Monday, May 2, 2011

Get library notices sent to your mobile phone

Did you know that the library can send you notices (courtesy, hold pickup, etc.) to your mobile phone?
  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on Update Contact Information
  3. Select to receive your notices by e-mail
  4. In the E-Mail Address field, enter your e-mail address (if one is not currently listed), followed by a comma (,) and NO SPACES and then your cell phone number@cell phone carrier...
Example: john.doe@isp.com,5401234567@phoneservice.com*

No hyphens/dashes should be included and there is no need for a “1” to be included at the beginning of the number – limit to 10 digits.
 
*Here are the e-mail addresses for the most popular cellular phone carriers, where phonenumber = your 10-digit mobile phone number:
  • AT&T: phonenumber@txt.att.net
  • Cingular: phonenumber@cingularme.com
  • Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com
  • Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
  • T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
  • Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.com
  • Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com
An extensive list of cell phone carrier e-mail addresses can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_SMS_gateways. You may also call your local library for assistance updating your account.

Things to keep in mind when opting to receive text notices:


Charges may be incurred from your cellular provider for text messaging. Patrons are encouraged to check the terms of their contract for details on charges related to receiving text messages.

Courtesy notices are sent out (automatically) daily at 8 AM EST. “Preferred Search” notices are sent out (automatically) on Sundays at 12 PM EST. All other notices (hold pickup, overdues, etc.) are generated by staff when the library is open and times will vary.

SMS/Text notices are limited to approximately 140 characters. So for a hold pickup notification, for example, you may only get the part of the message that you have a hold to pickup. In some rare cases, your provider may send multiple text messages for each notice. For additional details, such as what the title/author is, you’ll need to check your e-mail.

While e-mail is not required, patrons are strongly encouraged to also have their e-mail address in their record. Because library notices include more information than will fit in a standard text message, patrons will want to check their emailed notices for complete/additional information.

If you have Bulk SMS set to "Disable" on your phone, library notices will likely fail. Some phones may come this way by default; check with your service provider and make any changes before attempting to sign up.

As with e-mail notices, text notices will be generated from the following e-mail addresses:

1 comment:

  1. I think it's great that I am now able to get texts and emails about what books are due!
    It's very helpful!
    sincerely,
    DHC

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