Thing 4 : Maps and checking in

27 May


Foursquare by brennanMKE via CC license on Flickr

Sadly, this week’s post went missing so we are giving you Mylee’s post from  Don’t forget to go to their site for more great information on all the things!

Smartphones and mobile devices have a global positioning system (GPS) built into them.  This allows your mobile device to locate your position on a map.   This also allows library clients and staff to locate themselves on a map and to get directions to different locations. You can see this at work in “real time” tracking apps for bus and train timetables.


  • Try out the maps installed on your device.  You can also download map apps, try the Google Map app for example.
  • Try out the directions functions for different options (walk, drive, public transport).  What are the directions to your library like?
  • Google Maps also have indoor maps which include many cultural institutions including libraries


  • Foursquare  is a social media tool that uses GPS to check into locations, there are badges to be earned and the status of Mayor if you check in more times than anyone else  (see the Bookworm badge  and instructions )  NB: a number of other apps interact with Foursquare
  • LibraryThing has a free app called Readar (it was formerly Local Books), with more than 80,500  bookstores, libraries and bookish events listed it uses GPS to allow the user to locate nearby venues and literary events
  • Facebook also has a check in option
  • There are more useful links on our Pinterest Board


  • Do you use maps as wayfinding guides inside your library (eg. University of Virginia Library  )
  • If your library facility is large or spread over several locations does your website or app include maps?
  • Have you considered geocaching as a library program / allowing interaction with the library as a destination (eg. British Library  )
  • Could you use geocaching as an educational and outreach tool (eg. Andrew Spencer describes how it was used at Macquarie University Library)
  • Have you considered editing the information about your library in Librarything Readar, Google places and Foursquare, perhaps adding some photos?
  • Do you have any signs in your library to encourage people to “check in”?
  • Have you considered holding a competition with Foursquare check ins at your library?


Yes. the last one was so successful we are going to have another!  This one however has a little bit of a catch.  We are basing the chat on a provocative article.  Have a read; it’s going to spark a fantastic conversation!
The Twitter chat is on this Wednesday night at 8:30PM (NZ time), and 6:30PM (AEST). See you there!


12 Responses to “Thing 4 : Maps and checking in”

  1. Katalin Mindum May 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    The link to the geocaching tool at Macquarie University Library doesn’t seem to be working.

  2. Susannah May 27, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

    would be cool if when we leave a comment here we can check in here too. 🙂

  3. Chrissy May 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    I’ve never heard of ‘geocaching’! Interesting to read how it’s being used at Macquarie Uni to introduce students to the library – very innovative!

  4. awalker007 May 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Haven’t used Foursquare before but can see some useful applications for libraries and schools in general. Using the stories and tips seems like a great way to highlight important places!

  5. Robyn Collins May 28, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Thing 4. Note to self to get started in the maps and check in space – suggestions to edit the information and add photos about your library in Librarything Readar, Google places and Foursquare easy to do. Interesting to see the stats on engagement and contact before and after these edits.

    Love the MU geocaching concept … thanks Andrew! The puzzle caches have definite possibilities for orientations and building info skills in a more interactive way. For the to-do list … check out more examples and have some test dabbles! 😀

    Foursquare … looks fun but still thinking on this one!

  6. percocet July 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    I’ll immediately snatch your rss feed as I can’t find your e-mail subscription link or newsletter service.
    Do you have any? Please let me know in order that I could subscribe.


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