Overdrive has added new features to its digital school library solution, including a fully-updated user interface providing a more informative, user-friendly experience. New features include enhanced metadata, robust search tools, filters and improved title detail pages and menus to make finding a title easier. Users are now able to search for titles based on standardized reading level information such as Lexile, ATOS and Accelerated Reader scores. This new metadata will assist teachers in identifying the most appropriate content for their students.
Users are able to adjust their lending periods and account settings quickly to align with their preferences. The updated digital library websites also use a responsive design, providing the same user experience regardless of what computer, tablet or device is being used.
Students have the ability to select from three different visual themes. The improved look provides a cleaner navigational view customized to the user’s taste. Students can share what they’re reading via social networking tools and easily add titles to their wish lists to read at a later date. Newly designed help pages, created specifically for students, have been added as well.
Recommend to Library, OverDrive’s enhancement that lets users suggest titles for libraries to add to their digital collection, is now rolling out for our school partner websites. This feature will enable students to view OverDrive’s catalog of titles not currently in their school’s digital library.
Recommendations will be tracked in OverDrive Marketplace for staff members to review and add to their carts. If a school purchases titles that a student recommends, the student will be alerted via email so he or she can check out the book.
With the Recommend to School feature, students will not have access to OverDrive’s full collection. They will be limited to viewing titles with any of the following criteria:
· Titles with Juvenile or Young Adult subject categories
· Titles that have school metadata, such as Lexile/ATOS scores
· Titles that have been added to other school library collections
Pilots for the Recommend to School feature will begin soon, with a full rollout expected later this year.
Source: OverDrive, www.overdrive.com