For quite awhile I was on a kick talking to everyone I could about creating library browser toolbars. I had this vision that everyone in a community would install the toolbar in their browser and that way the library would always be in people’s minds via the browser. I’m not sure why but I lost the momentum on the toolbar front and gave up the soapbox.
However, the other day I read about MIT creating a new Firefox toolbar for their users. You can downlod the toolbar, install it, and then have quick and easy access to MIT catalogs and databases. It’s really a great idea and I don’t know why more libraries haven’t started doing it.
Imagine if every teen in your community had a library toolbar in their browser. Teens wouldn’t have to go to the library site to find materials. You could add links to favorites, reviews, renewals, etc. on the toolbar.
You can see some other examples of library toolbars:
- Harris County Public Library
- Greene County
- Stephen’s Lighthouse has a blog posting on the topic with links to library toolbars and tools for creating toolbars.
I think I have to get back on the toolbar bandwagon. Stay tuned.