"Dont' Worry – I'm At The Library"

In addition to giving out free water, a free keychain with a combination compass, pen light and whistle, free candy necklaces and free frisbees, Weldon Library had a pretty cool idea to help promote the library for their Frosh Week display – producing on-the-spot postcards at their display just outside their front entrance. 

On a different topic, in the comments of my recent post about some of the reasons I'm not a fan of LPL, I also talked about how they have self-serve holds and that they print out date due slips with the patron's name rather than their library card number – both of which have major privacy implications. 

I mentioned that Shea had found the date due slip of a UWO librarian in a book she has out right now.  Now, I opened up a book I borrowed from LPL for my “Shaping of News & Information Through Technology” class to find the date due slip of a person who took the class two years ago – and who turned out to be former Spirit of Librarianship Award winner) – Guida da Silva!  Crazy coincidence, eh? 

Speaking of privacy implications, this isn't huge either but if you go on the “Stalker Pages” on the FIMS Intranet, it's a pretty easy hack to modify the address in the URL to see students who have gone through the program going back to 1998, most with photos and a still-existing record of which classes they took.  (To do this: view the main page for everybody in the program then change the year element to whichever year you want to see.  The pulldown menus for each class will work for that year as well.)  For example, using this technique, I was able to confirm that Guida did indeed take that class two years ago. And hey, I just realised I should be able to get the very-flattering DMV-style photos for a couple people who aren't yet pictured on the Spirit of Librarianship page as well.

Comments 4

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I am delighted to see that Weldon is carving a new image for itself by handing out so much free (and decidedly fun!) stuff during Frosh Week. My only pang of sadness comes from the fact that I didn’t think to visit the display because I’m alumni and I figured it was just for the newbies. I am so jealous of that post card! How fun! (No sarcasm, promise!) Somehow the library has cooled itself up, and here I was, too ignorant to take part. *sigh* Next year…

    Posted 10 Sep 2006 at 10:17 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Yeah, that was the only downside to the display. It was up on the raised area by the library so not directly accessible to all the people going by unless they made an effort to go up and check it out. I only stopped because I had a few minutes to kill before doing the Q&A session with the 504 class. I saw the free water, assumed it was for froshes only but asked and they gave me that plus all of the other free stuff too (I think I got a notepad and a pen as well as the other stuff I mentioned.)
    The free water is a good idea – they said a lot of froshes who were hungover were drawn to their display for that reason! (grin)

    Posted 11 Sep 2006 at 1:58 am
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Very inventive, methinks you have spent too much time on the stalker page. I was hoping to see an earlier picture of me from when I was in the MLIS program, but alas it was replaced by the updated picture from when I entered the PhD program. Youth is fleeting. Sigh

    Posted 11 Sep 2006 at 3:00 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Imagine how much time I'd spend on there if they actually had some useful information! I'd love to see mini-bios of people, hometowns, library experience, hobbies, contact info, etc. Basically all the stuff they get us to give verbally at Orientation.
    They could give everybody the choice of how much or how little they want displayed but it could be very useful to know that type of stuff. I hate how I can't even find a phone number for half of my classmates when I want to contact them.
    PS – Sorry for confusing you with Donald Moses today? I had “Spirit of Librarianship” photos on the brain when I read your comment.

    Posted 12 Sep 2006 at 4:51 am

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