October 18, 2021

Los Angeles Public Library Launches Pilot of OverDrive’s Streaming Media Lending Service

OD’s Streaming Video lending service first pilot is now live on the LA Public Library’s OverDrive site.

From OverDrive:

The video titles are housed on the same platform as all of your eBook, audiobook and music titles, creating a simple, one-location user experience for your patrons. The OverDrive APIs and our free MARC records integrate your streaming videos into your OPAC or ILS, so your patrons don’t have to go anywhere else to get the materials they want.

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…a large number of titles are available under a one copy/one user access plan, allowing you to invest in a standing collection that serves your patrons with great return on investment. We also offer Streaming Video collections under simultaneous access plan. OverDrive will also support new metered access models for streaming video such as Cost per Checkout (CPC) as required by select studios.

The new Streaming Video service is replacing OverDrive’s download video (WMV) service that has been on the market for many years. Library WMV titles will be removed from the website and replaced automatically with streaming video titles wherever possible.

OverDrive is live with several libraries as part of a limited pilot program starting this month.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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