Library Elf should not be confused with an Elf on a Shelf. An Elf on the Shelf uses his method of secret surveillance and a direct line to the man in the red suit--to keep children obedient over the holidays. By contrast, Library Elf helps adults keep track of their library books year-round conveniently though their PC, Mac, tablet, smartphone and most Internet-enabled devices. Library Elf is available through Irving Public Library and through us, its premium services are absolutely free.
The holidays are without a doubt the most wonderful time of the year, and also the busiest. If you’re an avid reader, likely you are the family’s guardian of the library cards, or have cards with multiple cities. Keeping track of when library books are due can be a hassle. With Library Elf, seeing the status of your library books is simple. Library Elf’s interface is clean, using lists to show which items are checked out, on hold, overdue, or about to be overdue. Families can monitor multiple Irving Public Library cards from one Library Elf account. Parents can keep track of their children’s books with relative ease and all in one place.
Check out this real-time demonstration to see for yourself how the service works. Hover over the calendar “due” dates in the demo to see which items should be returned. Notice how the Holds are labeled by the cardholder who requested them. You can also view your number in the Holds cue! Library Elf also sends email notices based on the settings you choose.
Library Elf syncs with iCal, Outlook, and Google calendars. Just copy the .ics file from your account to the calendar program of your choice. More help can be found here. The service also has a text messaging option.
At the end of the holiday season, unlike the Elf on the Shelf, you won’t want to put away Library Elf!