Top Questions from the LJ Design Institute in Bozeman

BY Jeff Peden

The Library Journal Design Institute is a bi-annual event that brings librarians, architects, and vendors together to discuss and explore the future of libraries. We pride ourselves in contributing to the innovations in the library industry, and we believe our interactive applications are helping transform libraries into community destinations. At the most recent LJDI event held at the Bozeman Public Library, we had so many great conversations about our digital end caps, community history interactives, and StoryBuilder application that we wanted to share some of the most frequently asked questions.

What exactly do ya’ll do?
Anode produces interactive experiences for schools, museums, and libraries to help these organizations engage and inform their audiences. At the Design Institute event, we specifically focused on our digital end cap solution, community history interactives, and our StoryBuilder application.

Does the digital end cap replace my OPAC?
No, the digital end cap is squarely focused on helping your patrons discover items by promoting or “merchandising” curated reading lists containing both physical and digital media items.

How do I edit or update content on the digital end cap?
The reading list for the digital end cap is created and managed through your existing ILS platform. Any lists you create in your ILS will then appear in our web-based admin interface. At that point, your staff simply assigns the reading list to which ever screen location you would like.

Does the digital end cap solution work with my ILS?
At this time, the digital end cap has been integrated with VuFind, Pica, and Millennium. We anticipate that we can work with any ILS that has a documented API. We are currently investigating Polaris, and we would be happy to investigate the possibility of working with your current ILS.

Can I customize the reading list on the digital end cap for each screen location?
Absolutely. The admin interface allows your staff to assign a reading list to any screen location. For example, you may feature “Manga Madness” in the YA area, while you have “Career Advice” in the Adult Nonfiction section.

How durable are these displays?
All touchscreen equipment we provide is professional-grade hardware with strengthened touchscreen glass to withstand the rigors of public use.

My library/location/community is unique, can I do (…insert any request…)?
We are a full-service graphic design and software development studio, so we are happy to offer fully customized solutions to fit your needs. The projects shown at the Design Institute are just a small sampling of of the solutions we can provide.

What about different screen sizes and formats?
The digital end cap solution is a 32in screen, and we do not recommend any smaller screen sizes for this application. You might be interested to know that we do offer expanded functionality in both a multi-user touch table and touch wall format.

How and when do we get started?
If you are building or renovating a space, the best time to start is during the blueprint phase. We will work directly with your architect to make certain any digital solutions properly fit into the overall physical space. After that, we will organize a conversation between your IT department and ILS administrator to fully understand the systems you currently have in place.

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