Handheld Librarian II, Day II

Joe Murphy (libraryfuture on twitter)

  • http://bit.ly/hhlibnow < Presentation slides
  • Librarians need to engage in the shift, the change, the future…including twitter and foursquare
  • Twitter, location-based gaming, more mobile apps and bridging the physical and the digital with QR codes and Augmented reality.
  • (We need a better sound system, seriously – this is painful)
  • Location-based gaming – foursquare and mytown
    • Enable this – share what you are up too.
    • Encourage users to share when they are visiting the library
    • Drive physical traffic
    • Translate personal rewards of using these games into incentives for non-librarians
  • Twitter as a Standard – a fixed background/landscape
    • influences mobile communication expectations and service models
    • new applications – metrics, subject guide lists, etc.
    • informal, social engagement
    • I would add – back-channel sharing at conferences
  • QR Codes
    • Bridge physical and digital worlds – display digital info in the ‘static’ digital world
    • Seamless interaction of digital information overlayed on physical world
    • Augmented reality – closing the gap between the real world and our digital lives
  • Mobile Apps
    • Libraries can also use mobile apps as reference resources or to recommend as subject tools
    • Difficult to allocate resources for mobile app development
    • Again – as we talked about yesterday, Web apps might be the way to go (my thoughts)
  • Mobile Friendly Library Spaces
    • Create physical library spaces that are friendly to and integrated with the mobile landscape
    • Engage library in mobile life, like foursquare
    • cell phone reception boosters
    • QR codes/augmented reality
    • policies
    • smart phones as research tools – encourage them to be used in the library  – they’re not phones anymore, they’re computers!
  • Mobile Library Workplace
    • Gateway technologies
    • Cultural tensions – mobile tech in meetings – voicemail is the last thing he checks (me too)
    • mobile tech and enterprise
    • Example, in this office we use chat, twitter and even FB statuses to communicate with each other!  Post-it notes and phone messages are bad.
  • Full Mobile Strategy
    • “It accounts for the entire mobile culture & leverages behavior to enhance services.”
  • Mobile Literacy – librarians with skillz 😉
  • Privacy and a Culture of Sharing –
    • ‘public is the new default, so managing our privacy has become a professional and life skill.’
    • Private v. professional accounts
    • Be clear about our identity
  • Mobile Revolution is an Opportunity
    • Keep library central of mobile info world
    • Engage in technology – personal experience to counter fears/resistance (23 Things! to combat this)
    • Smartphones = scratch paper!  Notes are ‘written’ on the phone!

Reading on the iPhone – Mark Beatty

  • Reading on a device circa 1999 ‘…a surprisingly not terrible experience’ – David Seamon  (funny)
  • Love to read on what you have – easy to access, easy to get materials onto, etc.
  • My first ebook was “A Duke of Her Own” by Eloisa James using my kindle app on my new iPhone.  I would second David’s quote.  Not quite the same experience as a paperback, but not bad.
  • eReader :: Amazon Kindle :: Stanza :: Barnes and Noble eReader
  • Overdrive :: NetLibrary – DRM madness are often clumsy tools to import other formats and your stuff – ok for audio, bad for ebooks
    • When Overdrive will work with my iPhone, I’ll be one happy woman.  I am willing to buy an ebook, read it and then donate it to the State Library’s collection!  Will Overdrive ever let me do that??
  • eReader.com – create your own bookstore (more expensive books – $6.99 for a romance v. $5.59 in Kindle) – tap top/bottom to turn page
  • Amazon Kindle – commercial, but can synch with Kindle, phone, and computer – get deals on different ebook stores – tap left/right or sweep to turn page – completely different tactile experience!  Odd
  • Stanza – Designed to be a reader.  Liz uses this to get ‘free’ books through Gutenberg or Feedbooks (creative commons)
  • Barnes and Noble – Nook reader or iPhone app – woot, cheaper books ($5.24).  Now people can get me B&N gift cards!
  • Conclusions: You read more because you have the device with you all the time and it becomes habit to read on the device, even more so than in print

Discussion and Show and Tell here at NEKLS

  • Barnes and Noble – you can bring your Nook or BN iPhone app into a B&N store and read books for free!  Just like you’d be able to do with a physical book in the store.  Earl shared this with his Nook – just connect to the B&N wifi.  Virtual experience mirrors physical experience.  You can upload your own PDFs for free, too.
  • How long until any device can access any content?
  • Ingram will launch into audiobook  – everybook audiobook is compatible with Mac.  eBook will come soon. LOOK INTO THIS.  very exciting
  • aigo (only outsold by iPods) – need to look into this more – Chinese iPod
  • Zuni – the Microsoft version of the iPod
  • Sony eReader (Diana’s) – small, good size.  Adobe Digital editions (pdf or ePub).  Screen not backlit, but will change orientation and can touch to flip pages (backwards to iPhone)
  • No color book – kills battery life.  E graphic novels?  Not until available in color!  Ipod Touch graphics (Hellboy app, for example)
  • Battery life is the next frontier – Need battery life to keep up with use!
  • One device – one toy, not multiple toys.  Development of new devices counter intuitive.
  • Mobipocket – to work with overdrive and iPhones
  • MS Labretto – 1995 net top – way cool and very old

Emergency Literacy and Mobile Devices – iPhones for kids

  • Liz has a hacked iPhone for her son, including “ABC Oddity” app and a number of YouTube videos, including C is for Cookie and other Sesame street songs.   Recently, she found a children’s book app that had audio, images and a great story – PicPocket Books (separate apps)
  • Bubble wrap
  • Facebook discussion
  • Flashcards (animals, colors, body parts)
  • Videos on the phones – children learn to restart, find and manipulate the player
  • Peek a boo barn app
  • ICDL books for children app
  • StoryKit app
  • How far a jump is it to check out travel back packs to pre-loaded iPod Touch/devices?  Learning games, books, audiobooks, music, white noise, whatever
  • Pictures downloaded from Web in a library used as flashcards
  • Phone Aid, national weather service – safety/security apps
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