Selling your Library – Using Screen Savers and Desktop images.

Selling your Library – Using Screen Savers and Desktop images.

Posted on Friday February 05, 2010 at 09:49AM

Selling your Library – Using Screen Savers and Desktop images.

When I come into work in the morning, the image that greets me when I start up my computer is that of a white cat, glaring at me.  It’s like it’s goading me to get to work.  When I step away for a coffee, a message dashes across the screen: “Caroline’s Computer.”  Not that I need a reminder of which desk is mine, but it’s a friendly statement that I belong.  At the end of the day, after I’ve closed all my screens, the cat appears again as if to say, “Just where do you think you’re going?” If a desktop image can act as such a motivator for me in my daily work, think of how much influence desktop images and screen savers can have on your library patrons using the public computers!

It’s fairly simply to set up a library promotion to a desktop image.  First you would have to “thaw” your computer from the Deep Freeze software (see instructions below). Then, in the Start menu (bottom left of your screen), click on Control Panel , and then Display . 

 

I’ve already clicked on the Desktop tab and you can see what greets me every morning.  You can either choose something from the list, or have an image that you have saved to your computer (click on browse to find an image file on your computer).  You can create a file in Publisher which advertises your library or a specific program, save it as a JPEG, and post it as the desktop.

These backgrounds don’t stay on the screen when the computer is inactive.  The next tab over on the image above is “Screen Saver.”   To have words run across the screen, choose either 3D text or Marquee.  Then, when you click on settings, you can put in a brief saying (two or three words at most) where it says text.

 

You could also save a series of pictures, depicting your library, photos of book covers, or of your programs and save them to your computer, under My Pictures.  Then choose “My Pictures Slideshow” to have these items appear as your screen saver.

Once you have made these changes, re-freeze your computers. 

This is a passive form of promoting your library, but it can be highly effective.  Promote your library using the space you have available in the library – your computer screens.

 

For Public computers you will need to Thaw them if they have Deep Freeze see instructions below:

1. Hold down Shift and double click (left mouse button) on top of the polar bear icon on your system tray (bottom right of your screen).

2. You will be prompted with a password screen. Please call Headquarters for password if you do not know it.

3. You should now see a dialog with boot options. Select "Boot thawed" and click the OK button. This will disable Deep Freeze on the next reboot.

5. Reboot your machine. Once it is thawed, you may do your updates

6. Don't forget to Freeze the program again. Take the same steps used to thaw the only change is to select "Boot Frozen".

 

Author: Northern Lights Library System

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