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Attention! If your library was interested in participating in the Nebraska Overdrive group but you didn’t think you could afford it, it’s time to take another look!

The Nebraska Library Commission is pleased to announce that we will now be able to subsidize the Nebraska Overdrive group at a higher rate than originally anticipated. This means that each participating library’s initial and ongoing costs will be lower. Costs will also be more predictable and consistent from year to year since they will be based on population served and FTE as opposed to previous year’s usage.

The Nebraska Library Commission has also determined that it will be able to handle remote patron authentication on behalf of libraries running systems like Follett. This will eliminate the need for these libraries to purchase and set up their own proxy servers.

Cost Breakdown

NLC will contribute the following funds to the project:

  • One-time cost of $28,000 to get the group web site set up by Overdrive.
  • Yearly maintenance fee of $12,000 for this year and each year of the group hereafter.
  • Initial content purchase of $20,000 for the group.

Libraries participating in the group will pay annual subscription fees based on the following formulas:
  • Public Library pricing will be $0.07 per population served, with a minimum cost of $500. (This means that libraries with fewer than 7,140 population served would pay the minimum $500.)

  • Academic Library pricing will be based on FTE: under 500 FTE = $500; 501-2,000 FTE = $1,500; 2,001-10,000 = $2,500. Call for more than 10,000 FTE.
Overdrive has agreed to waive the additional “per library” integration fee for Nebraska libraries joining the group at its outset. This fee may be applied to Nebraska libraries joining the group in subsequent years.

Subscription fees will be used to purchase content on an ongoing basis. Content purchased by the group will be added to the collection, and will consist of best-selling titles from over 150 publishers.

Overdrive Digital Library Reserve® is a web-based digital media platform that enables library patrons to download popular digital content, including digital audio books, from your library's web site.

Overdrive digital audio books can be downloaded to a PC/laptop, burned to CD, or transferred to a wide variety of portable devices, including most MP3 players, smartphones, and car stereos. Patrons download and enjoy their selection anytime and anywhere via the web, so the process is virtually hands free for library staff.

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.

We would like to formalize the Nebraska Overdrive group by the end of the August. To read more about Overdrive go to www.overdrive.com

If you have questions about the shared Nebraska Overdrive group, or to let us know you want to participate, please email Shannon White or Susan Knisely.

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