BiblioBoard is comprised of two key components. The first is a vast database of more than 4.5 million pieces of content – documents, letters, maps, audio, video, etc. – organized into easy-to-search categories, called anthologies, accessible on all major tablet devices. Biblioboard listed more than 400 anthologies by the end of 2013 in literature, history, philosophy, religion, science, nature, Native American studies, women’s studies, music, sports, drama, games, crafts, cooking, and children’s literature. Each anthology is carefully chosen by its curators and includes e-books, streaming videos, audio, art, and articles.
BiblioLabs determined that over the past two decades, innovations in the use of technology to enhance the user experience – embraced by media- and customer-savvy companies but less so by libraries – was largely responsible for the gap. As an example, the company cites the growing use of mobile devices such as tablets to access information. The problem for libraries is the perception among library vendors that libraries are slow – and feel little urgency – to adopt innovative practices for their users. BiblioLabs believes this user experience gap represents the greatest competition – and threat – to the role of libraries in the future.
The second component is the BiblioBoard Creator publishing tool, which allows libraries that purchase BiblioBoard to add their own digital special collections in the same sophisticated multi-media environment. Using the Creator tool, libraries can easily upload photos, letters, newspaper clippings and other items residing in the public domain or with cleared rights to tell a story that can be shared within their communities or around the world.
BiblioLabs is a leader in Open Education Resource (OER) and OA content creation, curation and distribution software to academic institutions. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, their BiblioBoard platform aims to transform student and researcher access to information by delivering a simple, intuitive and modern user experience and delivering the best OER and OA content creation tools. They work with public and academic institutions of all sizes to democratize access to information and lower costs for students.