Bendable for Libraries
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A universe of learning, customized by you

Bendable delivers online and in-person learning to your patrons via a beautifully designed browser-based app. Think of Bendable as your digital end cap for learning—a way to make content discovery fun, relevant and timely. Whether it’s a yoga class at your local YMCA or an online course on coding from a leading national provider, Bendable is the place your patrons can tap into the learning they need.

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What do you get?

Your own Bendable learning catalog

Our team of learning specialists will craft a catalog for your patrons out of the tens of thousands of digital courses, classes and resources that they now have access to—but are likely buried somewhere on your website. We balance topics, skill level, age and modality so that all of your patrons are one click away from the learning they need. If you’d like, we can even add in local providers, like the city's parks department, your neighborhood senior center or Goodwill, so that community-based, in-person choices are highlighted alongside the big national providers.

An initial set of Bendable Collections

We’ve found that when it comes to learning, people trust their neighbors more than algorithms. So we’ve designed a way for you to highlight what your community knows and is passionate about. With our Bendable Plus option, our team will gather recommendations and create four Community Collections—personal learning playlists on a specific topic, put together by local residents. And we’ll train your staff on how to make more.

We know that many libraries are playing a growing role in local workforce development. If that’s you, Bendable’s got your back. With either our Bendable Full or Bendable Plus options, we’ll use local labor market data to create four Career Collections—learning pathways aimed at preparing patrons for the most promising careers in your community.

Ongoing access to Spotlight recommendations

Bendable gives your staff easy ways to highlight content so that your Bendable homepage is always fresh and timely. If time is tight, you can choose from our menu of pre-set Bendable Spotlights on everything from “Back to school” to “Staying fit and healthy” to “Celebrating Black History Month.”

Easy-to-use tools that tame the vast array of learning resources out there

Bendable’s CMS was co-designed with librarians to ensure that you would find it easy to use. You can turn features on and off, depending on your community’s needs and your library’s capacity. You’ll receive training for your staff, as well as ongoing technical support and KPIs to keep you updated on Bendable usage in your community.

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Results that speak for themselves

5x

engagement with learning content on Bendable versus other platforms

Source: St. Joseph County Public Library pilot program, South Bend, Indiana

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Bendable is an offering of the Drucker Institute, a nonprofit social enterprise based at Claremont Graduate University. The Institute launched Bendable in June 2020 in South Bend, Indiana, in partnership with the St. Joseph County Public Library. In 2022, the Drucker Institute formed a sales partnership for Bendable with Baker & Taylor, the largest supplier of library content, software and services to public and academic libraries in the U.S.

Bendable comes in three tiers: Bendable Basic, Bendable Full and Bendable Plus, with additional features added as you move up. Prices run from $3,250 for a very small library that wants Bendable Basic to $17,950 for a very large library that wants Bendable Plus with full features. Because Bendable is such a powerful workforce development tool, libraries may well have an opportunity to find willing public and philanthropic funders in their community.

For a library that wants Bendable Basic, there is hardly any staff time required to set things up. And no library IT staff is needed to maintain Bendable. A library may want to take full advantage of the platform and, after being trained, curate its Bendable homepage on a regular basis. But there is also an option to “set it and forget it,” with the site automatically refreshing the learning content that is highlighted.

For Bendable Plus, a library needs to appoint one point person or a small team to help with the implementation process. That takes a few months to complete. But after that, again, it’s really up to you. You can lean in and leverage Bendable to showcase learning events at your library and in your community on an ongoing basis. Or you can configure the system so that updates happen automatically. As part of our onboarding, we’ll help you figure out what model is best for you.

No integration with the library’s existing network is required to deploy Bendable. That said, we can integrate with your ILS for one-time verification of library card status.

Bendable is compliant with the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA). You can find our full policy here.

As of August 2022, Bendable’s master learning catalog included these trusted content partners: Brainfuse, Cell-Ed, Common Threads, Coursera, Creativebug, Drucker Institute, edX, GCFGlobal, GetSetUp, Khan Academy, LearningExpress, LinkedIn Learning, LRNG, Penn Foster, Pronunciator, SCORE, Skillshare, Sokanu, Study.com, Udemy and Universal Class.

 

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