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Christina's LIS Rant
Thursday, March 17, 2005
  CIL2005: Building Communities in the Palm of Your Hand
Megan Fox
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.

Libraries are:
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
Databases:
Ovid @ Hand
PubMed on Tap
L-N works with blackberries
Westlaw wireless

http://www.google.com/palm -- 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)

MultiMediaMessaging
- espn
- cnn
- tv shows

RSS feeds – your library record (personalized RSS)
Moblog and blogging from your PDA
Mobile feedreaders
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.


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