Have you registered yet for Digipalooza? Space is filling up quickly so make sure to register soon. Did you know that 98% of Digipalooza ‘13 attendees agreed that they would consider attending Digipalooza again and would also recommend the conference to a friend or colleague? We spoke to two former attendees that are returning for 2015 and asked them to share why they make room in their busy schedules for Digipalooza.

The energy, enthusiasm, and excitement at Digipalooza is contagious and unlike any other conference or professional event. One unique, and wonderful difference between this and other conferences, was that you didn’t have to choose among sessions. Sessions were targeted and built upon each other. Between sessions there were themed snack and networking breaks which added to the fun. In fact, these networking breaks provided an opportunity to establish wonderful, real connections with OverDrive staff, which has enhanced our interactions ever since.

After a couple days of learning, the conference wrapped up with an opportunity to share feedback and ideas with the OverDrive Team. It was obvious they were listening and we felt valued and confident that enhancements would come based on our honest input. The final Crystal Ball Report capped off the event leaving attendees excited about what was to come. In fact, that was where we learned about the “See Book, Read Book” Read in Browser feature, which has been a game changer in our schools.

I left with fresh ideas, training tips, strategies for collection development, and ready to kick off a new school year – which is why I’ll be attending Digapalooza 2015!”

-Beth Puckett from Monroe #1 BOCES in Rochester, NY

Digipalooza is unlike any other conference I have ever attended. Hospitality and friendliness rule the event. Everyone that works for OverDrive is approachable, interested in your thoughts, and welcomes your insights. You feel like you matter and that your opinions are important. They are constantly looking for ways to make their conference – “your conference”. The technology is cutting-edge, publishing industry leaders are in attendance, and the atmosphere is fun and lively. Plus…the food is phenomenal. Having a conference devoted to technology, books, publishing trends, and new media is great, but the best part is that the conference is also designed to show us how we can market and better promote our digital collections and maximize our school’s return on investment.

I learned so much at this conference and had so much fun doing so, that I decided to bring our school’s library assistant along with me for Digipalooza ‘15. I think having her attend the conference will increase her understanding of all that is OverDrive – what new items are available to us, what content and collection management resources we should be accessing, and how we can better utilize our OverDrive collection to add value to our library program.”

Milena Streen from Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH

We can’t wait to see all of the returning friendly faces and look forward to welcoming our first-time attendees! We strive to make every Digip bigger and better than the last and we know that 2015 is going to be our best yet. Join us!

Need financial assistance? There is only one week left to enter for a chance to win a scholarship to Digipalooza ‘15, courtesy of conference partner Penguin Random House. Click here to read the official rules and complete the entry form!

We hope to see you in August for Digipalooza ‘15.

Melissa Marin is a Marketing Specialist at OverDrive.