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Digital Bookplates: Potential Fundraiser for the Public Library


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Presentation on the potential benefits of using digital bookplates in the public library setting. Given at a class on public library administration sponsored by B&ECPL and Long Island University C.W. …

Presentation on the potential benefits of using digital bookplates in the public library setting. Given at a class on public library administration sponsored by B&ECPL and Long Island University C.W. Post Campus.

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  • This is a project that would affect Development and Communications, but would also help streamline Technical Services processes.
  • The digital bookplate team received a Brown University Excellence Award for Innovation in 2007. “In a presentation at the 2008 Innovative Users Group Conference, Brown University librarians cited a 63 percent increase in new gifts to the library endowment in the year following the introduction of their digital bookplate program” (Carrico/Fleming/Simpson).
  • Search by Fund Name, Established By, and Graduation Year.
  • Scroll through bookplates with arrows.
  • Brown and Western best examples found of digital bookplate programs.
  • Oftentimes, each bookplate has its own web page.
  • Links to a list in the Catalog.
  • These are the personalized bookplates for higher levels. There are Library templates for anything below this.
  • Digital bookplate programs can be utilized for special projects.
  • Princeton Theological Seminary Library also uses digital bookplates for its adopt-a-book program.
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    • 1. Digital Bookplates Potential Fundraiser for the Public Library Angela Pierpaoli Technology Support Librarian Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Presented July, 2014
    • 2. What is a Digital Bookplate? “Unlike traditional bookplates, digital bookplates exist virtually and are linked to library catalog records” (Foster/Robinson).
    • 3. Who currently has digital bookplate programs? A: Academic Libraries  Brown University  Davidson College  Harvard College Library  Princeton Theological Seminary Library  University of Florida Libraries  Western Libraries
    • 4. Why Digital Bookplates?  Flexible fundraising platform for a digital world.  Less staff time than traditional print-based bookplate program.  “Green”  Bookplates can be associated with all types and formats of materials, not just books.  Donors can view their bookplate, or list of materials purchased with their donation, without having to come in to the Library to find a particular item.  Bookplates do not have to be physically added to rare or valuable materials.
    • 5. To Consider Before Starting a Digital Bookplate Program  If the digital bookplate program will be handled separately or integrated into the Library’s current giving initiatives  Digital bookplate program web presence  The creation of virtual donor walls so that all bookplates can be viewed in one place  Bookplate designs (customized at higher levels)  Whether or not to use gift levels, and if so, determine amounts  How to add Catalog records  Electronic/print brochures for digital bookplate program and donation forms  Whether or not bookplates can be printed and possibly framed as a keepsake or gift for the donor
    • 6. Brown University Digital Bookplates Site – Also see Project Website at
    • 7. Davidson College Digital Bookplates Site
    • 8. Harvard College Digital Bookplates Site
    • 9. University of Florida Libraries Digital Bookplates Site
    • 10. Western Libraries Digital Bookplates Site
    • 11. Bookplate Example - Brown University
    • 12. Bookplate Example - Davidson College
    • 13. Bookplate Example - Harvard University
    • 14. Bookplate Example - University of Florida Libraries
    • 15. Bookplate Example- Western Libraries
    • 16. Projects Donor Wall - Western Libraries Special Initiative Vintage Football Film Digitization Project
    • 17. Projects - Adopt-A-Book Programs - Smithsonian
    • 18. Catalog Records - Brown University
    • 19. Catalog Records - Western Libraries
    • 20. Catalog Records - University of Florida Libraries
    • 21. Potential uses for B&ECPL  Donations of money or materials  Make part of annual fund  Honor a loved one or as a memorial  Bucks for Books Campaign  Special Collections Donations  A way to reward or honor current, retiring, or past staff members  Fundraising for specific projects  Adopt-a-Book Programs
    • 22. Helpful Articles  Foster, Sherry, and Jennifer Robinson. "Donor recognition and cultivation through the use of digital bookplates." Journal of Library Innovation 3.2 (2012): 43+.  Carrico, Steven, Jason Fleming, and Betsy Simpson. ‘Virtual Bookplates: Enhancing Donor Recognition and Library Development”. College and Research Library News 71.8 (2010):419-423.
    • 23. Helpful PowerPoints and Handouts  Digital Bookplates: Using the OPAC for Stewardship in the Digital Age (Brown, 2008)  Throw Out Those Paper Bookplates 2.pdf (Western, 2010)  Western Libraries Digital Bookplate Brochure