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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:

  • 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 —, are two examples.

  • Ball State University Library has also established a mobile interface at: 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 have customized their search engines to display on mobile devices.
  • Mobilicious (for , 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 for details…

Free e-audiobooks for download at

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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