I was interested to see the Page Tools in the University of Alberta catalogue (look in the left hand bar below). A reader can send a correction or suggestion to the library: it would be interesting to know how many folks use this option and what types of suggestion are made. Also interesting to see the ability to save the page to various bookmarking sites.

Folks will notice that I am looking at this through the library's new Facebook application.

We are pleased to announce the University of Alberta Libraries Facebook application. This new application allows access to our library catalogue, Ask Us Services, RefWorks and Get It Citation linker from within the Facebook platform. [Library News » Library Services Available Through Facebook]

As libraries place themselves more and more in other environments it would also be good to begin to see some numbers about what the impact on use of services is.

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Comments: 7

Aug 01, 2007
Adam Chandler

Yes it would be good to see some numbers. Take the LibX tool for example. I've asked the developers and some implementors for numbers on its use by patrons. I can't find any data. It seems nobody has bothered to put a counter in for monitoring how often it is used. The answer I've received is something to the tune of, "It's for power-users. If only a few patrons use it, it's worth the effort."

Aug 01, 2007
Kenton Good

We've built some "counters" into this facebook application so we should be able to produce some good usage numbers over the coming months. I will let you know once we have some data.

Aug 02, 2007
Laura Crossett

I would love to have a "send correction" function in a library catalog. I used to find little errors in the catalog all the time back in the days when I was just a library patron. Sometimes I'd point them out to library staff, but I never really got the feeling that they cared. Of course, a correction tool might not solve that problem--but it would give library staff a way to learn about errors when it was convenient for them to do so, instead of just when a ranting patron came saying, "But you've got this book down as being by Maria Flock, not Maria Flook, and no one will ever be able to find it when searching by author!"

Aug 06, 2007
Ron Hardy

How did you get into facebook as a library? Did you work with facebook to do this?

Aug 14, 2007
tintin

It's very interesting. But I don't know how to make this application on Facebook?

Aug 20, 2007
Lorcan Dempsey

@Ron,tintin

There is a Facebook developers' section on the website.

http://developers.facebook.com/

I have no special insight as to how U of Alberta colleagues went about their task - they might post a note somewhere ....

Nov 21, 2007
Articles

We've built some "counters" into this facebook application so we should be able to produce some good usage numbers over the coming months. I will let you know once we have some data.