Are Your Patrons Blogging?
When I saw Mommy (And Me) on the cover of the NY Times Style section last Sunday, my first thought was, "Hey, I know that kid! Leta's on the cover of the Times! Cool!" (Of course, I've never met Leta or her parents, but I've been reading about the Armstrongs since before Leta was born. In some sense, I really do know that baby.) My second thought, after reading the article, was, "how many of these parent bloggers are library users?"
I bet lots of them are.
I bet they use their libraries' websites to find out about programming for their kids, to place holds on materials they want, to make materials requests, and so on.
This gives rise to my third thoughts: How many of these bloggers' libraries are aware of the bloggers in their midst? How many are making sure that their websites are catering to these very tech savvy families' needs? Are the libraries of bloggers blogging themselves? Are they offering blog safety classes for their kids? Blog software classes for wannabe patron bloggers? RSS feeds to their catalogues? Food for thought, and for action.