Webinars

OverDrive Webinars

Register for one of our live webinars or view an on demand webcasts to learn about the benefits of providing your school community ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive.

Tuesday
June 30, 2020
2:00pm EST.

Ready, Set, Read: Lake-Geauga Computer Association’s Journey to a Digital Collection & Public Library Partnership

How can educators ensure that students have access to the widest possible selection of ebooks and audiobooks to meet the unique reading needs of their students? The key just might be public library partnerships. When schools and libraries connect, it opens a new world of 24/7 digital reading opportunities for kids of all ages, giving them age-appropriate reading options beyond what their school’s collection can provide.

Slow the Summer Reading Slide With School & Library Partnershipsy

When schools and libraries work together, it opens a whole new world of 24/7 reading opportunities for students, whether they’re at home or in the classroom. In this eye-opening webinar featuring Lisa Kulka, coordinator of libraries and instructional materials at Harlandale ISD, Texas, you’ll discover how these no-cost collaborations can help your at-home students bridge the summer reading gap.

Navigating Content Challenges in the Age of Remote Learning

More than 55 million students are adjusting to the effects COVID-19 has had on schools nationwide. While some parents have been thrust into the role of a teacher, many educators are now grappling with teaching in a fully digital environment. This disruption may be a catalyst of permanent change, and strengthening teachers’ abilities to educate their classroom despite these new circumstances is crtical.

Strategies to Engage Reluctant Readers & Minimize an Elongated Summer Slide

With many schools closed for the rest of the academic year, concerns about lost learning progress and an elongated summer slide are at an all-time high – especially when it comes to your reluctant readers. How can educators remotely reach students and spark their interest in reading all summer long? It starts with digital content. Join librarians from OverDrive for a crash course in how ebooks and audiobooks can increase independent reading among kids of all ages, grade levels and abilities.

Making the Most of Your Digital Collection

You’ve invested time, thought, and budget dollars to create an amazing collection of materials for your teachers and students, but perhaps you’ve found that the digital portion of your resources don’t always get the attention they deserve. Research has shown that eBooks and audiobooks circulate more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them in the school community. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your digital collection and make sure those great resources get used!

Sound Learning: Audiobooks in the Library to Support Literacy

Audiobooks have come to the forefront of education, giving children of all ages the power to learn to listen and listen to learn. Current research indicates that 85% of learning derives from listening and 30% of people are auditory learners. With this data, it is critical that educators and librarians in particular understand the value of providing audiobook opportunities to their learners. Audiobooks provide an excellent option while promoting literacy by focusing on the art of listening. As librarians, we must explore more varied avenues for meeting the literacy needs of all learners.

This webinar will focus on defining why critical listening is essential, the benefits of audiobooks, and an introduction to audiobook programs that support libraries and classrooms. Tune in for tips to promote the circulation of an audiobook collection, as well as suggestions for funding audio. The webinar will conclude with an “I’m listening…now ask me anything about audiobooks: Q and A.”

Personalized Learning through Digital Reading Platforms

Digital reading platforms enable more personalized learning by providing engaging, interactive and customizable digital content for both students and educators in all subject areas.

Furthermore, a variety of supplemental curriculum materials, professional development resources, ELL and special education titles can be added quickly to create a more tailored learning experience.

But, assembling such a program can be complicated if you have never put one together.
Join Kay Koepsel-Benning & Edwin Tucker as they discuss ways to use digital reading platforms effectively. They’ll discuss:

  • How to select and implement a platform
  • How to create a comprehensive digital content strategy
  • How to promote reading engagement using data on Ebook and audiobook use
  • How to build your collection based on what your students need and want

Developing and Nurturing a School-Wide Culture of Reading

Do you have passion for reading and books but struggle to get your school community to embrace the importance of a reading culture? Are you looking for new ways to spread “book love” beyond the four walls of your library or classroom? Do you feel like you’re fighting the battle all by yourself? Join Melissa Thom as she shares effective strategies to help jump over these hurdles and cultivate a dynamic reading culture at your school. Research indicates that children who develop a love of reading will grow into lifelong readers. And while structured curricular objectives and assessment requirements are not going away, solutions exist—both small scale and large scale—to help individuals and school leaders facilitate, develop, and nurture an impactful culture of reading for both students and staff.

Content, Patience and a Plan: How to Launch an Instructional Technology Strategy

Join us to learn how to plan and execute an instructional technology strategy that supports your digital learning needs. Whether you have 1:1 iPads, Chromebooks, BYOD or are still deciding on devices, Christie Boen, Instructional Technology Coach and District Librarian at Bend-La Pine School District, will help you create a content and technology plan for success in the classroom and library using ebooks and audiobooks. Discover how to prioritize goals and implement a strategy to meet the reading needs of your students and maintain critical efficiencies and measures for your educators.

Booklist Webinar—Tips & Tricks to Get the Most from Your Digital School Library

How can schools create diverse, classroom-ready digital collections that benefit both students and educators? Join our team of librarians to find out. In this eye-opening webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to assemble a multicultural, multilingual collection of ebooks and audiobooks that meets learning and readiness standards
  • Strategies to integrate ebooks and audiobooks into your lesson plan for personalized learning
  • How to effectively market your school’s digital collection to ensure that your students are fully benefiting from the resources at their fingertips.
  • How the Sora student reading app increases access to ebooks and audiobooks with Public Library CONNECT, an in-app feature that allows students to connect with their local public library
  • And be sure to stick around at the end of the webinar for a live demo of Sora in action!

How School & Public Library Partnerships Increase Remote Access to Books

How can schools and public libraries work together to ensure that students have 24/7 access to a wide assortment of age-appropriate reading options, whether they’re in the classroom or at home? Find out in this can’t-miss panel discussion with experts from Fresno County Public Library, Central Unified School District and Fresno Unified School District.

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10 ways the Libby app can help you reach readers on campus and off

Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive, isn’t just for public libraries anymore. Colleges and universities across the United States have already discovered how Libby can help them reach new readers, both on campus and off. In this session, learn how features in Libby can be implemented on your campus to promote digital reading among students, faculty, and staff. From audiobooks for busy commuters to support for different learning styles and more. Whether you’re an existing OverDrive partner looking to expand your reach or an institution interested in adding an ebook and audiobook platform to your library, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

The Power of Partnership: Digital Collections for Academic Consortia

You’ve invested time, thought, and budget dollars to create an amazing collection of materials for your teachers and students, but perhaps you’ve found that the digital portion of your resources don’t always get the attention they deserve. Research has shown that eBooks and audiobooks circulate more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them in the school community. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your digital collection and make sure those great resources get used!

Ebooks Can Do That? Customize Your Academic Library with Digital

Join us for a free webinar to learn how a customized digital collection addresses space, access and relevancy issues in your academic library. Digital curation should be simple and flexible. Reporting and catalog integration should be easy and robust. Students need comprehensive access to the best in popular reading, university presses, videos and more. Archivist/Reference Librarian Paul Huffman of Lindenwood University (MO), shares his perspective on how Lindenwood uses eBooks and audiobooks to meet student demand and boost engagement. Rob Rando details how to design a customized eBook and audiobook collection for your campus community, and provides a demonstration of the OverDrive student user experience and librarian interface.

How to Make Informed Investments with Digital Content that Increases Circ Numbers

One of the greatest challenges for college librarians is ensuring they purchase quality content their academic community needs. Digital resources like OverDrive allow librarians to see what content is being used on campus in order to make informed purchasing decisions in the future. The team at OverDrive will examine statistics in purchasing and how these digital resources impact circulation numbers while improving the quality of education for students. So if you’re looking for trends to make informed purchasing decisions, this webinar is for you.