Three Tips for Improving Your Dial-A-Story Service

Submitted by madeline on Thu, 10/14/2021 - 03:45 PM PDT

Happy Thursday,

 Today we have a couple quick tips for our Dial-A-Story Studio customers:

 Tip #1: Use LibraryCall’s story transcripts to make your job easier

 If you’re concerned about copyright but you don’t have time to search for and adapt public domain stories, why not use our stories? Of course, you can always schedule our recordings, but if you want to feature the voices of your own staff, simply log into the Storytime Commons, open up the LibraryCall story of your choice, and grab the transcript on the bottom of the page. Most of the English and Spanish stories in the Commons are adapted, translated and written by LibraryCall. They are owned by LibraryCall, but free for you to use as customers! We just ask that you attribute the stories to us in your introductions. The transcripts are currently available in plain text, but we’re happy to provide nicer read-along copies of any story upon request. 

 Tip #2: Offer a new story at least once a week

Changing your stories weekly will keep your content fresh and invite community members to check back more frequently. If that’s too much work, consider mixing in some LibraryCall recordings with your own content until you’ve had time to grow your story library. 

Tip #3: Learn from each other

 We encourage you to take advantage of this listserv and our Storytime Commons Chats to share your ideas and best practices with each other. Thanks to Donna from the Arizona State Library for sharing the creative ways AZ libraries are using their dial-a-story services! 

 Our next virtual Storytime Commons Chat will be on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 12:00 Pacific/3:00 Eastern. Register here: 

 Happy Storytelling, 

Madeline and the LibraryCall team