If you remember hearing about OverDrive and the Digital Download Center and never really explored it, it's time to take a closer look. The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium is building a great collection of digital audiobooks, music, and video that your patrons might enjoy -- but they can't benefit from it if they don't know about it, so here are some ideas to help get the word out:
- Request a link on your library's homepage. Easy-peasy!
- Make sure someone on your staff is knowledgeable about the service. The QuickStart Guide will get you familiar with how it works, and the Digital Book Center FAQ has answers to patrons' most frequently asked questions.
- Ask your reference staff to mention it as another option for patrons looking for audiobooks. Anything "free" and "available 24/7" usually goes over well.
- Strategically place bookmarks and flyers
around your CD and cassette collections where patrons can find them.
These folks already like audiobooks -- they might appreciate getting
them in an additional format.
- Track the monthly statistics for your library to measure the outcome of your efforts. The June statistics by library (in .XLS format) might have some surprises for you!