We have had Overdrive at Menlo for 4+ years now. I am very much in favor of
this idea but I have tons of questions!
- Would all of my existing content roll into the consortium content or
would we be starting with a new collection? There are interesting money
considerations here - I've invested a lot and wouldn't want to lose that.
On the other hand having a greatly enlarged group of people with access to
the books I paid for could limit my own community's access to the titles I
- How would we handle those pesky/annoying titles with limited licenses?
- Some schools will be able to buy a lot of books; some will buy fewer. But
everyone would have access to everything. I'm curious how other consortia
handle that from an equity standpoint.
- We have a variety of grade levels and our collections range from
conservative to liberal. How would we handle those differences? For example
I have the Song of Ice and Fire books in my collection but I limit them to
grades 10 and up. But some schools won't want those books in their
collections at all. We will have lots of examples like that.
- I allow parents to check out ebooks and audiobooks as well as teachers
and students. Other schools may not be doing that - not sure if it makes a
I know there will be more questions - these are just a few that come to
mind. But in general I'm interested in exploring this further.
Thanks Eric for coordinating this!
What I'm reading now:
*The Portable Veblen/*McKenzie
Cathy Rettberg, Head Librarian
On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 12:07 PM, Eric Mahollitz <emahollitz@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Kevin Coon, the OverDrive rep for all BAISL schools, contacted me today
about setting up a consortium/shared collection
for all interested schools in our group. I am in favor of providing
resources via a consortium as it allows our students to have access to a
more engaging and diverse collection of resources than I can build with my
own budget (our collection with OverDrive has been growing for 3 years, but
is still not very big). With 100 percent of the investment going towards
buying content and no setup fees, I am strongly in favor of joining forces
with those of you that would be interested as we might be able to launch a
collection with over $10K in content or more.
Kevin mentioned that he has already built a collection that includes over
a dozen schools with the ISLE group and I was able to get him to provide
the participation tiers which are based on school size. These figures
represent never-before-seen prices for using OverDrive (a 75 percent
reduction for my school, in fact), so I hope those of you that have not yet
started offering digital content (and even those who have) take a close
look at this opportunity.
<500 = $250
501- 749 = $500
750 - 999 = $750
1000-1499 = $1000
1500+ = $1500
I will try and field as many questions as I can for the group and if it’s
helpful, Kevin has said he is willing to set up a webinar/conference call
so that he can review the details with us. He is going to send me an
official participation form over the next few days so that I can share it
with all of you.
For those that don’t know Kevin, he is based in CA and can be reached at
949-791-7793 <(949)%20791-7793> or kcoon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.
Salesian College Prep
Richmond, CA 94804