Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Library ELF

Here is another great idea, developed by someone other than the vendors. Library ELF is a way to keep track of all your library accounts in one place. It would be great for someone like me who has access to lots of libraries within a short drive. I have accounts at Houston Public, Harris County, Helen Hall, Sterling Municipal, and University of Houston/Clear Lake. It allows you to add your local library, it does not require the library to do anything or even know this is happening.
ELF is a web-based and email tool for library customers to keep track of their library borrowings. Think of ELF as a personal assistant, whose task is to help one keep track of what one has on loan from the library.

Designed with the busy and avid library user in mind, ELF is ideal for families with multiple library cards or for individuals (writers, researchers, students, readers, etc.) who have cards from different libraries.

ELF makes it easier to keep track of what's due, overdue or ready for pickup from one or more library accounts. It consolidates all of your library accounts into one ELF account. This account is checked everyday and email notices are sent when items are coming due, overdue or when holds are ready for pickup. You can also get up-to-date realtime information by browser.

It is ideas like this that make standards so very important.

Seen on Shifted Librarian.

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