In a post titled Doing Stuff at the Library’s Website
, library blogger David Lee King asks:
Here’s something to ponder, next time you’re looking for something to ponder. What can you actually DO at your website? Can you do most of the the real “stuff” that your library offers as activities?
He then lists the types of things that you can do if you walk into your physical library:
- check out a book
- read a book or magazine
- take notes and do research
- put a public PC on reserve for later
- pester the reference librarian with questions
- check stuff out when I’m done
- attend a training session or a fun program
Without making judgments about whether patrons should be able to do all of the above, I thought it would be fun if us Alaskan librarians shared what is possible to do on our websites. So, please consider copying and pasting the list above into a comment and let us know each of the things a patron can do on your website. For each thing that can be done, list where.
I'll get the ball rolling with an unofficial assessment of what you can do at the Alaska State Library's website at http://library.state.ak.us
- check out a book - Only if it is an audio book. Cardholders can do that at http://listenalaska.lib.overdrive.com/.
- read a book or magazine - They can read magazines by visiting our journal finder tool at http://atoz.ebsco.com/home.asp?Id=K09408 and either browse the title lists or type in the name of a specific magazine or journal. They can read SOME (state-published) books by visiting our State Publications shipping lists at http://www.library.state.ak.us/asp/shippinglists/shippinglists.html or by searching our catalog for e-books (mostly older Netlibrary titles).
- take notes and do research - Patrons can't take notes on our website, but they can do research - either by visiting our databases page at http://library.state.ak.us/index/index.html OR by going to our new division page at http://lam.alaska.gov and using the search box which pulls up content from web pages at the State Archives and State Museum as well as the State Library. Type in "governor egan" without quotes for an example.
- put a public PC on reserve for later - our patrons can't do this in person.
- pester the reference librarian with questions - We wouldn't call it pestering, but they can get an Ask-A-Librarian e-mail form by visiting http://library.state.ak.us/forms/askalibrarian.cfm.
- check stuff out when I’m done - Only audio books as noted above.
- attend a training session or a fun program - Not yet, but we're working on it. More in the next few months.
That's what you can do by visiting the web site of the State Library. What can you do on yours? If there's something you can do that's not listed above, let us know.
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