I decided to check out Gail Borden Library in Elgin, IL. This is not my library, but I frequent it quite a bit. My library is very small, and it usually does not fit my needs. Gail Borden, however, is larger and seems to use their budget wisely. Personally, I did not know what to expect when starting this project. Would I find lots to report on or is GB quite in the technological front? They seem to have some things on the right track, they have a chocked full, friendly website. You can certain things emailed to you, but they also have things on RSS feeds. However there is no specific blog that I could find, and their main page of the website says nothing about a twitter, myspace, or facebook account. They do however have a link to flicker and a youtube page! How much is GB getting chatted up in the internet?
I first checked out GB on Twitter. This was kind of depressing. There is only one tweet discussing them. The NSLS (library system had this to say about the library: …the Marketing Award goes to Gail Borden Public Library District for their creative “Dr. Torres’ Library Card Challenge” The direct link is as follows. http://twitter.com/nsls/statuses/1363465680
After that I hoped that people were at least blogging about them a bit more, so I searched with Technorati and 3 hits are coming up. One discussed how GB is seeing user services increasing in difficult times. This may be the case with many libraries, but it is definitely the case here. Knowing the community that GB serves in Elgin, I can see people being hit in these hard economical times. I am glad that they are taking advantage of the library. Another blog post was about the baby-friendly environment that the library has. I agree with that. I always notice tons of kids in the craft section, by the puzzles, or playing in the indoor playground. Looks like tons of fun! Lastly, there was a blog post about a meeting being held at the library. Good to see that they community is using the library for all types of things, even meetings on butterflies!
The library has a Facebook page that you can be a fan of. There are about 60 fans. You can discuss things, such as favorite books, and they post library information. It does not seem that interactive as of yet, not too much going on. It does, however, have its flicker account hooked up to it.
GB has a flickr account, but many other people have posted pictures of the library as well. There are pictures of kids in programs, the building itself, speakers, activities, different exhibits, and more. It seems as though people are more than happy to share their experiences at GB.
Finally, a place I did not know I would see the library. YouTube! I was happy to see videos of the library on youtube. Many of them were posted by the library itself, but there were pulled from all types of places, such as Elgin today. Ratings and comments are being made on the videos as well.
I was pleased at what I saw regarding Gail Borden Library, but I do think that I could see more. There were no glaring complaints, and most stuff was informative, yet positive.