Branded Aspen LiDA

What is Branded LiDA?

Branded LiDA is the customized version of the Aspen LiDA app. The Community version is available free with each Aspen Discovery installation, and is shared with other libraries in the community. With a library-branded Aspen LiDA app, patrons and staff will be able to search the app stores for your library/chosen app name instead of "Aspen LiDA." You will also be able to customize the color scheme using an Aspen Discovery theme and place your logo in additional places like the app icon, splash screen, and login screen. 

How Do I Get Branded LiDA?

While access to the Community app can be enabled at any time, Branded LiDA is a separate process. See the below sections on this page for an overview of the process along with specific requirements along the way, a sample testing plan, and more. If you want to learn more about Branded LiDA or are interested in purchasing, please reach out to sales@bywatersolutions.com or submit a support ticket.

 

 

 

App Store Developer Accounts

Please note that if your library already has developer accounts for other apps, those existing accounts should be used to release Library Branded LiDA.

Apple Developer Account - Annual fee is $99
To set up an Apple Developer Account, use this link and follow the instructions for Enrolling in the Apple Developer Program as an organization.

If you are a nonprofit, you may be able to get this fee waived.

Google Play Developer Account - One time fee is $25
To set up a Google Play Developer Account, follow steps 1-4 at this link making sure to follow instructions for an organization account under step 2 of step 4.

App-Specific Graphics

Please read the below guidelines carefully, as we will not be able to use graphics that don't adhere to these requirements.

Logo for the Splash/Loading Screen

  • Image size: 1024 x 1024 px or 512 x 512 px
  • File format: Must be in PNG format at 72 dpi. Transparency is allowed.

Logo for the Login Screen

  • Image size: 1024 x 1024 px or 512 x 512 px
  • File format: Must be in PNG format at 72 dpi. Transparency is allowed.

Logo for the App Icon

Google Featured Graphic

Notifications Graphic

(For use with push notifications from the app)

  • Image size: 96 x 96 px
  • File format: Must be in PNG format at 72 dpi, 100% white graphic (i.e., only white: no other colors, gradients, shadows, etc.) on a transparent background. SVG exported to PNG works best.
Mandatory Information for the App Stores

The following information must also be provided in order to build your app. Please read the below requirements carefully to make sure everything is included; we will not be able to build your app without all of the required text.

 

App Name

(less than 30 characters)

This is the name of your app in the app stores and how users will likely search for your app. IMPORTANT: if an app with your chosen name currently exists in the app stores, the old app will need to either be renamed or completely removed before ByWater will be able to publish your LiDA app with the desired name.

Short Description

(80 characters or less, sample text below)

"Discover more from your library!"

Long description

(4000 characters or less, sample text below)

"[your app name] allows you to explore your library on the go to find new books, movies, games, or your old favorites! Quickly search the entire catalog, including eContent, and place holds, check due dates and renew eligible titles."

Support Email Address

This is the email address provided in the app for support. This email is typically a library email and if the library cannot resolve an app issue they would put in a ticket with ByWater.

App testing account

Please provide a barcode and PIN to be used for ongoing testing in LiDA. Please be aware that the name on the account will appear in screenshots in the app stores.

Keywords

(100 characters or less)

The Apple App store requires you to supply keywords to assist users in finding the app.

Privacy Policy

You can use LiDA's default privacy policy or link to your own. If linking to your own, you'll need to provide the URL to your LiDA privacy policy. Your privacy policy should at a minimum include the information from LiDA's default privacy policy. 

Optional Information for the App Stores

Support Website and Phone Number
In addition to the support email address, you can provide a support website and phone number.

Video
If your library creates a video demonstrating how the app works, we can upload that to the app stores.

Branded Aspen LiDA Settings

For general information on setting up and customizing LiDA, check out the Setting Up Aspen LiDA page. This section outlines some additional settings specific to Branded Aspen LiDA.

Find Settings

These settings can be found in Aspen Administration > Aspen LiDA > Branded App Settings.

Here you will find information on the logos uploaded to your branded app as well as areas to customize the Privacy Policy information.

 

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Add Additional Information to Privacy Policy

Your branded Aspen LiDA app will be preloaded with a Privacy Policy.

By default, the contact information is the Location marked "is Main Branch" in Aspen Administration > Primary Configuration > Locations. If no location is marked "is Main Branch", then it will be the first location code alphabetically.

You can change the default contact information by going to Aspen Administration > Aspen LiDA > Branded App Settings > Privacy Policy Information.

  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email

Show favicons for each library at login

Go to Aspen Administration > Aspen LiDA > Branded App Settings > Show favicons for each library at login to have each of the library system favicons (uploaded in their individual Theme settings) display on the search screen.

Use User Home Location When Logging In

In Aspen Administration > Aspen LiDA > Branded App Settings > Use User Home Location When Logging In will be checked by default. This is recommended.

This allows users of the Branded LiDA app to skip selecting a location if they are a multi-branch system/consortium. 

Note: The library's custom logo will be in the place of the Aspen LiDA logo below.

When users launch the app, they will see this screen.

Aspen can determine the user's home library upon login without the user needing to select their library.

If libraries uncheck Use User Home Location When Logging In and have multiple locations, when users launch the app, they will see this screen.

Note: The library's custom logo will be in the place of the Aspen LiDA logo below.

The user will have an extra step of selecting their home library.

 

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