March 29 2009 / Sunday / Pre-Conference
>>>W6 / Mobile Apps, Widgets & Gadgets for Libraries / 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM<<<
Karen A Coombs, Head of Web Services, University of Houston Libraries ; Michael P Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission; Jason A. Clark, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Montana State University Libraries
As web content continues to grow and the noise-to-signal ratio increases, it has become important for libraries to find ways to get into users’ common web paths: the social networking sites such as Facebook, the web portals such as iGoogle, learning management systems such as Blackboard, even mobile devices such as the iPhone.
Our panel of experts looks at creating widgets or gadgets that allow users to have basic library search and browse functions in these new user environments free from the catalog or library website. They demo and teach how to build live applications that provide gateway searching for library journals, books, articles, and much more.
Come learn how to play in these new environments and to give users options for searching and consuming library materials in their own learning spaces.
March 30 2009 / Monday / CyberTours
>>>The Portable Library: Mobile Library Apps / 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM<<<
Jason A. Clark, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Montana State University Libraries
There is an opportunity for libraries to get on our users’ common web paths and to create mobile library apps that allow users to have basic library search functions in these new userenvironments. Live applications from MSU Libraries illustrate: a Google Gadget that allows gateway searching for library journals, books, and articles and a series of OpenSearch plugins that let patrons search library content from within the web browser.
Come learn about the simple steps you can take to make these widgets and research tools happen at your library
>>>QR Codes: 2 Dimensional Mobile Phone Readable Barcodes / 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM<<<
Bonnie Peirce, Head, Children’s Services, Dover Town Library B3OK
The new cybertour in this time period is: Top Public Library Websites. Anyone can create them, anyone can decode them, & they are free. Most commonly they are printed on objects but they can be created out of any material. They can contain up to 7096 characters and can convey text, images, video, audio, email, etc.
They are being used around the world as a way to connect the physical, digital, and mobile worlds in an instant and interactive way. They allow people to access or share knowledge, information, or culture at points. Come learn more about opportunities for libraries.
Powerpoint Presentation (42.67 mb )
March 31 2009 / Tuesday / CyberTour
>>>Pimp My Twitter: Tips & Tricks /3:30 PM – 3:45 PM<<<
Christa Burns, OCLC Member Services Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission
So you know how to use the basics of Twitter, but are you getting the most out of microblogging posts by others? Learn how you can use Twitter feeds from conferences, and more.
March 31 2009 / Tuesday / General Conference
>>>D 205 / Service at Point of Need: SharePoint & Mobile Tools / 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM<<<
David Dahl, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Towson University ; Kay Kazinski, Library Technology Coordinator, Towson University ; James Kelly, Branch Administrator, Frederick County Public Libraries ; Donny Frank-Rice, Systems Administrator, Frederick County Public Libraries
SharePoint Server is a Microsoft product for internal communication, document sharing, and content management. Albert S. Cook Library’s Reference Dept. at Towson University uses SharePoint for a reference portal, enhancing communication and knowledge-sharing amonga growing mobile group of employees. The speakers highlight SharePoint’s features, how they’ve implemented it as a reference portal, and future directions.
Frederick County Public Libraries is changing the idea of reference service from one of location to one of activity. These speakers describe their mobile reference service model that employs hand-held PCs and Vocera communications badges, and advances they’re realizing in a more proactive reference service, assisting more patrons and improving seamless communication across departments. Come hear what these libraries have learned!
Kelly & Frank-Rice / Powerpoint Presentation (498 kb )
Dahl & Kazinski / Powerpoint Presentation (2.7 mb )
April 1 2009 / Wednesday / General Conference /
>>>A 303 / Mobile Search / 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM<<<
Megan Fox / Associate Director, Library, Simmons College
This session from our mobile expert looks at the latest mobile search providers and potential applications for librarians and information seekers. Users on the go don’t want to wade through long lists of web results, extensive scrolling, and clicking.
Hear what the latest search providers deliver through SMS (texting) and web interfaces and how mobile search differs from regular web search; see some of the more unusual and specialized mobile search services now available and find out how libraries are using them.
PDF Document (9.41 kb )
InfoToday Blog Report[http://www.infotodayblog.com/2009/04/01/megan-fox-on-mobile-searching-continued/]
>>>B 301 / Mobile Practices & Search: What’s Hot! / 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM<<<
Megan Fox, Associate Director, Library, Simmons College
Although mobile is exploding with individuals, there are still few formal library initiatives. Our expert reviews a few interesting initiatives and looks at what the major search engines are doing to support the mobile world as well as some of the more niche/specific search tools/sites.
She includes a discussion of how image/location/speech is being used in the mobile world and implications for libraries.
>>>B 302 / Mobile Usability: Tips, Research, & Practices / 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM<<<
Jim Hahn / Orientation Services Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ; Michael P Sauers / Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission ; Christa Burns / OCLC Member Services Coordinator, Nebraska Library Commission ;
This session begins with a look at the top considerations for libraries when using mobile devices for their clients. It then focuses on a mobile usability research project which investigated mobile search and analyzed search log data by semester loans of iPods loaded with an image of Wikipedia.
The search log data records search queries and articles clicked on and the times these articles are searched and viewed. In addition, qualitative results regarding students’ search satisfaction using these Wikipedia iPods is shared. Librarians and educators will be better able to develop services for mobile search once a clearer picture of what information is sought and accessed through mobile devices.
Jim Hahn / Powerpoint Presentation (657.5 kb )
InfoToday Blog Report
>>>B 303 / Mobile Library Apps / 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM<<<
Chris Tonjes, Director, Information Technology, District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) ; Aaron Schmidt, Digital Initiatives Librarian, District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) & Publisher, walkingpaper.org ; Robert Joven, Information and Education Services Librarian, Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut Health Center ; Benjamin Smith, Academic Computing Specialist II, Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut Health Center ; Sheryl Bai, Head of Network Systems, Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut Health Center
Tonjes and Schmidt look at the DCPL’s iPhone and text-message (SMS) notification applications and discuss their creation. The native iPhone application allows one to search the catalog, place a hold, renew items, view hours and locations (on a map if requested), and see news and events. They’ll also outline the future of the application and other mobile efforts at DCPL.
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Librarian In Black Blog Report