Google has so many great free tools! I am kind of old-fashioned when it comes to calendars. Every year, I buy a small planner that I carry with me to work. Because I have two part-time jobs and an irregular schedule, it is helpful to keep track of where I’m supposed to be when. I don’t always have the planner with me, though. This is where Google Calendar could come in handy. If I’m near a computer with Internet access, I could check my calendar that way.
I decided to do a trial run. I already have (and love) a Google account. I created a Google Calendar and, within minutes, copied what was written in my planner. I added my Google Calendar to my iGoogle homepage and voila! I now have my schedule in two convenient places. I’m not going to give up my planner, but I’ll keep up with Google Calendar for a couple of months and see if it works for me.
I could see how Google Calendar and its sharing feature could come in handy for libraries. As a staff member, I wish our library would use it. Our website is difficult to navigate, especially in a hurry. If we had a Google Calendar on the homepage, both staff and patrons could see right away what was going on that day. I see potential for an increase in program attendance and less phone calls.