There are a lot of websites out there that make big promises and disguise themselves with a lot of pretty graphics and pictures to hide the fact that they’re not very good. That’s something that this website can’t be accused of.
I introduce to you Library Elf, a simply designed website geared toward doing one thing and one thing very well–keeping track of what you’ve got checked out which will then keep you from getting charged a fine. And it’s FREE for our patrons.
It’s super easy. All you need is an email address, library card number, and your password used to log into our catalog system. *Hint: If you’ve never changed it, by default it’s “1234” . Once you’ve added your card, you can add others in your family–VERY useful if you have children or a forgetful spouse that checks out books and doesn’t tell you about it.
Your options are plentiful. Choose how long before an item is due to be notified and how you want to be alerted. You can get alerts via SMS text messages or sent to multiple email accounts.
Something that’s very cool is that you can subscribe to your notification schedule via an iCal feed that can be subscribed to via your online calendar (like Google Calendar) and viewed in other places, like on your phone.
This option is super handy. You can have Library Elf send an alert that the item you’ve placed a request for is ready for pickup. No waiting until you get home to find a message from us on your answering machine about a book that you could’ve picked up on the way home from the store.
That’s Library Elf in a nutshell. Do you have a way that you like to keep up with your books? Is there another service out there that you think does a great job? Let us know in the comment area below.