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I’m not a big texter.  I text, but I’d rather call or email.  I get frustrated not being able to have all five fingers on a keyboard typing 100 wpm…  Texting takes too long for me, but I’ll admit it’s still rather convenient sometimes.

Although, it’s not my usual mode of communication I do know there are more and more people graduating from high school every day who use texting to communicate almost exclusively.  I know, because I get texts from them, and well, okay “Pieces of Flair” on Facebook

For these people texting a librarian is a brilliant adaptation to their needs.  After I left my position at the Brookfield Public Library they adopted a utility that allows them to accept text messages at the reference desk.  Unfortunately, since it happened after I had already moved to another library I don’t know exactly how it works, but I tried it and it worked from my end.  If you’re at all curious, go to the website and check it out for yourself.

I was reminded of this twice in the past few days.  Once while talking to a colleague who told me that her high school aged son always responds to her immediately when she texts him.  He won’t answer the phone if she calls, but he automatically answers a text.  The second reminder was an ad for a new product in one of my magazines – can’t remember which one…  I think it was YALSA‘s magazine.

Anyway, this all boils down to a new service offered by Mosio for libraries that are interested in welcoming the texting generation –  Text A Librarian.  This is how it works. I’m not endorsing this particular service, but if you watch the video you can get a good idea of how this works from the librarian’s point of view. 

I think this is ultimately worth considering very seriously as an added patron convenience option at every library.  Let’s face it, texting is big and it’s not going away anytime soon.

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I was rummaging around the hard drive and I came across the pic I took with Santa in Second Life! I had completely forgotten… I might be too big to visit Santa at the mall, but in there I can do anything I want – within reason of course. 🙂

Here it is just for kicks.

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Yep, my first experience in a virtual world was on AOL.

So, come join me in my way-back machine and let’s head back to Arlington, TX in the year 1994. I had just purchased my first personal pc, hand built for me by my local Lucky Computers store. I was so excited! Not only was I graduating from my little Brother word processor for typing up all those term papers and articles, but now I would be able to use the Net every day.

Of course, my computer came with a free trial of AOL Online, so I signed up. I still remember sitting in my bedroom with my sister trying to pick out my username. I really loved Death from The Sandman series, but every combo I tried with her was taken. Somehow I ended up with velvet(because I loved the feel of velvet)boo(because I was being really silly). So, on AOL I became velvetboo – that username stuck with me for many, many years somehow…

I didn’t know too many other people at the time who had a personal computer, but I was ready to try out email and instant messaging right away. So I started looking for interest groups in AOL chat rooms, and ran across one for The Sandman comics series by Neil Gaiman. Well, of course, I was a huge fan (still am) so I wandered in and started chatting. That’s where it all began.

I met a lot of people, but one in particular became one of my best friends, and we are still great friends today. Even though we lived hundreds of miles apart, we were there for each other for ‘virtually’ everything life could throw at us. I soon moved on to ICQ chat, and a bigger, better computer, but that’s where it all started.

It’s so amazing how far things have come. Remember Commodores???

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