Digipalooza 2015 is OverDrive’s 5th international user group conference for library and school partners. Digipalooza offers a unique blend of education, networking and fun.
Education & best practices from leading librarians
Learn how to maximize the value and circulation of eBooks, digital audiobooks and other media through best practices from experienced library and school staff, demonstrations of the latest innovations with devices and mobile applications, as well as tips and tools for increasing awareness and addressing today’s trends. Click here to find out why you can’t miss Digipalooza.
Networking with OverDrive partner libraries and publishers
Connect with hundreds of librarians, leading publishers and the OverDrive team at valuable sessions, networking breaks, meals and special events that encourage the sharing of ideas and experiences about eBooks and other digital media.
Fun events and activities
After fast-paced, content-packed days of informative sessions and networking activities, attendees are invited to explore Cleveland’s entertainment scene. Registration covers admittance to two evening events – a kickoff event at OverDrive’s Blue Sky Campus and a huge party at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum!
All meals and refreshments listed are included with the cost of registration. A paper program will be distributed at the conference and the digital program will remain available on our website. Click here to download a PDF copy of the conference agenda.
Wednesday, August 5 – Registration
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM | The Westin, Vanda Room (6th Floor)
Check in and get your name badge, conference t-shirt, and materials.
Wednesday, August 5 – Digipalooza Kickoff
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Join us for a fun night of education and networking at OverDrive’s headquarters, Blue Sky Campus. In addition to campus tours, meet up with your account representatives, get a brief orientation of the days to come and much more! Come hungry and try out some local fare with food trucks from some of Cleveland’s favorite spots.
Round-trip transportation will be provided between The Westin and OverDrive’s office (Blue Sky Campus). Buses will leave every 15 minutes from The Westin beginning at 5:15 PM with the last bus leaving around 7:30 PM. Limited parking is available at OverDrive for local attendees.
Please check in at the Digipalooza registration table at The Westin to pick up your name badge and conference swag before heading to the kickoff evening at Blue Sky Campus.
Thursday, August 6
8:00 AM – 11:00 PM
A hearty hot breakfast with an assortment of tea, coffee, juice and fresh fruit smoothies
Generously sponsored by Tantor Media.
Team OverDrive will review the agenda and events for the conference.
Let’s explore the current landscape of digital media in libraries with industry leaders from ALA, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal.
Andrew Richard Albanese, Publishers Weekly
Sari Feldman, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Quinton Lawman, OverDrive
Meredith Schwartz, Library Journal
Grab a selection of fruit, nuts, and energy bars and take a few minutes to mingle with fellow attendees.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Reach out to and convert every member of your community to a digital reading enthusiast. Learn methods to attract the next generation of visitors to your digital collection—and how to keep them coming back for more.
David Cooksey, San Antonio Public Library
Adriana Edwards-Johnson, Pioneer Library System
Scarlett Fisher-Herreman, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
Adam Sockel, OverDrive
Boxed lunch includes a smoked turkey club sandwich, as well as options for vegetarians and gluten-free attendees.
Content is the core of your digital library, and this session will share new tips and tricks for using OverDrive’s Marketplace to grow your collection, tactics for evaluating circulation, how to effectively manage holds and more. Then hear how leading libraries are using these tools to make data-driven decisions for the fastest-growing “branch” for many libraries.
Hélène Golden, Southern Ontario Library Service
Kristin Milks, OverDrive
Jeriann Thacker, Phoenix Public Library
Holly Varley, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Librarians discuss must-reads and upcoming new releases, and share ideas for how to design and merchandise a digital collection through Readers’ Advisory initiatives and services.
Maria Cipriano, Toronto Public Library
Rachel Kray, OverDrive
Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Cindy Orr, OverDrive
Enjoy local flavor with pretzels and Great Lakes Brewing beer-cheese dip. Hummus and other assorted dip options also available. Make sure to visit our exhibitors while you are between sessions!
How do you take your digital library to a level it’s never seen before? In a series of lightning talks, learn from real-world examples and case studies of how libraries and schools have engaged more users and increased circulation by making small changes that generated big results. Find out what sparked their success and how you can implement those ideas at your library.
Sandy Bolek, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Debra Dudek, Pinnacle Digital Consortium
Curtis Hartwell, Bartholomew County Library
Ann Jarvis, Grace A. Dow Memorial Library
Mary Jarvis-Robinson, Novi Public Library
Erin Kurtz, Capital Area District Libraries
Tyler Munn, Bartholomew County Library
Heidi Nagel, Kent District Library
Jennifer Peterson, Menasha Joint School District Libraries
Leslie Prusinski, OverDrive Inc.
If you didn’t get a chance to check out the exhibits earlier in the day, now is the perfect time to visit and chat one on one with our conference partners, sponsors and exhibitors.
Enjoy a night out with your new friends for dinner, dancing and full access to all exhibits at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.
Shuttle transportation will be provided between The Westin and the Rock Hall, starting at 6:50 PM.
Friday, August 7
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Calling all early birds! Welcome the day with a relaxing beginner level yoga session or practice at your own pace if you are more advanced. Bring your water bottle and mat (extra yoga mats will be available).
Location: On the green lawn between The Westin Cleveland and Cleveland Convention Center. Weather permitting.
Yoga generously sponsored by Gaiam.
Continental breakfast with muffins, bagels, fruit and yogurt to get your morning started.
Generously sponsored by Barnes & Noble.
Jane Green, New York Times Bestselling Author
Learn from OverDrive’s product development team about the latest digital library innovations. Experience demonstrations of features and new products and be the first to preview what’s coming next.
Ryan Fish, OverDrive
Bailey Hotujac, OverDrive
Beau Livengood, OverDrive
Christina Samek, OverDrive
Jeff Sterling, OverDrive
Michelle Walder, OverDrive
Enjoy a coffee break with your new conference friends and a chance to create your own “energy mix” of snacks.
Engage in conversation with leading publishers about the importance of libraries, emerging lending models in the digital library world and more.
No one leaves Digipalooza hungry! The Ohio Farmer’s Market “Chef’s Table” lunch features a selection of salads, flatbreads and hot sandwiches and we’ll top it off with a delicious dessert. Lunch generously sponsored by OCLC.
We’re listening! During this informal roundtable discussion, sit down with members of Team OverDrive to share feedback and brainstorm new ways to better serve your community.
Wrapping up the conference, OverDrive CEO Steve Potash looks ahead and takes you into the future with his vision for digital media in libraries and schools.
Conference Venue, Accommodations & Travel Information
Cleveland Convention Center
300 Lakeside Ave East
Cleveland, OH 44114
We recommend using the Lakeside entrance but if needed, an alternate entrance is available near the corner of W Mall Dr and W St Clair Ave using the “Global Center for Health Innovation” entry.
The Westin Cleveland
777 St Clair Ave NE
Cleveland, OH 44114
Our group block at The Westin is now full and the group rate has expired. You may still be able to independently book a room by contacting The Westin directly. Other nearby hotel options include the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center and the DoubleTree by Hilton Cleveland Downtown.
Welcome to Cleveland!
If you’re coming in from out of town, we look forward to sharing our hometown with you! We encourage you to extend your stay in Cleveland and spend the weekend exploring some of the fun things you can do here in CLE. Check out Destination Cleveland’s website for dining and event ideas and to browse the Official Visitors Guide.
Attention attendees! Driving to Digipalooza? Download our area parking map PDF. Don’t miss our Attendee Checklist for travel tips, what to pack and much more.
Registration fee covers all sessions, special events and meals. Hotel and travel costs are not included.
If you are paying by check, please click here to fill out our pay by check form.
“I came back to my library excited and ready to get my library co-workers excited with the ideas I picked up at the conference.” – Digipalooza Attendee
“This is my favorite conference. I’ve attended twice now, and it is always so well-organized.” – Digipalooza Attendee
“The conference was excellent and informative and l loved Friday night at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame!” – Digipalooza Attendee
“The Town Hall Meeting was a great way to hear the ideas and concerns of others while giving important feedback to OverDrive.” – Digipalooza Attendee