As part of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, the New York State Library offers the choice of an online registration tool, developed by Evanced Solutions, to New York’s public libraries and neighborhood branches. In previous years, the only online registration tool offered free of charge to public libraries in New York State was Evanced’s Summer Reader. Starting in 2015, Evanced’s Wandoo Reader will be offered as well. Wandoo Reader is a new tool, still in beta form.
For an introductory video on Wandoo Reader, please visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/smreader.htm. There is a demo version of Wandoo Reader available at http://demo.evanced.info/ under “Children’s Program.” Watch for emails from the State Library about a trial version of Wandoo Reader.
This post is the first in a series of questions posed by public library staff and answers from Evanced about Wandoo Reader and we will post more as we receive them. If you have questions or comments about Wandoo Reader, please post them in the comment section below or contact Karen Balsen, Coordinator of Summer Reading at New York Libraries, at Karen.Balsen@nysed.gov.
Q: You talked about solving a mystery in the introductory webinar (archived on http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/smreader.htm), but I’m not seeing a mystery to solve. There is a running adventure about escaping the robot’s captors, but when I enter titles it boosts the robots energy which allows me to purchase more robot parts that I can interchange. It does not give me any clues to solve a mystery. I understand I can embed secret codes. Is that where the mystery comes in?
A: I think this comes down to semantics a bit. The “adventure” you mentioned is the “mystery.” The story text reveals progressively more about the robot with each ensuing level. We are putting in some level limits to slow down the story advancement and improve that sense of mystery.
Secret codes are unrelated to the mystery element, and represent something a library may or may not choose to implement.
Q: I don’t see an option to filter out students by the way they logged; books or time. Is there a way to keep track of the statistics of how many students logged by either books or time? That is something that historically New York State has asked for.
A: Yes, the basic logging method of the game is chosen by the library and can be limited to books or time, to meet New York State reporting standards. The library can set up the software to log both books and time, as well.
Q: Many families like logging family reading by days. Any day the family read 20 minutes they log their titles and earn a library certificate. Will reading by days be an option?
A: There is no option to log by days read or in 20-minute blocks. The task of incentivizing the daily reading action (an important habit to form!) is handled in a different way.
Wandoo Reader allows you to create Challenges like “Read for 20 minutes a day” that patrons can complete by clicking a button.
So if you want to encourage a daily action or give patrons that option, you can set up a Challenge for them to complete. The logging process will be easier for the patron to understand (Click a button instead of ‘log one 20-minute session’-which was often confusing).
Additionally, Wandoo Reader will offer an improved parental logging style where parents can easily record books for their kids via the parent’s own account.
Q: Is it possible in the demo to test how difficult it would be to set up a “20 minutes a Day Challenge” now?
A: No. The demo does not allow for this. Once the software is released it will be an option.
Q: I would absolutely want to participate in a training session that taught us how to set up the challenges and levels I want for my community. Can I test the Wandoo Reader set up options now and if so, how I do I go about doing it?
A: There will be training sessions and articles about the new features as they come out. If you sign up for a trial Wandoo Reader site, you’ll be informed about all training opportunities.
Additional information about online summer reading registration tools for New York State public libraries is available here: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/smreader.htm. Additional information about Wandoo Reader from Evanced Solutions is available here: http://evancedsolutions.com/products/wandooreader/.