Mid York Library System Partnership
In this mobile age, technology has become increasingly valuable in supporting new generations of lifelong learners and readers. Now, the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) and the Mid York Library System have formed an innovative new partnership to increase access to more ebooks and e-audiobooks for students. This unique collaboration strives to promote literacy and digital learning by combining the schools’ and the library’s digital reading resources in one app. As a result, students can learn anytime, anywhere because of the convenience, ease of reading on-the-go and the inherent popularity of technology.
The school-library partnership provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for students’ use inside the classroom, at home and anywhere 24/7. Through Sora, the new student reading app for the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, students can now borrow from the school’s collection of classroom and pleasure reading, and also access the Mid York Library System’s juvenile and young adult digital collection. In addition, Sora supports teachers by leveraging content for curriculum and offering education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes and reading progress that encourage individualized learning.
“The mission of the Oneida/Herkimer School Library System is to provide equitable access to high quality, diverse educational resources,” said Elizabeth Hartnett, School Library System/Media Services Coordinator at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES. “Our collections are continuously curated to provide the current, culturally-responsive material that is representative of all members of our community. The partnership with Mid York Library System tremendously expands the ebook collection available to all staff and students of our member districts. We are so excited and grateful to Mid York for this collaboration which comes at a time when our community needs it the most.”
Mid York Library System Director Wanda Bruchis added, "The easy-to-use app provides students with the opportunity to pick from a larger selection of ebooks available from both their school and public libraries. No library card required! Partnering with the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES on this project is a bright spot during these challenging times."
The Sora app was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions 2019 and is available for all students in any of the Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES and Herkimer BOCES component districts to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available for use in web browsers at https://soraapp.com on any computer.
Residents in Madison, Oneida and Herkimer counties can also borrow and read Mid York Library System’s complete ebook and e-audiobook collection with a valid library card through the award-winning Libby app. The library’s tailored collection offers ebooks and e-audiobooks including bestsellers and new releases. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more. Libby can be used on any major device or computer, including Apple (R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (US only).
Both reading apps are built by OverDrive and OverDrive Education. To learn more, visit https://meet.soraapp.com/ and https://meet.libbyapp.com/.
About Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES
The Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES is part of a state-wide system of Board of Cooperative Educational Services. BOCES serves its component districts by offering a variety of educationally focused programs, services, and support systems including career and technical education, special and alternative education, administrative and financial services, human resources, program and professional development, information and technology support, and shared itinerant staff.
The Oneida/Herkimer School Library System serves 22 school districts and four nonpublic schools in the Oneida/Herkimer region by promoting and facilitating equitable access to information through coordinated resource sharing, professional development and introduction of effective technologies.
About Mid York Library System
The Mid York Library System is a nonprofit cooperative library system chartered in 1960 by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. Our mission is to improve and expand library service in the counties of Madison, Oneida and Herkimer. Mid York increases residents' access to material in the public libraries in our service area and beyond, as well as providing direct service to community members unable to access their local libraries.
About OverDrive and OverDrive Education
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. The company’s K-12 division – OverDrive Education – supports reading and learning in the classroom. OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 50,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries, including more than 30,000 schools. OverDrive’s popular reading apps provide best-in-class user experience and tools for staff management: the Libby app for libraries is one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. OverDrive was acquired by funds affiliated with global investment firm KKR in 2020.