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    BiblioBoard, the new Frontier…

    By: Christy V. Temple

    If you haven’t noticed yet, the Daviess County Public Library has added a new digital program to our plethora of databases on our website. This new platform is known as BiblioBoard. Now, the next question you may have is: “what the heck is BiblioBoard?” Well, I will do my best to try to explain this new addition to our website and to be as clear as possible.

    BiblioBoard, according to the company lingo, is an award-winning app and web ecosystem that connects library patrons with digital archives from all over the world. BiblioBoard, the Patron’s First Mobile Library, has the following great features:

    • No multi-user limits or turnaways
    • No checkouts or returns-just tap and read
    • Simple and easy to use
    • Tens of thousands of curated books, images, documents and videos
    • A world-class patron media experience

    Okay, basically that’s one definition of BiblioBoard from the company itself. Now I am going to share with you our Information Technology manager’s explanation as to what BiblioBoard is. Take it away Brian….

    “BiblioBoard is a digital content provider, much like 3M Cloud, OneClick Digital, and Zinio. The base level of BiblioBoard comes with non-fiction reference materials. In our case, we’ve added such items as Dark Horse and Valiant comics and Wiley’s for Dummies books covering a wide range of topics from technology to container gardening. Content via our catalog can be found on the web via this site: https://library.biblioboard.com/ and in the BiblioBoard app. Just like the Zinio database, there are no checkouts or holds, all of the content can be checked out and kept indefinitely.”

    However, as neat as all of this is, there are many additional aspects to BiblioBoard and we have barely scratched the surface. One of the newest components to BiblioBoard is something called Indie Kentucky that allows independent authors in our state to submit their works and add them to the BiblioBoard collection. IndieKY is now live with works by local authors. If there is someone you know who would love the idea of adding an ebook to this collection and gain exposure, they can go to the website mentioned above and submit their work via the “Are you a self-published author” link.

    If this sounds promising, it continues to get even better. BiblioBoard has decided to team up with ALA, otherwise known as the American Library Association, and Library Journal to promote a whole new type of program for independent authors. This new program is entitled: Self-e Selections and basically if you upload your work to the site and it is selected by the Library Journal’s critics, then it will be added to the national Self-e Selections collection. This collection is marketed and promoted by Library Journal and an ebook chosen here would then be available on BiblioBoard nationwide. Talk about your national exposure!

    So as you can see, BiblioBoard is an amazing platform that is capable of doing many fantastic things and the best thing about it is that more and more authors will have the chance to get exposure for their work than ever before.

    Now, for some basic instructions on how to access this phenomenal site for our patrons:

    • Go to https://library.biblioboard.com/
    • Click on “don’t already have a profile, create yours now!”
    • Under Create your profile, choose “yes.”
    • Now, you need to type in an email address, this is optional but needed if you forget your username or password. Now, you will make up a username and password to be able to have an account and check out items indefinitely.
    • You can continue without creating a profile but you won’t be able to save any favorites you come across, check out items forever, and generally won’t be able to do quite as much as a logged in user.
    • If you would prefer to view and use the content on a mobile device, then you would click on the link for the type of device you own. There are apps available for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire products.
    • Either way, now that you have an account and are logged in, you may search through the catalog to see what is available. Feel free to search around the site and find out just what all it has to offer. You can browse by categories or modules and you can save under My Board things like favorites, bookmarks, and recent history searches.

    Now, go explore BiblioBoard and find out what this new frontier in technology holds for the future.

    Also, if you ever have any questions about our databases and how to use them or anything else library-related, feel free to contact us at 270-684-0211 Ext. 4. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll get you in touch with someone that does.

     
     
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