“The inspiration for Elf came about because my friend started to receive a lot of overdue fines — he and his wife were having a hard time keeping track of their library books and videos at their local library. They have three kids and the library is a big part of their lives (everyone has a library card). At first they tried a manual system where each kid took out exactly five items. That helped a bit but it forced a fixed reading diet on the kids and the kids weren’t particularly keen on being limited this way. So he asked if some software I was working on at time could be adapted to help him and his family keep track of their library borrowings.”
Somehow, somewhere, Library Elf is going to meet Library Thing. Introduce them both to Casey Bisson, put them in a room somewhere with a few computers with broadband, and I’ll bet they’ll come back with one of the best online catalogs you’ll ever see. Ever!
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