Your Library's Cheat Sheet for OverDrive Training

Article source: What is OverDrive for Libraries by On May 18, TechSoup for Libraries is teaming up with TechBoomers' Steve Black for a webinar Digital Skills for OlderAdults: Teaching Technology. We thought we'd give a sneak peek at some of the training TechBoomers provides for libraries, such as this "how-to" article on OverDrive.  

Lots of people like to go out to their local libraries to borrow books and other forms of media, sometimes to learn something new, and other times just to be entertained. But it's not always easy to make it to the library; it may be closed, the weather may be inclement, or some people may generally have difficulty getting around.  Wouldn't it be nice if the library could come to you instead?

It's time for you to meet OverDrive. With OverDrive, you can borrow and enjoy materials from your local library or school's digital collection, including audiobooks, e-books, music tracks, and movies.  And all that you need to access it is a valid library card or student ID.

Best Practices for Helping Patrons with E-Readers

E-reader assistance

"I love that I can check out e-books from you … but I have no idea how to make them work."

The other day, my friend and I had a work party at my local library. My friend had another agenda, however: to finally figure out how to check out e-books from the library on her iPad. Despite being tech-savvy, she was having issues getting through all of the different steps the e-books required to work on her iPad.

Turns out, this happens frequently. My colleague Jim Lynch wrote about his personal experience in Why Is It So Hard to Use E-Books from the Library?

Go Mobile with Your Library's Adult Programming

Got a bunch of mobile devices sitting around at your library, but not sure what to do with them? We've got some ideas for you! In last week's webinar, Adult Library Programs Gone Mobile, we invited librarians Ann Awakuni and Jezmynne Dene to share their ideas and experiences.

Hands-on e-reader training for library staff: The NTLP success story

Last year’s Pew Internet report on Libraries, patrons, and e-books looked at how libraries are responding to the growing popularity of e-books. The study found that, “Librarians often are anxious about the new set of demands on them to learn about the operations of new gadgets” and had positive experiences with hands-on training.  In this article, we’ll overview a successful hands-on e-reader training initiative in Texas.

To Market, To Zoo: The Wonderful Things Librarians Will Do

During Wednesday's e-reader webinar, we discussed the recent Pew study "Libraries, patrons, and e-books", which discovered that 48% of all owners of e-book reading devices such as original Kindles and NOOKs say they do not know if their library lends e-books.

Keep the discussion going: Tips for training people to use e-readers

Wow! Thanks to everyone who participated in today's webinar, "E-readers for Everyone: Teaching Tips from Trainers." A recording of the session is now available. Continue the conversation in the Community Forum.

In addition to the resources that were mentioned by the presenters, there were numerous great links shared by participants.

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New E-Reader Technologies and Social Benefit Organizations

Just like any good tech geek, I've been reading reviews and jealously drooling all the photos and videos of upcoming products shown at this past week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The annual Las Vegas tradeshow reveals the hottest new technologies, coolest gadgets, and flashiest concepts for all the geeky gear I hold dear. Most of the products either haven't hit the market yet or are at pricepoints out of reach for most average folks — and especially out of reach for many nonprofits, libraries, and public service organizations.

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