Facebook, other online services keep patrons informed
The Coeur d'Alene Public Library's friends just rose to 201 – not the “Friends of the Library” kind – the number of its fans on Facebook, the online social networking website.
The library has had a Facebook and Twitter presence for several months. The online sites are among the ways library patrons and fans can keep track of what is going on at the library.
“The library has had a website forever, of course,” said David Townsend, Library Communications Coordinator. “That’s our primary link with the community to provide news and access to online services for our patrons.”
Library Information Technology Coordinator Christopher Brannon has linked the website – www.cdalibrary.org – to Facebook and Twitter so that when the library website’s news section is updated the Facebook and Twitter sites also receive updates. Videos about the library, produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV Channel 19, are uploaded to the Facebook page, too, and to the library’s YouTube account.
Patrons who have the free Facebook accounts can join the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Group and receive automatic updates.
“Another way to enhance your relationship with the library is to use your e-mail address,” Townsend said. “Anyone who wants to be on my list to receive news releases and other information electronically can just send an e-mail message to
Your e-mail will not be shared with anyone else without your permission and you can ask to be removed from the list at anytime.
Townsend noted that this e-mail listing is not the same as including your e-mail address as part of your library card contact information. That e-mail can be used only for library circulation purposes – such as notifying you when a reserved book becomes available or when an item you have checked out is about to become due. Like other library records it is strictly confidential under Idaho law.
“However, we really encourage you to add your e-mail to your library card record. It is the most efficient way for us to communicate with you,” Townsend said. “And every time we can avoid using postage it saves the library money. It also saves paper, envelopes, printer toner and staff time. Over the course of a year that adds up to a substantial sum that could be used for other library resources.
“Besides, it is the earth-friendly thing to do. It keeps extra paper out of the landfill.”
More information is available by calling 208/769-2315.