July 9, 2012
-- Oliver Wolcott Library introduces a new service: “Wowbrary.”
Wowbrary is a unique service that sends out an email or RSS feed alerting patrons of the Library’s newest items each week. Wowbrary showcases the “top” items for each week, but patrons can also click on the sidebar which categorizes items by their genre. This new feature allows the Library to keep patrons informed of their latest purchases. “Wowbrary is wonderful because it helps the Library offer a great service while allowing us to be more efficient” said Ann Marie White, Library Director for the Oliver Wolcott Library. “The Library has seen significant growth in use of all of our services but our staff has remained small. In order to meet the growing need for essential library services, we need to always look for ways to be more efficient. Previously, we had to use a good deal of staff time to manually produce a list of our new acquisitions. Our patrons want to see our new lists but it was time-consuming. Wowbrary allows us to not only offer this service but actually enhances the experience while simultaneously requiring almost no staff time at all” says Ann Marie.
Adult Services Librarian Audra MacLaren added that “another great feature of Wowbrary is the summary that they give about each highlighted item, including a picture of it. The listed items are linked directly to the Library’s catalog, making it easy to reserve or request the item by clicking on the “borrow” link next to it.” Patrons can also find the latest additions to the e-books collection that the Library offers through Overdrive.
With this new service, patrons can stay up to date on what is new at OWL each week. Sign up at OWL’s website at www.owlibrary.org and stay informed about the exciting new books and DVD’s added to OWL’s collection!