An integral part of the public library experience is walking into a branch and being greeted by a bookshelf filled with staff reading recommendations. Here at BiblioCommons, we try to emulate that same experience digitally by giving library staff and patrons the tools they need to create, share, and discover lists of hand-curated book recommendations.
With that digital experience in mind, the BiblioCommons Core Features team undertook the task of rebuilding our list creation tools from scratch. One particular goal of the project was to improve the visual appeal of our digital lists: to make them as attractive and engaging as the real-life displays that library staff use as the centrepieces of their physical library spaces. In practice, this involved building a feature that produces eye-catching collage images from the covers of the books included in our users’ lists.
If you’ve got a card at one of our many participating libraries, you’re likely familiar with the BiblioCommons online platform. At BiblioCommons, we build products that help public libraries extend their communities from inspiring physical spaces to equally beautiful and welcoming digital spaces. We call these interconnected, online communities “The Commons”.