Thing #8 No More Incommunicado

Photo by Santiago Nicolau

Photo by Santiago Nicolau

What do you think of Instant Messaging in libraries? Have you used IM for library/research purposes? A quick search provided this list of public libraries offering an online chat service similar to Florida’s Ask-A-Librarian:

Arlington Public Library – Arlington, VA

Los Angeles Public Library – Los Angeles, CA

Louisville Free Public Library – Louisville, KY

St. Charles Public Library – St. Charles, IL

Washington Centerville Public Library – Centerville, OH

Curious about how libraries are using Text Messaging, I discovered that some library systems offer SMS notification for library loans and holds. SJCPLS does through Library Elf, which is such a cool service!

When I attended OPAL training at NEFLIN, there was brainstorming on how web conferencing could be used in our libraries. One idea was to share an author event. Are there events, or meetings, that would benefit from sharing through web conferencing? What about recording storytimes… or instructional classes offered at your branch?

Are you still a little skittish about Twitter? Here are a couple of articles that discuss the possibilities of Twitter and libraries:

A Guide to Twitter in Libraries

Twittering Libraries


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