[aisle] Sora/Overdrive -- Public Library Connect

Thorstenson, Kara klthorstenson at cps.edu
Wed Sep 23 09:32:40 CDT 2020

Hi Naomi,

We have discussed this many times with both Overdrive and the Chicago
Public Library but we actually got stuck well before the consortium ebook
collection on filtering CPL titles for a K-12 district. I am curious if you
discussed that element with Overdrive and/or your public library district
and if you guys had developed an effective strategy for ensuring that
students don't access inappropriate texts/content.

Please keep us posted!


On Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 1:31 PM Naomi Mellendorf via AISLE <
aisle at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:

> Good afternoon,
> I'm writing today to ask users out there about your use of Sora
> (Overdrive) to connect to your local public library's collection of ebooks
> and audiobooks through the Public Library Connect program from Overdrive.
> This program allows my students in the entire school district to use our
> school district's Google login credentials to login to the public library
> to check out ebook/audiobook materials. It has been a fantastic joint
> venture between our area public library and our school district increasing
> access for our students. It is a free program for both the public library
> and our school district, though the burden for purchasing digital titles
> remains with the public library since it is their collection.
> Here's my problem: our public library has two Overdrive collections -- one
> solely for users of the public library and one collection as a part of a
> consortium. We've made the Public Library Connect program work with the
> local Overdrive collection but *not* the consortium collection. In other
> words, my students can use their school district credentials (Google SSO)
> to login and check out our local public library Overdrive materials but not
> the consortium materials. The consortium materials, at this point, require
> their public library card credentials.
> Has anyone made the Public Library Connect program work with Overdrive
> consortium collections? Using their school district login credentials? If
> so, how? Our public library's Overdrive consortium is Digital Library of
> Illinois. I cannot find any information out there about contacting
> individuals associated with Digital Library of Illinois and how to make
> this collaboration work. The consortium collection has so much more
> material in it and as my students are members of a members library of the
> consortium, it would be incredible if students could login in a simple
> fashion -- their school credentials.
> Thank you!
> Sincerely,
> Naomi Mellendorf
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