Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Elf Services

I'm very excited because I've just signed up for an Internet service that helps me keep track of one of my favourite occupations. I don't mean Ravelry - I haven't been one of the lucky ones to receive an invitation yet. Its Library Elf!

"Elf is a web-based and email tool for library users to keep track of their library borrowings. Elf is like a personal assistant, whose task is to help with keeping track of what one has on loan from the library."

This is something I've been wishing for, for ages. I am an avid library user and have several cards from several suburbs. This, of course, leads to complications as I try and sort out which book, Graphic Novel, DVD, or CD comes from where.

The Elf combines all the libraries into one page and sorts the items into categories like On Hold, Due, Overdue as well as making reading suggestions on the side. It has a nice clear interface with a search facility, book seller links and a calendar highlighting due dates.

I am so glad that the both the City of Sydney and the Blue Mountains have opted to enrol with this service. I noticed that Marrickville and Randwick are among the 35 or so Australian Libraries that have joined so far.

1 comment:

Donni said...

Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh - Not Wollongong (yet) - I am ALWAYS late with my books - this would help so much.

PS - No Ravelry for me yet either...