The simple answer to our successful eBook program is directly related to marketing. It's like any other program in education one must present, present, and present again. My latest marketing strategy came after seeing a tweet about Destiny Discover QR codes. I was so interested I contacted Follett and started thinking of ideas to make this enhance our eBook collection usage. That's when I decided to make flyers around some of the most popular books circulated at our school. With the Destiny Discover app already downloaded on my smartphone I scanned the QR codes and was directed to the actual eBook in Destiny Discover. All one needed to do was log into their account and the eBook was checked out. How easy to have these flyers displayed in the hallways, bathrooms, classrooms, and cafeteria. They can also be easily shared on social media. It will be interesting to see if these visuals will make an impact on our circulation statistics.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
So how many of you remember from the retro days of a librarian sitting at the Help Desk when you were in college? Yup, you just approached the desk and asked him/her a question and they were more than happy to help (well at least most of the time). I took an old desk removed the ancient desktop computer and made a Help Desk sign. I gave no instructions to my student aides and witnessed an intriguing outcome. They love to sit at the desk with their personal ChromeBooks and take on the help tasks. Whether it's distributing information on the Spelling Bee, giving out requested print jobs, searching for books in Destiny, or answering basic questions the library student aides love this prestigious position. Notice Helga (the decorated duster per student idea and design) in the photo who accompanies everyone at the Help Desk. Sometimes those old concepts can find a place in our new diverse library environments. After all, we are all about helping.
Monday, October 24, 2016
With 3 years of promoting books using ThingLink presentations during the month of October, I thought it may help others to curate them in one location. You can either show the book trailers on a large screen for the entire class to view or allow students to pull out their headphones and view only the trailers of interest. Please feel free to use this in promoting books throughout the month of October.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
As our eBook program continues to grow, I have shared our successes through a blog article in Follett Community. If you are using Destiny you will want to join Follett Community. Please don't hesitate to contact me about any further information on this topic.
Click here to view my blog article in Follett Community.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
This time of year is one of my favorite times to share a variety of genres. Here's one of the Killer Thriller book trailer presentations used with classes to help motivate students to read. Using ThingLink with book trailers has been an incredible asset with my library programming.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
I changed up my meet and greet this year with a new batch of students. With returning 7th and 8th graders I need to continually change up my "Meet and Greet" presentation and I was pleasantly surprised at the response I received this year with all 3 graders. Virtual reality has been introduced into the lives of our students and the Thinglink VR presentation was by all means a hit. Pictures from our Instagram also helped visually showcase the library. Using these 2 simple tools and presenting them in a tackk was the perfect presentation to introduce the library program.
I changed up my meet and greet this year with a new batch of students. With returning 7th and 8th graders I need to continually change up my "Meet and Greet" presentation and I was pleasantly surprised at the response I received this year with all 3 graders. Virtual reality has been introduced into the lives of our students and the Thinglink VR presentation was by all means a hit.