OverDrive Webinars

Register for one of our live webinars or view an on demand webcasts to learn about the benefits of providing your school community ebooks and audiobooks through OverDrive.

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How to Power Your Curriculum with Digital Books

Schools are embracing digital books at an accelerated pace for the instant access to assigned titles they provide all students – both in-class and those participating in distance learning.

However, it can feel a bit daunting to understand the different options available. How do you determine the right platform and mix of titles all while staying within budget?

The simplest way is by getting advice from experts who have already successfully done it.

In this eye-opening webinar, you’ll hear from Kim King, director of virtual learning & media services for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, who will share her district’s experience powering their curriculum with digital books. Topics will include:

  • Delivering students one-to-one access to curriculum anchor texts and a circulating collection of supplemental titles.
  • Leveraging digital books to build students’ content knowledge and enthusiasm for reading
  • Linking to titles and collections directly from the learning platform

This is a can’t miss session for educators looking at best practices for utilizing digital books to support their curriculum. Register today!

Supporting Special Needs Students with eBooks & Audiobooks​​​​​​​

An independent all-boys school located in Surrey, More House School provides special needs students an opportunity to succeed and thrive. Many arrive to the 80-year-old institution with low self-confidence, often due to struggles they faced in traditional educational institutions caused by learning and language difficulties. For More House Librarian Lucy Marshall, this means providing a collection that meets the individual learning needs of the school’s 470 students, who range in age from 8-18.
During this eye-opening webinar, Marshall will share her story of selecting, launching and promoting a digital library service that helps address learning challenges. Attendees will come away with best practices for bringing ebooks and audiobooks to their school and real-life examples of these practices in action. Don’t miss out, register today!

Social Media 101: Keys to Reaching Your Entire School Community

Social media has always been an important tool for reaching your school community. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it took on a critical new role, as virtual communication became the best way for schools to stay connected with students, staff and parents.

Now, even as schools transition back to in-person instruction, social media remains a vital channel for getting the word out – especially when it comes to your school library! But navigating all the different platforms and finding the right voice for each can be challenging – which is why we’re here to help! In this webinar, Caroline Carr, a Library Media Specialist and bona fide Twitter expert will join Christina Samek, Outreach Specialist and social media graphics whiz from OverDrive to lead a crash course on how to become your best social media self.

Titles for Tough Times: How Books Can Help Educators Support SEL

A global pandemic. Civil unrest. Racial injustice. These are just a few of the tough topics educators have had to address in their virtual or in-person classrooms over the past year. But having the right resources on hand can make starting that conversation just a little bit easier. Join a panel of school and public librarians from OverDrive for this webinar to help you find the right book for the right circumstances. You’ll learn about books that can aid social-emotional learning in students of all ages, so that they’re better able to understand and process times of stress and upheaval. You’ll also find out more about reading resources for teachers and parents, plus fiction titles that can help your students destress and decompress through reading for enjoyment.

Reimaging Your ELA Cirriculum: Strategies to Boost Reading Engagement

For many students, reviewing their assigned reading list for the school year might inspire a sense of reluctance. Confronted with the prospect of digging into the standard-bearer texts of ELA curriculum, some of your student readers might even invoke the dreaded “B” word – boring. But what if it doesn’t have to be that way?

What if there was a way to balance your ELA lesson plan, so that students gain equal exposure to both curriculum mainstays AND newer classics that better represent the diverse world in which they live – and the present-day issues they face? Find out how in this must-see webinar, led by school library experts. Attendees will walk away with new strategies to add curriculum depth, including how to:

  • Think critically about assigned reading, blending in key contemporary titles with familiar favorites
  • Adopt unique formats that will improve student engagement with required reading
  • Source student-friendly read-alikes for key contemporary works of literature – both fiction and nonfiction

Sora: The future of reading is right now

The Sora reading app is your school’s key to digital books for literacy and beyond. Join this webinar to learn how Sora makes 24/7 reading access a breeze, whether your students are in the classroom or at home. Guided by OverDrive Education’s panel of experts, attendees will discover how Sora supports schools’ curriculum needs, plus how the app integrates with ClassLink to create a more seamless learning experience.

How to Use Digital Books With Your Curriculum

How will your literacy teams change the way they teach in a post-pandemic landscape? Join us for an instructional webinar to learn how to use digital books with your curriculum.

This panel discussion will show you how to select, source, and price digital trade books for required curriculum texts. Panelists from EL Education, OverDrive’s Sora team, and an educator with NYC Dept. of Education will share their experiences and advice on how to ensure equity and engagement for the essential reads that power your balanced literacy or HQIM program.

Keys to Sparking Student Reader Enthusiasm in The Age of The Pandemic

In this new era of remote learning, can educators find fresh ways to get their students excited about reading – even when they can’t be with them in the classroom or school library? The answer is yes! Find out how in this eye-opening new webinar, led by OverDrive’s team of expert librarians. Attendees will walk away with:

  • Strategies to increase student reading engagement, including flash booktalks and narrative nonfiction
  • Best practices for adapting to digital books in your school with the Sora student reading app
  • Tips to globalize your school library, featuring books from a diverse array of international authors your students may not yet know but will come to love

And be sure to stick around at the end of the webinar for a live demo of Sora in action!

Inclusive Collections: A Frank Conversation about Diversity in Library Resources

Library collections serve all populations, so should they not represent all people? What prevents us from creating inclusive collections? Building collections that are inclusive with representation of diverse voices provides authentic stories that share the wealth and richness of other cultures, lived experiences, and traditions.

Auditing libraries is vital work and ensures that stories captured within the collection create positive views, showcase many perspectives, and celebrate what makes all humans unique. School librarians serve as gatekeepers and must connect patrons to a variety of resources.

Join Nancy Jo Lambert and Lesley Roane for this important discussion and a wealth of resources you can use right away in your collection development.

Join us to:

  • Examine biases and soft censorship practices to push past thinking collections are inclusive
  • Discover concrete steps to evaluating your collection and tools for conducting a diversity audit
  • Receive curated resources to engage with diverse titles to add to your collection pre-K–12

Slow the Summer Reading Slide With School & Library Partnershipsy

When schools and libraries work together, it opens a whole new world of 24/7 reading opportunities for students, whether they’re at home or in the classroom. In this eye-opening webinar featuring Lisa Kulka, coordinator of libraries and instructional materials at Harlandale ISD, Texas, you’ll discover how these no-cost collaborations can help your at-home students bridge the summer reading gap.

Navigating Content Challenges in the Age of Remote Learning

More than 55 million students are adjusting to the effects COVID-19 has had on schools nationwide. While some parents have been thrust into the role of a teacher, many educators are now grappling with teaching in a fully digital environment. This disruption may be a catalyst of permanent change, and strengthening teachers’ abilities to educate their classroom despite these new circumstances is crtical.

Making the Most of Your Digital Collection

You’ve invested time, thought, and budget dollars to create an amazing collection of materials for your teachers and students, but perhaps you’ve found that the digital portion of your resources don’t always get the attention they deserve. Research has shown that eBooks and audiobooks circulate more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them in the school community. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your digital collection and make sure those great resources get used!

Check back soon for new upcoming webinars!

In the meantime, please browse our on-demand webinars

Building a digital library to support remote learning during COVID-19

When colleges and universities closed their campuses in March in response to the global pandemic, students, faculty and staff increasingly turned to their academic libraries’ digital collections of ebooks and audiobooks. Join three OverDrive staff librarians as they share best practices for responding to this increased demand for digital and provide an industry-wide view of ebook usage in academic libraries. These valuable data-driven insights and creative strategies will provide a useful path forward for colleges and universities of all shapes and sizes.

10 ways the Libby app can help you reach readers on campus and off

Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive, isn’t just for public libraries anymore. Colleges and universities across the United States have already discovered how Libby can help them reach new readers, both on campus and off. In this session, learn how features in Libby can be implemented on your campus to promote digital reading among students, faculty, and staff. From audiobooks for busy commuters to support for different learning styles and more. Whether you’re an existing OverDrive partner looking to expand your reach or an institution interested in adding an ebook and audiobook platform to your library, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

The Power of Partnership: Digital Collections for Academic Consortia

You’ve invested time, thought, and budget dollars to create an amazing collection of materials for your teachers and students, but perhaps you’ve found that the digital portion of your resources don’t always get the attention they deserve. Research has shown that eBooks and audiobooks circulate more when librarians follow a clear plan to promote them in the school community. Join this webinar to learn creative and effective strategies for spreading the word about your digital collection and make sure those great resources get used!

Ebooks Can Do That? Customize Your Academic Library with Digital

Join us for a free webinar to learn how a customized digital collection addresses space, access and relevancy issues in your academic library. Digital curation should be simple and flexible. Reporting and catalog integration should be easy and robust. Students need comprehensive access to the best in popular reading, university presses, videos and more. Archivist/Reference Librarian Paul Huffman of Lindenwood University (MO), shares his perspective on how Lindenwood uses eBooks and audiobooks to meet student demand and boost engagement. Rob Rando details how to design a customized eBook and audiobook collection for your campus community, and provides a demonstration of the OverDrive student user experience and librarian interface.

How to Make Informed Investments with Digital Content that Increases Circ Numbers

One of the greatest challenges for college librarians is ensuring they purchase quality content their academic community needs. Digital resources like OverDrive allow librarians to see what content is being used on campus in order to make informed purchasing decisions in the future. The team at OverDrive will examine statistics in purchasing and how these digital resources impact circulation numbers while improving the quality of education for students. So if you’re looking for trends to make informed purchasing decisions, this webinar is for you.