eSTRIDE

This regional eBook project called eSTRIDE will provide anytime, anywhere, engaging library resources for these underserved students by delivering eBooks for 9th-12th grade students and teachers in the region. Approximately 13,608 students and teachers will have access to these e-resources.  After the first year, the participating schools and the regional office will provide sustained funding to continue eBook collection development.

Read more about eSTRIDE.

 

Southwest Educational Development Center, in conjunction with the Utah State Library have successfully written another LSTA Grant. This grant, along with matching funds from SEDC and the schools in our region will enable us to expand our current library (Grades 7-12) to the elementary schools (Grades 3-5).

The current committee of high school librarians from each district/charter will be joined by elementary librarians from each district/charter. This group will select and purchase the books to be added in the library. Students are able to suggest books as well!

SEDC staff will work with librarians to instruct students on how to access the library and check out books.

This online ebook library allows students in the most rural areas of Southern Utah to access a large, diverse and current selection of books.

Students can access this library using their school credentials.

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Summer is quickly approaching and while your schoollibrary might not be open during summer break, you can access our digital collection 24/7! Whether you’re taking a family vacation, going on a road trip with friends, or just want to enjoy a quiet afternoon relaxing, you can enjoy eBooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.  

 Check out this program for the chance to download and keep two books every month!

Want a book that is not in the library, did you know you can suggest books? See tip #10 here to learn how, and find other helpful tips to make the best use of our library.

 

To access books, go to sedc.lib.overdrive.com and use your student ID given to you by your librarian.

 

If you are an 8th grader in Iron County School District, you have been part of our pilot program, you were the first to use your email address to log in. Please continue to log in to your Middle School until school starts in August.

 

If you have any questions or problems, please email Chris Haught (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Have a great summer!

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Last year SEDC developed eSTRIDE to deliver fiction eBooks to high school students in the region. This has been well received by students and librarians as a way to supplement the school libraries. The school librarians have been integral to the success of this project.

Chris  1 1During the summer months, students were checking out up to 600 books a month! The Library Committee, led last year by Jean Truman of Canyon View High School in Iron County, has been instrumental in ordering content and helping students to access the ebooks, this project would not be possible without their efforts.

We are happy to announce that we are able to add middle schools as a result of successfully writing another LSTA Grant. This is due to the efforts of the Library Committee, headed this year by Lyndell Watson of Delta High School in Millard County. In the coming weeks, we will be visiting Middle Schools and working with students and librarians to teach them how to access the books. Please have your students complete this survey.

Some changes from last year

The Overdrive App has been updated, you don't have to download a new one, just do your updates. More information here. Students will be asked to enter their birthdate, if they are 13 or younger, they will be prompted to create an Overdrive account. This just just allows them to use the holds and notifications without entering their email address. There are books in the library that say, "These books are not available for your age group", the 7th and 8th students are marked as "Young Adult" and some "Adult" (9-12) content is not available. This is only 122 titles out of the over 1,000 titles available.

A reminder of some of the other features available

Recommend to Library-Students are able to suggest books to be purchased, we have purchased dozens of titles based on student input. Holds-By putting a hold on a book, we are notified that this is a popular book and may purchase additional titles

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can teachers have an account?

A. Yes! Check with your librarian and they will add you

Q.Is this available to grades under 7?

A. Not at this time, but there are plenty of free ebook resources, check out our Symbaloo here!

Want to learn more?

Check out the Webinars offered by Overdrive

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

 

 

How to Use Overdrive

 

To access the library go to sedc.lib.overdrive.com and enter your username.

Search for a book and click the “borrow” button.

 

There are three options from here, depending on your device and internet access.

 

1. Read in the Browser

Click on the “read” button and it will open in your browser.  On the bottom right, there are options to bookmark or download to your device. More info here, http://readinfo.overdrive.com.

 

2. Download

You can download any book to your device, once you download it, you cannot return it early, it will be unavailable after the due date.  See the help section in Overdrive. (http://goo.gl/W0Kwks)

 

Kindle users will be asked to sign in with their Amazon Account.

Kindle users can tether as well-http://goo.gl/yuSuHw.

 

The first time time downloading an eBook, you may be prompted to create an Adobe ID.

 

3. Install the Media Console App

Install the Overdrive app, this allows you to check out and download. http://omc.overdrive.com/

You will need to create an account.

 

Limits and Due Dates

Currently, students are limited to three checkouts for 14 days.

 

Holds

Currently, we have only one copy on most books. We can add more copies in 12 hours. We encourage students to place a hold on a book they like, as that alerts us that we need to purchase more of that title. Users will get an email when the title is available.



FAQ

 

Q-What if I lose my username?

A-Check with your librarian

 

Q-Where can I get help?

A-Check the help section here-http://help.overdrive.com/ or use the help section in the library.

 

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Take the survey here.

 

eSTRIDE LSTA Grant/Project Overview:

This regional eBook project called eSTRIDE  provides anytime, anywhere, engaging library resources for these underserved students by delivering eBooks for 9th-12th grade students and teachers in the region. Approximately 13,608 students and teachers have access to these e-resources.  After the first year, the participating schools and the regional office will provide sustained funding to continue eBook collection development.

 

To be eligible to participate in the eBook project, you will need to survey your student body. However, before you survey your schools, you may need to get permission from your district office. The survey needs to be completed by May 22, 2014. If you have any further questions, please contact Cory or Chris at SEDC-435-586-2865.

 

eSTRIDE LSTA Grant/Project Overview:


This regional eBook project called eSTRIDE will provide anytime, anywhere, engaging library resources for these underserved students by delivering eBooks for 9th-12th grade students and teachers in the region. Approximately 13,608 students and teachers will have access to these e-resources.  After the first year, the participating schools and the regional office will provide sustained funding to continue eBook collection development.

Activities:

  • SEDC will enter into a contract with Overdrive to provide the eBook online library resources.

  • The SEDC media specialist will spend 100 hours researching and collecting available free eBook resources.

  • Working closely with the project director and a certified librarian in each of the districts, SEDC will coordinate the eBook selection process (resources from both Overdrive and from free collections will be considered) for the regional eBook repository ensuring all content selected is appropriate and meaningful.

  • SEDC will administer a web accessible online library management system (LMS) to host eBook resources.  SEDC staff will spend at least 100 hours importing eBook resources into this regional LMS.

  • SEDC will provide a minimum of 200 hours of ongoing sustained technology support and make training available for each school librarian and faculty members. This will allow the rural underserved students and teachers to independently select, check out and read eBooks from the regional system that otherwise may not be available to them.

  • After the first year of the project, the participating districts and charter schools will provide on-going funding to support the project.  The funding will be a $300 base for each district plus $.25 per student. For example, Iron District has approximately 3000 students participating, with a base of $300 + $750 ($.25 per student) for a total of $1,050.00.  This funding will be used to purchase regional updated content on a yearly basis.  This grant will be the catalyst to implementing a regional sustainable eBooks model.

Outcomes:

Through eSTRIDE, the students and teachers will have 24/7 access to eBooks, including locations other than school. Students and teachers will download and read eBooks that are available.  After the first year, each library will contribute a small amount to a yearly co-op purchase to acquire updated eBook resources that will be shared across the region.  Through this project, many of these rural students, although very isolated, will have access to the same eBook resources students have in larger areas.

Evaluation:

Each week SEDC and District staff will use the Follett Shelf reports to determine how each school is utilizing the system.  The schools that have not embraced eSTRIDE will be targeted through hands-on training and support that will help them become comfortableusing the system.  This will allow us to also determine which eBook resources and genres need to be enhanced.  At the beginning of the school year, SEDC will perform a baseline pre-survey on how eBooks and other online resources are being used bystudents. A post-survey will be given at the end of the school year.  SEDC will provide analysis on the difference between the surveys and adjust the project accordingly. ‬

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

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