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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’ll admit it, sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with all my sites, not to mention my emails and rss feeds. I’m on MySpace, Flickr, del.icio.us, Library Thing, Second Life, recently started a page on Facebook, yesterday signed up on Ning, and I’ve signed up so many other places that I’ve even yet to try out – like pbwiki, good reads, and bibliophil (the jury is still out on which book site is best)! Still try to check my RSS feeds every so often, and there are five different email accounts between me, work, and school. Plus there are all these great sites out there that I like to check for all the best news and cool trends like Reddit.

However, I love all these things! I especially like Ning so far. I find it to be a great avenue for community discussions, and it’s really pretty easy to use. I’m still maneuvering and finding my way around, but after being a part of a discussion in our new Ning network for class I’m ready to suggest it to my co-workers for various projects we’re working on. As discussed on the blog I think it would be a great forum for book/film discussion groups. I’d like to see uses for teens like homework groups, gaming hints, and of course book and film groups. The possibilities are endless!

Although, I’ve been trying to provide links to my facebook and ning pages – I’m new to these sites, and I can’t seem to figure out the urls. Anyone?  And now my Ning profile thinks I don’t belong to any networks…  sigh…

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