10 Reasons to Visit BiblioCommons Booth #214 at ALA

by Erica

We're working with libraries to re-think what a library catalog can be, and taking the catalog to new places. Even if you aren't in the market for a new catalog, we'd love to see you. If you're looking for good reasons to consider at change, here are ten: 

1. We're rethinking how eBooks could work for libraries. When the content of eBooks is tied to the technology delivering the eBooks, the user experience is broken into silos, and patrons become frustrated. We don't think it has to be this way. Check out our video. Drop by for a demo.

2. Discover new tools for engagement that make playing in the library's catalog serious fun. Integrated summer reading clubs, quizzes, badges, challenges, avatars, polls and online book discussions-all in your catalog. It's providing the tools for younger patrons to easily engage around books and more (but many adults love them too).

3. Are you investing in content your patrons rarely see? Roughly 80% to 90% of traffic to public library websites is straight to the catalog. So most patrons rarely see all the terrific staff picks, recommendations, and subject guides. Why not make your catalog into a Readers' Advisory and Reference platform where your staff and community can engage and connect? While you're at it, you could also take advantage of all those eyes on your catalog to...

4. Feature your events right in the catalog — based on your patrons' interests. Help them find programs they want to attend, but didn't even know you had.

5. Promote database content in the catalog — strategically and precisely. 

6. Promote library services, local history collections, and more in the catalog — and when relevant to a patron's search.

7. Or...take it a step further: fully integrate the entire library website and catalog via BiblioCMS. BiblioCMS, developed in collaboration with Chicago Public Library, is changing the way public library websites and catalogs work. No more silos. Swing by, and we'll show you what's coming soon. 

8. Thinking about responsive design? So are we. Want to chat about responsive design, how to balance responsiveness with performance, and discuss what's coming soon to the web? We're in. We're in the midst of a major redesign to ensure our hosted websites and catalogs work on every device, every size, no apps involved.

9. FRBR — learn what's here and what's coming soon. Come by, and we'll show you what's available in our catalog (edition matching, integrated formats) and what's next. 

10. Let's think big picture: there is a huge opportunity for public libraries to support education like never before. (And win big points with the public.) According to a recent Pew study, overwhelmingly, the general public said that public libraries should do more to support local education. Come by to talk about how public libraries can collaborate to help educators, students, and school librarians and work together to connect local collections to the Common Core Curriculum Standards.

We'll be in booth #214. Hope to see you soon!

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