im in the wild

I went to buy a pair of shoes this weekend because I’m trying to dress like an adult person. Apparently, my shoe size is one of the few things about me that is drop-dead normal, so the store was out of everything in my size except for green and purple. However, they said they could check with the other store to look for the colors I wanted, and it would just take a sec. I went over to the desk and saw that the salesguy was IMing with the other store, just normal old AIM. The conversation was a real quick “you there?”” followed by a few directed questions about my desired shoes. In about 45 seconds — including the time it took to take this picture — they had ascertained that the other store had the shoes I wanted and would mail them to my house.

Moral of the story? This guy was about my age. Most people our age and younger see IM and cell phones as just a normal part of being connected. Library Garden is in the process of getting more data on these screenagers and what they’re finding, while not totally surprising, is hard data that you can use to help plan your library service offerings. The teens that Marie and her colleagues talked to were library users but didn’t seem to know much about their libraries’ services besides in-the-building reference. I see opportunity, don’t you?

4 comments for “im in the wild

  1. 31May06 at 11:24

    Heh – the first two sentences made me laugh. My attempts to dress like a grownup have failed miserably, so I’ve given up (you’ll see evidence of this at RILA – last year when my bosses showed up in suits, I figured I’d be fired for wearing faded jeans and Birkenstocks). I am also a perfect size 8.5 (sadly, just in the shoe dept.) – stores are alwyas sold out. See you at the conference.

  2. 02Jun06 at 12:19

    Wow. This is the first I’ve heard of IM being used in such a casual professional way (other that a few tentative library virtual reference services)… Awesome.

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