Check out what LibraryThing has just added as of yesterday: LibraryThing Local. Man, this thing is awesome and super easy (I added my library in all of two minutes). I see huge potential in collaborating with other libraries and bookstores in the area. Now you can really know what your other local bibliophiles across town are up to.
It seems the next logical step is having a catalog search box embedded into each library’s LT Local page or (eventually) have a record in LibraryThing for the library’s holdings through batch loading. Too optimistic? Probably, but still fun to dream about.
Just one more way to get your library out there and connecting with users in non-traditional ways. And it’s COOL (I guess I just really love maps…).
Google is a master a self-promotion. They are opening a contest to see who can come up with the best “doodle” on their brand. Wouldn’t it be cool to do something like this for a library? Anyone in the community could come up with a fun rendition of the library’s brand for a special event or day. One more method to increase library user involvement and especially a sense of ownership and loyalty.
Is Facebook as a business working for libraries? While some question its effectiveness, it seems that there are plenty of libraries which use Facebook as just one more resource to reach their users. Even if only a small percentage of users find their way to the library through Facebook, those users have been served in the way they prefer.
Iowa City Public Library has a great example. I love how it has the app which includes its blogs. Great way to have access to all the library news. University of Winnepeg also has some cool stuff like the meebo app and the WorldCat search.
Aurora University Charles B. Phillips Library has one of the largest fan bases because they used an incentive: good ol’ Phantom tickets. Not bad. I love their banner: what a beautiful library space for collaboration.
Know of any other libraries who are using Facebook?