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Library Elf

I have been remiss in not blogging this one earlier. Maybe everyone knows this cool tool from a Canadian company already .
Check out LibraryElf.
It basically keeps track of all your library books (from different libraries) which are out, and sends you email reminders before they are due. It works with RSS readers as well. It only takes a few minutes to signup and add your library cards to a single account.
Take a look at their demo (
Here’s what it says on their site:
Who uses Elf?
– Anyone who wants to reduce overdues
– Families with children and lots of books
– Individuals with several library cards
– Anyone who requests a lot of holds
What’s delivered?
– Email and/or RSS alerts before items are due
– Email and/or RSS alerts on overdues and holds
– Consolidated list of yours or your family’s library loans and holds
– Cellphone text message alerts for holds (US and Canada)
– Real-time checking by browser
What are the benefits?– Avoid overdues with email alerts
– Check multiple library cards
– Track books, DVDs, CDs, videos, etc.
– Join for free
It apparently works particularly well with the Horizon ILS. It is not related to SirsiDynix and is just the sort of end-user personalized application that will become more prevalent in the Web 2.0 world. It must be filling a niche need as well.

Posted on: December 13, 2005, 7:51 am Category: Uncategorized

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