At Douglas County Libraries, we strive to offer excellent, yet cost-effective solutions for our patrons. Providing patrons with SMS messages from the ILS allows them to know the status of their account quicker. Shoutbomb offers the opportunity to quickly communicate with patrons and provides a comprehensive list of services. Patrons can renew books immediately, be notified of books available on the hold shelf, know the due dates of books or even know what fines they have accrued. Shoutbomb also offers ISBN searching capability and is extremely responsive to support or enhancement requests. Patrons love the service.
One of the biggest challenges that schools and libraries face is helping parents understand how to integrate the five simple practices of reading, writing, playing, singing, and talking into their daily lives with the goal of developing early literacy skills in their young children. School and library programming are evolving to do a better job of communicating how to do this with parents, but once parents and caregivers leave school or the library, the teacher's and librarian’s reach is limited.
The use of text messages that parents receive on a regular basis has the ability to help reinforce the important lessons that librarians share with their patrons during library programming and during one-on-one conversations. It extends our reach outside of the school and library and into the lives of the parents and has the potential to have great impact on our patrons’ behavior related to providing their children with the tools they need to get ready for school.
We at Shoutbomb are committed to provide the tools to support educators and parents. Vídeo en español.