NEWSLETTER - Winter 2017
Uniquely Expanding Library Services
Nicki Stohr, director of Wilson County Public Libraries in Texas, launched a book kiosk in 2012 in nearby La Vernia, Texas as a quick fix to expand library services within the county. After five years, the kiosk program was so successful it was clear La Vernia could support a brick and mortar library. So on January 20, 2017, the Jane Yelvington McCallum Public Library branch in La Vernia opened to permanently expand library services. Here's how it happened.
When Stohr joined the staff of Wilson County Public Libraries in 2009, she met a dedicated member of the advisory board focused on getting library services back to her area of the county. There had been a library in nearby La Vernia, Texas, but it had closed when the library lost its lease several years prior. Upon losing its lease, the library sold everything and put the money into savings. A small group of dedicated women in the community, including Stohr's advisory board member, oversaw the funds and had continued meeting in hopes of finding a solution. This advisory board member approached Stroh about coming up with some options to expand services to La Vernia.
Stohr had recently attended Public Library Association’s Annual Conference and learned about a book kiosk at a baseball field in Florida. This seemed like a viable option for La Vernia as well.
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Spotlight: Supercharging Your WebsiteIn the fall, Apollo released updated information about how to “Supercharge Your Website” by further integrating a library’s catalog with their website. Roxanna Deane, Director of the Tye Preston Memorial Library in Canyon Lake, Texas, recently rolled out some exciting new upgrades to their website using these enhancements.
Deane incorporated Gabbie™ on the homepage to enable two-way texting with librarians. She wanted the “text a librarian” information to be easily accessible as patrons are using this as a means to reserve material with increasing frequency. Touching the graphic on a cell phone automatically starts a text message and requires no additional hardware at the library.
Deane added a scroll of new teen books on the teen page and a scroll of astronomy books on the astronomy page using Apollo's special subjects list. Lastly, she added links to specific electronic resources organized by category. The links to electronic resources authenticate through Apollo. This prevents access by blocked patrons as well as by unauthorized individuals.
Deane is most excited about showcasing and categorizing the electronic resources information. She commented, "I've always felt the resources were a little hard to find so patrons weren’t aware of all the services available to them." Now, patrons can navigate the electronic resources by specific categories such as employment, genealogy and adult education. Each category has a landing page where additional information can be listed such as details about The Genealogy Club at Canyon Lake on the Genealogy page.
Deane and her library staff have been very satisfied with these enhancements. She personally spearheaded the changes with a little help from her website consultant. With the simple coding provided by Apollo and a few questions for Apollo's support team, Deane found it easy to do most of the work on her own. Check out all the exciting enhancements at Tye Preston Memorial Library's website.
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