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CIL2007: Trends in Mobile Tools and Apps for Libraries

Posted by comartslibrarian on April 18, 2007

Presented by Megan Fox of Simmons College. Slideshow at: web.simmons.edu/~fox/mobile

  • 75% of all U.S. adults have mobile phone service; 1 in 8 households have no landline any longer.
  • 90% of college students have cell phones

Sony Playstation Portables currently selling with 6 months of free T-Mobile wifi access for ~$150. A cheaper alternative to PDAs or smartphones?

The .mobi domain has been established for websites designed for mobile devices — BusinessWeek.mobi, CNN.mobi are two examples.

  • Ball State University Library has also established a mobile interface at: www.bsu.edu/libraries/mobile which includes videos about services and instructional sessions.
  • OPAC interfaces: Innovative AirCat, SirsiDynix and others are developing mobile versions of their online catalog interfaces.
  • Google, Yahoo, and Answers.com have customized their search engines to display on mobile devices.
  • Mobilicious (for del.icio.us) , YouTube, SecondLife, and MySpace are following suit…

RSS feeds can help bridge the gap from web to mobile. Mobi Reads, FeedBeep, and Google Reader are some service providers…

Get content via SMS/Texting — which Google’s been doing for awhile. See http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/sms/ for details…

Free e-audiobooks for download at LibriVox.org.

Use of ’tiling’ for input may gain prominence, instead of transcoding or modifying webpage display. This would use a zoomed-out version of an entire webpage, users then click on a section to zoom in.

Libraries shouldn’t impose blanket bans on cell phones, since these multifunctional devices are useful information resources — texting, mobile web, etc.

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