Thursday, September 13, 2007

LibraryELF

Checking my email last night, I see the following:

Library Items on Loan

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 4:07 PM --
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(Hover over dates to see titles; click Due to go to the library.)


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The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories by Barbara Rolls

Editorial Review - Watch for flying pigs: here's a weight-loss plan that's sensible and simple. And for those of you who can only think of bacon when the word "pig" is mentioned, prepare to go hog wild: the Volumetrics plan is designed to let you indulge in your favorite goodies every now and then, so you're much more likely to stick to the program. Developed by a nutritionist who has worked with the National Institutes of Health, the Volumetrics plan focuses on foods that are low in "energy density." In o...(more)

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Due Within 3 Days(8)

Library User Title Due Date
AustinSaraBig machines Wed, Sep 12
AustinSaraBig machines Wed, Sep 12
AustinSaraDaddy hugs 1 2 3 Wed, Sep 12
AustinSaraMiss Spider's tea party Wed, Sep 12
AustinSaraThe little engine that could Wed, Sep 12
AustinSaraThe night of Las Posadas Wed, Sep 12
AustinSaraTrouble on the tracks Wed, Sep 12
AustinSaraYellow umbrella Wed, Sep 12

Not Due Yet (7)

Library User Title Due Date
AustinSaraA whole new mind : moving from the information age to the conceptual age Sep 29
AustinSaraIt's all too much : an easy plan for living a richer life with less stuff Sep 29
AustinSaraOnce-a-month cooking Sep 29
AustinSaraPower, money, fame, sex : a user's guide Sep 29
AustinSaraSleepless in America : is your child misbehaving or missing sleep? Sep 29
AustinSaraSurvival of the prettiest : the science of beauty Sep 29
AustinSaraThe story of French Sep 29

Holds Not Ready Yet (2)

Library User Title Status
AustinSaraStumbling on happiness Place 1
AustinSaraThe portion teller : smartsize your way to permanent weight loss Place 1

Summary

User Library Overdue Due Within 3 Days Not Due Yet Total
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Oh, I have library books due today! This is a pretty darn useful service, since keeping up with the library book due dates is not that easy (did you know that they no longer stamp the due dates on the inside of the covers???). Not to mention it reminds me of what books I have on hold.

They deliver notices via email or RSS feed (or both!)

How does it work? The website doesn't say much, but I'd guess they use your login to the library site to scrape the account status page into their DB, which they then use to generate emals and rss feeds. They actually do a real time check when you click through the rss reed link. (It seems to be an asp/.Net application.)

How do they make money? I'm guessing the amazon affiliate linked recommendation on the right side of the email/webpage. They have pretty good data to do this with, so maybe it will work out to a reasonable income stream for them.

Business Idea/Feature for them or someone else: Tie your Amazon wishlist into your local library to request/put holds on your wishlist books, one or two at a time. (This is basically what I do manually.)

So, if you use your public library, go check it out.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Library ELF rulez! This is also a nifty and related thing: if you install this bookmarklet, when you are on Amazon or the like looking at a book, you can click the bookmarklet and it will search the Austin Public Libarary for that book. Pretty nice.

http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/library/apllookup.htm