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With more than 30,000 active schools and libraries, we’re constantly gathering data, compiling best practices, analyzing research and sifting through the latest from education thought leaders to deliver a complete digital content solution that will meet your students’ and faculty’s needs. The following resources can help you implement and get the most from an eBook service that works for your school.

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Students “obsessed” with eBooks in Pleasant Valley School District
eBooks engage Crowley ISD’s students, parents and staff
Using browser-based reading to increase usage
New York students get creative with eBooks
Frisco students read more with OverDrive eBooks
Infographic: eReading on the rise

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School Success Stories

Westlake High School (TX)Capitalizing on 1:1 device programs
At Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, students are engaging with their school library’s OverDrive-powered eBook and audiobook collection as part of a district-wide initiative maximizing the use of iPads in the classroom. Librarian Carolyn Foote helped coordinate the 1:1 iPad program at Westlake High and documented her experience in a recent issue of School Library Journal.

Read the full story at The Digital Shift.

North Little Rock (AK)Using grants to bridge the digital divide
In the fall of 2012, North Little Rock HS was looking for a way to increase the usage of their digital library. When looking into the adoption they discovered that one key factor was that their students didn’t have devices to easily access the eBooks. In order to work through this issue North Little Rock wrote a federal grant to the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program in which they provided literacy research as well a proposal to provide 24/7 access to eBooks through their OverDrive service.

Read the full story at the OverDrive Library Blog.

McKinney ISD (TX)24/7 access to educational material
The eBooks are flying off the virtual shelves in McKinney, Texas. Since the McKinney Independent School District launched its OverDrive-powered digital library last year, students have been making prodigious use of the new resource.
“OverDrive allows us to support student learning even when we aren’t around,” said Lara Lindsey, McKinney’s Director of Instructional Technology and Library Services.

Read the full story at the McKinney ISD website.

Mesquite ISD (TX)Compatibility across devices
Serving up eBooks to 38,000 K-12 students can be a daunting task, particularly without a 1-to-1 or bring-your-own device program. Mesquite ISD in Texas tried a few things, but finally settled on OverDrive to make their eBook service not just work, but thrive.

Read the full story at THE Journal.

Pleasant Valley School District (CA)Meeting the Common Core standards
With the advent of the Common Core standards, the district wanted online solutions that would help students with the increased expectation to conduct research, read and understand non-fiction texts and access technological resources.

Read the full story here.

Idaho Distance Education Academy (ID)Discovering a statewide solution
The district was looking for a way to provide equitable access to resources statewide. Many of Idaho Distance Education Academy’s students live in rural areas and small towns.

Read the full story here.

Research Around the Web

Pew Internet: E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines
A recent study released by the Pew Research Center reveals that, while reading remains as popular as ever, the way people are reading continues to take a digital shift. In the past year, nearly a quarter of all Americans aged 16 and older read an eBook, up from 16 percent just a year ago.

Read the full study at the Pew Internet website.

SMU: Reluctant Readers in Middle School: Successful Engagement
with Text Using the E-Reader

Using eReaders helps young readers develop healthy reading habits, say researchers at Texas’ Southern Methodist University. According to the study, which was published in the International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, middle school boys rated reading more valuable as an activity after two months of using a Kindle®.

Read the full study at the SMU Research Blog.