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Awesome Things!

April 8, 2013

Let me start off by saying that I love Pinterest as a way to share ideas, inspirations, and resources.  I find the use of collaborative boards for programming (which turn in the boards for services in general, at times) is especially useful.  These great ideas/finds show up like shiny gems in the deluge of recipes, home décor, and outfits.

Today when going through my feed, I discovered the Awesome Box implemented by the Somerville Public Library.  This lead me to a rabbit-trail of information seeking about Harvard University Library’s Awesomebox project, including their resources for libraries to offer this service.

I think this is a great idea to get patrons promoting the items they like. We can blog about titles in the form of book reviews, we can post new/exciting releases on Facebook or Twitter, but the Awesomebox puts the patrons in control of that content – THEIR content.  The library becomes the social networking site, in a way.  Staff can also get a sense of what content

I’m no wizard when it comes to coding, and PHP is still pretty foreign to me, but the way the folks at HUL have outlined it, it seems pretty simple to follow.

Another awesome library innovation I’ve seen recently is an idea my good friend and colleague, Becca, implemented at the Rapid City Public Library.  Overdrive blogged about the Sacramento Public Library’s initiative to create physical space on the shelves for their digital content, through the use of stickers on print editions and shelf cards (think horizontal bookmarks for shelves).  I think this is a great idea to merge the physical collection with the digital offerings, especially when coupled with staff able to walk patrons through the process of getting these titles downloaded to their device of choice.

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  1. April 15, 2013 6:43 am

    Even better than our PHP offering is a new free hosted version of the Awesome Box software.

    Request an account at

    Thanks for the shout out!

    Annie (from the Harvard Awesome Box team)

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