For the first installment of Tech Tip of the Week, I mentioned Learnist, a great site for finding and creating curated collections. This time around, I’d like to feature Library Extension, a very useful tool for those that make use of the Chrome browser. As a general rule, I try to avoid promoting things that are limited to one browser or platform, but Library Extension is pretty neat. Also, I’m a huge Chrome fan. If you value speed, efficiency and extensibility, then I highly suggest you give Chrome a shot. In the end, whatever works for you is the browser to go with.
But I digress. My reason for liking Library Extension stems from 2 passions of mine – I love shopping for books on Amazon, and I love borrowing books from the library. So what if I could do my book browsing on Amazon and then easily find out that the book I want is available at my public library. Enter Library Extension. Just today I was looking at my Amazon wishlist dedicated to materials for Salesian, and thanks to Library Extension I was shown the image at right prompting me to request the book through the Oakland Public Library system. Clicking on the little plus sign will show you exactly which branch currently has the title in its possession. Of course, you may easily discover that a book you’re looking at on Amazon is unavailable at your public library. When that is the case, you’ll see the image shown at left. It would probably help if I told you why I keep referring to the Oakland Public Library. When you first install the extension, you can tell it whatever library system you would like it to search as you peruse Amazon.
If nothing else, the big take away here should be the importance of a public library card. Without that, none of this is possible. If you feel like the public library has nothing to offer you, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love the opportunity to try to convince you of the many benefits, all available to you for a small fee in the form of tax dollars.
If you have a tech tip that you’d love to share, please drop it in the comments. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to contact me with any technology questions you may have.
- Browser Extension Encourages Amazon Searchers to Head to Their Library | LJ Insider (lj.libraryjournal.com)