Magazine article American Libraries

Digital Wallpapers Open Doors: San Antonio Public Library Takes Ebooks into Tine Community

Magazine article American Libraries

Digital Wallpapers Open Doors: San Antonio Public Library Takes Ebooks into Tine Community

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Libraries are employing unique methods to make their digital collections available to patrons outside of the library. As a part of its Digital Library Community Project, San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) created digital wallpapers--virtual bookshelves that give patrons access to ebooks by simply scanning a QR code with a smartphone--that can be placed throughout the community. SAPL Community and Public Relations Manager Caitlin Cowart explains how the library developed the system.

SAPL launched the Digital Library Community Project in 2014 to spread awareness and create a gateway to SAPL's digital collection in physical spaces across our community.

The first project to launch was the digital library wallpaper, which is a two-dimensional adhesive resembling a bookshelf that can be temporarily applied to a wall without damage. From a marketing perspective, the wallpapers are interactive tools that serve as an introduction and gateway to the materials, while creating awareness about SAPL. Each book selection has a QR code that links to a title in our OverDrive collection as well as to titles in the public domain. Perennially popular books are featured--The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Racketeer by John Grisham, and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, for example. We also include books from local school reading lists, Spanish-language selections, and kids' books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A SAPL library card is required to access the OverDrive collection; non-cardholders can access only public domain titles.

The wallpaper design was created by SAPL's graphic design team and was inspired by cellphone company Vodafone, which made ebooks available on its phones as a part of a publicity campaign in Romania to showcase the phone's capabilities. Once SAPL's original design was created, the graphic design team worked with the library's in-house digital services department to create QR codes that link to specific titles in our collection. …

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