Daily Content Feed: "Book of the Day" for the Library

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Hi all-- hoping for some good creative thinking for our library display. Our librarians want to be able to feed a "New Book of the Day" slide into one of our hallway displays. They have an image of the book cover, and they'd like to have the image plus the title of the book show up on a single slide. I'd like to be able to queue it up for the rest of the year rather than having to manually load each day's image, but I'm not sure the easiest way to get the content in.

My first plan was to use Hootsuite to schedule one post a day to a new Instagram account and have that feed into the slide, but book images are copyrighted and posting publicly is way outside of Fair Use.

Any creative suggestions out there?
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One possibility would be to create a web accessible folder with all the finished images and give each of them a name with a year month day formatted name for the day you want it to appear. Then create a web page that pulls a new image each day into a web page widget.

Example web page:
<!DOCTYPE html>
        window.onload = function() {
            var dt = new Date();
            var m = dt.getMonth() + 1;
            var d = dt.getDate();
            var y = dt.getFullYear();
            var url = "<img src='http://example.com/display/"; + y + m + d + ".jpg'>";
            document.getElementById("book").innerHTML = url;
    <div id="book"></div>
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That's a great suggestion, Nathan! In that case, we could just include any extra text in the image itself and pull it all dynamically. Thanks for the suggestion.
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For our Library Displays we have done presentations where the Book Title or cover image is shown in a list, for ex. I have made the Top Ten Titles Checked from 2015, Books to Read before they are movies, Staff Picks for the Month etc. That way I can make them ahead and schedule them to play in the future. The patrons really enjoy these as well.
 You can also find lists like this on Pinterest.
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How about the Facebook widget?  It will show the cover art and any text added.  You can even like existing reviews to make it even less work.  All your librarians have to do is manage a facebook page which I'm sure they already know how to do.   You can't preset the whole year but managing this should be very easy.   
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The Google spreadsheet widget will do this as well. You'll need one sheet that will need columns for date, image url, & title and a little formula to pull the info from that sheet to your display sheet based on date.
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This for me is the best way to achieve this as it provides clarity and can be maintained by anyone with access to the sheet without having to go near the page design.

You will be able to see at a glance the day, date, image and any text you wish to add and it can be simply modified.

Jim Coyle