San Antonio Public Library Staff Member Invited to Present at International Digital Library Conference
SAN ANTONIO (August 25, 2015) — Earlier this month, San Antonio Public Library’s (SAPL) Senior Management Analyst David Cooksey was invited to present at OverDrive’s Digipalooza ’15: International User Conference in Cleveland, OH. OverDrive, Inc. is a global digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks & more.
Cooksey’s presentation on the Library’s “Ultimate Mission: Reach Every Corner of Your Community” dealt with how SAPL is reducing costs, increasing awareness, and improving its digital collection relevance within local communities. In the last year, the San Antonio Public Library has seen a 47% increase in circulation through Overdrive and a 45% increase in the number of patrons using Overdrive, through the collection development and marketing efforts of the Library team.
By recognizing and understanding the growth of “information on the go” the San Antonio Public Library developed an innovative approach to provide easier access to our digital library. Staff designed and deployed the Digital Library Community Project in 2014. This ‘library without walls’ has extended library digital services to over a dozen community locations including the YMCA, parks and recreation facilities, senior centers, the San Antonio International Airport, Office of the City Clerk, Haven for Hope, the Henry B. Gonzalez convention center and the DoSeum via digital library wallpapers.
OverDrive is the leading global digital distribution platform supplying the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks, periodicals and streaming video to 34,000 libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Over 500 conference attendees engaged in inspired discussion about the depth of analysis, the technical innovations, and the leadership that SAPL has brought to the library world.
“David’s presentation was timely, exciting, and interesting,” said Shannon Lichty, Director of Partner Services for Overdrive, Inc. “It was our pleasure to host David in Cleveland and have his participation on a session panel. We greatly appreciated his time and efforts.”
San Antonio Public Library staff continue to lead the way in innovate approaches to traditional library services. Earlier this month, Early Childhood Literacy experts from SAPL’s “Little Read Wagon” program traveled to the American Library Association (ALA) Conference 2015 to present on outreach to teen parents. “Little Read Wagon” is SAPL’s early childhood literacy program, designed to support the development of young children’s love of books, reading and learning. For more information about digital services at the San Antonio Public Library, visit www.mysapl.org or call 210-207-2500.
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