The live bookmarking device bookPal is the strategic initiative debuting early September 2012. It is comprised of a two pronged approach that will revolutionize the method that library patrons interact and request information.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library, CCPL, is introducing a lifestyle changing strategy in order to promote literacy at it's 28 area branches: Bay Village, Beachwood, Berea, Brecksville, Brook Park, Brooklyn, Chagrin Falls, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights , Gates Mills, Independence, Maple Heights, Mayfield, Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Orange, Parma Heights, Parma-Ridge, Parma-Snow, Parma-South, Richmond Heights, Solon, South Euclid-Lyndhurst, Southeast, Strongsville, Warrensville.
The CCPL will simultaneously introduce the new physical storage units, -bin, book industry networks, and bookPal. 5 -bins will be adjoined to neighborhood hotspots, coffee shops, and will serve as a physical repository in absence of library buildings. The 5 -bin categories are fiction, nonfiction, periodicals, academic, and children. Each repository stores approximately 200-500 documents depending on size. -bin Library Members will be able to vote up or down
The ideology was to unify the large physical data-warehousing centers dispersed across multiple locations. The consolidation of the 28 library branches consolidates books, audio records, and document reserves into one strategic location.
The bookPal is a lifestyle device that melds the digital and physical space in literacy through a live marker system that synchs digital documents, audio, and physical books. No longer will your spot be lost across materials. Reading in bed, the morning commute, and on the go are now synched together, so you are on the same page!
How often do you wish you could inconspicuously read a book or article while at work that you've been dying to finish? How about listening to an audiobook during your daily commute? How often do you relax with a book before bed? Wouldn't it be nice if somehow there was a way to have all 3 formats and have them automatically pick up where you left off?
- Search & browse categories recommendations by tastes & preferences
- 2-3 weeks "digital" checkout (materials expire or can be renewed 1-3 days prior to expiration)
- Physical pickup at nearby coffee shops
- Library "meet ups" incorporate social interactions in physical spaces
- Community driven "bids" promote contents of the -bins
- Book selection changes weekly based on ranks
- 200-500 books per each -bin
- Need a specific book? 1-2 day (work)day shipping
- Library warehouses conveniently locating next to USPS sorting center
- Find nearest location - do you want a book now? View surrounding -bins
LiveBookmark took a lot of inspiration from both the Samsung SCH-U740 cell phone and Red Box. The Samsung SCH-U740 is a cell phone with a rotating hinge that enables the screen to extend in 2 directions, vertical (hotdog) and horizontal (hamburger). Vertical rotation keeps the standard flip phone interaction with T9WORD text messaging, whereas, the horizontal flip is used for speaker phone and a QWERTY keyboard. The industrial design of bookPal was based off Samsung’s pivoting screen and substitutes a physical keyboard for a digital in order to increase screen real estate while reading.
Additionally, Red Box was given great consideration due to how successfully it has been able to penetrate the movie rental business. Strategically located distribution machines with easy access and localized support seems like a logical transition for local library systems to make. The idea of providing a digital interface in order to promote and rank current -bin contents and warehoused information was grounded in promoting competition and social interactions among the user group. Therefore, it seemed logical to “reward” users for contributions to the LiveBookmark community.
Fitt’s Law predicts that the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the distance to and the size of the target.
Affordances are parts of a system that allow, or afford, us to interact with the system.
Both Fitt’s Law and Affordance was given special consideration to the touch interaction with the Rating screen. Josh Clark indicates particular areas where special consideration needs to be given in his book Tapworthy. Therefore, “Done” is at the top left of the rating page to afford returning to the previous screen once the ranking task is done. Furthermore, this is applied to the “up” and “down” primary actions in the book list. The arrows are in a button to afford a larger target area and distinguish primary to secondary tasks.
Don Norman’s Usability Guidelines are Visibility, Good
Conceptual Model, Mappings, and Feedback.
The primary page emphasizes the search through Visibility as the primary task as it is more visible. The LiveBookmark conceptual model affords visiual communication with both bookPal & -bin by providing implicit starting points paired with proven design patterns. Good mappings help the user determine the relationship between actions and results, controls, and effects, by using natural mapping.
Immediate feedback to the user is indicated through the responsive touch screen as well as drop downs, which reveal additional information.
Point at Things implies physically pointing devices at objects to retrieve information, which can be contained in “information shadows”. Augmented Reality is an artificial environment created through the combination of real-world and computer-generated data. Both principles are used in designing bookPal’s LiveBookmark .
The LiveBookmark retrieves text from the book via a smart flexible screen that acts as an optical lense. The information is compared to markers for the audio and digital materials and the position is pinpointed before all points are synched.