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OverDrive

OverDrive

In March 2008, after months of planning, the Nebraska Library Commission, in conjunction with 25 Nebraska libraries (referred to collectively as the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group), launched a shared collection of digital audiobooks through the OverDrive/Digital Library Reserve system. The intent of this Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group is to make the OverDrive service affordable to libraries that might not otherwise be able to afford it, through cost-sharing between members and financial support from the Nebraska Library Commission.

Description:

OverDrive Digital Library Reserve® is a web-based digital media platform that enables library patrons to download popular digital audiobooks and eBooks in a wide variety of popular genres from a customized library website. eBooks are available for download to a non-library PC, Mac, or supported PDA, and can be transferred to many popular eReaders like the Nook, Sony Reader, and Kobo. Audiobooks download to a non-library PC/laptop, burn to CD, or transfer to over 500 portable devices, including most MP3 players. These digital books may be checked out for a limited period of time, downloaded to the patron's device and are automatically returned to the collection when the checkout time expires. The library does not need to purchase any additional equipment to provide this remote service to patrons.   

 Libraries participating in the Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group currently have access to a shared and growing collection of digital downloadable audiobooks and eBooks.  Access is provided through a customized Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Website created by OverDrive.

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Note: Due to restrictions related to digital rights management, OverDrive audiobooks and eBooks are not intended to be downloaded to library computers. Patrons using reading/listening devices that require them to initially download content to a computer should identify a non-library computer (e.g. at home, at work or at a friend or family-member's house) that they can use for this step in the process . Please call Susan or Devra  if you have questions about this restriction!

Authentication: 

OverDrive works with many common integrated library systems (e.g., SIRSI, DYNIX, III, CARL, Polaris, Apollo, etc.) to authenticate patrons to download digital content from OverDrive/DLR.  Libraries with these systems will provide information to OverDrive that OverDrive will then use to set up authentication for the libraries' patrons.

The Nebraska Library Commission has agreed to host remote authentication on behalf of libraries running smaller systems like Follett, which won't communicate directly with OverDrive. This will eliminate the need for these libraries to purchase and set up their own proxy servers.

Pricing:

Set-Up Fee: New participants will be required to pay a one-time set-up fee of $500 in addition to their annual participation fee. OverDrive waived the set-up fee for libraries that joined the group before the "Go Live" date (March 10, 2008), but they will be assessing it for each new participating library.

Annual Participation Fee: Each library participating in the group pays an annual participation fee that goes toward purchasing OverDrive content.

  • 2013/2014 Annual Participation Fee for NEW Participants - Participation fees for NEW participants joining AT THE BEGINNING of the 2013/2014 term will be calculated using the following formula:

    • $0.13 per population served (using legal service area population), with a minimum cost of $500. (This means that libraries with a legal service area population of 3,846 or less will pay the minimum participation fee of $500.)

  • 2013/2014 Annual Participation Fee for RENEWING Participants - Participation fees for libraries that paid a Nebraska OverDrive Libraries Group participation fee for the 2012/2013 year will be calculated using the following formula:

    • $0.10 per population served (using legal service area population), with a minimum cost of $500. (This means that libraries with a legal service area population of 5,000 or less will pay the minimum participation fee of $500.) These libraries have the option of contributing additional funds.

Annual Maintenance Fee: The Nebraska Library Commission will continue to pay the $12,000 annual maintenance fee.

Membership Requirements:

New members must be Nebraska public libraries, legally-established under Nebraska State Statutes, Chapters 51 or 16, serving populations of less than 50,000.

Note: If you are an academic or K-12 school library that is interested in OverDrive, please see new services designed specifically for your markets: OverDrive College Download Library and OverDrive School Download Library. For more information on these products contact Joe Dickinson, OverDrive Sales Specialist, at 216-573-6886 x216 or email jdickinson@overdrive.com

Group Participation Term:

October 1 through September 30.

Libraries may join mid-term; however, participation fees will not be prorated for libraries joining mid-term.

Deadline:

August 15, 2013 for access beginning in October 2013. 

To Place an Order:

Download, print and complete the Overdrive Participation Form and return to: Susan Knisely, Nebraska Library Commission, 1200 N Street, Suite 120, Lincoln, NE 68508-2023.  If you prefer you may fax these documents to Susan Knisely at 402-471-2083. 

When we receive this completed form we will fax or email you a customized purchase agreement to print, sign, and return. 

Please feel free to email Devra Dragos or Susan Knisely if you are interested in participating in this group and have additional questions.

Trial:

Trials are not available but you can view an online Overdrive Digital Media Tutorial.

Tech Support:

Licensing:

Participating libraries will be required to sign an Overdrive Participation Form.

Notes:

Visit the OverDrive Corporate Website


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