Work Off Your Fines by Liking This Post

Recently I  ran across an article about Blloon.com, an ebook subscription service that launched in the UK last October. What caught my attention was the attempt to apply social media practices to readership. Participants can” earn” more pages to read by engaging in  the holy trinity of social media behaviors: the like, the share and the comment. 

 
This got me thinking about how libraries could use a similar game plan to increase social media engagement.  What if people could “work off” fines by commenting on a Flickr picture, liking a YouTube video or Sharing a Facebook post?
 
How would you reward “good” users? What about a free book, coffee or tote? How about money added to your print card?
Would you run this as a shot term program, or make it part of standard operating procedure?
 
Yes, it’s a bribe, but bribes work. Think about the promise of a snack if you are good and do your to-do list. There are other, more pressing issues with library social media strategies and implementation would be a challenge ( hello Drupal?) If I were the Queen of a small system that I had god-like authority over, I would at least try it.

Waiting for a home

I Had a very productive meeting with an I.T. staffer last week. We discussed the initial build of the Drupal environment I will be working with. He said that he would build it so that I could be “User 1” which means that I can build and destroy, build and destroy with impunity. This is a relief, while I don’t want to be responsible for loading Drupal on a server (not yet, at least) I do want the freedom to add modules and update versions and all the other things I don’t know that I want yet. So, I continue to add files to the server, I hope it doesn’t take too long to start identifying and organizing files because there is now almost 100 files on the server! Woof!

Drupal Drupal Drupal

If I say it enough, maybe it won’t sound so weird to my ears. In looking for a CMS for the digitized tape archive, I’ve run into some issues that make an Off-The-Shelf option not possible. I was told point blank to quit dreamin’ so I just shifted my dream elsewhere. Open Source! Who cares if I have to teach myself how. In my experience, that’s how I learn anyway and it’s not like I have zero experience with code. I was once pretty good at the HTMLs and the CSSs. I’ve got a meeting Friday to discuss the stack and the install and admin rights and whatnot, so I say, BRING IT! Either I fail and wind up penniless or I succeed and have the life I’ve always wanted.