OverDrive & Libby Resources

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Resources from OverDrive

WVLS OverDrive Advantage Selection Committee


Please find information on V-Cat OverDrive Advantage Selection Committee meeting minutes, monthly budget reports, committee members, and details on the titles in OverDrive Advantage orders.

Please contact Committee Chair Katie Zimmerman at Katie.Zimmermann@co.marathon.wi.us with any questions or suggestions.

Committee Members

Katie Zimmerman of County Public Library, Chair

Kate Sullivan of Marathon County Public Library

Cindy Wendt of Minoqua Public Library

Jenny Jochimsen of Abbotsford Public Library

Loralee Petersen of Owen Public Library, Secretary

Budget and Budget Reports

Funds – WVLS has granted the committee $20,000 to be used between June 2017 and December 2018. This breaks down to approximately $1,110 per month or about 30 titles.


Meeting Dates

A conference call or “go to meeting” will be set up by Katie Zimmerman in September or October 2017.

An “in-person” meeting will be scheduled for February 2018.

Selection Process


  1. The committee will share 2 carts; the main cart and a “wild card” cart.
  2. Selectors will choose 15 adult books and 10 youth (middle grade and YA titles) to purchase each month. Consideration will be given to hold ratio, cost of title, demand within WVLS, and to covering both ebook and audiobook formats. In addition each committee member can choose 1-2 “wild card” titles.
  3. Around the 7-10th of the month, Kate Sullivan will check the WPLC holds list and streamline it for our committee to reflect titles that have the greatest number of WVLS patron holds. She will then email the spreadsheet to committee members.
  4. Members are to make their choices by the 20th of the month. Cindy Wendt, Kate Sullivan, Loralee Petersen and Jenny Jochimsen will compile the list of adult titles to buy. Cindy and Kate will choose 5 titles. Jenny will choose 3 and Loralee will choose 2. Katie Zimmerman, Loralee Petersen and Jenny Jochimsen will choose the youth titles. Katie will choose 5, Loralee will choose 3 and Jennie will choose 2.
  5. By the 20th of the month committee members will declare their wild card choices and Jenny Jochimsen will create a “doodle” survey and send it to the committee members, who will vote for their 5 favorite titles.
  6. After this is completed, Cindy Wendt will place the order for the final choice of titles.

WVLS Digital Lites: OverDrive

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OverDrive adding a History page the week of October 2nd: Keep track of what you read

OverDrive is making updates that will add a History page to the Wisconsin’s Digital Library site the week of October 2nd. The History page automatically displays titles a user has borrowed (beginning the day the feature is live), and users have the option to manually add titles previously read (through OverDrive or other sources).

Today is Read an eBook Day!

Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling. Join the conversation by sharing what you’re reading and stories about why you love eBooks and by using the hashtag #eBookLove on social media. – OverDrive Team

Libby Launch and Support Model

On Monday August 28th, the OverDrive app will include a link to the Libby app example below. Browse the patron focus group survey results.

OverDrive’s Libby App to Include Remote Library Card Signup as an Opt-In Feature

OverDrive will soon launch a feature for its new Libby ebook and audiobook app that will enable new patrons to sign up for a library card using their smartphone or tablet, confirming residency without requiring a visit to a library branch…

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 Libby App by OverDrive

  • Watch a demonstration of the Libby app.
  • June 2017 Libby launches as the recommended app for first-time users.
  • Fall 2017 OverDrive begins inviting existing OverDrive app users to try Libby.
  • You just need a library card.
    • App will search nearby libraries.

WPLC Resources

Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) provides access for library patrons to digital audio and e-books as well as other e-content on a wide range of subjects through the Wisconsin Digital library (OverDrive).

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