Digipalooza – Presentations, Day 1
We started the day with a great breakfast and an introduction by Steve Potash, CEO of Overdrive. I was delighted when he announced that the Sony E-Book Reader will soon be able to use the Overdrive ebooks. This has great potential for some of our patrons who vacation in Florida during the winter and don’t want to carry lots of books with them. I’m just sorry I didn’t keep the name of the patron who asked about this very thing several months ago!
The first session dealt with the various Overdrive Digital Formats. This was a review for some of us, but it was interesting to see the various options used by libraries in choosing which digital formats to offer to their patrons and how they made their decisions. It was no surprise to us at the Michigan Digital Libraries Consortium that romance audio e-books were included in almost all collections.
After a coffee break that included cookies and soda as well as coffee, we got to hear from the Collection Developers. Since I’m not actively involved in selecting titles for the Overdrive materials, I must admit there was a lot for me to learn. Sarah Redman, our MLC selector, was a presenter at this session. She shared how she performs her magic (Along with Melissa) in just a few hours each month. In addition to Sarah, we heard from Cindy Orr who selects materials for the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Michael Santangelo from the Brooklyn Public Library, and Ruth Ann Copley from the North Carolina Digital Library. Having lived in North Carolina for several years, I was especially interested in how rural county libraries were included with metropolitan area libraries in this digital consortium. They focus almost exclusively on purchasing best sellers, a formula which works well for them. We concluded the morning with a lively question and answer session and then adjourned to the exhibit hall to chat with the vendors and feast on beef tenderloins, chicken, mixed greens salad, and much more.