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 bit.ly 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.