A Personal Touch
"The Homer Township Public Library is now trying to show the personal side of what it does. Library Director Sheree Kozel-La Ha initiated a Flickr account in which the library posts pictures of its many programs, building, and staff.
This is exactly what I mean when I talk about using Flickr to humanize the library and show online some of the vibrancy that goes on within the four walls. It's easier to cut our funding when we're just the nameless, faceless "library" than it is if they see happy, smiling taxpayers. Even the small, local paper realizes this. More screenshots for my presentations!
Check out the IM presence indicators on Homer's site, too, as well as all of the RSS goodness. As a patron, I love how I can use the advanced features while others can come to the website as they normally would.
I'm really proud of my home library and how far Sheree has brought it in the last six years. She's made it a great example of how a small library can use these new tools (like blogs, RSS, IM, etc.) to offer services on par with large libraries but at little or no cost. Way to go, Sheree! :-)
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