Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MindTime > Past / Present / Future

Colleagues/

Diffusion of Innovations is a theory of how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures. [snip]

The publication of a study of Ryan and Gross on the diffusion of hybrid corn in Iowa[3] was the first sustainably visible contribution in a broader interest in innovations which was especially popularized by the textbook by Everett Rogers (1962), Diffusion of Innovations (Rogers 1962). He defines diffusion as "the process by which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system."

[snip]

Diffusion of an innovation occurs through a five–step process. This process is a type of decision-making. It occurs through a series of communication channels over a period of time among the members of a similar social system. Ryan and Gross first indicated the identification of adoption as a process in 1943 (Rogers 1962, p. 79). Rogers categorizes the five stages (steps) as: awareness, interest, evaluation, trial, and adoption. An individual might reject an innovation at anytime during or after the adoption process. In later editions of the Diffusion of Innovations Rogers changes the terminology of the five stages to: knowledge, persuasion, decision, implementation, and confirmation. However the descriptions of the categories have remained similar throughout the editions.

[snip]

Rogers defines an adopter category as a classification of individuals within a social system on the basis of innovativeness. In the book Diffusion of Innovations, Rogers suggests a total of five categories of adopters in order to standardize the usage of adopter categories in diffusion research. The adoption of an innovation follows an S curve when plotted over a length of time.[10] The categories of adopters are: innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards (Rogers 1962, p. 150)

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_innovations]

BTW: Rogers is an Iowa native who attended Iowa State [:-)]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everett_Rogers]

This Weekend I Had An Epiphany >>>

Would It Be (More) Useful To Consider Innovation And Its Adoption As A Matter Of One's Time Zone >>>

That Is > One's Temporal Orientation > The Past And/Or The Present And/Or The Future ?

I Would Most Appreciate Your Thoughts On This WorldView / Please Post As A Comment

I Would Also Appreciate Any/All Relevant Cites/Sites >>>

NEW > MindTime >>> Exactly What I Had In Mind >>>

[http://www.mindtime.com/discover/]

Thanks !

/Gerry   

Friday, June 18, 2010

Scopus Alerts (Lite) For iPhone


Take your research with you.

If you’re passionate about your research project, you probably have ideas coming to you in your sleep. Now you don’t even need to get out of bed to search for the latest content: reach for your iPhone and use the Scopus Alerts (Lite) mobile app to find articles, create alerts, make notes, and share links instantly.

Features & Functionality

Whatever your science, when you’re away from the lab but need to keep in touch with the latest research, use the Scopus Alerts (Lite) mobile app to:

• Search across thousands of scholarly journals from more than 5000 international publishers;
• Save the important abstracts in one place for easy look-up;\
• Set up and review email alerts for your favourite searches;
• Set up email alerts for when an author cites a particular article;
• Annotate records with your own notes;
• Share article links through email or twitter.

 Searching & Saving:

When a speaker references some research at a conference, look it up straight away and see who the authors are, where they’re from and what other work they cited. Store article details in one accessible place and save the links to read later.

Alerting:

If you’re a published author you’ll want to know when one of your peers cites your work. Set up an email alert on any article and receive a notification when someone cites it. You can also create alerts for your favourite searches so that when anything is published that relates to your specific field, you’ll know straight away.
Annotating & Sharing:

Write notes and append them to an article for use back in the lab; you can send article links to yourself via email to read when you’ve more time. Or share links to articles with colleagues and staff with questions and comments attached. If it’s a really significant paper you can share the link with the world through twitter.

Next Up? We pay close attention to your reviews in Apple's iTunes store; they fuel future developments both for this app and for future apps. Please give suggestions for features or other app ideas by submitting comments in the review area of the app store. We will use this feedback to guide our overall approach to mobile devices.

Getting Started

The Scopus Alerts (Lite) app is available to existing subscribers. You may therefore already have a username and password for the website but if not, here are a few steps to set one up:

Go to www.scopus.com  within your institution

Register online and set up a new username and password. Watch the tutorial on how to register at scopus.com (note that Flash is not supported by iPhones so please watch it from your desktop or laptop).

Use this same username and password with the Scopus Alerts (Lite) app on your iPhone and use your institutional email address (e.g. name@university.ac.uk) to log in.

Scopus will check your details but if the process fails, a report button will appear and you can use this to contact the support team, as well as to report any other problems with the Scopus Alerts (Lite) application.

Frequently Asked Question

If your question is not answered below, please contact us at mobile@scopus.com with your institutional email address.

[snip]

Source

[http://info.scopus.com/mobile/#faq_s]

Link To Apple Store

[http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scopus-alerts-lite-take-your/id365300810]

!!! Thanks To Joe Murphy For The Tweet !!!

"How Many Apps Does It Take To Screw In A Lightbulb?"


Source

[http://mashable.com/2010/06/18/app-comic/]

Education for a Digital World: Advice, Guidelines, and Effective Practice from Around the Globe

Co-published by BCcampus and Commonwealth of Learning, 2008

"Our time is a time for crossing barriers, for erasing old categories - for probing around."  - Marshall McLuhan

Digital information technologies are transforming the way we work, learn, and communicate. Within this digital revolution are new learning approaches that transform hierarchical, industrial-based models of teaching and learning.

The creation of this book employed the very principles it espouses. It embodied a forming relationships model, and the sharing of ideas to produce new thinking model. A unique interactive, collaborative research model based on the formation of online relationships among 50 contributors from around the world representing research, administration and business communities. The development of the book demonstrates the powerful opportunity afforded by online technologies in this digital revolution era.

Education for a Digital World contains a comprehensive collection of proven strategies and tools for effective online teaching, based on the principles of learning as a social process. It offers practical, contemporary guidance to support e-learning decision-making, instructional choices, as well as program and course planning, and development.

Practical advice, real-life examples, case studies, and useful resources supply in-depth perspectives about structuring and fostering socially engaging learning in an online environment. A plethora of e-learning topics provide insights, ideas, and usable tools. Tips and evidence-based theory guide administrators, program and course developers, project teams, and teachers through the development of online learning opportunities.

Education for a Digital World is an indispensable guide, resource, textbook and manual for policymakers and practitioners in developing and developed countries.

Full TEXT PDF Available At

[http://www.colfinder.org/materials/Education_for_a_Digital_World/Education_for_a_Digital_World_complete.pdf]

And/Or

Individual Parts

•Part 1: The Impact of Instructional Technologies

[http://www.colfinder.org/materials/Education_for_a_Digital_World/Education_for_a_Digital_World_part1.pdf]

•Part 2: Preparing Online Courses

[http://www.colfinder.org/materials/Education_for_a_Digital_World/Education_for_a_Digital_World_part2.pdf]

•Part 3: Implementing Technology

[http://www.colfinder.org/materials/Education_for_a_Digital_World/Education_for_a_Digital_World_part3.pdf]

•Part 4: E-learning in Action

[http://www.colfinder.org/materials/Education_for_a_Digital_World/Education_for_a_Digital_World_part4.pdf]

•Part 5: Engagement and Communication

[http://www.colfinder.org/materials/Education_for_a_Digital_World/Education_for_a_Digital_World_part5.pdf]

Ordering a physical copy of this publication:

Requests for COL publications may be sent directly to COL's distribution agents:

Crown Publications, Queen’s Printer / 563 Superior Street / Victoria, BC V8W 1T7 / Canada

Phone: +1-250-387-6409 /  +1 800-663-6105 (toll-free, North America) / Fax: +1-250-387-1120 / Website: http://www.crownpub.bc.ca/  / Email: crownpub@gov.bc.ca 

Source And Site

[http://www.col.org/resources/crsMaterials/Pages/edDigitalWorld.aspx]

" ... Forget Everything You Know About Texting."

06-11-10
06-11-10

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Smart Phones Displace Computers For More College Students

Student Smartphone Use Doubles; Instant Messaging Loses Favor

Kelly Truong  / June 17, 2010, 04:44 PM ET / Chronicle Of Higher Education / Wired Camps

Smartphone use among college students has almost doubled since early last year, a study by a researcher at Ball State University found.

The study confirms what has become common knowledge: cellphones are almost ubiquitous on college campuses, with 99.8 percent of students owning one or more. But in the national survey of about 500 students—which has been conducted twice a year since 2005—new details emerged on the kind of phones they own and how they use them.

Of those phone-owning students, 49 percent now have smartphones, compared with 38 percent last October and 27 percent in February 2009.

Text messaging has overtaken not just e-mail but also instant messaging in popularity. Ninety-seven percent of students use text messages as their main form of communication, as opposed to 30 percent for e-mail and 25 percent for instant messaging.

Approximately 90 percent of smartphone owners use their phones to access the Internet. Ninety-seven percent use their phones to take and send photos, while 87 percent of users take and send videos.

[snip]

Source

[http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Student-Smartphone-Use/24876/]

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Zits > "Your Parents Are So Old They Watch TV On Television." >>>



06-16-10
06-16-10

2010 Top Ten Trends In Academic Libraries: A Review Of The Current Literature

College & Research Libraries News / vol. 71 no. 6 / pp. 286-292 / June 2010

ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee

The ACRL Research, Planning and Review Committee, a component of the Research Coordinating Committee, is responsible for creating and updating a continuous and dynamic environmental scan for the association that encompasses trends in academic librarianship, higher education, and the broader environment. As a part of this effort, the committee develops a list of the top ten trends that are affecting academic libraries now and in the near future. This list was compiled based on an extensive review of current literature (see selected bibliography at the end of this article). The committee also developed an e-mail survey that was sent to 9,812 ACRL members in February 2010. Although the response rate was small (about five percent), it helped to clarify the trends.

The trends are listed in alphabetical order.

[snip]

Explosive growth of mobile devices and applications will drive new services. Smart phones, e-book readers, iPads, and other handheld devices will drive user demands and expectations. The 2009 ECAR study of undergraduate students and information technology found that 51.2 percent of respondents owned an Internet-capable handheld device and another 11.8 percent planned to purchase one within the next 12 months.8 Students indicated that they most wanted to use their institution’s e-mail service, administrative services, and course management system from their handheld devices. While only 14.8 percent of respondents indicated that they wanted to use library services, this percentage is likely to grow quickly, as vendors offer mobile interfaces to electronic resources, mobile applications for OPACs increase, and more libraries offer reference services via text messaging and mobile interfaces to their own digital collections.

Librarians will need to think creatively about developing services for users of mobile devices and take into account both user needs and preferences and the relationship of services to the academic program of their institution.9 Regardless of the services a library chooses to offer, there will be staffing, training, budgeting, marketing, and instruction implications.

[snip]

Full HTML and PDF Text Available  Free-Of-Charge At

Libraries and Mobile Technology: An Introduction to Public Policy Considerations

"There’s an App for That!" Libraries and Mobile Technology: An Introduction to Public Policy Considerations / Timothy Vollmer


As the information revolution continues to unfold, libraries will experiment withmobile devices and services to support the information needs of their users wherever they may be. The adoption of mobile technology alters the traditional relationships between libraries and their users and introduces novel challenges to reader privacy. At the same time, the proliferation of mobile devices and services raises issues of access to information in the digital age, including content ownership and licensing, digital rights management, and accessibility. This policy brief explores some of these issues, and is intended to stimulate further community discussion and policy analysis

[snip]

Enabling Libraries to Provide Expanded Services to Users

Libraries can better serve their users by embracing the growing capabilities of mobile technology. They can promote and expand their existing services by offering mobile access to their websites and online public access catalogs; by supplying on-the-go mobile reference services; and by providing mobile access to e-books, journals, video, audio books, and multimedia content.

[snip]

Mobile devices and services therefore provide tremendous flexibility for those who wish to take advantage of library services. With a simple 3G connection, a user lying on a beach can access e-books and multimedia content via his or her local library. If a smartphone can always access a network, content can be continually streamed to the device over the network, providing content on demand and making it unnecessary to maintain a local copy of the material. By going mobile, then, a library takes a giant step toward becoming a round-the-clock service.

Box 1. Mobile Library Services

Libraries can provide a wide array of mobile services to interested users:
•• Mobile online public access catalogs (OPACs)—Libraries are providing access to their OPACs via mobile-optimized websites. The New York Public Library Mobile Beta site supports a mobile OPAC and allows users to browse library locations and hours (see  http://m.nypl.org/).

•• Mobile applications—Some libraries have developed mobile applications for smartphones. The District of Columbia Public Library, for example, has developed an iPhone application that includes a mobile OPAC and the ability to place items on hold, and also provides information on hours and locations of local libraries (see http://dclibrarylabs.org/projects/iphone/).

•• Mobile collections—Third-party content providers are partnering with libraries to deliver audiobooks, e-books, audio language courses, streaming music, films, images, and other multimedia that can be used on mobile devices. The Overdrive service is supported on numerous mobile devices and has developed an application for BlackBerry smartphones (see http://www.overdrive.com). Duke University has created a free iPhone application called DukeMobile, containing a wealth of information on digital library resources, including extensive access to the library’s digital photo archive and other collections (see http://itunes.apple.com/app/dukemobile/id306796270?mt=8).

•• Mobile library instruction—Some libraries are offering library instructional materials and resources via mobile platforms. For example, East Carolina University’s “Research First Aid” is a series of podcasts for library researchers on the go (see http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/laupuslibrary/researchfirstaid.cfm).

•• Mobile databases—PubMed for Handhelds is a mobile web portal for the National Library of Medicine (see http://pubmedhh.nlm.nih.gov/).

•• Library Short Message Service (SMS) notifications—Many libraries use SMS for a variety of purposes, including notification for items available for pickup, due date reminders, information on availability of library materials, provision of call numbers and locations, and others (see http://cpl.org/?q=node/12258).

•• SMS Reference—Some libraries are offering “text-a-librarian” services ideal for simple questions that can be answered with a brief response (see http://www.library.yale.edu/science/textmsg.html).

[snip]

Conclusions and Recommendations

Mobile technology holds great promise for enabling libraries to provide enhanced services in a form users increasingly are demanding. If this promise is to be fully realized, however, libraries will need to conduct analyses and make smart decisions to address the issues outlined above, support staff education and explore partnerships and new funding models, and be prepared to compromise with respect to their traditional information delivery models.

[more]

ALA Office Of Information Technology Policy / Policy Brief No. 3, June 2010 / 18 pp.

Full Text Available At

[http://tinyurl.com/36ayubn]

BTW: TV > Thanks For The Acknowledgment [:-)

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

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Internet Trends 2010 / Mary Meeker / Morgan Stanley Research / CM Summit / NYC

Internet research analyst Mary Meeker delivered a full plate of mobile and online advertising optimism Monday in the form of her 48-page Internet Trends slide presentation.

In the Morgan Stanley analyst’s presentation at the Conversational Marketing Summit in New York [City], Meeker said mobile Internet use is ramping up faster than desktop Internet use did, with Apple leading the trend with the release of the iPhone nearly three years ago.

[snip]

Mobile use will only continue to grow, Meeker predicted, with smartphone sales surpassing PC sales in 2012. And smartphone use will dominate – with mobile Internet users buying more smartphones (93 million) than basic-feature phones (90 million) by next year, she forecasted.

[snip]

Why now? Among the factors that are driving the mobile Web, Meeker said, 3G wireless data networks rank most highly. All major carriers introduced 3G access for Android phones, the iPhone, Blackberry and Palm Pre this year, making mobile Internet use mainstream at 20 percent of all wireless users, Meeker said. There has also been an explosion of Wi-Fi connection hot spots.

[snip]

Cecilia Kang / Washington Post / Post Tech / June 8, 2010/  8:00 AM ET

Source

[http://tinyurl.com/2e2x4mo]

Presentation Slides / w/Notes / Comments Available At

[http://www.slideshare.net/CMSummit/ms-internet-trends060710final]]

Presentation Slides Only Available From

[http://tinyurl.com/23zugla]

Mobile Chemistry > Chemistry In Your Hands And In Your Face

Antony Williams / Chemistry World / V.7 / No. 5 / May 2010 / 

The technology we've got used to accessing through our desktops is moving at high speed to our mobile phones, says Antony Williams


[snip]

Mobile chemistry has arrived. This short article will review some of the available tools and offers a view of what the near term future may hold for this domain. The author's bias is to the iPhone and iPad platform as he has access to both.

Publishers

Chemistry publishers have focused their smartphone applications to support access to science news stories and information regarding their latest publications.

These can deliver just the abstracts, or even provide the full text for immediate review or for saving locally to review later. The American Chemical Society (ACS) application also offers a search across more than 850 000 scientific research articles and book chapters archived on the ACS Web Editions Platform. [snip]

Such applications will probably be unveiled by an increasing number of publishers to parallel their efforts to mesh themselves into the social network tools. [snip]

Chemical Facts And Study Guides

Many smartphone apps are focused on the delivery of facts and study guides to support students through the learning process. These include Chemfacts, the Elements Study Buddy, Amino Acid Reference, ... .

Calculators

Chemical calculators are general utility calculators of value to a bench chemist to calculate molarities, to perform various conversions such as grams and moles, and to allow computations such as the dilutions of stock solutions.

There are a number of chemical calculators available including LabCal, Solutions, the ChemWeight Molecular Weight Calculator, ... .

Data Tables

Chemical data tables are associated with either the elements or with chemical compounds.

There are many periodic table apps available, many with the same general capabilities of reviewing atomic masses, atomic radii and colour-coding of the table based on selected properties.

Some example apps are the A+ Voice Periodic Table, the EleMints Periodic Table and the Periodic Table and Chemistry Calculator. The Chemical Touch app offers additional information ...  .

[snip]

Drawing And Visualising Chemical Compounds

The drawing of chemical compounds on a handheld device such as the iPhone is challenging at best.

There have been a number of valiant efforts nevertheless. These include the IMoleBuilder and IMoleDraw. The release of ChemJuice in late 2009 produced the state of the art app for drawing chemical structures [Fig. 1] . [snip]


Figure 1. Drawing structures on your phone

ChemJuice includes a gallery of over 100 molecules and allows the calculation of molecular weight, formula and element composition. [snip]

For the visualisation of larger molecules, such as proteins, readers are referred to the molecules app. This application provides three-dimensional renderings of molecules that can be rotated by moving your finger across the display (Fig. 2), ... .


Figure 2. Larger structures can also be viewed

[snip]

Millions Of Compounds

ChemMobi offers access to two databases of small molecules, each containing millions of compounds.

Powered by the DiscoveryGate and ChemSpider web services, the app provides access to over 30 million chemical structures, enabling chemists to search for chemical names or identifiers and quickly retrieve associated information including chemical structures, calculated properties, commercial availability ..., synonyms, and material safety data sheet summaries.

Ebooks

A discussion regarding mobile chemistry would be incomplete without a consideration of the future of ebooks in science.

[snip]

Of course, ebooks are not just texts. They are already being released as rich multimedia experiences with one recent example demonstrating a potential future enabled by the iPad experience.

3D Specs At The Ready

Theodore Gray's The elements: a visual exploration was originally released as a hardback book and in that format was a festival for the eyes containing stunning imagery. Released as an ebook to coincide with the release of the iPad, each element has two 'epages' dedicated to it.

The first page is a rotating 3D image of the element together with reference information including the atomic radius, crystal structure, density, melting and boiling points and other data.

The reference data table includes online access to the WolframAlpha computational engine to research other related information.

The second page provides a series of additional facts and stories about the history and uses of the element (Fig. 3).



Figure 3. An ePage showing the details of the element copper
Alongside this information, access is provided to a number of additional 3D images ... .

[snip]

Genius

Mobile chemistry is already in the hands of thousands of scientists. This will continue to gain momentum. What is possible today with the computational abilities of a smartphone will be dwarfed by the capabilities offered in the near future by the 'genius phone'.

[snip]

Antony Williams is vice president of strategic development at the RSC's chemistry search engine ChemSpider

[snip]

Also 'Related Links'  

Source

[http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/Issues/2010/May/MobileChemistryChemistryHandsFace.asp]

See Also > ChemSpider Mobile Goes Live

[http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/2010/06/chemspider-mobile-goes-live.html]

QR Codes and Libraries

A Great / Great Resource >  Sites / Cites / Links > Thanks Teresa Ashley / Librarian /  Austin Community College District

[snip]

Summary Of Ideas For Using QR Codes In Libraries:

1. Provide point-of-use instruction at point-of-need locations

2. Have step-by-step instructions on machines like photocopiers and printers

3. Post QR codes by study rooms. Students would be able to check the availability of a study room, and then book it from their cell phone while standing in front of the room

4. QR codes in the stacks could bring up a list of LibGuides on topics related to books in the call number range area

5. QR codes in the stacks could show where the ebooks would be on the shelves

6. QR codes around campus could link to digital libraries or items from special collections related to the different buildings

7. Add QR codes with your contact information to your library website

8. Direct users to a service that’s specifically aimed at mobile devices users, such as a chat or IM reference service, or the mobile version of the library’s catalog or databases

9. QR code to the online Ask a Librarian site could be posted at the physical reference desk and at all public access computer workstations

10. Library tours – barcodes can be placed in different areas of the library so visitors can access information relevant to that particular space. Audio tours can also be provided this way.

11. Library Maps – Instead of just a map that has, Reference, Reserve, Computer Lab on it, put QR codes for every area that has a web page, so that the patron can go directly to that web page for more information.

12. Library reviews – if someone has done a review on a book or item, a QR code can be put on that item, linking to the review.

13. Link to Phone number on a web page so people don’t have to dial the number on their phone.

14. Link to a web page associated with an event by placing a QR code for the web page on the event's poster.

15. QR Codes can be posted at public service desks to advertise services: Laptop checkout, fines, and book renewal information could be posted at the point of service, the Circulation Desk, for instance

16. Help Desk info could be posted on QR codes

17. Tag exhibits (“Mobile Tag Closeup.” ACU Library Photostream.

18. Librarians can tag pre-formatted tailored searches for events and exhibits

19. Add QR codes to poster, flyers, and other library instructional or promotional materials

[snip]

Source

[http://notionsark.pbworks.com/QR-Codes-and-Libraries]

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Third International m-Libraries Conference > 11-13 May 2011 / Brisbane, Australia


The conference will explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users ‘on the move’, via a growing plethora of mobile and hand-held devices.

The m-Libraries conference brings together researchers, educators, technical developers, managers and library professionals to exchange experience and expertise and to generate ideas for future developments.

 The third International m-libraries Conference is hosted by the University of Southern Queensland in collaboration with The Open University, Athabasca University, Thompson Rivers University and Emerald Group Publishing.
Source and Flyer

[http://library.open.ac.uk/mLibraries/2011/flyer.pdf]

Facebook Group

[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7719700810]

Twitter

[http://twitter.com/mlibraries]

2011 Conference HashTag

#mlib11

Website

[http://library.open.ac.uk/mLibraries/2011/index.html] 

>>>

Call for Papers for the Third International m-libraries Conference

We are seeking papers on the following themes:


1. Emerging mobile technologies (including platforms, devices and software)

2. Delivering new mobile services to users

3. New mobile applications (technical)

4. Mobile users (e.g. studies of requirements and/or behaviour)

5. Development of content for mobiles (including OERs, commercially published, user-generated etc.)

6. Privacy and mobiles

7. Copyright issues for mobile delivery

Please submit your abstracts (up to 300 words) to M-Libraries-Conference@open.ac.uk by November 1st. These will be subject to peer review and authors will be notified by 14 January 2011.

We expect that papers may include research reports, demonstrations of technical developments, practical case studies or reviews. Posters are also invited.

Papers or presentation

Papers or presentations should last no longer than 20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.

Poster sessions

Posters will be displayed throughout the conference and time will be allocated in the programme for poster viewing.

Conference proceedings will be published online.

Contact Information

General enquiries: mlib3@usq.edu.au

Programme enquiries: m-libraries-conference@open.ac.uk 

M-Libraries 2 > A Virtual Library In Everyone’s Pocket

Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham, editors / Facet Publishing, 2010.

'...any public, academic, medical or special librarian whose users rely on mobile devices will benefit from learning about the cutting-edge applications explained here. it is a useful guide for info pros in corporate organisations, policy makers, researchers, developers, publishers and suppliers.'

Archana Vebkatraman, Information World Review

Interest in m-library services has grown exponentially in the last five years, as libraries are recognizing the potential of ubiquitous and increasingly sophisticated mobile devices. Building on the highly regarded M-Libraries: libraries on the move to provide virtual access, this new book brings together research and case studies from all corners of the globe on the development and delivery of library services and content to mobile devices.

Based on the proceedings of the Second International M-Libraries Conference held in Vancouver, [June 23-24 2009]

[http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/2009/04/second-international-m-libraries.html]

 this new collection of contributions from authorities in the field serves to demonstrate the ingenuity and creativity of developers and service providers in this area, ranging from the innovative application of basic mobile phone technology to provide information services in remote parts of the globe lacking internet access, to the development of new tools and technologies which harness the full functionality of popular mobile phones. Key topics include:
  • enhancing library access through the use of mobile technology
  • the university library digital reading room
  • mobile access for workplace and language training
  • the role of an agent supplying content on mobile devices
  • cyberlearning and reference services via mobile devices
  • podcasting as an outreach tool
  • service models for information therapy services delivered to mobiles
  • bibliographic ontology and e-books
  • health literacy and healthy action in the connected age
  • a collaborative approach to support flexible, blended and technology-enhanced learning
  • mobilizing the development of information skills for students on the move and in the workplace
The collection demonstrates the emergence of an evidence base for m-libraries, with a number of contributions presenting the results of user surveys and studies of user behaviour. This highly topical book should be read by information professionals in all sectors, and by policy makers, researchers, developers, publishers and suppliers. It will also be of great interest to library and information studies students and newcomers to the profession.

May 2010; 320pp; paperback; 978-1-85604-696-1; £44.95

Links To A-Z of Contributors and Order Form Available At

[http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=696-1]

Neal-Schuman Order

[http://www.neal-schuman.com/bdetail.php?isbn=9781856046961]

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Big QR > City of New York Blankets Times Square With Giant QR Codes

To celebrate Internet Week 2010, the City of New York outfitted Times Square with giant QR codes earlier today. It’s called “The City at Your Fingerprints” and eleven New York agencies participated in the interactive billboard initiative.



Times Square denizens could use their smartphone barcode scanning app to scan the QR codes — which were featured in an animated sequence on the Thomson Reuters building in Times Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET — and pull up information relating to specific agencies being featured.

[snip]

These QR codes are certainly impressive to behold and are a nice first try from NYC Media, the agency behind the effort. [snip]

Source
 
[http://mashable.com/2010/06/10/internet-week-qr-codes/]

QR Codes

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code]

Augmented Reality Explained by Common Craft

What it Teaches

This video is an introduction to augmented reality - a new and growing way to use smartphones to learn about the world around you. This video introduces the technology and covers the basic applications. It includes:

•A high level introduction to the big idea
•Using it to find a restaurant
•Using it to compare products, be entertained
•A look at future possibilities of augmented reality

Source and Link

[http://commoncraft.com/augmented-reality-video]

St. Marys (Ohio) City Schools > Mobile Learning Technology


What are you doing today to prepare your students for the 21st Century? Are your students still using paper and pencil for all of their assignments? Watch this video to see what “makes learning fun.”


Link To Case Study Report


Also Links To Other '21st Century Learning' Videos Available


Also A Must Listen > A recent radio interview with Kyle Menchhofer, Technology Coordinator at St. Marys City Schools, talk about Mobile Learning Devices in the classroom  [Audio > ~ 00:21]


And A Most Impresssive Website >


With A Great Quote >

"The world we have created is a product of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking." / Albert Einstein

Support For St. Marys (Ohio) City Schools > Mobile Learning Technology Provided (In Part ?) By Verizon 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

233 Million Chinese Use Mobile Phones To Access The Internet

I. Endeavors to Spur the Development and Application of the Internet

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The construction and improvement of the Internet infrastructure has beefed up the spread and application of the Internet. By the end of 2009 the number of Chinese netizens had reached 384 million, 618 times that of 1997 and an annual increase of 31.95 million users. In addition, the Internet had reached 28.9% of the total population, higher than the world average. At the same time, there were 3.23 million websites running in China, which was 2,152 times that of 1997. The number of IPv4 addresses approached 230 million, making China the second-largest owner in the world. Of all the netizens, 346 million used broadband and 233 million used mobile phones to access the Internet. They had moved on from dialing the access numbers to broadband and mobile phones. These statistics make China among the top of the developing countries in developing and popularizing the Internet.

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Source

[http://www.china.org.cn/government/whitepaper/2010-06/08/content_20208003.htm]

!!! Thanks To Michiel de Lange For The Tweet !!!

[http://www.bijt.org/wordpress/]

BTW: As I've Highlighted In More Than One Posting / Presentation >>>

"In December 2008, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released The Future of the Internet III, the third in a series of surveys of Internet leaders, activists and analysts that elicited their views on emerging Net and Web developments. In this most recent review, an overwhelming majority of experts predicted that by 2020 the mobile device will become the primary connection tool to the Internet for most individuals worldwide."

[http://tinyurl.com/yjdjdfc]

For My Colleagues Still Living In The 20th Century >>> Get A Clue, You Luddites !!!   >>> I'm As Mad As Hell And I'm Not Goin' To Take This Any More >>>

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dib2-HBsF08]

Sunday, June 6, 2010

ChemSpider Mobile Goes Live

ChemSpider is a free access service providing a structure centric community for chemists. Providing access to millions of chemical structures and integration to a multitude of other online services, ChemSpider is the richest single source of structure-based chemistry information.


If you are an iPhone user (as I am), have an iPad hanging around to check email 20/7 (I have to  sleep sometime…), or use a phone with a browser, I suggest you point it to the new ChemSpider Mobile at http://cs.m.chemspider.com . There you’ll see a simple interface, shown below, that allows you to search across our database of almost 25 million chemical entities based on chemical name (systematic, trivial or trade, registry number etc) and retrieve a list of intrinsic properties, a list of predicted properties, a list of associated identifiers, with links to Wikipedia if available, and a Google based search for the chemical based, for now, on the associated InChIKey. Check it out, give us feedback.

We are also working on providing access to ChemSpider SyntheticPages in the same way and the first screen shot is shown at the bottom. Things are always changing and, I believe, for the better.

Source And Screen Shots Available From

[http://www.chemspider.com/blog/chemspider-mobile-goes-live.html]

!!! Thanks To Antony Williams / Vice President of Strategic Development, ChemSpider at Royal Society of Chemistry ; President at ChemConnector For The HeadsU !!!

Disclaimer: I Am A Member Of The ChemSpider Advisory Group

BTW: Antony WIlliams And Joe Murphy Will Be Presenting At SLA 2010

[http://units.sla.org/division/dche/2010/index.htm#mobile]

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Plaque W/ QR Code


[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Ahmed_Mosque]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code]

I Have Learned That The QR Code Is Part of  'History Calls' Implementation


> A Most Imprressive Effort And IMHO > A Model for other museums / sites / organizations / libraries/  etc.  <

!!! Do Explore ALL The 'Routes' on 'History Calls' !!!

BTW: The 'Blue Mosque' Is On Green Route >>>

 I Had An Opportunity To Visit The Blue Mosque Early Last Month After My Presentation At KoƧ University To Deliver An Invited Seminar On "> AnyTime / AnyWhere > LEARNING > Education In The > iPhone Age >"

[http://tinyurl.com/36c23ex]

!!1 Thanks Faith KUCUKPETEK For The HeadsUp !!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

E-Readers: The Device Versus the Book

When it comes to meeting the demands of academic reading, today’s e-readers are not yet ready to replace the textbook.

Campus Technology / May 2010 / Jennifer Demsk

Electronic readers may be ushering in a watershed moment in personal reading, with the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, and Barnes & Noble Nook duking it out for market dominance (and with the iPad warming up in the wings). But how do these contenders fare in the academic marketplace? In theory, e-reader devices seem ideal as a replacement for the expensive, heavy, traditional textbook—even more so, perhaps, than for the beach-compatible paperback book, which can take heavy doses of sand, suntan lotion, salt water, and trampling feet and still deliver the goods!

But reading for learning is not the same activity as reading for pleasure, and so the question must be asked: Do these devices designed for the consumer book market match up against the rigors of academic reading?

Campus Technology recently spoke with three universities that conducted e-reader pilots on their campuses to address that question. Northwest Missouri State University tested the Sony Reader PRS-505 during the 2008-2009 school year, while Princeton University (NJ) and Arizona State University are participating in a pilot of the Kindle DX with five other universities over the course of the 2009-2010 school year.

[more]

Source / Full Text / Comments Available At

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

SmartPlanet > Museum Of The Future: Mobile Augmented Reality

Joe McKendrick / June 1 2010

 Museums serve to document the growth of arts and sciences of our society, and in recent years, have been able to reach across the miles to new audiences, thanks to the proliferation of the Internet.

 A new report [http://tinyurl.com/29u4ng4]  suggests that museums are also becoming part of the mobile revolution — yes, if you want to visit the Museum of London without flying all the way to Heathrow Airport, there’s an app for that. [snip]

“The museum of London has launched an iPhone application which brings its extensive art and photographic collections alive in advance of the opening of spectacular new galleries next week. The free app, called “StreetMuseum [http://tinyurl.com/36s4bxk] ,” takes users to various sites in London where, via their iPhone screen, historical images of the city appear. Over 200 sites have been selected where users can look through their iPhones and see the past emerge.”

Now you may ask why someone would be inclined to squint at images on a mobile device, versus using a standard laptop or desktop computer. The advantage of a handheld museum is that users could access photos and details of historic buildings or locations while they are physically at the subject of their curiosity.[snip]

What’s really neat is you can superimpose older images over a current shot of a streetscape or building — [snip].

The Museum of London is showing some great innovation in expanding its knowledge beyond the walls of the actual museum itself. As the report says, “Forward-thinking museums, libraries, archives, and universities will embrace placing interactive tools in the hands (literally) of everyone from history buffs to tourists walking through an unfamiliar city.”

Source

[http://tinyurl.com/26grja8]

Shakespeare Meets The iPad


06-01-10
06-01-10

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Free OECD Factbook App Now Available

OECD Factbook 2010

The OECD Factbook App presents 100 economic indicators in a format specially designed for your iPhone. Now, wherever you are, you have easy access to a comprehensive statistical picture of the world’s major economies from the most reliable source: OECD.


The OECD Factbook is organised around 12 themes such as population and migration, macroeconomic trends, and globalization. Each indicator includes a table showing the latest available data for the 30 OECD countries. When available, it also shows data from countries with which the OECD has close co-operation such as Brazil, Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa.

 The OECD is one of the world’s largest publishers in the fields of Economics and Public Policy. It is well-known for its authoritative, internationally comparable statistics, analysis, and outlooks, and for its groundbreaking online service, SourceOECD.

What's new > New user interface / Translation in French

Source, ScreenShots, And Link To App Available From


Blackberry and other Smartphones

2010 edition to be available soon. This freely accessible version of the Factbook is optimised for viewing on iPhone and other communication devices

Source

[http://www.oecd.org/site/0,3407,en_21571361_34374092_1_1_1_1_1,00.html]