Community Engagement Tools for Libraries

In today's DIY / Indie culture, the library can provide invaluable support to the creative class in its community. These customers may be engaged in artistic endeavors as a hobby, or as is more and more frequently the case, they may be building businesses based on their creative talents.

Most libraries already embrace their local creative community in the physical world with inspiring book collections, makerspaces, exhibit spaces and meeting room support. Now, libraries can create digital spaces for local creators to archive and share their work with people locally and around the world.

Local Creative Community

Now, local writers, bands, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, artists and cultural arts organizations can publish their digital books, music, images, videos and other media directly onto BiblioBoard for inclusion in the library’s collections. With a little social media savvy, this can be a springboard for developing a fanbase both for the artist and for the library. Big media companies like Amazon and Google will never be able to connect and curate a local creative community the way a library can.

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Local Writers

We work with leading library systems around the country to extend library writing programs and empower local indie authors. Indie authors can easily make their ebooks available locally and then send readers to the library to read them. Acquisition and distribution of self-published materials is simple and easy.

After your local authors submit their ebooks, they may be selected by Library Journal curators as a SELF-e “curated pick” and get national exposure for their writing. If they are chosen as a winner of the Library Journal Self-Publishing Award, they get cash, an official LJ review, free promotion and a reception at ALA Mid-Winter to help move their writing career forward.

Hugh Howey

Best-Selling Self-published Author / 2 million plus books sold

"The SELF-e approach to curation combined with simultaneous user-access via public libraries will encourage books to be discovered and even go viral."

Catherine Royalty

Los Angeles Public Library

“We are very excited to be partnering with Library Journal and BiblioBoard to showcase emerging self-published authors at the Library. We plan to use the SELF-e product to foster a community of local authorship and to provide our patrons with access to exciting new literary voices.”

Local Creative Community

The library can drive increased public awareness of local talent using social media strategies it has in place today in combination with BiblioBoard. Through the library, the local creative community is able to have free access to powerful publishing tools that present their images, music, videos and other media in a modern, mobile interface. The library curates this content to meet its collection standards and can heavily promote these works without fear of turnaways.

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Local Arts and Performance Organizations

It is simple to become an archive and raise community awareness for local arts & performing organizations, including: local and regional film festivals, drama groups and theatre companies, dance studios, improv groups and more. You make tools freely available to help these organizations promote what they do while creating your own archive of photos, videos, and organizational information to be available to patrons in perpetuity.

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Local Schools

Project-based and immersive learning is driving improved learning outcomes in schools across America. We are working with leading library systems to make archives and digital resources available to students for multimedia classroom publishing projects. These digital humanities and archiving projects teach important digital literacy skills and bring a library’s own collections alive with fresh interpretation from students.

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Local History to Life

Your community is your connection to your local history, and our simple tools let local historians, genealogists and other storytellers collaborate with your librarians to curate archives, add new items to the archives with librarian oversight and do important metadata work. We make it easy to migrate from other “legacy” archival platforms so that a library can have confidence in a modern, durable mobile and web display strategy that thrills patrons.

Jim McShane

Rapid City Public Library

“BiblioBoard affords us the unique opportunity to modernize and mobilize our Black Hills Knowledge Network digital collections, bringing to light the rich cultural heritage in the Black Hills while attracting new mobile patrons. At the same time, all of us — from Rapid City to Deadwood and Sturgis to Spearfish — can now focus on engagement, curating and publishing the most important artifacts of our shared history while relying on BiblioBoard to keep in step with technology and the elevated user experience our patrons now demand.”

Library Community Engagement