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- 2014 1st quarter circulation (shown in turquoise): 41,511
- 2013 total circulation (shown in purple): 127,972
- 2012 total circulation (shown in green): 83,165
- 2011 total circulation (shown in red): 37,084
- 2010 total circulation (shown in grey): 12,251
- Statistics on use per library are available for New Users Registered, eBook Circulation & eAudiobook Circulation
- If you are interested in more access to your OverDrive statistics, here are some directions and samples of the many reports you can run.
- Top circulating digital titles of 2013: eBooks | eAudiobooks
- The 'Help' interface for library patrons and staff is accessed by clicking the ‘Help’ button in the top tool bar of the MHLS OverDrive Digital Download webpage. OverDrive Help contains articles and videos covering everything users need to know to enjoy eBooks and audiobooks from our digital collection. It has great 'getting started' help, and is customized for the users computer or device, with troubleshooting tips for each specific platform.
- The OverDrive Learning Center has many short training modules for library staff. Sign in to the OverDrive Learning Center (to show that you are part of MHLS and thereby authorized) to view prerecorded trainings in the areas of: Hot Topics; Collection Development; Digital Library Website; Products and Services; User Assistance.
- Device Profiles: A snapshot of how popular devices can be used with digital titles. To begin, pick a device or platform from the menu to access its profile. Each profile lists recommended software and/or apps, compatible formats, and links to articles and videos containing step-by-step instructions to help you get started.
- Learn more about instant reading with OverDrive Read ™
About the Collection:
- The MHLS OverDrive Collection Development Guidelines contain good information about the focus of the collection, how it is funded and how things circulate.
- Audiobooks: There are currently over 1,490
eAudiobook titles in the collection. More are being added. The MHLS
OverDrive audiobook collection started on 2/15/10.
- eBooks: There are currently over
in the collection and more are being added. The MHLS OverDrive eBook collection
started on 11/17/10.
As of 3/2014 we have a new OverDrive portal to Juvenile eBooks and downloadable
audiobooks. This separate environment just contains juvenile titles, categorized by reading level, accessible from a link on the MHLS Digital Download Collection that says "For Kids - eReading Room". We will get separate statistics on the use of this portal. All Juvenile titles also continue to appear in the main MHLS Digital Download Collection.
How Check-out Works:
- The majority of items in the collection can be checked out by one patron at a time. Exception:
- Project Gutenberg eBooks can be
accessed by clicking the "Additional eBooks Always Available" icon on the MHLS OverDrive Digital Downloads website. It also appears at the bottom of the mobile version of the website.
- This is a separate collection of eBooks from our main OverDrive collection.
- Patrons do NOT need to sign-in to download these titles.
- These do not count towards the checkout limits.
- Downloads do not expire.
- The Project Gutenberg collection of eBooks also uses the same Adobe Digital Editions software as the OverDrive titles.
- Patrons can have up to 3 titles checked out at one time. They get to pick their own loan period (either 7 or 14 days).
- If the title they want is already checked out they can get on the waiting list. They can have up to 3 items on their waiting list at one time. When it is their ‘turn’ for the title they will get an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org and will have 3 days to check out their title. If they do not, the opportunity gets sent on to the next person on the waiting list.
- At the end of the loan period all items will expire automatically and will return to the collection automatically. On many devices, titles can be returned before the end of the loan period .
- Circulation is authenticated through Sierra and follows the same parameters (patron cannot check out if card is expired or owes over $10).
- The PIN the patron needs in OverDrive is the same PIN they use in Sierra.
Marketing: Marketing and promotional resources including web graphics, best practices, social media, programming and events, public relations template.
Downloading OverDrive Titles at the Library
- Previously downloading OverDrive titles at the library has been allowed only if patrons used their own laptop and the library Internet, or if the library had an OverDrive Download Station, because of copyright issues.
- The issue is if the OverDrive Media Console or Adobe Digital Editions was installed on a library computer that would allow
patrons to have access to titles downloaded by other patrons, and the materials are meant for personal use only.
- On shared computers with a single “Guest” login and without an application that restores the computer to its original configuration after use, downloading digital content is not permitted due to privacy and risk of file-sharing.
- Software that turns an existing library computer into an OverDrive Download Station is available. With this installed, patrons can use the library computer to download audiobooks to their device in the library. Download Stations are for eAudiobooks only, they do not work for downloading eBooks.
- Alternatives for downloading eBooks on public computers:
- OverDrive Read format: Encourage patrons who are accessing eBooks on a shared computer to pick the OverDrive Read format, as this is browser-based, not tied to any software, and doesn't require downloading. Rather the user can open the title on any device/computer with a modern web browser. Because a download isn't required, once the title has been borrowed, the user can visit the Bookshelf on the digital library website to open & read the title in OverDrive Read format on multiple devices/computers. More information including samples of OverDrive Read titles is available here: http://readinfo.overdrive.com/
- As long as an application that restores the computer to its original configuration after use (such as Deep Freeze or a similar application) or individual profiles are in use on the shared computers, users may download and transfer digital content onto personal devices using a shared computer.
OverDrive LEAP Program Instituted: As of 1/2013 we have instituted the OverDrive LEAP program. There is a link on the MHLS Digital Download page that says "Accessible eBooks" giving patrons with print disabilities access to eBooks. Library eBook Accessibility Program (LEAP) is a partnership between OverDrive and Bookshare.org. The link directs patrons to apply for a Bookshare membership from our OverDrive-powered site. The accessible books will be provided by Bookshare to patrons enrolled in LEAP. OverDrive’s role in the program is to fully fund one year of membership for your qualifying patrons (details on Bookshare.org: https://www.bookshare.org/_/membership/overview ). There is no cost to MHLS or member library for this added feature.
- Qualification / Proof of Disability: The form must be filled in and signed by a qualified professional in the field of disabilities services, education, medicine or psychology. This professional must be a recognized expert who attests to the physical basis of the visual, perceptual, or other physical disability that limits the applicant's use of standard print. Appropriate certifying experts may differ for different disabilities. In the case of blindness and visual impairments, an appropriate certifier may be a physician, ophthalmologist, or optometrist; in the case of a perceptual disability, a neurologist, learning disability specialist (a teacher with this type of certification is an example), or psychologist with a background in disabilities may be the most qualified certifying professional. A social worker with direct knowledge of your circumstances or a federal or state agency that maintains registries of qualified people with disabilities for benefits purposes may provide certification. If you are a college or university student, your school's Disability Student Services staff may provide certification. Full information at https://www.bookshare.org/_/membership/qualifications
- Brochure: what is OverDrive LEAP; who is involved; what books & formats are available; how does LEAP work.
- Fact Sheet
- Registration directions for patrons: part 1 & part 2 (process on the Bookshare website)
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