District of Columbia Public Library patrons can now get holds and overdue notifications via SMS. What’s almost even cooler is something I learned just a few months back. When you apply for a DCPL card online it is immediately active and can be used to place holds and use electronic resources. And actually, people in DC don’t even need to get a physical library card. They can opt to use their drivers license and its number as their barcode. Pretty convenient. DCPL CIO Chris Tonjes and consultant Bill McClendon did a nice job with this stuff.