OverDrive & Libby Resources

To suggest additions, please email Anne Hamland at ahamland@wvls.org.


Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) is the project manager for the Wisconsin Digital Library (OverDrive & Libby).

OverDrive Advantage Selection Committee

Please find information on the WVLS OverDrive Advantage Selection Committee meeting minutes, monthly budget reports, committee members, and details on the titles in OverDrive Advantage orders.

Please contact Committee Chair Katie Zimmerman at Katie.Zimmermann@co.marathon.wi.us with any questions or suggestions.

Committee Members

Katie Zimmerman of County Public Library, Chair

Kate Sullivan of Marathon County Public Library

Cindy Wendt of Minoqua Public Library

Jenny Jochimsen of Abbotsford Public Library

Loralee Petersen of Owen Public Library, Secretary

Budget and Budget Reports

Funds – WVLS has granted the committee $20,000 to be used between June 2017 and December 2018. This breaks down to approximately $1,110 per month or about 30 titles.

Meeting Dates


A conference call or “go to meeting” will be set up by Katie Zimmerman in September or October 2017.

An “in-person” meeting will be scheduled for February 2018.

Selection Process



  1. The committee will share 2 carts; the main cart and a “wild card” cart.
  2. Selectors will choose 15 adult books and 10 youth (middle grade and YA titles) to purchase each month. Consideration will be given to hold ratio, cost of title, demand within WVLS, and to covering both ebook and audiobook formats. In addition each committee member can choose 1-2 “wild card” titles.
  3. Around the 7-10th of the month, Kate Sullivan will check the WPLC holds list and streamline it for our committee to reflect titles that have the greatest number of WVLS patron holds. She will then email the spreadsheet to committee members.
  4. Members are to make their choices by the 20th of the month. Cindy Wendt, Kate Sullivan, Loralee Petersen and Jenny Jochimsen will compile the list of adult titles to buy. Cindy and Kate will choose 5 titles. Jenny will choose 3 and Loralee will choose 2. Katie Zimmerman, Loralee Petersen and Jenny Jochimsen will choose the youth titles. Katie will choose 5, Loralee will choose 3 and Jennie will choose 2.
  5. By the 20th of the month committee members will declare their wild card choices and Jenny Jochimsen will create a “doodle” survey and send it to the committee members, who will vote for their 5 favorite titles.
  6. After this is completed, Cindy Wendt will place the order for the final choice of titles.

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