Eureka Library offering free text reminders
Cellphone users can now keep their library accounts up-to-date with a new text messaging service provided by EPLD and RSA CAT, the online circulation system and library catalog. The service is free, but service provider message rates may apply.
After signing up to receive text messages from the Shoutbomb Messaging Service, users begin to get text messages when they have a book that is due, items available as holds, or fines due to the library. It works on any phone with text capabilities and provides yet another convenient way for library customers to keep track of materials and avoid fines.
The service also allows cellphone users to add multiple cards to the same cellphone number, which means parents can add children’s accounts. This allows parents to track a child’s card, as well as check on overdue or available hold items and fines.
Once an account has been set up Shoutbomb will send a text if an item needs to be renewed. The user will simply reply with a two letter command that will either renew all books or show a list of items that can be renewed.
To sign up, a text message will need to be sent to email@example.com. Users will need their library card number and PIN numbers to complete the sign-up process. These numbers can be obtained from EPLD. Once the simple registration process is complete, text messages for all accounts registered to that cellphone number will automatically come when the accounts have items to note.
A small pamphlet is available at the circulation desk of the library that explains the sign-up process and simple commands, replies and messages that work with Shoutbomb for renewing, etc. A copy of the pamphlet is also available as a PDF on the library website.