Thursday, February 26, 2015

Making the invisible visible

Image from Pixabay

Inspired by Katie Day, Barb Reid and Nadine Bailey's presentation at the School Librarian Connection last November, our library team put our thinking hats on to make our invisible ebook collection more visible to the students to boost awareness and reading of these resources.

One idea was to have a face out display on the physical shelf, but we didn't have enough shelf space to do this. So we thought about a physical book like object that would be integrated into the collection. Initially we thought that a discarded book wrapped and recovered with the cover of the ebook would suffice, but then we didn't have enough old books to do that with and we faced the problem of having different sized books which would mean the covers would need to be reworked each time.

We found some DVD cases in a storage cupboard and felt these would do nicely. A template was created using illustrator and a mock up book was designed using the cover illustrations of the ebooks. A QR code was included front and back which linked directly to the book on the Wheelers ePlatform page, where the blurb could be read. If the student wanted to read the book they would just need to log into Wheelers to download the book and start reading it within seconds. We also added a tiny url for those who wish to access the book on their laptop, a 'spine label' so it would be shelved according to where it would go if it was a physical book and instructions on how to access the book.

We may even keep a permanent display of the ebook covers with the QR codes available somewhere for even more "in your face" access.

The display of ebooks ready for the shelf.

What the printed insert looks like.
Shelving the 'book' in amongst the other physical books to
improve browsing options. (The Dollhouse Asylum)

The ebook has also been catalogued in the collection it would be in if it were a physical book, along with the direct link to the Wheeler's page.

Today I introduced this concept to three classes. They were impressed with the magic and some even borrowed an ebook to read. Mission accomplished!


D's Journey said...

Brilliant idea! :)

Anonymous said...

Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing.

Miriam said...

Terrific idea, and I have a heap of old DVD cases I can use, so I can actually do this immediately! Thanks Dianne!

Dianne McKenzie said...

It is a bit of a project, but I think it is worth it in the end to improve access. I would love to know how you get on with it.

Sandrea Ware said...

Magic - always looking for ways to promote the ePlatform, and this is one of the best 'ongoing' ones I've seen.

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Maura said...

Great idea Dianne, going to implement! Maura