Edmonton public library leaps into social media

While oth­er pub­lic and private organ­iz­a­tions and cor­por­a­tions are ana­lyz­ing, examin­ing, test­ing and ignor­ing, the Edmon­ton Pub­lic Lib­rary soft-launched its Face­book applic­a­tion today.

As it says on the applic­a­tion teas­er, it’s a very LIMITED ver­sion of the won­der­ful world of the Edmon­ton Pub­lic Lib­rary.

Cur­rently you can:

  • check out your account status, includ­ing holds
  • ask ques­tion of lib­rary staff
  • search the EPL cata­logue
  • find out what’s new at your loc­al branch
  • check out com­ing events and pro­grams
  • get loc­al branch hours

Pretty thor­ough if you ask me. I won­der what the full ver­sion will have.

*** UPDATE Aug 2307 ***

Looks like TD Canada Trust and Telus are also get­ting into the Face­book game, as repor­ted by Kate Trgo­v­ac:

TD seems to really be going after the col­lege crowd, so the Face­book app is a great play. They also have a “Money Lounge” (essen­tially a Face­book group). It’s really hard to tell who owns it; you rely on TD employ­ees to dis­close their biases.

And on Telus:

It’s a fish­bowl where you can add your top 5 (or 8 if you’re a stu­dent) friends. It com­ple­ments Telus’ cur­rent 5 friends cam­paign with their mobile product.

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