Monday, June 25, 2012

How Many Checkouts Does the Wisconsin Digital Library Have?

I know many of you receive the OverDrive posts like the one below (if not, the link is here:, and you might be wondering, like me, how many checkouts does the Wisconsin Digital Library have?

As of today, 6/25/2012, the WPLC had:

Checkouts: 1,769,860 since 2005. There were 36,607 current checkouts when the report was pulled.

This is 1.7% of OverDrive's total of 100,000,000 since they started in 2003.

We're consistently getting 89,000 checkouts per month, and might hit 90,000 this month, so we should see 2,000,000 checkouts sometime around the first part of September breaking it down:

Audiobook: 1,139,028 (Current: 8,874)

 eBook: 598,428 (Current: 27,649)-- which includes both Kindle and EPUB, and PDF

 Music: 13,775 (Current: 35): not actively collecting

 Video: 18,629 (Current: 49): not actively collectimg

(Jane Richards, WILS/WPLC June 25, 2012)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Up Coming Continuing Education Opportunities –

Mark your calendar for the 2012 WVLS Tech Summit and Reference Workshop – August 14, 2012. More information will be forthcoming.

Northern Waters Library System Continuing Education Webinar: September 5 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Learn about early literacy resources and support available on, led by staff. URL: At the time of the webinar, enter the meeting room as a "guest." Presenter: Amanda Kramer,

Indianhead Federated Library System workshops and webinars information available at

ALA Conference, Anaheim, CA – June 21-26.

WilsWorld Conference, Madison, WI – July 25 – 26.

Archived BadgerLink Training at –

UW-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies Continuing Education Services online classes at –

Juanita Thomas, Outreach Coordinator 300 N 1st St Wausau, WI 54403

Friday, June 15, 2012

OverDrive to Provide Streaming Audiobooks to Libraries and Schools

Library and School Catalogs to Enable Instant Access to Spoken Word Audio

OverDrive will demonstrate streaming audiobooks as part of its next-generation platform at the American Library Association's 2012 Annual Conference (Booth 1362) in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26.

OverDrive will incorporate the streaming option into the free OverDrive Media Console apps, enabling readers to access complete audiobooks or to immediately sample excerpts without first downloading the title. This new feature will complement the current download options, which allow readers to transfer titles to a variety of iPod and MP3 audio devices or burn to CD. Streaming audiobooks will add value to every library’s audiobook collection while still enforcing copyright and supporting permitted lending models. Access to each streaming audiobook will expire at the end of the borrowing period.

Streaming audiobook samples will also be available to patrons and students inside the library with the recently announced OverDrive Media Station. OverDrive Media Station enables in-library access to digital content on touchscreen monitors and public Internet workstations. To see a preview of OverDrive Media Station, go to

To further celebrate Audiobook Month, OverDrive is offering schools and libraries deep discounts on thousands of best-selling audiobooks in June, including 50-percent markdowns on thousands of titles from Blackstone Audiobooks and Tantor Media. With an industry-leading catalog of more than 800,000 eBooks and audiobooks, OverDrive provides digital distribution services for more than 18,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide with support for Windows®, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, Kindle® (U.S. only), Sony® Reader, NOOK™, Android™, Windows® Phone and BlackBerry®. To find a bookseller or library in the OverDrive network, visit
(, June 14, 2012)