By: David Lee King
I’ve shown what iBeacons are, and what they do in non-retail settings. Can they be used in a library setting? Definitely – because some libraries are already experimenting with them!
There are currently two companies in the library industry working with iBeacons (that I know of, anyway):
Bluubeam sends out location-based messaging. For example, if you walk into the teens area of the library (and have the Bluubeam app on your mobile device), you might get a message about what’s happening in the teen section that day, or get a message about an upcoming teen event.
So think location-based promotion of events and your stuff.
Capira Technologies does location-based messaging. They’re also working on more personalized info. For example, here’s what they say about circulation notices:
Patrons who have authenticated their account information in your library app can receive notifications about items due that day, items ready for pickup, and much more when they enter the building. Library staff know that patrons often visit the library and forget they have items due that day. Automatically reminding them to stop by the circulation desk and renew them before they leave is a great customer service.What types of things could you do with iBeacons in a library? Here are some ideas:
Again – there is potentially a LOT of possibility here. What do you think? Please share!
iBeacon image by Jonathan Nalder
Source: David Lee King