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Handheld Librarian V Conference This Week (July 27-28)

We have a site registration to attend on the online Handheld Librarian V conference, which will be this week on Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28. Any library staff are encouraged to feel free to drop by room 320a starting at 11 am on those days to sit in on the presentations.

Here is a description from the conference organizers about the two-day event:

Day One of the Handheld Librarian V Conference, July 27, 2011, features professional development presentations for librarians by librarians. Presenters share their experiences and insights on topics addressing themes such as eBooks, location-based social networking, lending devices, reference and mobile technologies impacting society. Christina Warren of Mashable will share her insights in fast changing world of digital technologies.

Day Two of the HHLV will feature a FREE Virtual Expo of live presentations by companies and organizations providing mobile products and services for libraries. Visitors will be able to stop by virtual booths from companies such as Boopsie, Innovative Interfaces Inc, Tutor.com, Novare, Bibliofiche and Evanced, and visit in real-time in an informal setting with representatives from each company. Participants will meet Peter Booth Wiley, Chairman of the Board of John Wiley & Sons, as he shares his forward-looking thoughts regarding the evolving world of book publishing.

A detailed program for the event is also available.

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Baruch Student Cell Phone Carriers

We recently polled our students about their cell phone service carriers. Here are the results based on 3,437 respondents:

T-Mobile = 36%
AT&T = 30%
Verizon = 21%
Sprint = 9%
Metro/PCS = 2%
Nextel = < 1%
Other = 2%

We will be using this data to improve some services on campus. I will update this post with the details.

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Tech Sharecase, 8 October 2010

Arthur Downing, Stephen Francoeur, Ellen Kaufman, Mike Waldman, Kevin Wolff

Barcode Scan Apps for Phones

We talked about a blog post from Boing Boing detailing how one used book dealer uses barcode scanning app on his phone to identify profitable items in thrift shops.

Copyright and Course Reserves
There was some discussion about recent decisions in the course reserves case at Georgia State in which three publishers alleged that the library had infringed copyright. We looked at the blog posts on the LibraryLaw Blog and the ARL Policy Notes blog about the case.

We went over the business model that Flat World Knowledge offers in its e-textbook service. Relatedly, in future meetings of the Tech Sharecase, we hope to have more discussion of online learning objects that might supplement or replace altogether textbooks in certain classes.

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Tech Sharecase, 18 June 2010

Saad Abulhab, Joanna Cruz, Arthur Downing, Stephen Francoeur, Harold Gee, Joseph Hartnett, Ellen Kaufman, Wilcina Longdon, Jin Ma, Louisa Moy, Christina Muniz, Peter Philips, Ryan Phillips, Ester Ramos, Michael Waldman

Baruch iPhone App
We watched a screencast from the developer of the forthcoming iPhone app that is being designed for the Office of Student Development. There are placeholders in certain sections where library services and resources can be added. This app is being designed primarily as a student recruitment tool.

Microsoft Office 2010
If you are a faculty member, you can go to the CUNY Mall within the CUNY Portal and download for free the latest version of Microsoft Office, which was just released this week. The license is for home use only and not for work PCs. It is very possible that this fall, though, our work computers will get upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2010. The 2010 version of Outlook (and the earlier 2007 version) has a built-in RSS reader, which will work once we get our Exchange server here on campus upgraded this summer.

Pew Report on Use of Social Media and Mobile Devices Among Teens
We took a quick look at the recently released report from the Pew Internet and America Life Project that about how teens use mobile devices and social media.

Online Education
This fall, the statistics department will use online course content developed by Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative for its intro statistics course. We also discussed briefly the large library of video tutorials created by Salman Khan and published on YouTube. Over 1400 videos are available; most of the videos are about science, math, finance, economics. Here is a sample video on balance sheets:

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Scan Book Barcode with Your iPhone, Find Library Holdings

ResourceShelf passed along this item from OCLC noting that an iPhone app used to do price comparisons for books (the user takes a picture of the barcode with the iPhone and gets Google price search results back) can also include WorldCat holdings info, too.

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Library Services for Mobile Development

At the LITA Forum 2009, Joan K. Lippincott from the Coalition for Networked Information, gave a nice keynote address on mobile web development for libraries, which you can listen to online (or go here to download the MP3). As I listened to it this morning on the subway, it made me wonder about two things:

  1. Does our library web site convey to our users in one central space all the “mobile services” that we offer? Should we? What would we list there?
  2. What should our vision of mobile web services look like? It’s likely that in the coming years we’ll want to provide a considerable amount of services and resources in a way that is optimized for mobile deveices. Which services and resources should we focus on first?
  • The library web site. What does our library web site look like in a browser on mobile devices? Should we develop a slimmed down web site for the mobile web? Develop an app that people can download to their phones that offers key services and resources?
  • Access to the catalog? Does it help that our users can use the mobile version of WorldCat.org to access our holdings info? Is that good enough? Can our Aleph 500 implementation be optimized for display on phones, etc.? As I was typing this post, a student showed me his phone with a list of call numbers he’d found in the catalog and typed into the notepad feature of his cell phone. Wouldn’t it have been nice if the catalog had a link next to the call number that would allow searchers to have the call number sent to their phones as a text message?
  • Access to licensed resources? Which databases can be searched via mobile devices? Does Bearcat Search work on a mobile device?
  • Access to Digital Media Library content? Will our videos play on their devices?
  • Instructional tutorials?
  • Ask a librarian? If we launch a text message reference service, this would provide an important connection to the population of students who rely on their phones as their main communication tool.
  • Blackboard? Since we offer credit courses, what do our course sites in Blackboard look like on a smartphone?
  • Interlibrary loan? Will it work on their devices? Does it display properly?
  • Serials Solutions A-Z journal list and SFX. These are key tools to connect our users to licensed content.
  • Online exhibits?
  • Library borrower’s accounts in Aleph 500?
  • Docutek course reserve system and the materials we’ve added as PDFs?

Lippincott, Joan K. “Mobile Technologies, Mobile Users: Will Libraries Mobilize?” LITA Forum 2009, Salt Lake City. 2 October 2009. Address. Web.

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