This post is just a reminder to myself that I need to investigate further this interesting “patron notification system” that the Darien Library (CT) is putting together. I think that the Growl software is involved in some way. I’m guessing that it allows a patron to request help from any available librarian. I first heard about this last year from this annotation on an image on John Blyberg’s Flickr account:
Experimenting with using growl as a paging notification system for roving librarians. The patron can push a button on a touch-screen display on the service desk and a “growl” will be blasted out to all available librarians. Uses growl (http://growl.info/) and growl for windows (http://www.growlforwindows.com/gfw/)
More recent images on Blyberg’s Flickr account offer a better glimpse at what they’ve been cooking up in Darien.