Thing 8 : Calendar

Everyone seems to live busy lives, with many appointments and activities to keep track of.  Many of your library clients carry their calendar in their pockets with the added features of alerts to remind them of appointments and the potential to share appointment details.

DISCOVER:

EXPLORE:

  • iCalendar,  often referred to as iCal, is an internet calendar format that enables users to create and share electronic calendars across different computers and devices.
  • There are tools like iCalShare that allow you to create a calendar of events that can be shared to different types of calendars.
  • Google Hangouts can be integrated into a Google calendar
  • See more links on our Pinterest board.

THINKING POINTS:

  • Are events advertised on your website with an option to download the calendar details?
  • Perhaps if your library hours have seasonal variations you could provide a Gmail calendar or iCal file of dates and hours that clients could import into their own calendar?
  • Study room bookings – could your library allow customers to import them directly into their own calendars?
  • Can your library clients sign up for a series of events (eg. a book club, early literacy story times, a technology course, etc.) and capture the details easily into their own calendars?

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  2. Our library has a calendar of events which has links to allow customers to make online bookings. The only drawback is that the software we use means that every single event appears. The problem with that is that every single story time across our eight branches is listed. If I get bored scrolling to find the thing I’m looking for I imagine customers will too.

    Personally I have used the calendar app on three different phones and an iPad. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, I think you just have to play around and decide what’s best for you

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