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May 2021

Engage Your Community with Databases & Streaming Media Services

May 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a special look at our most recent and exciting addition to OverDrive - Databases & Streaming Media Services! In this one-hour session, we'll provide you with an overview of these services, including how to: Differentiate between access models Find and add this content in OverDrive Marketplace Manage budgets, invoices, and reports Discover and access this content through the Libby app During this webinar, you can ask questions and receive answers from OverDrive experts in real-time. This session…

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Engage Your Community with Databases & Streaming Media Services

May 7, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Recommended for partners transferring these services from RBdigital Join us for a special look at our most recent and exciting addition to OverDrive - Databases & Streaming Media Services! In this one-hour session, we'll provide you with an overview of these services, including how to: Differentiate between access models Find and add this content in OverDrive Marketplace Manage budgets, invoices, and reports Discover and access this content through the Libby app During this webinar, you can ask questions and receive…

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Engage Your Community with Databases & Streaming Media Services

May 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Recommended for partners transferring these services from RBdigital Join us for a special look at our most recent and exciting addition to OverDrive - Databases & Streaming Media Services! In this one-hour session, we'll provide you with an overview of these services, including how to: Differentiate between access models Find and add this content in OverDrive Marketplace Manage budgets, invoices, and reports Discover and access this content through the Libby app During this webinar, you can ask questions and receive…

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Three Must-Have Genres for Your Summer Collection

May 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join OverDrive’s Content Specialists for an overview of this summer’s most anticipated ebooks and audiobooks for adults in romance, memoir, and horror. We’ll share why readers love these genres and which standout titles you should keep your eye on! You won’t want to miss this lively discussion. Can't make it live? Register anyway to receive the recording. Audience: Public library staff involved in adult selecting, purchasing, and/or readers advisory.

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August 2021

Now That’s What I Call Content! Four Must-Have Genres for Your Fall Collection

August 19, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join OverDrive’s Content Specialists as we discuss books we're most looking forward to in the coming months. We'll share the most anticipated titles in Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery, and Young Adult genres, and hope you'll share your own picks with us during the session. Bonus: all registrants will receive links to the titles we discuss in the session! Audience: Public library staff involved in adult and young adult selecting, purchasing, and/or readers advisory. Can't make it live? Register anyway to receive…

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Level Up with Sora for Your Classrooms and Curriculum

August 31, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you ever wish your students engaged with books like they do with video games or social media? Or that you could make reading fun while meeting your students’ varied learning needs? Sora has all the tools to help you level up and make this a reality. Join OverDrive’s K-12 experts as we share ways Sora can encourage book discovery and motivate students to read more. We’ll demonstrate Sora’s flexible reading tools and provide tips and resources to help your…

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September 2021

Public Library CONNECT: Partnerships to Build Your Community

September 15, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Don't miss this live webinar on Public Library CONNECT, a game-changing feature that helps kids read more and increases juvenile and young adult circulation. Public Library CONNECT enables students to borrow age-appropriate ebooks and audiobooks from their school and local public library’s digital collection. OverDrive experts will share how it works, how to sign up for free, and best practices for a successful sharing partnership. Audience: School and public library staff who work with students, as well as managers and…

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Bridging the Gap: Using Sora to Reclaim Unfinished Learning

September 29, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

How can Sora be a bridge between unfinished learning and thriving students? What can learning continuity, differentiation and inclusion, and data-driven decisions do to support all students amidst the widening educational gap? Join us to explore these topics and more with our OverDrive staff K-12 librarians. Live Q&A will be available. This session will be recorded for registrants who cannot attend live. Audience: School staff who works to help students with unfinished learning or who are interested in improving literacy.

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November 2021

SLJ WEBINAR: Building a More Diverse Holiday Collection

November 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session is produced by SLJ and sponsored by OverDrive. With the holidays around the corner, now is a great time to build a holiday collection that showcases diversity, equality and inclusion to better represent all your students. From Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas to Kwanzaa, Diwali and New Year’s Eve, join OverDrive Education experts to discover new titles that both educate and entertain during the holiday season. This webinar is perfect for anyone involved with collection development or interested in…

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PBN WEBINAR: The Professional Book Nerds Q/A with Natalie D. Richards, author of Five Total Strangers

November 8, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the hosts of the Professional Book Nerds podcast as they interview Natalie D. Richards about her book, Five Total Strangers, which is the Big Library Read featured title. A “page-turning thriller that will keep readers guessing until the very end” (School Library Journal) about a road trip in a snowstorm that turns into bone-chilling disaster, from New York Times bestselling mystery author and “master of tension” (BCCB) Natalie D. Richards. Join us for a conversation with Natalie as we…

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Best Practices to Transform Your OverDrive Consortium

November 18, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Effectively and efficiently manage your consortium’s digital collection to increase circulation and meet patron demand. Join OverDrive in this one-hour webinar as we share: Real-world examples of libraries’ collection development and management practices Marketplace tools to maximize your investment and save your staff time and effort Examples of how the OverDrive team can help Can’t attend live? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording. Audience: Consortium leaders/administrators and collection development staff.

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December 2021

Getting Started with OverDrive Marketplace

December 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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, including how to: Differentiate publisher lending models Browse and search for content Create and edit carts Purchase titles Access additional help and training resources This session will benefit school or public library staff who are new to selecting and purchasing digital content for OverDrive, or for those who would like…

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LJ WEBINAR: OverDrive’s End of Year Sale: Setting Your Digital Library Up for Success in 2022

December 8, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This session is produced by LJ and sponsored by OverDrive. The end of the year is almost here and with it comes the holidays and new devices and new users to your digital library. It also brings our End of Year Sale and savings you won’t want to miss! Join three OverDrive staff librarians in a roundtable discussion as they share best practices for shopping the sale, discuss favorite titles, recent content trends, and how our End of the Year…

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Getting Started with Sora

December 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Getting Started with Sora live and on-demand webinars

Learn how easy it is to get started with Sora, the student reading app! We’ll show you how to browse and borrow ebooks and audiobooks, and tips for customizing the reading and listening experience in Sora. The webinar will also review where to find help and free, customizable Sora marketing resources. This webinar is great for partners new to OverDrive and for anyone who would like a refresher on the student user experience. <!--HIDE Prefer to learn about Sora on…

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Mythbusting with OverDrive: Innovative Ways to Talk About Your Digital Library

December 16, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

"I tried ebooks a long time ago and it just wasn’t for me." "It’s too much screen time for kids/students.” How many times have you heard these reasons for why people aren’t using your digital library? Join OverDrive as we share simple, effective tips and resources to encourage all users, from the digital doubter to the tech savvy teen, to give digital a try. Audience: Public library and K-12 school staff who work with end users or anyone responsible for…

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January 2022

Sora Connections: Vocabulary Strategies

January 25 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Ready to take the next steps with Sora? Learn simple, straightforward ways to implement digital content into your current teaching practices. This Sora Connections session is intended for educators with a basic understanding of Sora who want to: Explore the evolving relationship between print and digital reading strategies Increase student equity, access, and engagement with ebooks and other digital formats Discover digital habits to implement into your classroom practices Join us live to ask questions of our K-12 experts and…

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February 2022

Transitioning to Libby: Tips for winding down the OverDrive app and welcoming more readers to Libby

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

OverDrive will begin winding down the legacy OverDrive app by removing it from app stores in February 2022. Libby will soon be the primary app for users to enjoy your digital library. We invite you and your staff to join us for a live, informative session to: Learn more about the benefits of Libby Understand the roadmap to wind down the OverDrive app Get answers to frequently asked questions Know where to go for more information and resources Take next…

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Introduction to OverDrive Marketplace

February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join OverDrive’s Training team for a 30-minute overview of Marketplace, your hub for digital content. In this session, you’ll learn to: Sign into Marketplace Utilize Marketplace for purchasing, reporting, and/or managing your digital collection Differentiate publisher lending models Find help and training resources Duration: 30 minutes Audience: This session will benefit public library, professional , and academic partners new to Marketplace. Note: Times shown in Eastern Standard. We understand the timing may not suit everyone but signing up ensures that…

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Marketplace Connections: Reserving & Bundling Content

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Interested in creating digital book bins for your students? Want to set aside titles for a classroom or curriculum library? Learn how to offer exclusive access to digital titles for specific students by reserving titles and creating "content bundles." This Marketplace Connections session is intended for educators with a basic understanding of Marketplace and Sora who want to: Discover how content bundles can help meet their unique needs Learn how students can unlock content bundles in Sora Identify the steps…

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March 2022

It’s Your “Lucky Day”: Creating No-Hold Collections in OverDrive Marketplace

March 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We’ll show you how patrons can skip-the-line on popular available titles by using OverDrive’s Lucky Day feature. This live session will explore how to add, manage, and curate no-hold Lucky Day titles in OverDrive Marketplace. Duration: 60 minutes Audience: This session will benefit public library, professional, and academic partners who manage and curate their digital collection. Notes: While you do not need special Marketplace permissions to attend this webinar, the Curate permission is required to perform tasks covered in this…

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Sora Connections: Beyond Ebooks & Audiobooks

March 29 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Ready to take the next steps with Sora? Learn simple, straightforward ways to implement digital formats such as comics & graphic novels, read-alongs, magazines, and Extras into your current teaching practices and curriculum. This Sora Connections session is intended for educators with a basic understanding of Sora who want to: Explore the evolving relationship between print and digital reading strategies Increase student equity, access, and engagement with unique digital formats Implement digital habits into your daily classroom practices Join us…

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April 2022

How to Train Your Community on Libby: Libby trainings for your patrons – made easy!

April 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of the Libby app. New to Libby? Watch a Getting Started with Libby webinar, explore how-to videos, or visit help.libbyapp.com. Training your users on how to use Libby is an easy and effective way to increase awareness and usage of your digital collection. Join OverDrive experts to get the tools and guidance to confidently lead your own Getting Started with Libby session. In our one-hour train the trainer session, you’ll learn how to: Prepare for a basic…

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Marketplace Essentials

April 12 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Ready to learn the basics of Marketplace, the shopping and administrative portal? Our Marketplace Essentials session is intended for educators brand new to Marketplace who want to: Learn the basics of digital content and how it differs from print Explore how digital libraries work, including the difference between shared & Advantage collections Sign in and navigate Marketplace Discover how Sora and Marketplace connect to meet the needs of educators & students Browse the digital catalog, build carts, and purchase titles…

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A Must-Have Reading Guide for Summer 2022

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join OverDrive’s staff librarians as we discuss the books to look forward to this summer. We'll share the most anticipated titles, Canadian interest picks, and some "best of" books in the ever-popular mystery and romance genres. You'll also have a chance to share your own picks during the session. Bonus: all registrants will receive links to the titles we discuss in the session! Duration: 60 minutes Audience: Public library staff involved in adult selecting, purchasing, and/or readers advisory. Note: Times…

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Marketplace Connections: Advocate for Your Digital Collection with Data and Insights

April 21 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Join OverDrive experts to learn how to prepare a collection of reports that demonstrate the impact of your school's digital collection. In this session, you'll learn to: Run impactful reports to advocate for budget, access, and recognition. Improve workflow with SmartCarts and other automated features. Dive into data on usage, interest, and the health of your collection. Duration: 45 minutes Notes: Times shown in Eastern Standard. We understand the timing may not suit everyone but signing up ensures that a…

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AudioFile & OverDrive Present: SYNC Audiobooks for Teens – 2022

April 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SYNC is back for 2022! SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ that gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks each week for sixteen weeks. Titles are all available worldwide and change every Thursday at midnight Eastern Time during the season. Join Michele and Francisca from AudioFile and Lisa from OverDrive for this live webinar as they discuss the benefits of audiobooks, talk about this year's offerings, and demonstrate how to access the titles with Sora, the student…

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Enjoy Streaming Video with Kanopy and OverDrive

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join OverDrive’s training team and Kanopy experts for a 60-minute overview of Kanopy, a leading streaming video service for thoughtful entertainment. This live session will demonstrate: Why Kanopy is a great video solution for your library How to navigate the Kanopy user experience Live Q&A with OverDrive and Kanopy experts Duration: 60 minutes Audience: This session will benefit public library partners that have the Kanopy service and prospective public libraries. Note: Times shown in Eastern Standard. We understand the timing…

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May 2022

Getting Started with Libby

May 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Getting Started with Libby live and on-demand webinars

Join OverDrive's training team for this live session to learn how easy it is to get your patrons started with Libby, the library reading app. This session will demonstrate: How to browse and borrow ebooks and audiobooks on a mobile device. Tips for customizing the experience. Answers to frequently asked questions from end users. Where to find Libby marketing and help resources. Duration: 60 minutes Audience: This session will benefit public library staff who support OverDrive digital library patrons. Note:…

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Sora Essentials

May 10 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Ready to learn the basics of Sora so you can start exploring and help others get started, too? Our Sora Essentials sessions are intended for educators brand new to the Sora platform who want to learn to: Log into Sora using your school credentials Borrow an ebook and audiobook Customize your reading and listening experiences Explore the top 5 ways Sora serves students Help your students and other staff get started with Sora Join us live to ask questions of…

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World Literary Tour: Spotlight on OverDrive’s Spanish-Language Catalog

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

All aboard the World Literary Tour! Mucho gusto! Next stop - Spain! Discover OverDrive's Spanish-language catalog and learn how you can support World Languages for your library or school with digital content. Join our experts for this live webinar to explore: OverDrive's Spanish catalog and featured Latin-American and European authors Shopping and selecting Spanish-language titles in OverDrive Marketplace Featured collections on the World Literary Tour schedule and where to find them Duration: 45 minutes Audience: This session is perfect for…

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