Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Handheld Online Conference / June 3 2009

The Handheld Online Conference is for museum professionals who want to know more about how the recent wave of mobile devices and portable computing can benefit their institutions, their patrons and their learners.

[snip] ... By contrast, in the past decade, one new technology after another has been heralded as a revolutionary tool for the next generation of museum interpretation: multimedia tours, phone tours, podcasts and downloadable audio tours; even text-message tours have all come on the scene amid high expectations, but have so far failed to transform significantly the traditional museum landscape of wall labels and catalogues. [snip]

So are the new technologies doomed simply to replace the traditional audio tour with an ever more sophisticated and be-wildering, but no less marginal, array of solutions for providing museum interpretation?

It’s in the context of this repeating cycle of dashed new technology hopes that the Handheld Online Conference aims to frame the question of mobile museum interpretation differently. There is no specific technology or platform that will revolutionize our visitors’ museum experiences, but rather our visitors are transforming the museum visit themselves through new informational practices that they are importing to the museum from their Web 2.0 lives.

WWW has come to mean “whatever, whenever, wherever” and the question of the future of museum interpretation has become not one of what technology our visitors will prefer, but rather of where, when, and how they want to engage with the museum, both on-site and beyond.

Museum and education professionals with real-world experience in handheld program design and development facilitate interactive, real-time discussions with participants across the globe during this one-day completely online event ... .




June 3, 2009 / 11:00-11:55 am EDT

Handhelds! Getting It Done at Museums Large & Small

Chris Alexander / San Jose Museum of Art / The Little Engine that Could - Mobile Tours on a Shoestring Budget

Silvia Filippini Fantoni / Sorbonne University and British Museum / The Challenges of Developing a Multimedia Guide for Large Museums

June 3, 2009 / 1:00-1:55 pm
The Future of Mobile Interpretation

Koven Smith / Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Future of Mobile Interpretation

Nancy Proctor / Smithsonian American Art Museum / Beyond the 2 Minute Stop: Soundtracks, Soundbites and Smartphones

June 3, 2009 / 3:00-3:55 pm
No Time Like the Present: Rapid Deployment with Open Source Technologies - At What Cost?

Titus Bicknell / Experius-Gateway Auto Museum
Bruce Wyman / Denver Art Museum

Audio As Well As Discussion Forum Postings Are Available At No Charge For Each Presentation



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Infoquest: Alliance Library System Text Message Reference Service

We invite you to join the Infoquest collaborative text messaging project which will kickoff on July 20, 2009.

We have over 35 libraries of all types participating and we wouldlike more to meet our goal of 24/7 coverage. The only requirements are that you staffthe desk 2 hours per week, attend online meetings and training, and participate in evaluation activities.

There is no cost to join this exciting pilot project which runs through December 31,2009. If you would like to join, please contact Lori Bell at Alliance Library System at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com.

You will be sent some informational documents andan agreement form to fill out with library information and your preferred coverage hours. If you would like to join the project communications group, go to

Partners include Altarama, South Central New York Regional Library Council, Bradley University, TAP Information Services, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University

List Of Participating Institutions

We hope you will join us.

Press Release

My Info Quest TXT 4 ANSWERS: International Collaborative Text Reference Service Launches Today [07-20-09]

See Also

My Info Quest

Google Group

InfoQuest Informational Meeting A/V (June 30 2009) [43:27]

News Coverage

Information Today > NewsLink Library Reference Services Are on an Info Quest (08-03-09)

We Invite You To Join My Info Quest

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Libraries Using Twitter: Academic / Research / Special Libraries

Libraries Using Twitter: Academic / Research / Special Libraries

  • Al-Madinah International University Library / Malaysia / dlibmediu
  • Alaska State Library / Alaska / akstatelibrary
  • Binghamton University Libraries / New York / Binghamton U Library
  • Duke University Library / Reference Department / North Carolina / askref
  • Lawrence Technological University Library / Michigan / LTULib
  • Library of Congress / Washington DC / librarycongress
  • Lunar and Planetary Institute Library / Texas / LPI_Library
  • McNeese State University Library / Government Documents Department / Louisiana / MSUGovDocs
  • Miami Dade College / Kendall Campus / Library / Florida / [1]
  • Michigan State University Libraries / Michigan / MSULibraries
  • Nebraska Library Commission / Nebraska / NLC_Reference
  • Northeastern Illinois University / Ronald Williams Library / Illinois / neiulibrary
  • Pennsylvania State University Libraries / Pennsylvania / psulibs
  • Roosevelt University Library / Illinois / rulibrary
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries / Washington DC / SILibraries
  • South Carolina State Library / South Carolina / scstatelibrary
  • Southern Methodist University / Hamon Arts Library / Texas / hamonarts
  • Tompkins Cortland Community College / Library / New York / [4]
  • Trinity University / Coates / Library / Texas / coateslibrary
  • University at Buffalo / Health Sciences Library / New Yrok / UBHSL
  • University at Buffalo / Libraries / New York / UBLibraries
  • University of Denver / Penrose Library / Colorado / dupenrose
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign / Undergraduate Library / Illinois / askundergrad
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign / Music and Performing Arts Library / Illinois / mpaluiuc
  • University of Kansas Libraries at Edwards Campus / Regents Center Library / LibraryKUEC
  • University of Massachusets-Amherst / Learning Commons / umasslc
  • University of Montevallo / Alabama / umlibrary
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill / School of Journalism and Mass Communication / Park Library / North Carolina / JoMCParkLib
  • Yale Science Libraries / Connecticut / yalescilib


Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki / Twitter / Libraries Using Twitter [o6-29-09]

NOTE: If Your Library Is Using Twitter And Is Not Listed, Please Submit To Meredith Farkas, Curator Of The Library Success Wiki (mfarkas@norwich.edu) .

See Also

Libraries on Twitter (Updated List) / 06-30-09

International Twittering Libraries

Twitter for Libraries (and Librarians) / Article

Using Twitter @ Libraries / Presentation

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Who You Gonna Call?: Mediated Phone Reference Services For The CellPhone User


Have We Missed The Obvious By Not Fully Promoting Mediated Phone-Based Reference Services For CellPhone Users?

I Am Greatly Interested In Learning Of Any And/Or All Library Initiatives To Promote The Availability of Phone Reference Services To Student / Faculty / Staff / Alumni / CellPhone Users. [YouTube / 4:04]

Please Respond As A Comment To This Blog Entry With Appropriate Links To Explicit Promotional Efforts.

Thanks !


Friday, June 26, 2009

The Handheld Librarian Blog

Established in January 2002, The Handheld Librarian provides "Handheld computer news, ideas, and opinions from librarians and others interested in libraries."


The Handheld Librian blog is edited by Grace Lee, Electronic Services Librarian, New York Law School, with contributions from Barbara Fullerton, Meganreads, Mary Peterson, Chad Brekke, and Grace.

As of late June 2009, there were more than 500 postings to The Handheld Librarian.

Twittering Libraries Wiki


1 Introduction
2 History
3 What's in it for Libraries?
4 Prominent Uses in Libraries

Some examples of how libraries are using Twitter include:
  • For library announcements
  • To post news such as special events, holiday hours, exhibits, new book arrivals

  • Updated resources or reminders of important resources, instruction sessions and new reference services

  • Using Twitter as another communication tool with patrons/clients

  • As a reference service

  • As a way to keep in touch with librarian friends and colleagues as well as a way to collaborate on projects

  • As a way to stay on top of the latest technologies

  • For customer service

  • To send alerts about requested materials

  • As a short newsletter

  • As a public relations/marketing tool

  • As a way to get and share information about conferences and other professional development opportunities (i.e., registration deadlines, speakers, accommodation information, webinars)

  • Cataloging and tagging

  • Internal updates

  • For networking with other librarians, libraries, and library-affiliated organizations

5 Library Mini-Case Studies
6 Pros and Cons of Using Twitter
7 Tools that can Extend Twitter
8 Conclusion
9 Libraries Using Twitter
10 Notes
11 References
12 Resources

Written for the fall 2008 LIS 5313 course by Lindy Brown, a MLIS student at Florida State University's College of Information. For questions about this article, please email Lindy at ljb06@fsu.edu



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Report: M-Libraries: Information Use On The Move

M-Libraries: Information Use On The Move: A Report From The Arcadia Programme / Keren Mills [Cambridge, UK: Arcadia Programme, Cambridge University] 28/05/2009. 14 pp.

Executive Summary

Developing m-library services is usually expensive and resource intensive, requiring expertise that existing library staff may not have. Before committing funding and staff time to such projects, it is important to try and ensure, as far as possible, that such investments are targeted at meeting actual needs, and are adding value to existing library services.

The Information Use on the Move project was undertaken in that spirit - to scope the information requirements of academic library users on the move in order to inform future development of library services to mobile devices. The aim was to identify trends in the way people currently interact with information using their mobile phones, and then extrapolate ways that libraries could support those mobile information needs.

People are currently more positive about accessing information via SMS than via the mobile internet, although iPhones and iPhone-like smartphones may change that. The cost of mobile internet browsing has dropped considerably in the past year, and is likely to drop further under pressure from consumer watchdogs.

However, in the current environment text messages (SMS) are likely to be more popular with library users in the UK than mobile web services.

• Many phones due to be released in 2009 are imitating the iPhone’s touch screen interface and are likely to try and compete with the improved internet browsing experience it offers.

• The majority of respondents primarily use their phones to make calls, send text messages and take photographs, and some respondents commented that they prefer to use their iPod or other media player to access these other forms of media.

• iPhone users are already more inclined to read eBooks on their phones, according to comments from the respondents to this survey.

Higher Education libraries should consider

• Piloting text alerting services - giving users the opportunity to choose whether they want notifications by text message, email or both are likely to be taken up by at least a third of library users. These alerts would include the notifications automatically generated by the Library Management System (LMS).

• Piloting a text reference service – if the library receives a high volume of enquiries that require brief responses, such as dictionary definitions, facts or service information from the library.

• Providing a mobile OPAC interface – perhaps using a service such as AirPac or WorldCat Mobile, or working with their LMS supplier to develop a mobile version of their OPAC.

Ensuring that the library website is accessible and will resize to smaller screens – in order to be ready for increasing numbers of netbook users and mobile internet users in the next few years.

• Providing audio tours of the library - to help visitors or new users orient themselves and learn more about the service.

• Allowing mobile phone use in the library - as long as they are set to silent or to flight mode (meaning they are not receiving a signal).

FullText Available At

Acadia Project

The Arcadia Programme is a three-year programme funded by a generous grant from the Arcadia Fund to Cambridge University Library. The grant will enable us to explore the role of academic libraries in a digital age, create new programmes and services, particularly for undergraduates -- and also to improve the external environment of the library.

A major part of the Programme is the Arcadia Fellowship Programme which will bring talented people to Cambridge to work on aspects of this very broad subject. Arcadia Fellows will work on projects aimed at increasing the library's capability to provide users with services appropriate to a networked world. Each Fellowship will have 'deliverables' (broadly defined) associated with it and our findings and outputs will be shared with colleagues in the academic library community worldwide.

Project Profile

RefWorks RefShare Bibliography

Examples of Mobile WebSites

List of Possible m-Library Services

Thursday, June 18, 2009



A new suite of mobile applications for Duke University


Never miss a home game--even when you're away. With Athletics, you can check schedules, scores, and keep up to date with your favorite sports in an instant.


Easily browse through your school's course catalog, and search/bookmark classes.


Directory gives you access to the Duke directory, allowing you to call search for fellow students or faculty.


Events allows you browse and search Events@Duke calendar and Buzz student calendar.


Browse through thousands of photos in Duke's Digital Library Collection and download scenic wallpapers of Duke's campus.(iPhone and iPod Touch only).


Gone are the days of frantically searching for your next class. With the Maps application, you can easily find your exact location, search for a building and pinpoint it's address--all with a mere tap of the finger.


Curious as to what's happening around Duke? Browse or search recent articles, learn of any IT outages or emergencies, and inform yourself of the latest on your campus.


Videos allows you to browse, search, and watch Duke YouTube and iTunes U content.



The Handheld Librarian 2009 Virtual Conference

The Handheld Librarian 2009
An Online Conference About Mobile Library Services

More people than ever are using mobile devices for a wide variety of purposes including communication, internet access, text messaging, and entertainment. It is important that libraries provide services on these devices as use increases.

The first ever Handheld Librarian Online on July 30, 2009 is the place to learn about these and other topics related to using wireless and hand held devices in your library. The program, sponsored by Alliance Library System, LearningTimes and InfoQuest, will include a variety of ways to collaborate, network and learn from a great group of experts in the field.

In addition to live interactive webcasts, we will have a collection of available resources, discussions boards, and access to the recording of all live events for one year after the conference.
Speakers /Presentation Topic:
  • Gerry McKiernan, Iowa State University
KeyNote: "M Is For Service: Current Mobile Trends in Libraries"
>>>Presentation PPT Now Available [07-30-09] <<<
Audio / PPT
  • Tom Peters, TAP Information Services / Keynote: "Mobility and Singularity: People, Communication, Information, Information Objects, and Information Services in Motion"
  • Joe Murphy, Yale University / Featured: "Sending Out An SMS"
  • Peg Burnette, University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences-Peoria / "Mobile Medical Information: View from the Medical Library"
  • Alison Miller, Project Librarian / "The Infoquest Project"
  • Virginia Cole, Cornell University / "Text-A-Librarian"
  • Toby Greenwalt, Skokie Public Library / "Catalog Notices to Cell Phones"
  • "Everything We Know About Implementing a Kindle Loan" / A Panel Session Moderated by Rene Erlandson, Director of Virtual Services @ University of Nebraska Omaha
  • "The Planning and User Needs for Applied Mobile Digital Library Research" / Panelists: Jim Hahn, Michael Twidale, Reza Farivar, Alejandro Gutierrez
  • Academic Library Panel / Panelists: Alexa Pearce, New York University; and Beth Stahr, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Public Library Panel /Panelists: Sian Brannon, Technical Services Manager, Denton Public Library
  • OCLC / Boopsie


Presentation Recordings Now Available At


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Library Digital Collections? There’s an App for That.

Duke Today / Tuesday / June 16 2009

Treasures Move From Library Shelves to the iPhone With New DukeMobile Applications

New applications offer a range of university materials, services

Durham, NC -- Scholars and students who once had to travel to museums or libraries to view collections of historic images can now do so by clicking on their mobile device instead.

With the launch of DukeMobile 1.1, the Duke University Libraries now offers the most comprehensive university digital image collection specifically formatted for an iPhone or iTouch device. It includes thousands of photos and other artifacts that range from early beer advertisements to materials on San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene in the 1960s.

Although a growing number of scholarly institutions offer images and other material online, Duke is the first to offer collections that take advantage of the iPhone’s design, navigation and other features.


Duke University Libraries offers mobile users digital materials from 20 collections -- about 32,000 images overall -- covering women’s history, early American sheet music, Duke history and other topics. The libraries will add new collections regularly as they become available.

“Making these collections available for the iPhone and similar devices is important not only to extend access to Duke’s collections, but also as a milestone in the evolution of academic libraries from traditional print repositories to institutions that embrace new technology for sharing their rich resources with broader audiences,” said university librarian Deborah Jakubs.

"Duke believes in putting its knowledge in service to society, and we are making a major commitment to reach well beyond our campus by placing our collections literally into people’s hands.”


The DukeMobile Version 1.1 suite of apps also includes an expanded schedule of courses and improvements to the campus map.

Duke’s Office of Information Technology and Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations have developed DukeMobile in partnership with TerriblyClever Design, a California-based web services company.

Users of iPhones and iPod Touch devices can install DukeMobile by visiting the DukeMobile page in the iTunes App Store.

Users of other wireless devices with browsers compatible with WAP 1.0 and 2.0 protocols should point their browsers to

Ilene Nelson / Director of Communications / (919) 660-5816 / ilene.nelson@duke.edu

© 2009 Office of News & Communications


BTW: Thanks To Sean Aery / Web Designer / Digital Projects Department / Duke University Libraries For The HeadsUp !

Monday, June 15, 2009

JISC National e-Books Observatory Project

The national e-books observatory project is about exploring impacts, observing behaviours and developing new models to stimulate the e-books market, and to do all this in a managed environment.

Why the project
  • There is a demand for course texts including textbooks in e-format from UK HE course taught students and their teachers which is not being met E-book publishers are nervous about providing course texts online as there is a lack of evidence about demand and concerns over impacts on print sales
  • JISC Collections, e-book publishers, librarians and aggregators are unsure about what are the most realistic and sustainable pricing and licensing models for providing students with online access to course texts
Project aims
  • To licence a collection of e-books that are highly relevant to UK HE course taught students in four discipline areas:
>Business and Management Studies
>Medicine (not mental health or nursing)
>Media Studies
  • To evaluate the use of the e-books though deep log analysis and the impact of the free at the point of use materials upon publisher, aggregator and library processes
  • To transfer knowledge acquired in the project to publishers, aggregators and libraries to help stimulate an e-books market that has appropriate business and licensing models

Overview / E-Books / Business Models / MARC 21 / Deep Log Study / News & Blogs / Events / FAQ & Links


e-Books provide ‘safety valve’ for librarians


Meebo Chat


Project Management

Caren Milloye / Books Project Manager

JISC Collections / Ground Floor, Brettenham House (South) / 5 Lancaster Place / London / WC2E 7EN

Work : 020 3006 6003 ; Mobile : 07817 030 769 / c.milloy@jisc.ac.uk

News Coverage

THE > Librarians Desperate For e-Books As Demand Outstrips Supply ...

[http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/2009/09/librarians-desperate-for-e-books-as.html ]

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Evolution of Mobile Teaching and Learning

The Evolution of Mobile Teaching and Learning / Retta Guy, Editor / Informing Science, 2009 / pp. 306 / ISBN-10: 1932886141 ; ISBN-13: 978-1932886146 / $29.99 (Members)


Section 1 Defining Mobile Learning

Chapter 1: The Evolution of Mobile Learning / John Traxler
Chapter 2: Mobile Learning DeMystified / James Kadirire
Chapter 3: Selecting Appropriate Technologies for Mobile Teaching and Learning / Jeremy Dickerson and J. B. Browning
Chapter 4: From Classical Mobile Learning to Mobile Web 2.0 Learning / Chaka Chaka

Section 2 Pilots, Projects, and Trials

Chapter 5: M-Learning Adoption in Brazil / Amarolinda I.C.Z. Saccol, Eliane Schlemmer, Jorge L. V. Barbosa, Nicolau Reinhard, and Carolina Sarmento
Chapter 6: Mobile and Pervasive Computing in a Computer Engineering Undergraduate Course / Jorge Barbosa, Rodrigo Hahn, Débora Barbosa and William Segato
Chapter 7: A Short-Term Trial Documenting Students’ Perceptions, Attitudes, and Experiences with Mobile Learning / Retta Guy
Chapter 8: Design and Assessment of E-Learning and M-Learning Tools for the Degree in Actuarial Sciences / Maria Cruz Mayorga-Toledano and Antonio Fernandez-Morales
Chapter 9: Understanding User Experience to Support Learning for Mobile Journalist’s Work / Heli Väätäjä, Anssi Männistö, Teija Vainio and Tero Jokela

Section 3 The Assessment and Future of Mobile Learning

Chapter 10: Measuring Quality of M-Learning Information Systems / Ruti Gafni
Chapter 11: Evaluation of Mobile Learning Contents and Mobile Services and Applications / Gianna Avellis
Chapter 12: The Future of Mobile Learning: The Paradigm Pioneers of Pedagogy / Craig Wishart





Google Books


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Library Purchase/Subscription For Kindle Content?


As Some May Know, Amazon Recently Made Available An iPhone App For Access To Kindle Content:

"Kindle For iPhone App Released"


In speaking with John Cox, Acting Librarian, National University of Ireland, Galweay, at dinner the evening before my presentation on June 5 2009 at the NLI-Galway Library


about their library's sizable e-Book collection (400,000+)


it occurred to me that a library purchase / [subscription ?] of (select) Kindle Content could revolutionalize the entire textbook and e-text environment at colleges and universities (as well as within other institutions/organizations) with the use of the iPhone App for Kindle Content [Kindle Access w/o The Kindle] as well as access via The Kindle Device Itself.

I Would Most Appreciate Your Reactions / Thoughts To The Possibilities By Commenting On The Matter At This Blog Entry

BTW: To My Knowledge, Institutional Purchase / Subscription Is Not Currently Available [?]

Thanks A Million !