8% of adults use mobile devices and broadband platforms for continual information exchange to collaborate with their social networks 7% of adults actively use mobile devices and social networking tool, yet are ambivalent about all the connectivity 8% of Americans find mobility lighting their information pathways, but have comparatively few tech assets at home [...]
No, it’s not the secret service of the Soviet Union – it is, however, the commercialized reference desk. KGB, or the knowledge generation bureau as they sometimes call themselves, provides a two-way text reference service straight to mobile devices. Anywhere. Anytime.
Which begs these questions: What about the reference desk? Why not ask a librarian?
Brandweek is saying that advertisements sent via SMS text are becoming a normal sighting among cell-phone users (38% of users recalled seeing them in the past few months). What really aggravated surprised me was the response to what could be viewed as an intrusive form of advertising:
Perhaps most encouraging for advertisers, says the report, [...]
Mosio’s “Text A Librarian” product is a proprietary option for SMS reference software. Librarians should be aware of this product’s limitations (see review for full evaluation) and its declining relevance as a static web based product in a mobile world. This example illustrates how important it is for librarians to be informed and critical as [...]
From the Chronicle February 29, 2008
http://chronicle.com/weekly/v54/i25/25a01501.htm (I think it’s expired )
As iPhones and other “smart phones” become more popular on campuses, and as computing becomes even more mobile, it seems that some form of Twitter-like service may become part of student and faculty life. But the technology has potential costs in terms of money and privacy. Some observers, essentially [...]
Mobile technology is shaping the way we live, work and learn. Since education can now take place in the classroom or virtually anywhere, ACU is committed to exploring mobile learning technology that makes sense for our students and their future.
ACU leaders have given top priority to researching and developing a “connected” 21st century campus, integrating [...]
From the comments on:
“Libraries that don’t offer texting are basically invisible to me.”
comes this response from TTW reader Graeme Williams:
I’m a library user, not a librarian. We have a beautiful library in our town, but usage is dropping slowly year by year. I think the general point is exactly correct, although I’d call [...]
As instant message reference freed patrons from having to come to the library, text messaging reference frees them from their desks or laptops. Yale Science Librarians offer a text messaging reference service to meet this preference for mobility: patrons can text a librarian from study halls, classes, laboratories, dorms, offices, or even from the [...]
Some say that IM is on the verge of extinction and that forging into such territory for virtual reference so late in the game is a waste of a library’s energy. You can surely count me as one of those who agrees with that statement. I predict, as do many others, that virtual reference [...]