Library – OverDrive Resource Center

Getting Started with OverDrive: New Library Partners

Welcome to OverDrive! This introductory video will help new library partners get acquainted with their OverDrive service and digital library platforms. It will also cover three steps you can take today in Marketplace.

Ebookin’ on a Budget: Buy More and Spend Less with OverDrive (February 2021)

Making a positive impact on your community by growing your digital collection doesn’t have to break your budget. Our team of experts will help you discover OverDrive’s self-service tools in Marketplace to:

Shop alternative lending models

  • Utilize existing titles to form digital book clubs
  • Improve circulation with curation
  • Make data driven decisions
  • Request individualized reports
  • Access help resources and more
  • Click here for a recording of this session that includes closed captioning.
    This link will be live until 3/23/21.

    Shop, Curate, Promote: Enhance your digital collection during OverDrive’s Chinese New Year Sale (February 2021)

    Happy Year of the Ox! According to Chinese Astrology, 2021 is considered a year of prosperity and wellness for all. Join OverDrive experts as they share highlights from the Chinese New Year Sale in OverDrive Marketplace and best practices for leveraging the content at your library.

    Prefer to jump to a particular section? Follow the time markers, below::

    • Welcome and Agenda – 0:00-6:30
    • Growth and Trends – 6:31-11:04
    • Building a collection – 11:05-27:46
    • Shopping and curating – 27:47-45:54
    • Promoting – 45:55-52:36
    • Follow-up and Thanks – 52:37-54:02

    Click here for a recording of this session that includes closed captioning.
    This link will be live until 3/11/21.

    Marketplace Insights: Running Popular Reports for Libraries

    Use Marketplace reporting tools to evaluate and make informed purchases for your library’s digital collection.

    This video covers the following reports:

  • Checkouts – 00:11
  • Current Holds – 03:19
  • Purchase Orders – 08:38
  • Title Status & Usage – 12:14
  • Promoting Your Digital Library During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond (November 2020)

    No matter the current status of your physical building right now, the digital library is always open and there are still plenty of opportunities to reach your readers wherever they are. In this session, join OverDrive’s Outreach experts as they share best practices on promoting your digital library during the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore print resources for your physical building or curbside pickup, digital resources for your website and social media, virtual training sessions for your patrons, and more!

    Automatic Weeding Plan & Smart List Overview

    Dive into this short overview video to create an automated cart and Smart Lists to weed your expired Metered Access titles. Then, jump into our in-depth videos on these subjects!

    Bonus: download the accompanying PDF for a step-by-step guide you can print or reference quickly.

    Digital Comics from OverDrive: We’ll show you how to add some POW! (October 2020)

    Want to create more happy readers? Looking for a way to bring Comic-Con home to fans? Our team of comic connoisseurs will show you which titles and how to add comics and graphic novels to your digital collection.

    Click WATCH VIDEO, below, to learn:

    • How comics and graphic novels can engage readers of all ages and interests
    • About graphic titles that are a must for your OverDrive collection
    • How comics and graphic novels can be best showcased

    Go from HOW to POW with digital comics for your collection! This webinar will benefit public library or K-12 staff who are selectors, purchasers, or curators for your digital collection, as well as anyone who’s responsible for the success of your digital library.

    Expand Your Digital Reading Community through PR and Social Media (September 2020)

    Learn how to leverage your local media and your library’s social media accounts to increase awareness and circulation of your digital collection. From determining your story angle to distributing a press release, we’ll provide guidance on how you can become your library’s own PR expert. We’re diving deeper on last year’s webinar, 5 Steps to Promote Your Digital Collection Through Local Media for Free, with ways you can amplify your picked-up stories on social media!

    Getting Started with OverDrive Marketplace (March 2021)

    Join our Training team for an introductory session on OverDrive Marketplace, your hub for digital content. This live session will provide you an overview of shopping and purchasing in Marketplace.

    Click here for a recording of this session that includes closed captioning.
    This link will be live until 4/2/21.

    Automating Carts: Create a Recommend to Library Manager Plan

    How to create a Recommend to Library Manager plan in OverDrive Marketplace.

    • 00:12 Overview
    • 01:35 How to get started
    • 02:19 Create a new plan
    • 02:43 User demand and budget
    • 06:00 Collection development policies
    • 08:36 Scheduling

    PART III: Managing Loans and Holds on your OverDrive Digital Library Website

    Take a virtual tour of your library website and learn how to borrow titles, place titles on hold, read or listen in your browser, and more!

    • Introduction: 0:00-0:17
    • Loans: 0:18-1:40
    • Holds: 1:41-3:59
    • Wish list: 4:00-6:10
    • Rated titles: 6:11-7:55
    • Recommendations: 7:56-11:08
    • History: 11:09-13:32
    • Thank you: 13:33-13:51

    Supporting Your Digital Users (June 2020)

    Join OverDrive for this jam-packed session that will help your staff quickly and efficiently answer frequently asked questions about your OverDrive digital collection. Our Tech and Product Support team members will guide you through the process of:

    • Answering common questions from users
    • Using Marketplace tools to assist with user issues
    • Submitting support cases to OverDrive
    • Navigating and leveraging OverDrive Help resources

    This session will benefit reference librarians, electronic resource librarians, associate/assistant staff members, library technology trainers, or anyone who is responsible for the success of your OverDrive collection.

    Stay Connected: Digital Book Clubs for Your Library (May 2020)

    Join OverDrive experts to learn the ins and outs of creating, selecting, and marketing your OverDrive collection through digital book clubs and community reads! We’ll walk you through the process of getting started, share advice on selecting digital content that’s right for your users and budget, and leave you with marketing strategies to promote your program.

    This session will benefit library staff involved in programming, marketing, as well as managers and directors responsible for the success of their digital collection. 60 minutes

    Managing Advantage in Marketplace

    This 30-minute video will take you through Marketplace as an Advantage user. Learn the subtle differences in searching for titles, running reports, and managing your collection from the Advantage perspective.

    For more detailed information about the processes mentioned in this video, please feel free to reference: