Thursday, March 13, 2008

Way Sweet

To use lingo picked up from a library school friend, this is definitely "way sweet". The CONSORT Libraries (Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the College of Wooster) catalog has the option to send yourself the location information of an item via a text message. For an example, see here. Click on the "?" for the disclaimer (i.e., based on your cell phone plan, you may get billed for the text message).

Don't want to write it down? Have it sent to your phone!

Is it a new feature from the catalog providers? Is it a hack? I don't know, but it sure is way sweet.


Andrew said...

I did some more digging. It was first released in May 2007. It was developed by the uber-innovators maintaining the Tripod catalog. The code and instructions are available as well as the innopac archive discussion thread.

Brian Herzog said...

This is a neat feature (if you have a cell phone). LibrarianInBlack just mentioned that this feature has been added to the Scriblio interface, too.

Andrew said...

Casey Bison's post indicates that the developer for the Tripod Catalog says that the text this record function gets used about 60 times a day.

BTW I told both Paul and Matt that I was not advocating for this as an option in the OPAL catlog.

Anonymous said...

Kat said...

Thanks for the info, everyone!

Brian - Nearly everyone but you has a cell phone. :)