OverDrive & Libby Resources

To suggest additions, please email Anne Hamland at ahamland@wvls.org.

Wisconsin’s Digital Library Check Outs Reach New Record

Over Four Million Check Outs for Wisconsin’s Digital Library in 2017

Library ebooks now shown in Google searches!

In September, Google began including links to borrow ebooks from nearby libraries in the knowledge graph next to search results!

Overdrive’s New Get a Library Card Feature: For Stand Alone Libraries

A message from Melody Clark, the WiLS Service Specialist for the Wisconsin Digital Library...

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett: OverDrive’s Big Library Read for October 26

The October 26th Big Library Read, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, is live in Wisconsin’s Digital Library!

Sign-up for the Wisconsin Schools Digital Library Consortium (WSDLC)

The WSDLC, a shared collection of school library ebooks and digital materials, is open for initial sign-up through November 1, 2017.

Help and Informational Resources

Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) is the project manager for the Wisconsin Digital Library (OverDrive & Libby).

WVLS OverDrive Advantage Selection Committee

Meeting minutes, monthly budget reports, committee members, and details on the titles in OverDrive Advantage orders.

Committee Members

Katie Zimmerman of County Public Library, Chair

Kate Sullivan of Marathon County Public Library

Cindy Wendt of Minoqua Public Library

Jenny Jochimsen of Abbotsford Public Library

Loralee Petersen of Owen Public Library, Secretary

Budget Report

Funds – WVLS has granted the committee $20,000 to be used between June 2017 and December 2018. This breaks down to approximately $1,110 per month or about 25-30 titles.

Selection Process
  • The committee uses one cart.
  • Selectors will choose around 15 adult books and 10 youth (middle grade and YA titles) to purchase each month. Consideration will be given to hold ratio, cost of title, demand within WVLS, and to covering both ebook and audiobook formats.
  • 1st Thursday of the month after the 11th, Kate Sullivan will check the WPLC holds list and streamline it for our committee to reflect titles that have the greatest number of WVLS patron holds. She will then email the spreadsheet to committee members.
  • Members are to make their choices by the following Wednesday (18-25th) of the month.
  • The cart will be purchased the following day on Thursday.
  • Cindy Wendt, Kate Sullivan, Loralee Petersen and Jenny Jochimsen will compile the list of adult titles to buy. Cindy and Kate will choose 5 titles. Jenny will choose 3 and Loralee will choose 2.
  • Katie Zimmerman, Loralee Petersen and Jenny Jochimsen will choose the youth titles. Katie will choose 5, Loralee will choose 3 and Jenny will choose 2.
  • Each selector spends up to $220 and must purchase a minimum of four (4) items with their discretion considering their purchase category duties.
  • If a selector has not added their titles at the time of purchase, the purchaser will add appropriate titles and complete the purchase while considering the total cart cost.
  • After this is completed, Cindy Wendt will place the order for the final choice of titles.


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