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Comment by Danielle Melilli on November 3, 2011 at 6:58pm

Unfortunately, yes - you are paying $4000 annually so unless they change their pricing structure you're locked in to spending your $2000 collection credit on the ebooks or eaudiobooks every year.  This platform is the School Download Library. 

The Audiobook Classroom platform gives you unlimited access to 1001 titles.  It's a little over half the cost ($2500).  I don't know what books are in that collection, but it might be a good solution if you're looking for digital audiobooks.  Here's the link if you want to check it out:

(I feel like a commercial, but really, I just did so much research last spring that I thought I'd share.) :)

Comment by Danielle Melilli on November 3, 2011 at 6:04pm

Elizabeth - you're right is is very expensive, though it is actually $2000 for the hosting etc. while the other $2000 is earmarked to purchase the ebooks and eaudiobooks.  (They call it a "collection credit.") Considering they host a custom-branded website, train the staff, and a list of other things that I don't fully understand but sound quite tech-y, it's not terrible. :)

Other services might be cheaper but the ones I've seen are either device specific or can only be used on a computer.  We have a lot of students who have their own (or access to their parents') electronic readers so we need something that was compatible with the Nook, Kindle, and iPad. If anyone has come across something comprable, I'd love to look into it.

Overdrive had an audiobook platform for schools as well - I don't know if you looked into that since you love audiobooks.  It provides unlimited access to all the titles so multiple students could be listening to the same thing at the same time.  I thought that was pretty cool. :) I believe it is Audiobook Classroom.

Comment by Danielle Melilli on November 3, 2011 at 10:48am
Jennifer - I use OverDrive personally from the public library and I love it!  We looked into it for our school because the content is usable on many different devices (including Kindle) which wasn't the case with other services.  We didn't use it this year at the school because we wanted to be able to designate a bigger budget for it than we could at the time but I'm definitely going to push for it for next school year.  Let me know how it goes if you start using it and good luck with your new library! 
Comment by Jennifer Alevy on November 3, 2011 at 12:38am
Our school is building a new library and the temporary library is a classroom for the next few years.  We are planning on ordering more databases and eBooks, we are purchasing eReaders, laptops and iPads, does anyone have any advice, tips, suggestions, of what has worked or not worked for you in the digital world.  Have any of you used OverDrive? What do you think of that?  Where do you order your eBooks from?  I need resources for PK-12.  Thank you!
Comment by Jennifer Alevy on November 3, 2011 at 12:30am

Hi from Kathmandu, Nepal!  I am a K-12 Librarian at the Lincoln School.  I started a Facebook group, the International/American Librarians Network, please join:

Comment by Carolyn O'Connor on November 2, 2011 at 5:13am
Glad to join this group. I am a 6-12 Teacher Librarian from Sydney.
Comment by Amy Rogers on November 1, 2011 at 11:10am
Hi from California! I am a SJSU SLIS 2010 graduate and work at NoodleTools, Inc. Wonderful to see familiar names and happy to see my friend Sarah Naumann who is volunteering at this conference. I joined School Libraries group to meet and listen to its members, some who use NoodleTools. If you work in the SF Bay Area, be sure to know about BayNet, a multi-library library association at
Comment by mary ann kadish on October 31, 2011 at 9:16pm
Hi from Vermont.  I am so happy to be a part of this group to be able to share and learn what is happening in school libraries around the world.  I am a k-2 librarian.
Comment by Georgia Grammatikou on October 26, 2011 at 3:13am

Hello from Greece,

Glad to join! I have just started to build our graphic novel collection. I have some concerns about the violent content and I would appreciate some advice on how we respond to questions and comments of the school-library committee or parents about that. Also does anyone of you have any good ideas for games or other ways to promote the collection?  

“See” you at the conference!!


Comment by Victoria Hall on September 11, 2011 at 11:15am
So glad I found this group. See lots of familiar names/faces. Steve Hargadon, you are amazing!

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