Or possibly what Robin would say to Batman, "Holy 'Library 2.0', Batman!"
My friend, Kevin, created this video review/ blog post of NLB's Facebook app called myLibrary - apps.facebook.com/nlbmylibrary
What’s interesting about the app is that it integrates much of our typical library transactions right into Facebook.
At first we might wonder, “What’s the big deal about a Facebook app? Can’t we already access the same services by going to the library’s web site?”
True that, but more than just a matter of accessibility, it’s about being “within reach” to users, and extending their library use into the third place. Allowing users to recommend books to friends or posting what they’re reading directly onto their Facebook profiles is very much for the library’s win (i.e. word of mouth).
Thanks for the video, Kevin!
The myLibrary app is primarily targeted at NLB members, who are also FB users. Details of the FB app is at this FAQ page at www.pl.sg:
myLibrary offers the following suite of features and NLB services:
1. Account checking: users can perform library transactions and view information pertaining to their library accounts including overdue items, fines information and item reservation.
2. ASK! A Librarian service: users can send information-related enquiries to librarians who will respond within three working days. They can also view selected user enquiries and librarian responses.
3. New arrivals: users can view and search for the latest items available from NLB libraries.
4. Events: users can view and search for information on upcoming events and exhibitions held at NLB libraries.
5. Blogs: users can view the latest blog entries from NLB’s family of blogs including High Browse Online, Read and Reap and YO!
6. MyStuff: this is a virtual shelf to which users can save content (i.e. blog entries, event and item information, enquiries/responses) available in MyLibrary.
7. Recommendations: users can recommend items and information available in MyLibrary to friends. In the Recommendations tab, users can view their own recommendations as well as what others have recommended to them.
8. Post to profile: this Facebook feature has been enabled for users to post content available in MyLibrary on their profile page for others to view.
9. Invite: users can invite their friends to add MyLibrary to their Facebook accounts.
The myLibrary app is something I find useful, and I'm not just saying this because I work for NLB.
I login to Facebook more than I visit the library website (I bet this is true for many FB users who are NLB members). So by linking my Facebook account with my NLB account, I can see my loan record when I'm in Facebook (the link can be deactivated anytime).
Here's a list of what I've borrowed:
In anticipation of questions concerning data privacy and security, the NLB FAQ says "...all account information and library transactions will take place within NLB computer systems that adhere to strict Singapore Government security and data protection guidelines."
My favourite feature is "Recommendations", combined with "Post to Profile". From my loan record displayed in Facebook, I can click on the "Post Profile" button and type in some comments:
Then it'll be posted to my FB profile, which my FB friends can view (depending on your FB privacy settings).
If my FB friends feel like it, they can leave comments at the profile posting itself. Just occurred to me that if Twitter is "microblogging", then the myLibrary Recommendations feature is like "micro-book review and book discussion" combined.
Would be even better if bookcover images could be displayed, and also not to truncate the book title. The NLB project team will try to introduce refinements.
If you've any feedback or suggestions for the myLibrary app team, there's a "Contact the Developer" link at the bottom of the app page. Or leave a comment here and I'll redirect them to the team.
They'd be keen to know if you think the app is shiok or not :)