As school libraries and classrooms swell with the influx of young ones back to their studies, public libraries return to a sense of normalcy. At many libraries, fall is a time to be forward-thinking, brainstorm and begin strategic planning. And with IFLA’s recently released 2019-2024 strategic plan now available to digest, everyone’s got strategy on the brain.
To aid in your musings of future programs, services and outreach, we draw your attention to a few customer initiatives, news items and important updates below. In late August, bibliotheca leadership addressed recent publisher model changes in a letter to all customers and we announced a new partnership with Patron Point. Oakville Public Library is seeing incredible success with their new OPL Express initiative and Mandel Public Library couldn’t be more thrilled with their content transfer to cloudLibrary. We’re visiting eleven states in the next five weeks to have in-person discussions, helping libraries be more strategic with outreach efforts and user experiences. Be sure to also dive into our customer news highlights!
Press Releases + News Updates
A message from bibliotheca leadership regarding publisher model changes
In a letter addressed to our customers, bibliotheca SVP of Digital Product, Tom Mercer shared thoughts regarding Amazon’s negative influence on publishing industry and model changes for libraries. Read the customer letter and let us know what you think on Twitter with the hashtag: #eBooksforall.
bibliotheca and Patron Point partner to drive cloudLibrary eBook awareness and use
Patron Point and bibliotheca have entered into a new partnership with a goal of providing libraries with effective marketing tactics they can employ to easily promote the many benefits of cloudLibrary and drive new user adoption. Read the full release.
Express “Branches” Provide Library Access to Exploding Toronto Suburb
Read about how Oakville Public Library in Ontario is using bibliotheca’s remoteLockers to provide express branches to serve their rapidly growing population.
In addition, enhanced functionality is coming to our holds pickup locker range! Get in touch if you’re interested in adding on new lockers to your existing system.
Improving service with cloudLibrary in West Palm Beach
After transferring all of their digital content and collections to cloudLibrary and joining the digital lending cloudLink sharing group in Florida, Mandel Public Library has improved the overall library borrowing experience for both users and staff. Watch videos with library leadership and read the full story.
Global events + upcoming fall conferences
Calling all Library Marketing Teams!
Join us for the Library Marketing & Communications Conference in St. Louis, MO this November! This conference is designed for library professionals that focus on marketing, communications, public relations, social media and outreach. Sessions will explore specific topics that are important to libraries and the conference will include time to network and meet others in the library marketing space. RSVP here.
We are excited to highlight a session hosted by Hamilton Public Library’s own Marketing & Communications Manager, Shelley McKay: Giving Away the Keys to the Library: Selling Extended Access to Staff and the Community. Don’t miss it!
Upcoming State Conferences + Events
Discount Extended: Up to 35% off bibliotheca security detection systems!
Due to the popularity of this exciting promotion and the number of libraries wanting to upgrade their existing security detection systems, we’re extending the deadline. Now, libraries who place orders through the end of October will receive 35% off and those who place orders in the month of November will receive 20% off. This limited time offer allows libraries to economically modernize their entrance when they replace existing security gates. Don’t miss the opportunity to save the full 35% and place your orders by the end of October!
Noteworthy Library News
Publishers Change eBook Models; Libraries Look for Answers | Library Journal
We are kind of awesome, but there’s work to be done | Sacramento Bee
Easily tell local politicians to support libraries | EveryLibrary
Watch the Closing Session of 85th IFLA General Conference | YouTube
Tune in and turn it up: List of library related podcasts | The Library Lab
Helsinki chosen as the best new public library in the world | Helsinki Library Blog
These 2 Men Are On A Mission To Visit Every Library In Massachusetts | Radio Boston
Do Space Fellowship Challenges Women Innovators | Urban Libraries Council
Libraries selected for ALA’s Great Stories Club | ALA