I’ve been pondering bookplates as a fundraiser for a long while now. The administrative hurdles and my lack of time are enough to not do anything much about it right now. But could virtual bookplates be the solution?
Found via the Libology Blog, a program at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries are doing just that.
- An item with a Virtual Bookplate from the University of Florida Smathers Libraries, which utilizes an 856 MARC field link to the virtual bookplate.
- A search box on their Donor web page gives donors (and others) an easy way to locate the donated items.
- The virtual bookplate for the item.
- A presentation on Slideshare (14 slides) providing an overview of their process.
Simple, elegant and more visible. Yes, some time is still needed to design the bookplates and I would still have to work out the financial processes with the administration AND the cataloging issues with the powers that be. However, I’ll keep this idea in mind.