Category Archives: IM, Meebo & Chat Reference

Aaron’s Stats from LJ!

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LJ, Nov 15, 2004

Let’s look at a simple ROI:

400 questions divided by 7 months is an average of 57 questions per month for virtually no huge cost — just the staff time whatever the cost may be. For this type of outreach and what might be called “good buzz” (ala Jenny), that’s priceless!

I SEE YOU

After working at a branch yesterday for a Sunday shift I stopped to get gas at the grocery store/gas station/Starbucks complex up north of town. As I was pumping the petrol, my phone signaled I had a text:

“I see you getting gas…”

It was like a movie! I suddenly felt like the whole world was watching me and I hadn’t known.

“Who is this?” I replied.

(Here’s where every stalker thriller I’ve ever seen played out in my head..)

Turns out, it was my colleague Maire from SJCPL who does our Web Development. She was getting coffee and thought she’d text me to say hi…

Loads of IM info… Thanks Technobiblio!

“Frequent IM users, on the other hand, tended to use IM more as a tool for collaboration, with discussions covering a broad range of topics via many fast-paced interactions—each with many short turns in the conversation, much threading, and a predisposition towards multitasking. ”

Oh yeah! Aaron and I have planned a number of things…and Steven and I have set up some collaborative stuff as well.

CJ never ceases to amaze me with the quality of his posts. Take a look at this about IM and the great articles he links to.

Aaron hits One Hundred

Rock ON Aaron… 100 IM questions to his PL’s screename.

He writes: “For no cost not only have we become more available, but I’ve helped patrons that otherwise wouldn’t have been helped. I’ve done more Young Adult Readers’ Advisory in the past 2 months than I have in the previous 2 years. YAs have sent me messages asking about the library’s hours, and prizes for summer reading program. I bet that these things aren’t a big enough deal for them to make a telephone call, but shooting me a quick message is more convenient. Perhaps this is grandiose, but I can’t help but thinking that I’m breathing some life into libraries for these kids.”

Go ahead…be grandiose…this is darn cool!

“At no cost” … nice…not $20,000 not $10,000… at no cost — or just the cost of the cool cards he made up”, he has added a valuable service to his PL.