School Download Library Delivers Audiobooks and eBooks to K–12 Students
OverDrive Provides Digital Reading Material to LNOCA
CLEVELAND, OH – December 12, 2006 – OverDrive, Inc., a leading digital media distributor, announced the launch of School Download Library, a new service for students, educators, and parents to borrow and download audiobooks and ebooks. OverDrive partnered with the Lakeshore Northeast Ohio Computer Association (LNOCA) to be the first in the nation to offer this new service to nearly 150,000 students from over 50 public and private school districts in the Greater Cleveland area. LNOCA is the largest provider of INFOhio library and information services in the state of Ohio and a leading provider of technologies to K-12 schools in northeast Ohio. This new service can be viewed at http://lnoca.lib.overdrive.com/.
School Download Library comes pre-loaded with a core collection of 740 titles with simultaneous access to every title by all students. The collection includes hundreds of titles organized by grade level and age with many available in both audio book and ebook formats. After downloading free software on a computer, students search or browse School Download Library and then download and listen or read the selected title(s). Checkout is easy. The service requires an Internet connection and a valid student library card. School Download Library titles can be listened to or read on laptops, computers, Pocket PCs, PDAs, Smartphones, and MP3 players. At the end of the loan period the download automatically expires.
“School Download Library will provide students with 24/7 access to hundreds of assigned reading titles,” stated Joanna McNally, Assistant Director of LNOCA. “School Download Library never closes; digital audiobooks and ebooks are never damaged or returned late. They are an excellent compliment to reading programs, and provide accessibility features for the visually impaired and students with reading disabilities. With simultaneous access to all materials, they are a great tool for ‘One Book One Class’ projects,” McNally added.
School Download Library features a wide selection of classics, modern literature, picture books, foreign language learning, and study guides. Some of the authors included in the collection are Jane Austen, H. G. Wells, William Shakespeare, Henry David Thoreau, James Joyce, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Sinclair Lewis, Douglas Adams, William Styron, Beatrix Potter, and Margaret Atwood.
In addition to the core collection, educators can add titles to School Download Library from over 50,000 audio book and ebook titles offered by OverDrive. In addition to delivering award-winning and bestselling titles offered from leading educational publishers, educators can upload their own digital media, such as lesson plans, curricula, or digital audio recordings for download to students. For more information visit www.overdrive.com/sdl.
OverDrive, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, operates a trusted distribution service for the sale and delivery of copyright-protected digital media. It serves the library market providing digital media downloads to patrons of more than 4,500 public libraries.
The Lakeshore Northeast Ohio Computer Association (LNOCA), connects schools with technology. As a non-profit Information Technology Center (ITC), LNOCA provides school districts with computer software and support in fiscal software, student information and parent access, EMIS, library automation, electronic databases, and Internet services. For more information, please see http://www.lnoca.org.