What if you could connect with summer readers at your library in an entirely new way? What if you could offer them a reading program with interactive digital capabilities, so they could read, play, listen, and create? And what if you had free tools to provide that program? Pretty exciting, right?
That’s the end goal of a new initiative from the Public Library Association (PLA) — to create a national digital summer reading (NDSR) website application available to all libraries in the U.S. through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
The proposed shareable website will make it simple for public libraries to energize their existing programs with dynamic qualities and start interacting with their young patrons like never before.
But first, we have to make a plan!
With the assistance of a planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and an advisory board made up of representatives from seven organizations, PLA and Influx are:
Central to the design of this project is conducting thorough user research. This is the only way to ensure the recommendation is grounded in the actual needs of public librarians and their communities. Our planning period includes:
We've created a map containing all of the public libraries in the United States. It uses IMLS geolocation data to direct a user to the closest library location. It will serve as the foundation for a NDSR website application, and eventually enable libraries to contribute information about their summer reading programs.
Try it out. Find your library with the Library Finder.
We value the knowledge and experience of library and reading professionals throughout the U.S and conducted a survey to capture input from the field. Th survey is currently closed.
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