CIL2005: Building Communities in the Palm of Your Hand
Slides will be at http://web.simmons.edu/~fox/pda
I got here a few minutes late.
Fox starts by giving a laundry list of equipment included in the talk -- She’s very broad including tablet PCs and gaming consoles as well as IPods, treos and all the rest of the standards
The point is that they’re ubiquitous.
Checking out IPods with audiobooks
Checking out IPods with audioreserves
Giving IPods to incoming students
Report from AFAICS: Ebook readers, PDAs loosing out, smart phones are the winners
How can libraries support this community?
Connecting users to information – mobile pages, OPAC mobile compatible, Handheld content (reference, ebooks, journals, and databases)
Examples on: http://web.simmons.edu/~fox/pda
Good content for PDAs
- reference stuff like hours, stack locations
- ephemeral stuff like announcements
- chapter a day and whole books
Several of the large ILS vendors have implemented interfaces for mobile.
Amazon still sells ebooks
University of Alberta – guide to downloading netlibrary books to your PDA
Ovid @ Hand
PubMed on Tap
L-N works with blackberries
-- to find PDA friendly resources
Citation Sharing - IUSM – converting Endnote files to Palm, has a blog for support
Libraries host support groups for PDA owners
Reference through SMS, IM, etc.
Google SMS – weather, phonebooks
One university has students register, professors can send messages out to their classes
Announcements from the library - personal (your book in), general (new hours)
- tv shows
RSS feeds – your library record (personalized RSS)
Moblog and blogging from your PDA
Sirsi – pocket circ (includes barcode scanner)
(ok, so I did this last year as part of my marketing program, but I had to upload when I got back, it wasn’t live)
Amida Simputer – haptic controls? Accelerometer so you can flip the page by shifting the device
Update 3/18: I talked to the representative for CRC about how engnetbase works with PDAs -- he says it doesn't. That answers that.