended at 1 audio book for every 5 ebooks. This may not necessarily be the case when we first start out.  The first year will be ebook heavy in order to build up the collection. Audiobooks are typically about twice the price of an ebook. Newer titles are more expensive. Read More...

How many books can we buy in with the shared digital library?

The number of books purchased each year depends on the number of districts and students and what the per student fee is. Price of ebooks are $15-20 per book on average.  Books for the elementary population are cheaper than books for high school students. 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 example using their student ID number as their username. OverDrives has the ability to get student information from your school library system 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 would 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...

I have heard that you need to repurchase eBooks

There are some publishers that state that after an eBook has checked out a specified number of times that the book  needs to be repurchased or it has to be repurchased based on time limit (3 years or 5 years). Typically these are the larger more popular publishers. If  an ebook checks out 26 times, that is enough for a full year if checked out for a two week lending period. These are referred to as Metered checkouts. 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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