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Students are bombarded with information from multiple platforms in all areas of their lives, but they need skills to evaluate whether it is credible and how to identify partial truths and bias. The goal of the NextGen Information Literacy Project is to produce responsible consumers of information who use critical thinking skills to evaluate the massive amount of news and media they will encounter in their lives.


There is no additional cost for libraries with OverDrive collections to participate in the IDEA.

Public libraries without OverDrive collections cannot participate, but are encouraged to start an independent OverDrive collection or join an existing OverDrive Consortium to leverage buying power.

Each library/consortium can choose which lending models they wish to include in the reciprocity. The only lending model required to be shared with others in the alliance is One Copy/One User (OC/OU). Any of the four Metered Access (MA) options can be included or excluded. Simultaneous use and titles purchased under Advantage plans are never shared. Libraries/consortia may prioritize holds for their patrons, ensuring they receive items before other alliance patrons, or they may choose to turn off the availability of holds for visitors.

You can choose to have your patrons prioritized for your OverDrive collection or even to turn off the ability for “visitors” (anyone who is not one of your patrons) to be able to place holds on items in your OverDrive collection.

In addition to the OverDrive statistics available through Marketplace, OverDrive will share a monthly stats sheet with each participating public library.

No. Advantage titles may not be shared with other IDEA libraries.

The short answer is access to MANY more titles as no additional cost to you. The IDEA is focused on purchasing juvenile and teen titles, supplementing existing OverDrive collections. Once your library is participating, your patrons will have access to the OverDrive titles shared by other participating libraries as well.

Yes! By signing a Public Library Connect agreement (PLC), at no additional cost to all parties, public library titles can be used by students without a public library card via the school’s Sora app. Authentication happens through the school’s existing sign-in method, so student privacy is maintained.

Yes, multiple copies will be purchased as holds for those titles increase.

Since the entire consortium owns the collection, the consortium will need consensus from each library representative to join.

Currently the Libby app requires a separate search in each collection, but we understand an upgrade is coming within the next year to remedy that.

Public Libraries without OverDrive

Idaho Public Libraries without OverDrive service are encouraged to start an independent OverDrive collection or join an existing OverDrive Consortium to leverage buying power. We are currently aware of two OverDrive Consortia that are accepting new members: The Idaho Digital Consortium and the LIBRI Consortium.


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For more information on the NextGen project in Idaho, please contact Jeannie Standal

Jeannie Standal

Jeannie Standal

School Library Consultant
Email / 208-639-4139
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