Digipalooza ’13 program

Thursday, August 1

Time Session Name
5:00 - 8:00 PM Registration
Meet Team OverDrive to check in and receive conference materials.
7:00 - 9:00 PM Opening Cocktail Reception - Sponsored by Tantor Media
Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments
Mingle with fellow librarians, publishers, and industry experts.


Friday, August 2

7:30 - 9:00 AM Registration
Meet Team OverDrive to check in and receive conference materials.
8:00 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by Wiley
Assorted beverages, fruit, Danish, muffins, bagels, cereals, and yogurts
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
9:00 - 9:30 AM Welcome to Digipalooza '13
Kick off the conference with a review of the agenda and events.

Shannon Lichty, OverDrive
Steve Potash, OverDrive
9:30 - 10:30 AM Digital Media: 2013 & Beyond
The Next Generation of readers has high expectations for how the library can satisfy interest and use of digital books. A panel of leading technologists and industry experts will report on recent developments impacting how libraries and schools serve readers.

Peter Haasz, OverDrive Australia
Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks
Jeff Sterling, OverDrive
10:30 - 10:45 AM Publisher Spotlight: AudioGO, a division of Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Preview new and upcoming releases from AudioGO, a division of Blackstone Audio, Inc.
10:45 - 11:15 AM Networking & Refreshments Break
Assorted refreshments and granola bars
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Maximizing ROI with Your Digital Collection Budget
With increased budget pressure, libraries must justify investment in the digital collection. Hear how libraries are measuring “return on investment” for digital materials and lending models to serve their community. You will also learn new tips and tricks for utilizing OverDrive's Content Reserve platform for purchasing, methods for evaluating circulation, holds, and more.

Jo-ann Benedetti, Upper Hudson Library System (NY)
Ruth Ann Copley, Davidson County Public Library System (NC)
Melissa Dewild, Kent District Library (MI)
Karen Estrovich, OverDrive
Kathy Olsen, Broward County Library (FL)
Cindy Orr, OverDrive
Cynthia Provenzano, Pikes Peak Library District (CO)
Sarah Redman, Midwest Cooperative for Library Services (MI)
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Maximizing the Value of Your School Digital Library – For school faculty and staff
Learn tips and tricks for increasing awareness and usage of your school’s OverDrive service by engaging students, teachers and parents.
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch - Sponsored by OCLC
Boxed Lunch
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
1:30 - 2:30 PM Uncovering the New User and Engaging the Black Belts
How can libraries attract new users as well as satisfy experienced customers? This session will review best practices for new customer acquisition and engaging your existing customer base. Gain fresh marketing and training ideas for addressing both audiences.

Michael Blackwell, Columbus Metropolitan Library (OH)
Jennifer Simon Halai, King County Library System (WA)
Melissa Marin, OverDrive
Tracy Montri, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (OH)
2:30 - 2:45 PM Publisher Spotlight: Books on Tape / Random House
Preview new and upcoming releases from Books on Tape / Random House.
2:45 - 3:15 PM Networking & Refreshments Break
Assorted refreshments and lights snacks
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
3:15 - 4:00 PM Big Data for Big Impact
Data-driven decisions can empower your library to better serve readers. Learn from libraries and OverDrive Specialists on what's being uncovered about how readers are discovering and using your digital collection. This session will share demographics, survey results, activity trends, and more.

Michael Ciccone, Hamilton Public Library (ON)
Joan Hansen, Denver Public Library (CO)
Jill Myers, OverDrive
4:00 - 5:00 PM Mingle with Conference Partners and Sponsors
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
6:45 PM Shuttles start from the Renaissance Main Entrance to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum
7:00 - 11:00 PM Celebration of Digital Media in the Library - Sponsored by Baker Publishing
Party like a rock star at the exclusive Digipalooza Party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. Plus, be among the first to view the Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction exhibition of the band’s 50 year career, including personal items and extraordinary collections never before seen by the public.

Dinner and cocktails will be served.


Saturday, August 3

8:00 - 8:30 AM Morning Yoga Session
Welcome the day with a relaxing beginner level yoga session (or practice at your own pace if you are more advanced). You’re not likely to break a sweat, but you will feel rejuvenated and ready to start the day.

Water and yoga mats will be provided.
8:30 - 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast - Sponsored by Sirsi Dynix
Assorted beverages, fruit, Danish, muffins, bagels, cereals, and yogurts
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
9:30 - 10:30 AM

Keynote Speaker: Mitch Albom, best-selling author
Mitch Albom is a best-selling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally-syndicated columnist. The author of five consecutive No.1 New York Times bestsellers, his books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies in forty-two languages worldwide. Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the New York Times list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time.

10:30 - 10:45 AM Publisher Spotlight: HarperCollins
Preview new and upcoming releases from HarperCollins.
10:45 - 11:15 AM Networking & Refreshments Break
Assorted refreshments and granola bars
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM User First: Delivering on the Promise
Retailers, booksellers, and social communities are tailoring the online experience to attract more customers. Learn about APIs and other tools that enable your library to be readers’ preferred connection to books.

Steve Frank, OverDrive
Drew Small, OverDrive
Jimmy Thomas & Mark Noble, Marmot Library Network (CO)
Clay White, OverDrive
12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch - Sponsored by RLJ Entertainment
Plated Lunch
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
1:30 - 3:00 PM Publisher & Author Roundtable
One of the most popular sessions from past conferences, the top publishers present their viewpoint on the state of digital lending and field questions from attendees. This moderated session will explore the opportunities and challenges in balancing the interest of stakeholders from authors on down. An author roundtable will follow.

Moderator: Erica Lazzaro, OverDrive
Anne Fonteneau, Blackstone Audio, Inc., home of Blackstone Audio and AudioGO imprints
Skip Dye, Random House
Sean McManus, HarperCollins Publishers
Mitch Mallon, RLJ Entertainment

Moderator: Cindy Orr
Anna Banks, Author
Kerrelyn Sparks, Author
3:00 - 3:30 PM Networking & Refreshments Break
Assorted refreshments and light snacks
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
3:30 - 4:15 PM Town Hall: Your Voice Heard
Participate in an informal roundtable discussion with fellow attendees and Team OverDrive. Ask questions, share feedback, and discover more ways we can continue working together to deliver world-class solutions to your eReaders.
4:15 - 5:00 PM Mingle with Conference Partners and Sponsors
Exhibits open for an opportunity to view the latest offerings from conference partners and sponsors.
Evening Experience Cleveland
What will your Cleveland experience include? A taste from the many restaurant options, bowling and beer at The Corner Alley, a viewing of Disney’s The Lion King in the country’s largest arts center outside of New York, Playhouse Square? With guidance from Team OverDrive, make the most of your visit to our hometown of Cleveland.

Note: Events and/or meals on Saturday evening are not included in the registration fee and will be at your own expense.


Sunday, August 4

8:00 - 8:30 AM Morning Yoga Session
Welcome the day with a relaxing beginner level yoga session (or practice at your own pace if you are more advanced). You’re not likely to break a sweat, but you will feel rejuvenated and ready to start the day.

Water and yoga mats will be provided.
9:00 - 10:00 AM Breakfast - Sponsored by Sourcebooks
Hot, plated breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 AM DigiP Showdown
Did you have an Aha! moment at Digipalooza? Share it with your new friends during this interactive game. Follow the Digipalooza ’13 pin board here.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Crystal Ball Report
Hear from OverDrive CEO, Steve Potash, as he shares what is next for eBooks and other digital media in the library.


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“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 the OverDrive.” – Digipalooza Attendee