From OverDrive (note one of the sponsors at the bottom): Public and school librarians from around the world will come together with publishing industry leaders at OverDrive’s third international user group conference, Digipalooza (www.digipalooza.com), July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. Held every two years, this four-day educational and networking conference will address the massive surge in library eBook borrowing with panels on industry trends, best practices, marketing and outreach, and upcoming enhancements to the OverDrive (www.overdrive.com) service. A roundtable featuring representatives from several of the world’s leading publishing houses will provide librarians with the chance to ask questions, in-person, about the future of library eBook lending.
“Hundreds of librarians and publishing professionals from the US and Canada joined us for OverDrive’s second Digipalooza in 2008, but much has changed since then, with the introduction of new eBook reading technology,” said Shannon Lichty, manager of library partner services at OverDrive. “eBook usage at many libraries has doubled in the past few months with the introduction of our mobile apps for iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™, as well as increased adoption of eBook readers and tablets. Digipalooza is a unique chance for our library partners to share experiences with fellow librarians, Team OverDrive, and publishers.”
“Digipalooza is my GPS for navigating the bumpy road of digital library world. Practical and forward-thinking librarians share best practices while OverDrive staff provide background and answer questions,” said Sarah Redman, adult services librarian at Capital Area District Library in Michigan. “The conference is essential for librarians who work with OverDrive at any level, giving us opportunities to discuss trends and share ideas for creating robust digital media catalogs.”
The Digipalooza conference features vital sessions for librarians, including:
- Managing the eBook Explosion: New Challenges and Opportunities for Your Library
- Publisher Roundtable and Library Lending Dialogue
- Going Mobile: The Latest Devices and Apps
- The Digital Lending Library: Maximize the Value of the ‘Virtual Branch’
A full program and activities schedule is available at http://www.digipalooza.com/Program.aspx.
Digipalooza 2011 conference sponsors include Books on Tape (Random House Audio), AudioGO, and HarperCollins. Additional sponsors include AudioFile Magazine, Baker Publishing, Blackstone Audio, Dreamscape Audiobooks, Library Journal, and more. To register for Digipalooza 2011, visit http://www.digipalooza.com/Registration.aspx.
Digipalooza is OverDrive’s international user group conference for partner libraries, which offers a unique blend of education, networking, and fun. The conference, held every two years, is packed full of valuable sessions and networking activities. Digipalooza 2011 takes place July 28-31, 2011, in Cleveland. www.digipalooza.com