Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mobenzi > Mobile-Phone-Based Empowerment

Mobenzi is a software service that empowers people to earn money by completing simple tasks on their mobile phones.

 
The Concept
 
Mobenzi is a software service that empowers people to be rewarded for completing simple tasks on their mobile phones. These tasks involve certain types of problems that are difficult for a computer to solve without assistance from a real person – even someone without expert knowledge of the problem.
 
We are seeking to uncover new applications for these ‘human intelligence tasks’ and build the systems to process them, so that we can create novel technology solutions and help thousands of poor people earn additional income.
 
History

Clyral is a software development company based just outside of Durban in South Africa. In 2006 we created Mobile Researcher to allow organisations to capture data in remote locations using standard mobile phones. We designed the software as a platform because we had many other application ideas that involved the completion of mobile forms.

Pilot Project

In 2009 we partnered with the Business Trust, through their Shared Growth Challenge Fund to extend the Mobile Researcher platform to cater for the completion of human intelligence tasks and to pilot the service with low income people in South Africa’s urban poverty nodes.

Source

[http://www.mobenzi.com/index.php/about/]
 
How Mobenzi Works
 
 
 
News Coverage
 
Mobenzi: Creating Jobs With Mobiles
 
[http://mobileactive.org/mobenzi-creating-jobs-with-mobiles]

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Free EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar > What Happened to the Computer Lab? > February 3 2010

February 3 2010 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT)

Beth Schaefer / Associate Director / Client Services / University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Summary

Your host, Steve Worona, will be joined by Beth Schaefer, and the topic will be "What Happened to the Computer Lab?"

Over 80 percent of respondents to the annual ECAR study of undergraduate students report owning laptops, yet usage of expensive public computer labs remains high. Although computer labs might still be necessary, one can’t help but feel that traditional labs are anachronistic in a world of wireless connectivity, iPods, and smart phones. Labs are expensive to equip, staff, and maintain, and often the layout maximizes the amount of equipment that can be put into a given space rather than the creation of a comfortable or stimulating learning environment.

Rather than predicting an entirely new model, this presentation will focus on low-cost changes that can be made to the design, layout, and operation of existing computer labs to meet both the changing needs of students and the necessities of the economic recession.

Source

[http://net.educause.edu/live103]

Registration

There is no registration fee for this event.

[http://net.educause.edu/RegisterNow/1024950]

[02-03-10] >>> A/V NOW AVAILABLE <<< [02-03-10]

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"m.osu.edu is smartphone-ready"

The 'Mobile' Ohio State University



Introducing m.osu.edu for your smartphone: great information tailored to your location, right at your fingertips.

Whether you need to find out when the next bus is coming or where to grab a bite to eat, Ohio State's new mobile site has the answers.

Designed for the iPhone and other smartphones, m.osu.edu combines the best of osu.edu--news and events, plus features on academics, research, and athletics--with information designed specifically for smartphone users. (Users of traditional cell phones can visit osu.edu/mobile.)

Here's a quick look at some of the top features:

A high-tech "You are here"

Like the "You are here" arrow on a conventional map, m.osu.edu will adapt to your location. The site can recommend the nearest dining hall, wireless availability, and bus stop, among other things. Recommendations come with distances, parking information, and one-click walking, car, and bus directions.

Directions to popular campus destinations

New to campus? No problem: m.osu.edu can serve as your navigator. It has detailed directions to high-traffic campus spots, like Thompson Library, the RPAC, and Mirror Lake.

Real-time CABS info

With m.osu.edu, you'll be able to track Ohio State buses as they move around campus. Riders can find out when a bus will be at a specific stop, using updated arrival times provided by University Transportation and Parking.

Better search function

An enhanced mobile search will allow users to find and browse buildings. That information is just one click away from the full map and directions. Similarly, users will be able to call or email faculty and staff with just one click from their "Find People" profiles.

Buckeye Pride

With smartphone-ready ringtones and wallpaper, your phone can ring to "Hang on Sloopy" and you can set your background view to the Oval. The site also is a resource for interactive elements, so you can easily click through to follow Ohio State on Facebook and Twitter, and view O-H-I-O photos.

Source

[http://www.osu.edu/features/2009/iphone/] 

!!! Thanks To / Lorcan Dempsey / OCLC / Vice President and Chief Strategist / Via Twitter / For The HeadsUp !!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

A/V NOW Available > Mobile Learning 2.0: The Next Phase of Innovation in Mobility > March 3–4 2010

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2010 Online Spring Focus Session

Mobile Learning 2.0: The Next Phase of Innovation in Mobility > March 3–4 2010

Although mobile learning has different meanings for different communities, we know that learning is deepened and enriched when students have options for their learning for multiple paths through course content. Mobile technology not only enables students to take their learning with them beyond the physical walls of the classroom, but it also makes possible a new array of interactions in the classroom as well. Mobile learning encompasses participating in learning activities anywhere, at any time, and utilizing mobile technologies that are rapidly evolving. Possible applications of mobile technology include enabling authentic learning engagements (such as real-time data collection), spontaneous mash ups (such as populating a map with local data), synchronous interactions with classmates and subject experts, and a rich variety of interactions with course content. Precisely because of its fluidity and independence from physical boundaries, mobile learning offers vast potential to enhance all types of instruction: face-to-face, blended, and online. The goal of this focus session is to re-assess the potential of mobile technologies and identify new ways in which mobility can contribute to the learning experience.

Join us March 3-4 for "Mobile Learning 2.0: The Next Phase of Innovation in Mobility," the 2010 ELI Online Spring Focus Session. Hosted inside an Adobe Connect learning environment, this virtual event will be much more than just a "usual" online seminar. You’ll exchange ideas and collaborate interactively with the ELI community—all without leaving your campus. You'll also receive all the resources and guided activities you need to help frame discussion and organize team events locally in your department, college, or institution.

 

We will work together to:

•Develop an understanding of mobile learning and its diverse application to all learning environments: face-to-face, blended, and online

•Explore various tools, devices, and instructional methodologies that support mobile learning

•Create a framework for the design of meaningful and purposeful mobile learning activities

•Reflect on the potential for mobile learning to promote critical thinking, student engagement, and success

•Consider assessment strategies for mobile learning activitie

 Is This Event for You?

This online event will bring together a variety of professionals to examine how today’s mobile technologies and corresponding pedagogies can help faculty members and instructional staff design mobile learning opportunities using a variety of Web 2.0 tools and devices. The session will be valuable for:

•Information technology professionals
•Learning technologists
•Faculty members
•Administrators
•Librarians
•Others functioning in related roles

You will receive the greatest value from this online session if you attend as member of a team or host a group event on your campus. Team participation can help your institution advance a current or upcoming project or encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration. Team members find that active discussion and engagement with each other during focus-session activities builds rapport, solidifies plans, and enriches collaboration. By sharing a common focus-session experience, participants can reflect on the implications for their campus.

What We Will Do

•Develop strategies to help faculty introduce and sustain mobile learning activities in their courses
•Explore mobile learning opportunities across a variety of disciplines
•Identify the role technology can play in the delivery and evaluation of mobile learning
•Engage in dialogue with a community of professionals focused on how to integrate and evaluate mobile learning across the curriculum

How You Will Prepare

You’ll be asked to complete presession activities and a survey in preparation for the event. Please also visit the Getting Ready for the Focus Session page to read more about technical requirements and informal networking opportunities before the event begins. We recommend that teams consider the ways they can interact both inside the online learning environment and together on campus. Resources and guided activities will be provided in the Learning Commons to help you frame discussion on campus and organize team events.

Source

[http://net.educause.edu/eli102]

Registration  > Activity/Event Through March 1, 2010

Online Focus Session Registration - *individual (ELI member) $125

Online Focus Session Registration - *individual (ELI nonmember) $150

Online Focus Session Registration - **team (ELI member) $275

Online Focus Session Registration - **team (ELI nonmember) $350

*Individual registration: Designed for those planning to participate in the event by themselves on their own computers. Registrants will receive a single login and will be assigned to virtual teams for discussions and team-based activities.

**Team registration: Designed for those planning to participate in the event from a single campus location as part of a group. Team participation can build rapport, foster collaboration, and solidify or develop plans for teaching and learning. The person registering on behalf of the group will receive a single computer login for the session as well as access to a package of customizable team resources for hosting a face-to-face group event covering the focus session content.

Source

[http://net.educause.edu/Registration/1024373]

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Satellite-Linked PDAs Promise To Speed Haitian Relief Effort

John Dodge / SmartPlanet / January 15 2010

As Haitians dig furiously through the rubble to find survivors and the dead, Global Relief Technologies (GRT) is planning to map and record the destruction on the ground to give relief workers critical realtime information as they race against the clock.



Satellite communications is key / Credit: GRT

The Portsmouth, N.H. company’s Rapid Data Management System will be used to collect data on the ground with PDAs. A variety of media - texts, reports, photos, video and tweets - are transmitted via satellite to an Internet-based and secure Collaboration Center custom-designed for the client and its relief workers. Satellite communications are critical because land lines and cell towers are down in the ravaged areas.

With respect to Haiti, GRT is working with the Marines, National Guard, Red Cross and the USS Comfort floating hospital ship, which is heading to Haiti. Members in those units can securely access the Collaboration Center through any number of computing devices, PDAs and smartphones.

[snip]

GRT ruggedized PDA (Right) / Credit: Global Relief Technologies

Just about any rescue or reconstruction information can be handled within the RDMS to answer questions such as. is a building intact, partially damaged or destroyed? What’s it location? What does it look like before and after? Perhaps there are people still trapped inside. How many and for how long? What’s known about their injuries? What’s the local availability of resources? What are the detailed conditions of the roads, bridges and other infrastructure?

And emergency alerts can be broadcast to field workers as events dictate.

With the earthquake disaster and heartbreaking search for survivors dominating the news, local media outlets here in Boston with its sizable Haitian community have rushed to cover GRT. [snip]

Source And Relevant Links Available At
 
[http://www.smartplanet.com/technology/blog/thinking-tech/satellite-linked-pdas-promise-to-speed-hatian-relief-effort/2733/]

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Going Mobile: Planning For Audience, Content And Technology In The Museum > Feb 16-17 2010


The past decade has seen a great increase in mobile options for museum interpretation: cell phone tours, podcasts, audio tours, text-message tours and audio, video and text Smartphone applications. Learn how to implement and leverage these technologies from mobile media experts Nancy Proctor and Titus Bicknell in a special 2-day seminar presented by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative [http://www.bpoc.org/]  and Balboa Park Learning Institute:

Going Mobile: Planning For Audience, Content And Technology In The Museum

Tuesday, February 16 / Wednesday, February 17 2010  > 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum / 2131 Pan American Plaza / Balboa Park /  San Diego, CA

What >

This two-day seminar is for museum professionals who want to explore the value of mobile devices and portable computing for their institutions, patrons and learners with renowned leaders in the new media field. Attendees will learn how to evaluate technology platforms and options, create interpretive content and deploy systems for supporting them. Day 1 will emphasize content and strategy and Day 2 will focus on technology and strategy. [snip]

Who >

This seminar is cross-disciplinary and appropriate for executive, content (education, marketing, etc.) and technical staff. We encourage people to attend in cross-functional teams. (Special group rates apply.)

Cost >

Special price! $45 for one day, $75 for both!

Note-1: Tuition fees are waived for members of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative; registration is still required.

Note-2:  For information on student discounts, group rates, or, hotel information / Contact bpcp@bpcp.org

Note-3: Please pay on-site with cash or checks made payable to the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership; we are not able to accept credit card payments.

Note-4: Lunch is included in the cost of the program for all participants.

Register by Thursday, February 11, 2010 at bpcp@bpcp.org ; please include your name, title, organization and email address.

This program is co-presented by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative and the Balboa Park Learning Institute. The Balboa Park Online Collaborative is a collaborative technology project of The Legler Benbough Foundation. The Balboa Park Learning Institute is a collaborative professional development program supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the 24 members of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.

Agenda

February 16 2010 > Led by Nancy Proctor, Head of New Media, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Day 1: Mobile experience & content design

Why mobile? What is mobile? Why is it growing so fast? How this will impact museum interpretation and education in the short, medium & longer terms. Overview of the design methodologies that will be used today.

Identifying your audience(s) both on-site & online. Know your audience in order to build a successful program. The evolving nature of audiences: consider John Falk's new way of describing & categorizing audiences: what does each of these audience segments require from their mobile experience? what about non-visitors? Identify & prioritize the target audience(s) for the mobile interpretation program.

Translating aims & objectives into key messages 45 min: ensuring your mobile interpretation program supports your organization's mission.

Introduction to Question Mapping & the 'SmartHistory' conversational approach to interpretation

Question Mapping

Hands on, on site: on maps of each Balboa Park sites, plot the questions that come to mind when visiting, at the locations where the questions occur. Consider ways of including actual visitors from different target audience segments in this survey. This will require participants to be on-site so will require 2-3 hours depending on transportation time.

Question Map analysis; finalize interpretive plan Short presentation of methodology for translating the question maps into an interpretive plan; introduction of worksheets.

Optional content production session > Using the Woices iPhone app, record audio commentaries (soundtracks or sound bites) for selected points of interest according to the site's interpretive plan.

February 17 2010 > Led by Titus Bicknell

Day 2: Mobile Platforms And Delivery

Choosing a platform: what the content/audiences require vs. what the infrastructure & business model demand.

Which train(s) are you on: choosing platforms that suit your venue, content AND audience - web, kiosk, audio tour, cell phone tour, MM tour, podcast, webcast, vodcast, catalog, wall text, label, docent NB the best answer may be the least technical.

CMS vs CAT: are you authoring content or assembling it from existing sources and how that affects decision about data and meta data management.

API and ROI: it is a nice idea to pull data from existing sources but it might not be cost effective - how to assess ingestion, synchronization or double data entry options

Front end/back end, couture vs pret a porter: what to customize and what to use of the shelf even if it seems limiting

In-house vs outsource: where control is valuable, where participating in extra-organizational economy of scale adds value

Scale and scalability: how to avoid being a victim of your own success a la Jane Austin

Speakers

Nancy Proctor, Head of New Media, Smithsonian American Art Museum [http://museummobile.info/]

With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy Proctor is Head of New Media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. After co-founding art listings portal, TheGalleryChannel.com, in 1998, she headed up New Product Development at Antenna Audio for nearly 8 years, introducing the company’s multimedia, sign language, downloadable, podcast and cell phone tours. She also led Antenna’s sales in France from 2006-2007. When Antenna Audio was acquired by Discovery Communications in 2006, Nancy worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team and subsequently headed up research and development for the nascent Discovery Audio brand. She now works cross-platform again as Head of New Media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she continues to teach, lecture and publish widely on museum interpretation for digital platforms. She also manages MuseumMobile.info and its wiki and podcast series on mobile interpretation content and technology for cultural sites. Nancy was recently appointed Digital Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal.

Titus Bicknell, Director Information Technology [http://www.titusbicknell.com/]  

Apart from a fascinating stint at NBC Universal in 2007-8 working on the big screen, Titus has spent the last 10 years exploring the small screen both web and hand held. As Chief Engineer at Antenna Audio and subsequently Head of Mobile Technologies at Discovery Communications, He was fortunate to participate in ground breaking handheld projects at Tate Modern, the Louvre, Pompidou, the Intel Museum, and the Getty, among others.

Questions?

Please contact: Paige Simpson, Director  / Or /  Katherine Sanford / Program Coordinator / Balboa Park Learning Institute  > A program of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership > 619.232.7502 > [bpcp@bpcp.org]

Sources

[http://toronto.mediatrope.com/pipermail/mcn-l/2010-January/003797.html]

[http://www.bpoc.org/mobile]

Friday, January 15, 2010

NLM Announces Mobile MedlinePlus

Wondering what the side effects are for your new prescription? Go to Mobile MedlinePlus while you're waiting for the pharmacist to fill your order!



Visit Mobile MedlinePlus during your train ride to work to read the latest news on diabetes.

Or, the next time you're in your doctor's waiting room, visit the "Talking With Your Doctor" page on Mobile MedlinePlus to learn how to get the most out of your visit.

Mobile MedlinePlus is available in English


and  Spanish


and includes a subset of content from the full Web site. It includes summaries for over 800 diseases, conditions and wellness topics as well as the latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications.

There is a link to Mobile MedlinePlus from the MedlinePlus homepage, as well as an FAQ 

[http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/faq/mobile.html

that includes special instructions for Blackberry users. Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of any page on Mobile MedlinePlus to send us feedback.

Wherever you are, Mobile MedlinePlus puts reliable health information at your fingertips.

Thanks To / Naomi Miller / Manager / Consumer Health Information / National Library of Medicine / For The Heads Up !!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Free EDUCAUSE Webinar > Library in Your Pocket > January 20 2010

EDUCAUSE Live! Library in Your Pocket: Strategies and Techniques for Developing Successful Mobile Services / January 20, 2010 / 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT)

David Woodbury / Libraries Fellow / North Carolina State University

Jason Casden / Digital Technologies Development Librarian,/ North Carolina State University



Summary

Your host, Steve Worona, will be joined by David Woodbury, Jason Casden, and the topic will be
"Library in Your Pocket: Strategies and Techniques for Developing Successful Mobile Services"

Students are arriving on college campuses with the ability to connect to the web with a diverse array of mobile devices. However, some online services aren’t a good fit for the small screen, and new services can also be developed that take advantage of the mobile user context. Developers of the NCSU Libraries Mobile site [http://m.lib.ncsu.edu/] will share their strategy and techniques for creating a suite of mobile services that are optimized for a majority of mobile web platforms, from iPhones to flip phones. The session will also include a discussion of site usage and promotion as well as plans for future mobile services.

Free Registration Available At


Source


!!! Thanks To Gary Price / ResourceShelf / For The HeadsUp !!!

>>>  A/V Now Available [01-20-10] <<<

Monday, January 11, 2010

AP > Overview Of New e-Readers

AP > E-Reader Boom Kindles A Variety Of New Options > January 8 2010, 07:29 am ET

When most people think of electronic book readers, Amazon's thin, white Kindle probably springs to mind. But that could be about to change.

A cascade of e-readers will hit the market this year, taking the devices far beyond gray-scale screens with features like touch navigation and video chatting — and probably lowering prices, too.

It's happening as other gadgets, such as mobile phones and tablet computers, give people even more choices for diving into their favorite books. Perhaps the only downside is worrying you might buy an e-reader from a company that won't stick around.

This week, nearly two dozen companies that make the devices or deliver reading material to them are showing products at the International Consumer Electronics Show, the first time it has devoted a section to e-books.

[snip]



E-books make up a tiny portion of book sales, but their popularity is growing rapidly. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, which organizes the trade show, 2.2 million e-readers were shipped to stores in 2009, nearly four times as many as the year before. This year, the group expects 5 million will be shipped.

"It's an incredible growth category," said Jason Oxman, senior vice president of industry affairs at the electronics association.

[snip]

Since the Kindle debuted at $399, Amazon has lowered the price to $259 and lured buyers with inexpensive material, such as new releases of books for about $10 each. On Christmas Day, Amazon sold more e-books than physical copies for the first time.

To keep up, Barnes & Noble has come out with its $259 Nook, and Sony Corp. has stayed in the game with its Readers, with an entry-level model at $200. Each offers hundreds of thousands of titles, with relatively few exclusives — publishers have shown little interest in favoring one device over another.

Now other companies are getting in the game. Samsung Electronics Co., the leading maker of phones and TVs in the U.S., will launch an e-reader this year, too.

Interead Ltd. already sells a $249 device called the COOL-ER and has two new models at the trade show: a smaller, lighter version called the Compact and a touch-screen model called the Connect that can download books from Interead's online store if the user is in a Wi-Fi hot spot.

[snip]

EnTourage Systems Inc. is showing off a $490 e-reader at the trade show that has two screens — a 10.1-inch color touch-screen on the right and a 9.7-inch black-and-white display on the left. That screen is controlled with a stylus.

Like the Nook, enTourage's device, called the eDGe, will run Google Inc.'s Android operating software, so you can use the color screen to browse the Web and watch videos. [snip]

[snip]

The price is twice what the smaller version of the Kindle costs. But Doug Atkinson, enTourage's vice president of marketing and business development, believes people will gravitate to his company's device because it combines Web browsing and book reading.

Success in this market might require more than selling a specific gadget, though. Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Sony, for example, also sell electronic books for people to read on other devices, such as the iPhone.

That gives those companies a way to profit if the most popular reading device turns out to be, say, a tablet-style computer like the one Apple is expected to launch this year.

Another company hedging its bets this way is Skiff LLC, an e-reading company developed by media conglomerate Hearst Corp. that hopes to funnel content to devices from various producers.

Skiff is focused on trying to make newspapers and magazines look good on e-readers — which is difficult because they have more complex layouts than the single column of text we're used to seeing on the pages of a book. [snip]


The first Skiff product, the Skiff Reader, will have an 11.5-inch, gray-scale touch screen that can download material from Skiff's online store. [snip]

The Kindle can already deliver publications like Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. Yet Skiff's president, Gil Fuchsberg, thinks people will be drawn to his company's service because it's dedicated to newspaper and magazine content.

[snip]

While the choices are overwhelming, shoppers stand to benefit.

"The great thing about competition," Oxman said, "is it inspires innovation among the manufacturers."

Source

[http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122327723]

LITA NGCIG Meeting Mobile Technologies and Next Generation Catalogs

 ALA 2010 Boston >The LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group Meeting > January 17 2010 > 10:30 a.m. - Noon / BCEC-Room 104A/B

A brief IG business meeting and vote for a chair-elect will precede the presentation and discussion.

We will have a presentation and discussion on the development and application of mobile interfaces to catalog systems. In addition to the presentation, attendees are welcomed and encouraged to briefly present their mobile design strategies and techniques, and challenges posed by mobile devices.

Libraries To Go

Holly Tomren  / University of California, Irvine

Students and faculty are always on the go. Our collections and services need to be available to them when and where they need them. The presenter will address the special challenges involved in providing library content and services to mobile users in this big picture presentation. The topics will range from offering an entire library experience to your mobile users to potential best practices for cataloging electronic resources specific to mobile devices. Other topics include IT issues, collection development trends, licensing issues and gathering usage statistics. Holly will discuss some discovery tools available, such as mobile-friendly OPACs, union catalogs, library web pages and subject guides. We will also broach the impacts of these issues, and consider ways in which the library can best position itself for the mobile revolution

LITA Next Generation Catalog Interest Group "gives LITA a discussion space devoted to developments in the library catalog, its nature and scope, and its interfaces. It provides a forum for presentations and sharing of innovation in catalogs and discussion of future directions. Collaborations with other LITA interest groups, such as in the areas of emerging technologies and open source software, will provide opportunities for programming."

[http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/lita/litamembership/litaigs/nextgencatalog/nextgencatalog.cfm]

Sunday, January 10, 2010

SLA _Information Outlook_ (Dec09) Review > _Mobile Libraries_ Blog

INFO SITES

"It's Our Turn to Go Mobile in Our Information Centers"

Reading _Mobile Libraries_ can help information professionals get up to speed on using mobile devices for more than e-mail.

BY CAROLYN J. SOSNOWSKI, MLIS

Mobile Libraries [http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/]

Many of our clients are using mobile devices not only to check e-mail but to accomplish real work. Now, it's our turn to do the same in our information centers. The Mobile Libraries blog provides good information to its readers about products, applications, research, news, and trends in this arena. Of course, e-books have been getting a lot of attention lately, and there's also information on reference services through text messaging Sending short messages to a smartphone, pager, PDA or other handheld device. Text messaging implies sending short messages generally no more than a couple of hundred characters in length. and the integration of mobile technologies with education (to name just a few topics the blog addresses). Is your library's Web site mobile-ready? What do you know about search tools designed for mobile devices?

CAROLYN SOSNOWSKI is manager of SLA's Information Center and also the association's e-learning manager. She has more than 13 years' experience in libraries, including six-plus years at SLA.

Information Outlook [Special Libraries Association]  / v13no8 / December 1 2009

Source

[http://www.sla.org/io/2009/12/795.cfm]

!!! Thanks A Million Carolyn !!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Book > _Mobile Technology and Libraries_ / Jason Griffey

Jason Griffey / Neal-Schuman / 2010  /  ISBN: 9781555707118  /  6x9 /  125 pp.  / $55.00 

Mobile technology is fast becoming the preferred method for connecting to the Internet, especially for people on the go. Librarians must keep pace with this trend and integrate themselves into the mobile realm if they wish to deliver enhanced user services. Mobile Technology and Libraries is a practical, easy-to-follow new resource that will walk you through the start-to-finish steps for strengthening your library’s mobile presence.

Author Jason Griffey outlines the different mobile platforms, devices, and services, and shows you how to create mobile library websites and implement a number of important developments including mobile reference and SMS. He also explains how the various affected parts of the library –reference, I.T. circulation--can work together. You’ll learn techniques for marketing and measuring your services, and best practices to follow during planning, implementation, and evaluation.

This highly practical new Tech Set title will help both novice and experienced librarians embrace these crucial new technologies and stay relevant in an increasingly mobile society.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Introduction: Mobile Technology Basics
  • Definition and Examples
  • Importance to Libraries
  • Platforms
Chapter 2: Planning
  • Become Part of Your Patron’s Information Ecosystem
  • Get Staff Buy-In
  • Explore the Uses of Mobile Technologies
Chapter 3: Implementation
  • Create a Mobile Library Website
  • Make Your OPAC Mobile
  • Create Portable Instructional Resources
  • Offer Mobile Library Tours
  • Offer Mobile Collections
  • Provide SMS Services in Your Library
  • Explore Other Implementation Ideas
Chapter 4: Marketing
  • Get the Word Out
  • Promote Open Communication
Chapter 5: Best Practices
  • Establish Mobile Reference Services
  • Make Your Services Simple
Chapter 6: Measures of Success
  • Track Services
  • Ask Questions
Conclusion

Bibliography and Recommended Reading

Index

About the Author

Preface

Worldwide mobile telephone subscriptions reached 3.3 billion – equivalent to half the global population. In over 50 countries, cell phone penetration (the number of cell phones per person) is above 100%. By 2010, 90% of the world’s population will have access to a cell phone signal.These statistics are indicative of a major shift in the way that the world interacts with information, and illustrate the next real paradigm shift in information gathering, use, and sharing.

As phones become more and more capable, fewer and fewer people find the need to connect with their infosphere via computer. Instead, the majority of people use a cell phone as their primary interface for surfing the web, listening to music, watching television, reading books, and communicating with friends. The mobile phone has become, over the last 10 years, one of the major methods by which people interact with information around the world. Librarians need to be aware of these changes, peer forward, and prepare for the future of library mobile interaction.

Mobile Technology and Libraries will help integrate your library into the mobile revolution, showing you the steps to development a mobile library website, reach library patrons in a new and exciting way, as well as use Short Message Services (SMS) communication. The book is aimed at librarians just beginning to step foot into the mobile environment, but will include code samples and other technical information that will assist in more advanced development of mobile systems. The book will also speak to the various functional parts of the library, demonstrating places in public services that mobile technology is applicable, as well as provide the recipe for the production of services used by information technology librarians. At the conclusion of this book, you will be able to launch your library into the mobile realm.

Chapter One begins with an introduction of mobile technology in libraries and a discussion on what mobile technology is and why it is important to libraries. Chapter Two discusses the topic of planning, including learning the major and minor platforms, cell phone types, and other mobile related services. Chapter Three covers how to implement a mobile technology plan, including what to know about mobile services, why your library should go mobile along with tips for getting buy-in. Chapter Four covers mobile services marketing techniques. Chapter Five covers general best practices, while Chapter Six covers measuring the success of your library’s mobile services and how to build off one success and into another.

Mobile Technology in Libraries is designed to help put librarians ahead of the technology curve and integrate the new mobile movement into their everyday services.

Source / TOC-Preface  / Review Available At

[http://www.neal-schuman.com/bdetail.php?isbn=9781555707118]

Due To Be Published March 15 2010

[http://www.amazon.com/Mobile-Technology-Libraries-Jason-Griffey/dp/1555707114]

Sunday, January 3, 2010

MobileRead Wiki

No matter whether you are a developer, admirer, or just a gadget-crazed passerby - if you love reading eBooks and tinkering with mobile technology, you came to the right place. This Wiki is a knowledge base created by users of the MobileRead community.

Quick Links >

eBooks: eBook Formats /  Free eBooks / eBook Stores / eBook Lending Libraries  / eBook Uploads  / eBook Reviews / Notable eBook Uploads / Poetry

The Basics:  eBook intro /   Character Sets / Types Of Graphics

Technology: Dedicated eBook Devices  / Mobile Devices / E-Ink /  Audio books

Software:  Conversion Software / Reading Software / Book Authoring Software / Bible Study Software

FAQs: FAQ / HowTo

Internet: Mobile-Friendly Links / RSS To Mobile / Web-Clipping Software / Wikipedia Mobile Access / Mobile MobileRead

The Famous eBook Reader Matrix


Source

[http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Main_Page]

!!! Thanks To / Honorio Penad├ęs  / Universidad Carlos III de Madrid / For The HeadsUp !!!

Consumer Reports > Cell Phones And Services



Cell phones are some of the hottest products on the market, as shown by the excitement that surrounds newly-released smart phones and upgraded cell phone features and cell phone providers. In many families, every member has a cell phone. So it's wise to do some research before making your cell-phone buying decision.


At Consumer Reports, our unbiased experts test and report on new entries to the cell phone market, including the multimedia Apple iPhone, smart phones such as the BlackBerry, and no-bells-and-whistles flip cell phones.

Overview / Ratings / Recommended / Buying Advice

Recommended cell phones  > We make cell phones recommendations for each of the major wireless carriers, evaluating price, features, and unique capabilities.

Cell Phones and Services Buying Guide > If you thought choosing your last cell phone was hard, just wait until next time. Not only are the plans confusing, but phones are more complex. Digital cameras, MP3 players and GPS receivers are now common and each new feature seems to bring new costs. [snip]

Getting Started  / Types  / Features / Brands 
Cell Phone Services / Shopping Tips

Links To Open Forums > Cell Phones / Mobile Devices

 >>> Full Content Available To Subscribers Only <<<
Source

[http://tinyurl.com/yebjxve]

!!! Thanks To NPR / All Tech Considered / For The HeadsUp !!!

News Coverage

NPR > All Things Considered > Cell Phone Voice Quality Assessed

December 29, 2009 /  Consumer Reports, in its January [2010] issue, rates dozens of cell phones. Michael Gikas, senior electronics editor at Consumer Reports, discusses how the phones performed when it comes to voice quality.


Consumer Reports checks out cell phone plans