How libraries are leveraging digital content to engage students with alternate formats

Sponsored by OverDrive Academic
Recorded on 02/03/2022

Posted in Ebooks and Digital Resources

How can libraries use alternate digital resources to engage students?


Since the onset of COVID-19, digital options have become a lifeline for academic libraries. Appealing to both educational and entertaining experiences, academic libraries deliver a new world of digital resources. Alternate formats in today’s library—from crafting courses and guitar lessons to personal and professional development materials—complement traditional books, databases, and journals.

Join this session to learn how libraries of all types and sizes are expanding beyond ebooks to better engage students, and how your library can make use of OverDrive Academic and Kanopy’s alternate digital formats. This event will highlight the continued rise of audiobooks, the use of digital magazines to attract new users and the implementation of streaming video to support curriculum and offer unique entertainment and cultural experiences.


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    Kathleen Folger

    Electronic Resources OfficerUniversity of Michigan Library

    Kathleen is the Electronic Resources Officer at the University of Michigan (U-M) Library, coordinating the building of the Library’s diverse portfolio of online content. She has held multiple positions in her 25+ years at the library, all focused on supporting the research, teaching and learning of the university’s faculty, staff and students. She is also an adjunct lecturer at the U-M School of Information.

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    Jason Tyrrell

    General ManagerKanopy

    Jason is the General Manager of Kanopy, leading business strategy as the company enters its next phase of growth and expansion. Over the past 14 years, Jason has led acquisitions, business development and distribution teams at boutique independent film outlets, global content aggregators, and emerging and established digital platforms, always with an eye towards technology’s ability to engage audiences on a deeper level with content, discovery, user experience, and the artists they love.

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    Jeff Cola

    Account ManagerOverDrive Academic

    Jeff Cola is an Account Manager at OverDrive, working with College and University libraries, and has been on the OverDrive Academic team since 2019. Prior to joining the OverDrive team, he was a K-12 Educator, teaching Middle School Math. Jeff holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Toledo.