Library App


I love my library! The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is really a wonderful library, and their online resources are pretty good….. but there’s an application that would totally rock.  What if you could create an RSS feed out of your checkouts, holds, etc…  This could serve as a “What am I reading now” list that you could port onto your blog, Facebook,, etc…  You could also set up RSS alerts whenever you were getting close to the due date of the return or even the mounting library fees that I seem to be good at accumulating (up to $27 at the moment).

Here’s what has circulated through our household of late:

A place of my own : the education of an amateur builder by Pollan, Michael.
A potty for me! : a lift-the-flap instruction manual by Katz, Karen.
An introduction to biblical hermeneutics : the search for meaning by Kaiser, Walter C.
Baby Wordsworth [videorecording] : first words, around the house
Blue’s checkup by Albee, Sarah
Blue’s sniffly day by Egan, Brigid.
Clifford and the big parade by Bridwell, Norman.
Contemporary theologies of mission by Glasser, Arthur F. (Arthur Frederick), 1914-
Crossing the chasm : marketing and selling high-tech products to mainstream customers by Moore, Geoffrey A., 1946-
El laberinto del fauno [videorecording] = Pan’s labyrinth
Greed by Tickle, Phyllis.
I love it when you smile by McBratney, Sam.
Missions in crisis; rethinking missionary strategy by Fife, Eric S.
My first signs [videorecording]
Pirates of the Caribbean. At world’s end [videorecording]
Second nature : a gardener’s education by Pollan, Michael.
Smotherhood : wickedly funny confessions from the early years by Lamb, Amanda.
Strawberry Shortcake. The sweet dreams movie [videorecording]
The natural garden book : a holistic approach to gardening by Harper, Peter, 1945-
The new world [videorecording]
The Sweet dreams movie storybook by Bryant, Megan E.
Toward an exegetical theology : Biblical exegesis for preaching and teaching by Kaiser, Walter C.

(Can you tell we have a 4 year old girl!)  It would be so sweet to integrate my library activity with the social networking world.  Anybody know of a library that is doing this?


One Response to “Library App”

  1. 1 Kyle

    That would be interesting, but I would be surprised to discover it, because I don’t think librarians often think that way. It’s not an anti-tech thing, but a privacy thing. Every librarian I’ve ever known is incredibly hardcore about protecting the privacy of patrons. “Patron information” and “social networking” probably never show up in the same sentence at any ALA gatherings. But it’s a neat idea. :0) There’s kind of a trade off; in theory, libraries need to be able to protect the ability of patrons to keep their reading choices secret. For example, we never ever send overdue notices to students homes, because what if a parent opened the notice? Of course, tech-savvy people often won’t care or will know how to be careful, but there you go…

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