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marykz
09-18-2007, 02:54 PM
I love this little piece of technology- it lets you look up a book with an ISBN number in your local public library system. For example, see a book you must have on Amazon? this little program can check your library's online catalog to see if it is available.

http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/stories/2002/12/11/librarylookup.html

not all public libraries are compatible, but mine is and this is SO COOL. I found it through an amazing blog: www.parenthacks.com (http://www.parenthacks.com) tips from other hard working smart parents to make life easier. Asha's comments are here:
http://www.parenthacks.com/2007/09/librarylookup-m.html

the program page has various links to improvements, and comments about the program too. worth checking into! (ok, I almost said "worth checking out" but I figured that would be too corny)

Yarnlady
09-19-2007, 08:47 AM
My library has the catalog on-line. I use it almost daily to put books on reserve. Then when they are there, my library emails me and I can go pick them up! Quick, one stop shopping!:teehee:

marykz
09-19-2007, 08:54 AM
isn't that cool? I love to check out knitting/craft books before I buy them. and to have the library do all the "legwork" finding them is so nice!

PurlyGyrl
09-19-2007, 09:01 AM
Whoa--that's really cool. Geez, I hate :sad: living out in NoWhere! My little community just got a library--I mean the physical building--about 5 years ago and technology :roflhard: well, we have electricity! :mrgreen:

Susan P.
09-19-2007, 09:56 AM
Purlygyrl.. LOL..I had this vision of your town having a building with monks in it painstakingly copying out pages of books like they did in the medieval era before printing emerged from China. :)

PurlyGyrl
09-19-2007, 10:22 AM
That's pretty darn close :roflhard: Our old library was a little building 8 feet by 10 feet-that sat in a lady's front yard--if you wanted a book, you hoped Miss Dot was home, not out back in veggie garden or gone to church!

Susan P.
09-19-2007, 10:47 AM
Gosh! I know of places like that in Aussie - mainly post offices in rural areas and of a bygone era. It's great to hear of them elsewhere. I think they're iconic and a blast really. :) Miss Dot. The stuff of a children's book!