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eCatalog central redux?

Back in July 2009, I was fretting about volume of paper catalogs that arrived in our library, lamenting the waste and limited space issues, and brainstorming about a solution in a post-ALA post.  I was dreaming of an online resource, a catalog central, that would be there when I needed it, always up to date, always with a provocative reason to visit (coupons? contests? freebies? posters? bookmarks?)

Although my little dream hasn’t yet been realized in the library world, now brings the larger world of shoppers a wealth of catalogs as a free interactive iPad app.

I want to shop for our library books, ebooks, audiobooks, films, databases, gadgets, supplies and furniture this way. Don’t you?

And I want to help our library vendors get this thing launched.

I see the potential for lots of lovely, green e-commerce if we work together.

(Also see this TechCrunch post.)

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Ironic–we at Capstone blogged about print catalogs today ( too! We’re always looking for more earth-friendly options but we are caught in a bit of a quandary. For instance, Capstone and a few other vendors have online e-catalogs that mimic several of the features shown in the app. However, based on buyers’ behavior, there is still a strong preference/important role for print catalogs. So if that is true, how can we make better, more efficient print catalogs?

  2. Cathy Nelson says:

    OOOPS!!! Didnt mean to ping the specific post but rather the blog. But while I’m here I must say this is a fascinating move in the right direction regarding catalogs.


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