Students may obtain access to and borrow items from the IDEA collection at the school district level via the Sora app. There are no initial or ongoing costs to school districts. OverDrive connects with your existing sign-in method to authenticate your users. OverDrive does not collect data or have students create accounts. Through the authentication process, student data is protected and students will not need a special library card to check out materials.
Students/Users will now be able to check out IDEA titles without a special library card.
School districts in Idaho without OverDrive/Sora access should follow these steps:
Seek internal approval for the entire school district to participate. Many schools include the superintendent and school IT staff in this decision.
Sign up for the free Sora Starter platform via Overdrive’s Activation Form. When completing this online form, make note of a check box to OPT-OUT of Public Library Connect. As long as you do not OPT-OUT, connection to the IDEA collection will be included as part of the setup and authentication process.
Wait 1-2 weeks for someone from OverDrive to contact you to work with your designated IT staff to connect your school district’s existing sign-in method to the Sora app.
Wait 2-4 weeks for an email, from OverDrive, indicating that your school has been connected to the Sora app. Follow the instructions in the email to download and set up the Sora app. At this point your students will have access to the free Sora starter collection of about 400 titles.
Later, you will receive another email from OverDrive indicating that your school’s Public Library Connect (PLC) is in place. This is the step that will connect your school’s Sora app with the IDEA collection.
When setting up the Sora connection to your school, you will be allowed to choose age parameters. The default filtering in Sora is those in grades K-5 have access to only juvenile titles, grades 6-8 have access to only juvenile and YA titles, and those in grades 9-12 (as well as faculty and staff) have access to juvenile, YA, and general adult titles. However, you can contact OverDrive/Sora to change those defaults if you want. Mature titles are not available through the Sora app. (Unfortunately, you cannot adjust individual titles.)
To check on the status of your school district’s OverDrive/Sora access and connection to IDEA, please contact OverDrive Education Account Executive Suzy Nash directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-573-6886 x1370.
OverDrive is the company from which we are purchasing e-books and e-audio. OverDrive has created an app specifically for schools: Sora. Students will access and read e-books and e-audio through the Sora app. IDEA is the statewide collection/library of e-books and e-audio from which students may check out titles.
While the IDEA collection doesn’t have the capacity to share books through simultaneous use, OverDrive does offer some options for schools to purchase simultaneous use models or rent titles as needed. Please contact your OverDrive school representative for details.
The IDEA collection contains e-books and e-audio titles. The ICfL does provide journal articles, newspapers, and other reference resources through our LiLI service. Visit http://www.lilischools.org/ from more info.