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How Libraries Are Supporting Their Communities During COVID-19 is a poster in the 2020 PNLA Virtual Poster Session. We encourage you to engage in discussion by leaving a comment on the page. The author of the poster will respond to comments the week of August 4-7, 2020.

Presenter: Rob Rando

Track: Academic, Public, & School Libraries

Abstract: As the nation’s libraries closed their physical branches in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, patrons increasingly turned to libraries’ digital collections of ebooks and audiobooks. Several libraries rose to the challenge and found new ways to reach readers and support their communities during these difficult times. In this session, we’ll share some of their best practices, including leveraging low-cost and no-cost simultaneous use titles to build your collection, how to provide access from a distance with Instant Digital Card, and ways that public libraries and schools can work together to support students doing remote learning. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn valuable and creative strategies to apply moving forward.


About the Presenter:
Rob Rando (rrando@overdrive.com) joined OverDrive in 2017. Originally, working with the new sales team he helped to set up 50+ academic and corporate libraries with an OverDrive Platform. Now, Rob works as an Account Manager to Public Libraries in the Northwestern United States.

Chat with the Presenter:
Rob will be available to chat in real time via comments, August 4th-7th 12:30-1:30pm (Pacific time). Can’t make it during these times? Don’t worry! Leave a comment and he will get back to you.


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Jodi Jacques
3 years ago

Thanks for sharing how libraries labeled their Duke Classics collections. I need to get more creative in my naming collections when curating! This was a good session, thank you Rob!

Reply to  Jodi Jacques
3 years ago

Hi Jodi,
Thanks for attending!

3 years ago

Rob — Thank you for supporting the PNLA virtual poster sessions. I know many of our library communities are thankful to have a platform like Overdrive to serve their patrons during these interesting times.

Reply to  Rick
3 years ago

Rick – Thanks for watching. Please feel free to reach out to OverDrive anytime with additional service ideas.