I too am interested in learning more about this opportunity. I wonder
particularly about content for our age group- we are pre-school-5th grade only.
Phillips Brooks School
2245 Avy Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
On Feb 22, 2017, at 10:47 AM, Christine Jensen
The King's Academy is also interested in learning more as well. Thanks!
On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 9:42 AM, Claudia Sarconi
Notre Dame Belmont is interested in learning more about this.
Claudia Sarconi, MLIS
International Student Program Educator
Notre Dame High School Belmont
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On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:48 AM, Catherine Sullivan
We have Axis 360 but I am very interested in learning more about the Overdrive
offer to BAISL schools. Many thanks for all your work.
On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:07 PM, Cathy Rettberg
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 bought.
- 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
Kevin Coon, the OverDrive rep for all BAISL schools, contacted me today about
setting up a consortium/shared
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
For those that don’t know Kevin, he is based in CA and can be reached at
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