Anode Receives National Recognition for Work at Nashville Public Library

BY Jeff Peden

Digital End Caps Earn Platinum Designation in 2016 Modern Library Awards

We’re pleased to announce that we have received a platinum award in LibraryWorks’ second annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs) for the Digital End Caps produced for the Nashville Public Library (NPL).

The Digital End Cap concept was envisioned in collaboration with the Nashville Public Library during the planning of the Southeast Branch Library in early 2013. Today, five touchscreens embedded at the end of bookshelves allow patrons to explore the library’s collection of physical and digital titles right where they browse.

“The NPL team challenged us to create a more intuitive and retail-like experience for patrons to discover both physical and digital titles,” said Chris Lee, Vice President of Technology at Anode. “The end cap solution aggregates multiple data sources into an easy-to-use virtual book shelf.”

Since the opening of the Southeast Branch in October 2014, NPL has incorporated the Digital End Caps into feature walls at both the Bellevue and Bordeaux branch locations. The integration of technology into the library experience is just another demonstration of Nashville’s ongoing commitment to building a world-class library system.

“The end caps have been a phenomenal way to bring a new energy and interest to how we engage patrons with our collections,” said Tricia Bengel, Associate Director for Collections & Technology Services at NPL. “The branch staff can now curate themed reading lists that encourage every patron to explore new ideas and titles each time they visit the library.”

In addition to promoting the library’s collection, the Digital End Caps also herald upcoming events at the relevant branch, as well as events being held at other branch locations.

“The Digital End Cap from Anode is particularly fascinating since it addresses so many needs of today’s library,” said Jenny Newman, LibraryWorks publisher and MLA program manager. “Anode has delivered a wonderful technology-based product for libraries that want to increase circulation, visits and attendance.”

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About the Modern Library Awards program
Modern Library Awards (MLAs), a product-review program designed to recognize elite products that can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems. Entries are batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic, and special libraries. Only customers with experience with these products in their facilities were permitted to judge the products, resulting in a truly unbiased score. Each judge scored the product on a numeric basis from 1-10 on a series of questions regarding functionality, value, customer service, and uniqueness in the marketplace.

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