Posted by: bluesyemre | May 8, 2014

Your own personal librarian: Multnomah County Library allows patrons to pick professional book advisors online


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  • The Multnomah County Library has taken a step further into the digital era, offering patrons a more personal online experience than ever before. Several weeks ago, the library quietly launched My Librarian, an online tool that lets readers connect with a real-life librarian, without actually visiting a library branch. Instead, readers can build a relationship with one of 13 librarians through video chats, blogs and phone calls to discuss their favorite books. The program, Library Director Vailey Oehlke said, is the first of its kind in the country. “People like to know the name of their barista. They like to know the person that takes their dry cleaning has kids in their school,” Oehlke said. “What we’re trying to do is take that virtual experience and make it much more personal.”

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