Spring is in the air, the weather is warming, and people everywhere are throwing open their doors and getting out into their communities. This month we are highlighting unique ways to deliver engaging library services and promote literacy within the community. If your library has unique initiative to share, let us know so we can include it in one of our future newsletters. (link to our email).
The bibliotheca team will be out and about this month as well at conferences nationwide. We have special sessions lined up, informational webinars available, and a host of solutions designed to attract new users and expand your library beyond its four walls.
When a laundromat becomes a library
Seen on PBS News Hour, a NYU-NYPL partnership is adjusting how library staff engage minority and disadvantaged communities. Instead of waiting for young, busy families to swing by the library, staff members are setting up story time at local laundromats.
Summit County Library: extending library access and convenience by delivering hold materials to lockers in rural locations
Read about how Summit County Public Library is using a remoteLocker to provide residents of a small, isolated town with convenient access to library materials. Library Director Dan Compton will be sharing Summit County’s success in a session at the Utah Library Conference on Friday, May 17. Find more information about the session, Delivering the Library to Henefer, on the ULA Conference Scheduler.
How open+ impacts users at Gwinnett County Public Library
Gwinnett County is using open+ to offer extended library hours and access at its busiest branch. Watch this brief video to find out the effect open+ is having on this rapidly growing community.
On-Demand Webinar: Learn more about Windows 10 upgrade paths for selfCheck
As Microsoft support for Windows 7 comes to an end, we hosted a webinar to discuss the upgrade options for Windows 10 and answer any questions around expected support of bibliotheca solutions operating older Windows operating systems. View the webinar on-demand today and then speak with our account management team to find the option that best suits your library and users. View the dedicated Windows 10 upgrade webpage for contact details, upgrade path options, customer stories and more.
Upcoming product overview webinars
cloudLibrary modules overview webinar | April 9 at 2:00 PM CT
flex AMH | return + sorting overview webinar | April 12 at 2:00 PM CT
open+ | extending access overview webinar | April 15 at 2:00 PM CT
Lafourche Public Library + cloudLibrary | cloudLink session at Louisiana Library Conference recap
Laura Sanders, Director of Lafourche Public Library, joined Louisiana cloudLibrary Account Executive, Brett Ward, to discuss the recent successes of the Louisiana statewide eBook + eAudiobook digital sharing cloudLink group. Through cloudLibrary, Louisiana libraries are able to pool digital titles, decreasing hold times and increasing collection variety and depth. Many librarians from across LA joined Laura and Brett for the session, and we are thankful for all that were able to attend!
Upcoming Texas Library Association Sessions
Growing eBook and eAudiobook Collections via cloudLink | Join Laura Cole, Director of BiblioTech All- Digital Library, and Carolyn Booker, Director of Library Services at Lewisville Public Library to discuss growing your library’s collection by linking with other libraries throughout the great state of Texas! Join us on Tuesday April 16, from 11:00am-11:50am to learn more!
Transforming Libraries | Learn about exciting new developments from bibliotheca. Through innovative solutions, we help libraries create unique interactions, drive self-directed participation, and expand their overall reach in communities. Join us: Wednesday April 17, 1:00pm-1:50pm
| ACRL Conference | April 10-13 in Cleveland, OH
| Texas Library Conference | April 15-18 in Austin, TX
| Oregon + Washington Library Conference | April 17 – 20 in Vancouver, WA
| Alberta Library Conference | April 25-28 in Jasper, AB
| Connecticut Library Conference | April 29-30 in Groton, CT
Customers in the news
Rochester Public Library (MN) user James shares how the library impacts his life in this engaging and heart-warming video short.
Open Libraries spotlight on MPR Podcast: In Denmark, long opening hours for unstaffed libraries
Pottermore and Harry Potter fans around the globe celebrated #MagicalMischief on April 1st. Join the fun on Twitter and be sure you’ve got the latest from Pottermore in your cloudLibrary digital collection!
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has announced the winners of the 2019 ALIA Australian Library Design Awards. Don’t miss these beautiful, welcoming spaces.
Washingtonian: New Public Libraries Are Some of the Best Buildings in DC. Read the latest.
Fairview Library asks twitter: “Do kids even use the library anymore? Our library is an active, engaging community space. The best place to be at 10:43!” See the engaging tweet here.
The Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library in Opelika was selected to receive the 2019 Gold Standard Award for Public Libraries, which is the highest level of achievement for an Alabama library.