Pinterest Ebook Displays

Thank you,  Elizabeth B. Thomsen, for your post on Pinterest Pins and the Library Catalog!

I was just working with our Aquisitions Librarian, who was trying to craft a bookmark for our avid quilters that would offer one click access to our quilting ebooks.  She had organized the bookmark by platform, with custom links and qr codes that would lead to quilting book collections in Overdrive and Axis 360. 

For some reason, the link to Overdrive just wasn't working.  It would take the user to the OverDrive home page rather than the search results.  So we were searching online for solutions that other libraries might have found for this problem, and Ms. Thomsen's post on Pinterest Pins came to our rescue.

Instead of trying to link directly to Overdrive, we managed to craft a link that would search our online catalog and yield the quilting books in question (using the Format and Subject limiters in TLC, since the collection variables that would have allowed us to limit the search to nonfiction disappeared as soon as the ebook variable was applied, and vice versa).  That link worked. Whew!

Back to Ms. Thomsen's Pinterest Post, I really love the idea of using a Pinterest Widget and themed Pinterest Boards to provide digital book displays on our library's web site.  What a great way to provide one (maybe two) click access for patrons to books of interest from Overdrive, Freading, Axis 360, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Worldbook Ebooks, Tumblebooks, Brittanica Ebooks, Literati by Credo, and the National Geographic Virtual Library.

Thank you for the workaround and the inspiration!  See the many wonderful ebook display boards created by the Noble Libraries on Pinterest.  For a fancier kind of ebook display, the LibraryThing book display widget is also a nice option, though it requires some investment.

Claire Sewall's points about the importance of respecting book cover copyright when pinning are worth noting.  See her post Making an Impact with MetaData on Social Media.


Special Guest Story Times


Some of our local schools will be participating in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Scholastic made a presentation at the last Terrebonne Association of School Librarians meeting, and there was general discussion of how school librarians might encourage student participation over the summer, when our school buildings are closed.

We were brainstorming some ideas, when one creative elementary school librarian asked if she could volunteer to host a special story time at the public library most of her students use during the summer.  Other librarians also expressed interest in this idea, and so I promised to ask our Youth Services Librarian and branch managers if that would fit in with their summer programming.  The response has been extremely positive, and one branch reported that the Pre-K coordinator at her local public school has done something similar in the past and it has been a big success.

There was a little initial concern on the public library end about whether the Scholastic Challenge would compete with our public library Summer Reading Program, but the two are not mutually exclusive.  Scholastic encourages local summer reading program participation, and students can use the computers at the public library to record the minutes they spent reading their local SRP books, and receive extra encouragement, prizes, interactive reader's advisory, and points for their school that could translate into new books for their school library.