This site has an explanation of what SORA is
Currently there are 3 Counties who are using SORA with the school districts: Albany, Campbell, and Goshen.
As I understand it, those libraries worked with their school districts to help get the students access to the Overdrive content through SORA. All marketing of the service is done by the school district and shouldn't cause extra work for public library staff (though they might have user questions about how to use the app)
The students will have access to all Virtual Library content -any restrictions of content is done BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.
In addition to the content we have through the Wyoming Virtual Library, it is my understanding that Overdrive provides additional content for the schools at no cost.
Moving forward Overdrive is willing to work directly with the school districts saving a lot of time for the three parties involved when only two really need to communicate with each other.
Overdrive will not be reaching out to the school districts, but if the school district reaches out to a member library or to Overdrive, Overdrive will work with them and get it set up.
This is all or nothing. If we allow some schools to access the content (and we have allowed this), all schools will be allowed access to the content (any restrictions would be done by the school district) if they are interested. (This does not mean all schools HAVE to access it, in fact, some are NOT interested, but that interest may change in time.)
I have no experience with SORA so am not able to answer questions, but Albany, Goshen, and Campbell have experience and can answer some questions or Rob Rando at Overdrive is able to answer questions about it.
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