Summer Reader Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is it mandatory that all public libraries use Summer Reader online registration tool?
A. No. This is a voluntary program provided free of charge to each public library by the New York State Library as part of “Summer Reading at New York Libraries.”
Q. How long does the State library have a contract with Evanced for Summer Reader?
A. Our first contract with Evanced ran from 2010 through 2012. We are currently in the midst of a contract from 2013 through 2017.
Q. If our library signs up for the software (Summer Reader) does that mean we have to use it for all our summer reading programs (children, teen, adult)?
A. Once you sign up for your instance of Summer Reader, the New York State Library hopes you will try it out. Whatever works best for your library and community should dictate use of the software. You might choose to start this year just using it for a teen program, just to collect statistics, or for an in-house staff reading program. Whatever levels work for your library is fine.
Q. Can Summer Reader software be used for reading programs run by the library that are not summer reading programs?
A. Yes. The tool, Summer Reader is available for use by the public library year round for any reading programs.
Q. Will reviews, submitted by the children, be viewed statewide or only locally?
A. Each library will set up their own requirements for book reviews. If the library allows reviews to be viewed, the reviews can only be seen by registrants from that library that are part of that reading program. For instance, someone registered for a teen summer reading program can only see reviews form others in the teen program.
As part of the agreeing with the New York State Education Department, the vendor must keep all data collected. All data collected must be kept secure and confidential and remains the property of the New York State Library for use by local public libraries, public library systems, and the New York State Library.
Each library is strongly urged to help protect collected information by asking for only that information that is needed and by changing all security passwords as soon as Summer Reader is set up for the library.
Q. Is Summer Reader fully accessible for those unable to read regular screen print?
A. Evanced Solutions’ Summer Reader product is compatible with most screen reader devices. Screen and text enlarging is fully supported and the default layout is consistent and simple. Color and content are up to libraries and can change the ability of screen readers to access the product. As libraries make changes to their Summer Reader site, we recommend using http://colorfilter.wickline.org/ to test the site for the color blind.
Q. How are public library systems expected to support member libraries’ use of Summer Reader?
A. Technical support is provided by Evanced. Public library systems can assist member libraries as they do for all web page matters. Most systems will be involved to a certain extent.
Q. Can systems get statistics for the “Summer Reading at New York Libraries” final evaluation from the software?
A. Statistics, reports, and all information can be generated by each library just for their instance of the software. The systems cannot generate reports pulling from each individual library’s instance of Summer Reader. Evanced will be generating reports for the systems and the State Library. We are working out the specification of that.
Q. Is there a graphic for that I can use to link from the library home page to the library's online registration page?
A. Yes. The New York State Library developed a graphic to download from our web site and use as a graphic for a link to an online summer reading registration page.
Q. Can a public library system export or import a Summer Reader program or style sheet?
A. Yes. A Public Library System can create a template for member libraries to use in setting up their own instance (copy) of the Summer Reader software. Click here for instructions (.PDF ). Please go to http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/smreader.htm#information and scroll down to "Learn more about exporting program set ups and sharing them with other libraries in your system."
Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.