OverDrive News & Training

OverDriveIconBruce Smith at WiLS reported on Monday about some changes that happened to Wisconsin's Digital Library yesterday. First, OverDrive Help has been updated and is very streamlined. Take a couple minutes to check it out. It's very easy to use! Second, you'll  notice that Featured Collections has moved to the left hand column to better highlight these collections. 

For those of you who use Reports in OverDrive's Marketplace, you'll be pleased to know that there is new training available. OverDrive reported yesterday that there are four new training modules that will cover Collection Usage, Website & User Statistics, Purchases & Subscriptions and Exporting Reports. The ones most applicable to most SCLS libraries will be Collection Usage & Website & User Statistics. You can find the training at OverDrive's Learning Center

In last week's Online Update, there is an article about OverDrive Support training. For those of you who are on the front lines in providing OverDrive support to your patrons, I'll be starting a 5 week online course on April 21 (register here). The course, created by WiLS, is designed to help the transition from WiLS providing direct patron support via email to libraries providing that support. The transition will take place on June 2.

OverDrive Audio Updates & Changes

If you're a regular audiobook listener through Wisconsin's Digital Library like me, there are some changes you should Listeningknow about.

There have always been two audio formats available: WMA (Windows Media Audio) and MP3. There are more WMA titles than MP3 (over 12,400 and 8,500 respectively). OverDrive recently announced they will be discontinuing the sale of WMA titles and at some point in the future, the only audio format will be MP3. For people like me, who regulary use the OverDrive Media Console on my home computer to transfer and convert WMA titles onto my iPhone, the transfer process should be easier.

Speaking of OverDrive Media Console, OverDrive recently released Version 3.3 for Windows. It includes a few design changes, but no major changes for us regular users.

Also updated was OMC 3 for Windows 8. This is available in the Windows Store. OverDrive created a training module to help library staff with the changes in OMC for Windows 8. You can view it here on the Learning Center. You'll find it under Products and Services.

Image from MorgueFile.


Renewing OverDrive Titles & Library Reads

I recently trained staff from the Belleville and Albany libraries on Wisconsin's Digital Library (OverDrive). I've been training on OverDrive for a long time and I learn something new every time. This time I found out about a new feature available in our Digital Library. Check this out - and renew it, too!

We've been waiting a long time for this feature and I'm sure your patrons will love it!

Library_reads_logo_websiteAnd, finally, a quick plug for LibraryReads: the top ten books published this month that librarians across the country love. As library staff, you can participate. Check out the "For Library Staff" tab and start nominating books!  P.S. December's list  was released today and I think you should check out the review for The Supreme Macaroni Company: a Novel by Adriana Trigiani!




OverDrive: Next Generation Basics


There have been lots of changes to Wisconsin's Digital Library over the last few months - including the recently updated OverDrive app.


OverDrive is hosting several FREE live webinars during the month of September. Here's the schedule:

All the sessions are 60 minutes long and will be recorded. More information on the sessions can be found here.  The recorded sessions and other resources can be found on OverDrive's Learning Center.               

Happy Learning!

New OverDrive Media Console app for Android & iPhone

OMC_logo[1]OverDrive recently released the new OverDrive Media Console 3.0 app for Android & iPhone. Look for the redesigned interface and a few new features:

  • Syncing bookmarks & reading progress across devices
  • Variable speed playback for audiobooks on iOS
  • Prompts for first time users to add libraries and get books

To get familiar with the new features, a recorded webinar (30 min.) and slides are available on OverDrive's Learning Center. OverDrive Help and the video series for Android and iOS are also updated with information about the new version, so patrons have resources available to them as well.

OverDrive Media Console mobile app update coming

OverDrive will release an updated version of the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) mobile app for iOS and Android (v2.6.5) on Tuesday, May 29. You can find a summary of the release details in this WPLC blog post —please review and distribute in advance to ensure your support staff are prepared for the changes!

OverDrive How-To Guides

OverDrive recently announced that new How-To Guides are now available. The device specific guides are available for Android, iOS (iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch), Kindle Fire and that more are coming soon.

In the meantime, Jim Ramsey from Middleton Public Library created instructions for use with patrons and they are available for you to use in your library. You can find the links to the documents in this previous TechBits post, Notes on OverDrive: The Next Generation



And, don't forget about BadgerLearn. In addition to OverDrive training materials, you can find many other archived webinars, tutorials, handouts, and much more.


Monday Match Game

We're going to play a matching game today. Match the icon or symbol with its meaning:

1. Gear

  A. My Account (OverDrive)

2. Menu

  B. Available eBook (OverDrive)

3. Search   C. Help
4. Wireless   D. Home
5. ODAccount

  E. Available Audiobook(OverDrive)

6. Home   F. Settings
7. ODHelp   G. Wireless
8. ODeBookAvailable   H. Search
9. ODAudioAvailable   I. Battery Charge
10. Charge   J. Menu

Before peeking at the answer key below, how many did you get right? These are some common symbols and icons that appear on many smart phones, tablets, ereaders and other devices. Icons on your device may vary slightly.

Are there icons or symbols on your device that you don't recognize? Check out the User Guide for your individual device for additional information.

 Thanks to Rose for the idea!




Answers: 1.F; 2.J; 3.H; 4.G; 5.A; 6.D; 7.C; 8.B; 9.E; 10.I

Notes on OverDrive: The Next Generation

We're over two weeks and five training sessions into the Next Generation of OverDrive and here's what I've learned so far:

  • OverDrive is still fixing and tweaking the site and App so little things may change from day to day
  • The OverDrive Apps have all been updated - Yay!CancelHold
  • I've started referring to transferring titles from the computer to a device as the "traditional" or "old way" (it's still my way for my NOOK Tablet)
  • Patrons can now cancel holds during the 3-day period it's available to borrow
  • Able to tell at a glance if a title is available ODeBookAvailable
    Or not ODeBookUnavailable

  • Someone at your library should be subscribed to the WPLC Email List as OverDrive tips and news are shared here

Librarians are awesome! Jim Ramsey from Middleton Public Library graciously offered to share the instructions they created for use with patrons and gave me permission to post them here. They're in Word format so feel free to customize for your library. Thanks Jim!

  1. Kindle Step-by-Step 
  2. Kindle Fire with OverDrive App
  3. NOOK Color/Tablet with OverDrive App
  4. Android Tablet with OverDrive App
  5. iPad and other IOS Devices with OverDrive App

OverDrive: The Next Generation

Guest post by Jean Anderson

With apologies to Star Trek: The Next Generation

Anyone visiting Wisconsin’s Digital Library since yesterday (February 21) morning noticed some pretty big changes in the appearance of our site along with some new options when downloading titles.

Some of the cool changes include a much easier check out process.
Borrow Button 
Patrons can choose their desired format after checking out the title or can read the books immediately via their web browser. Patrons can still download the title to their ereader using the App, Adobe Digital Editions, or Amazon (for Kindle books). Reading in your browser is simply another option for reading ebooks.

One benefit of Reading in Your Browser is patrons can read the same book on multiple devices. Check out and start reading a title on your laptop then pick up where you left on on your iPad or other tablet. Log into Wisconsin’s Digital Library using the web browser on your device (not the OverDrive app if you have it installed) and go to your Bookshelf and then Read. The book will load - exactly where you left off - in another tab. Save the title as a bookmark or favorite to read the book without being online. I’ve been testing this out and it’s pretty cool!

OverDrive has updated their help pages to cover all the changes and new features. One tip for iPad/iPhone users - turn Private Browsing off in order for the title to load in Safari. I haven’t played with this on an Android tablet or phone. If anyone has tips to share, please leave a comment.