Maps and checking-in are very useful for Philippine libraries and museums, as well as their patrons. Aside from giving directions, Google maps also gives the contact details of the institution, and in most occasions, the visiting hours available. Below are screenshots of Museo Pambata (Museum for Children), a popular museum (and very classic, I must say) in the Philippines.
As you can see, reviews may be posted directly to the profile of the institution using a Google account. Ratings may be given anonymously. Museo Pambata has been given an average rating of 4.3 (out of 5). Users are also allowed to upload the photos they have taken and place them on the institution’s profile for everyone to see. Since it is powered by Google, an integration with Google calendar (more about this in Thing 8 : Calendar) is available.
Aside from checking-in, users can check out places (no pun intended) via Foursquare. The address, contact details, and directions on how to get to the place are already provided for. If you are planning to go to the National Library or the National Museum of the Philippines, make sure you read the TIPS provided by people who have checked into to those places, as they give very valuable advice. As I type, I am making a mental note to bring an ID when I visit the National Library, and to wear my most comfortable pair of flats when I schedule a trip to the National Museum. =)
Karryl is a Librarian (Reference & Information Services) at the Rizal Library of the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) and has been in the profession for three years now. She graduated with a BLIS from the University of the Philippines Diliman and holds a master’s degree in Technology Management from the same university.