Check out Wowbrary at www.wowbrary.org. Wowbrary is a nonprofit service that sends the public free weekly emails and RSS feeds about their local library’s most recent acquisitions. Wowbrary is a free service supported by grants, donations, sponsorships, book sale commissions and volunteers.
The Wowbrary service reaches both avid library patrons and those who haven’t used libraries in years. Wowbrary serves as an online version of the new-book shelf, but one that spans all library branches, includes items that are checked out, and comes by convenient email and RSS feeds for those who don’t visit the library website or facilities regularly. By showcasing the latest arrivals and allowing patrons to click through directly to the library website, Wowbrary makes it easy to scan quickly what’s new and encourages greater library use.
Wowbrary extracts information about a library’s newest acquisitions from the library’s OPAC (Open Public Access Catalog) and/or via Z39.50. Information is collected without any effort by staff or interference with the OPAC’s function. Wowbrary’s service works with ILS (Integrated Library System) products from major vendors, including Millennium from Innovative Interfaces.
Once you sign up for the service, you get a get a weekly email, or you can subscribe to an RSS feed. Click here to see a sample Wowbrary email for the New York Public Library.