HandHeld Librarian IV – Day Two

HandHeld Librarian IV | Webinar at NEKLS | Feb. 24, 2011 | live blogging

Introduction to PhoneGap

  • Sorry, missed the first couple of slides…
  • PhoneGap Development Cycle: Install the SDK (java platform/coding kit) (oops, too slow)
  • Web applications have broad use, but limited functionality, while a Native app lets you use the phone’s API’s like geolocation, but it’s harder to develop.
  • Phone API’s you can use with PhoneGap: camera, accelerometer, geo location, sounds/vibration, etc.
  • Will need to use java scripting to manipulate screen size
  • Prerequisites: HTML, CSS, Javascript (so this is beyond me and I have some NExpress migration stuff to take care of….be back later.)

2:00 p.m. and I’m back at the Conference.  We are Wintry Mixing

  • QR Codes in the Science Building by Aileen – how to build a bridge between the library and the science building, separated physically.  QR used to all throughout the Science Building – teachers’ doors, exhibits, and study rooms to highlight resources in the Library!  Linking to mobile databases, research guides, online catalog, etc. Process: design template and demo pages, made codes in bulk, and get permission to put the web pages on the web server.
  • [Insert that we are playing with a new all-in-one touch screen computer here in the lab.]
  • BYU’s QR Codes and Libraries: the Libraray Audio Tour – Students required to take tour of the library during 1st year writing class – used QR to spice it up.  Tour evolved from guided tour to tape to CD to MP3 to virtual tour.  Over 85% of the BYU students have a cell phone and/or iPod touch (with camera).  How make the tour Interactive and collaborative?  Placed QR codes around the library – Scan for the Audio!  Students in alpha group liked that they controlled the tour (and without the stigma of looking like a freshman).  Beta test – changed the audio, just content based, no directional information in audio (a paper map instead), some students did the tour solo – others as groups, more interactive.  Map for each floor with 6 codes on each floor – comments: 8×10 Codes, market the codes, put the codes everywhere (like study rooms), map clarity and have a help page (WordPress!) http://lib.buy.edu/sites/qrcodes/ Michael J. Whitchurch Harold B. Lee Library

HandHeld Librarian IV

HandHeld Librarian IV | Webinar at NEKLS | Feb. 23, 2011 | live blogging

We are again having a hybrid Face-to-face/Webinar workshop today at NEKLS with public, school and academic librarians.  We decided as a group which breakout sessions to view.

First Library Student Presentation called “Wintry Mix”

  • Fairfield University DiMenna-Nyselius Library TechsSupport:  We can request access to http://dnltechsupport.pbworks.com (request access) – Alex, Caitlin and Meghan told us about how they use iPod touches, Evernote, Dropbox and Skype to provide tech support and to document issues.  Definitely something to consider for the NEKLS Tech Team.
  • Now we’re hearing about Electronic Retrieval During Disasters, based on the hell that New Orleans went through.  Oh my lord, they wrote notes directly on the children moved from hospital to hospital.  FEMA recognizes that Libraries are needed for a Federal Response – access to resources, services – we are like EMS and healthcare professionals…after the 2009 floods in Cedar Rapids!  Resources: Disaster Information Management Research CenterWireless Information Systems for Emergency Responders (WISER) and the NLM Emergency Access Initiative (mostly for medical librarians) and know about the CDC site, too.  Also, have a battery back up – UPS that holds up to 3 hours of power, universal chargers for handheld devices for staff, think about conserving battery power, and make sure you have a back-up dial up connection.  Considering having a smart phone with some health-related apps (MERCK manual or US Army First Aid Manual).
  • Making the Most of Twitter with Nicole from OSU – Likes TweetDeck with Chrome to manage her twitter accounts (can follow Twitter and Facebook feeds) and HootSuite.  Post real-time photos using TwitPic.  If you have a Twitter account for your library – consider making a hashtag for your library, start following others and convince people to add your library hashtag on posts about the library – you can also add a twitter feed to your site (this is very easy with our KLOW sites).  People use twitter for news, personal interaction, patron feedback, and a combo of all – use 4-square and set up a Mayor of the Library with recognition on the bulletin board, for example.  Consider setting up a Q&A using twitter and/or polls and then use that feedback to help with planning and decision making.  For fun, try Games like “The Six Word Novel,” writing Haikus and Artwiculate.

First Keynote – Lee Rainie from Pew Internet “Fact Tank” in Washington: Does primary research on the impact of the Internet on people – online digital life.  “State of Mobile Connectivity” discussion for Revolutions since 2000:

  1. Internet and Broadband  – Rural, uneducated, ESL and poor are less likely to be Internet users – Digital Divide is still around and as complicated as ever.  Volume of information we are receiving is ever increasing, the speed at which we receive information (especially about topics we are interested in) is increasing, media and virtual spaces are more compelling and people are gatekeepers of the information coming into their lives (not media companies).  Also, we are Content Creators – telling stories, creating culture, interacting (think Harrison) using social networking sites, by sharing photos, creating content tags, ranking/rating, sharing personal creations (think original photos posted on FaceBook), and through personal sites and blogs.
  2. Wireless Connectivity – 2005 – Present this took off, along with cell phone ownership.  How does experiencing the Internet on a small screen differ from using a large screen computer with broadband?  Pew doesn’t have the answer for that yet.  We are moving to the Cloud!  There is a struggle between aps and Web sites, but folks use their phones for pictures (76%), texting, browsing (42%), emailing, chatting (35%), making videos, and playing games (34%) and (last year) only 7% used their phones for video calls.  Who has devices? 55% adults own laptops, 50% own DVRs, 45% own MP3 palyers, 42% own game consoles, 7% own eReaders and 6% own tablet computers.  Consequences: Anywhere, on any device at any time – changes sense of place and presence.  Deep connections – still working out norms and etiquette.
  3. Social Networking – Half the population of adults (from 0 in 2004 to 47% in 2010) now use social networking!  Young people use Social dashboards (tweetdeck) and have a pervasive awareness with constant monitoring.  We know more about our friends because people share more than ever before – some good and some bad.

So What does this mean for librarians?

  • Patrons “exist in a networked media ecology” with “Attention Zones”:
    • Continuous partial attention (all devices on all the time and are open for interruption, which makes it hard to concentrate)
    • Deep dives space – great for people who want to find out in-depth information about a topic, hobby, place, etc. New opportunities and devices to dive as deep into a subject as they want.
    • Info-snacking – People can access ‘stuff’ on their device during short times of inactivity (if you are bored, it’s your own fault).
  • “Media Zones”:
    • Social – open for socializing –
    • Immersive – not open for disruptions
    • Streams – constantly streaming information (dip in and dip out as have time)
    • Creative/participatory – Attention of a person in this ‘space’ have different needs than from other ‘spaces’
    • Study/work – narrower vision, but a great place for reference librarians to be!
  • Social networks act as “sentry spaces” – people use their networks as a way to filter information by word of mouth, they act as “information evaluators” and help people make assessments about information/businesses, and they act as “forums for action” and urge ‘doing’ because everyone else is ‘doing’ (activism)
  • Libraries can be “a node in people’s social networks as they seek info to help them solve problems and meet their needs.”
  • Librarians can TEACH new literacies: screen literacy (graphics and symbols), navigation, connections/context, SKEPTICISM, value of “contemplative time” and HOW TO CREATE content (my emphasis…) (I’m a big fan of morphing libraries into places to create content – videos, poems, stories, information, histories, art, music, all things wonderful and that create culture.)
  • Librarians can teach ETHICAL behavior in a new world – teach about cyber bullying, spamming, how to be a good citizen in this space. – Librarians as digital life/citizenship coaches (from comments)
  • We need to “re-vision our role in a world where much has changed” – access to info, value of info, curating info means more than collections, and creating media and “networked creators should be your allies.”

New Trends in Mobile Technology with Joe Murphy (@libraryfuture):

  • Smartphones outsell PCs and Apple reports 10 billion ap downloads!
  • This one isn’t holding my attention – sorry.  Gonna go work on something else for a bit.  Follow @hbraum on Twitter to get her notes.

Switched to Libraries and QR Codes used at Kentucky State University

  • Assumption: students have smart phones that can scan an QR code.
  • Embed them in the catalog
  • Use them on a business card
  • Future uses and other apps in libraries: Add cods to Library Director – greener alternative (I do wish speakers would quit eating the microphone)
  • Mobile Resources page – QR codes for most visited destinations on one single page
  • Use codes to help with shelving
  • TO DO: Get more information on QR code generator
  • Reader’s Advisory purposes – scan the to find read-alikes when you scan the code in a book, add bio info, add subject headings (my idea)
  • Scavenger Hunts and self-guided tours as part of orientation – have the QR codes on the shelves and make it a game.  Overcome shortcomings of library signage with QR codes with full descriptions – use it to explain acronyms.  You could also include links to Video clips on code
  • To DO: Find and pull out the links in the Q&A (http://guides.boisestate.edu/qrcodes or http://www.hsl.virginia.edu/services/computing/pda/, etc.
  • Codes used for “embedded URLs” instead of static text – the code will take you to an outside site, such as quizzes/polls,
  • Use for LIBRARY Promotion – push social networking sites, blog, etc. – put the code pushing these sites on all Library promotional materials.
  • Use QR codes to link to: frequently used forms (ILL), tutorials, virtual tours, library maps!
  • Reference subject guides at the Ref desk and/or in the stacks
  • Track usage – get some stats to see how they are working
  • Benefits and challenges:
    +’s =  free, lots of info, variety, easy to generate, use with smartphones, free aps.
    -‘s = user ed and awareness, not everyone has a smartphone and printed QR codes can be defaced or mis-printed.
  • Apps: i-nigma | blackberry messenger | BeeTagg | NeoReader | Mobio | QuickMark ($$) | Optiscan ($$)
    Software: BarCapture | CamABar (beta) | Firefox mobile barcode add-on | Mobile Barcoes (http://www.mobile-barcodes.com/qr-code-software/) – these programs capture barcodes online and read them.
  • How to use it: Use your phone, take a picture of the code, decode and go to the Web site!
  • HOMEWORK (our in-house discussion) – how can we use QR codes?
    • Kids book reviews from the online catalog
    • Promotion
    • Signage/virtual tour
    • Equipment inventory – or Audiobook inventory – here is what other pieces are in this Box – list and a picture and instructions – Cabinet QR code
    • Paperless, portable – but have to have a smart phone (or a tablet in the future)
    • Memorial information – On the memorial bookplate, add a QR code with additional information
    • Series information – what’s next in the series, what’s the order
    • Award information – other award winners, interview with the author, etc.
    • “Ask us what this is”  Poster with a big QR code – get the discussion going and help educate people
    • Accelerated Reader information!
    • Software keys in IT –
    • Marketing – posters in the community – on buses
    • Scavenger hunt (it’s like decoder ring)
    • Geocaching? – add more info to the cache itself
    • The Barcode Tattoo – life information, what you do for the rest of your life (great YA book)
    • Add book discussion questions on QR code
    • How much info can they hold? – text box – depends on generator
    • Iron on t-shirts for promotion?
    • codes in the family pictures/Christmas cards
    • child identification – the future of the milk cart 😉
    • New books are coming with QR codes printed on them – goes to a site or blog or store

Fast and Simple Strategies for Librarians learning iPad Web apps and ePubs with Jeremy Kemp

  • Usability and interaction design, emerging technology, Web 3.0, Immersive environments (Jeremy’s background)
  • Are iPads suitable for a class on developing new software for Librarians? Paid apps iPads: pages, ereader, etc.  Free apps:  iBooks, pandora and netflix (http://techcrunch.com/) – many of these are about book reading and are ‘library friendly’ – Kindle, IMDb, Flixter, Kenote, GoodReader, Pages and iBooks
  • Blah blah blah about this San Jose State University class curriculum and competencies.
  • Developers used SIGIL and an iOS simulator. (http://developer.apple.com/ipad/sdk/index.html)
  • [Insert a bunch of info about the course that was way over my head.]
  • Video about ePub ebook format – (pretty interesting explanation of what is contained in an eBook file)
  • iPad Today – twit.tv/ipt
  • Use Categories for iPads:
    • Field surveys (down with paper surveys)
    • Gaming (more iPhone than iPad),
    • RSS (Flipboard – a FAVE of Heather),
    • pubs,
    • ePub viewers,
    • ILS integrations (Hybrid Forge OPAC integration – overlay?),
    • music (sonos and korg),
    • alternate publishing,
    • ref tools(museum imagery and historic multimedia),
    • lending (new iOS interface from OverDrive) (I wonder how long until Lendle is an app? I bet that’s next on their list of to-dos…)
    • early readers (opportunity to reach children with these tools – (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/books/29kids.html?_r=1)
  • Jeremy gave KUDOS for Library Mashups by our Bywater buddy Nicole C. Engard 😉

[End of Day One]

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

Handheld Librarian II Online Conference (ongoing)

Today, NEKLS is hosting a ‘viewing’ of the Handheld Librarian Online conference.  We have folks here from Johnson County, Lawrence, Central Kansas Library System and the State Library.  Brenda Hough, Cindi Hickey and Heather organized this and I look forward to the ‘unconference’ bits where we will talk about using handheld devices (iPhones, kindles, iPads, blackberries, etc.) in libraries.  I like this idea of a hybrid webinar/face-to-face workshop.  We need better speakers…mumble, mumble, mumble.

OK, I missed the first part, but here’s the “My Message in One Slide” –

  • Lose the Desk – Reference desk = DMV = Beetlejuice desk for the recently deceased
  • Lose the Schedule
  • Worldwide Crowd of Librarians – lose library boundaries, all customers are primary customers, “Rogue librarians are well-positioned to move into the mobile social search service space.”
  • Level and Expand the Playing Field of Question Types – ‘Great Chain of Questioning’: Research, Ref, Ready-Ref and Directional (way academic).  Information provided, not Opinions and Advice (except when talking Reader’s Advisory?)
  • KISSy-Faced Experience
    • Simple is the cousin of Quick
    • Keep it Simple for both the user and the provider
    • The onus on us: What does the user need to know in order to use the service?
  • Learn from the Competition – Aardvark, ChaCha, KGB (mobile reference)
  • Trouble in Paradise – How do you establish and maintain professional deportment and distance in a mobile social search service?  Reduce the distance or dump this traditional professional distance?  Are people texting reference questions out of loneliness?  This is no different than face-to-face interactions.

[Insert a trip downstairs]

Brenda’s Discussion – Show and Tell

  • Mobile in Public Libraries
  • Mobile Web access – WordPress plug to show just posts
  • Earl brought a new Nook – you can lend a B&N book to another user for 2 weeks, then get it back to finish reading.  $259.
  • E-Books – purchase 4 times a year, $5-10,000 (State Library) and build a more comprehensive collection.  Fiction circ 10:1 – mysteries and thrillers.  Only buy up to 8 copies of any single title.  About 120 participating libraries, also purchasing.  Holds ratio report, no ‘leased option’ in Overdrive, but Patti brings it up at each meeting!  Woot.
  • 400 ebooks for $4,000 – $10 a title (Topeka bought).
  • Buying arts and crafts books for schools and kids – use eReaders in the library.  Clear illustrations?  Some are missing (says Chris) – only on the ‘enhanced’ version.
  • Heavy use of Overdrive by school libraries – loaning zooms and nooks pre-loaded with books.
  • Suggestion for purchase??
  • Publishers have to license the book – it’s a problem (some are only as audio, others are as e-pub)
  • Audiobooks are very popular b/c iphone users can use them from Overdrive.
  • Redbox movie rental near libraries to fill demand that the library can’t meet.  When the box is near the library, they get a percentage.  Service to the community!  Is this similar to libraries loaning Kindles (against the agreement?)
  • iTunes and Kindle store are changing patron expectations – we want what we want when we want it…and that’s NOW!
  • Joco has a Nook, Kindle and Sony eReader for playing.  Can you pre-load a device for check out?
  • “The natural thing to do is load the device and check out a book, or in this case a book shelf.”  – Chris
  • How is Fiction used differently than non-fiction.  NF is browsed – check out a reference collection.  Many technical manuals on one Kindle – computer books, travel books, reference.  Neat idea.
  • Formal text reference?  With smart phones and unlimited texting, when will it go from informal to formal?  Facebook reference, Twitter reference – at Joco it’s the Web development teams responsibility.
  • Event registration through Facebook – higher than through the Web site
  • Library notification through smart phone – how are smart phones pushing innovation.
  • Heather – who is looking into getting an ipad?  A devise somewhere in between a laptop and the iphone (cheaper than a laptop and desktop, but functional)  Use it for email and chat.
  • Overdrive will have an app for every smart phone – never have to get on your pc.
  • Reading on a smartphone – the physical nature of it.  Easier to read on the iPad than the iPhone?

Social Reference discussion – back to the presentation, I guess…

  • Petsitters international has a pool of experts and translators – similar idea with reference?
  • Outside the library world – when will it come to us?  Develop a base of experts who are willing to answer your questions.
  • FriendFeed – Josh is already doing this because librarians tend to answer any question that is posted.  We can’t help it.  Before answering, he vetted the Web site, and then posted it.
  • We need to be where the questions are asked!!!  Whatever list-serv we are on (hammer dulcimers, Wow, whatever), we answer questions and guide people to information.  Josh feels his professional reputation is on the line, too.
  • Library Cloud – everyone serves everyone, everywhere
  • I love this idea – put Homeworkhelp in Runescape 😉

Mobilizing Libraries for Today’s Students  – keynote by Joan Lippincott

  • Net Gen – 1982-1991, grew up with computers, Digital natives, GenY, Millennials, etc.
  • Born Digital, 2009 by Palfrey and Gasser – they’re a ‘population’ not a ‘generation’
  • MoodJam.org – this is cool.  Visual posting of your mood.  Mine would have been rather dark recently.
  • Today’s students blend academic and social life
  • Today’s students are knowledge seekers and creators – Dartmouth student video project, for example
  • Wow – 67% of students 9-12 maintain a personal Web site (Facebook?)  (project tomorrow – http://www.tomorrow.org)
  • All students are using mobile devices – talk, chat, photo sharing – mobile and using multiple devices
  • My question – how does my niece (sophomore in HS) use her new smart phone?  Does she use it for school or just socializing?  Might be too expensive at this time.
  • Drowning in statistics….
  • What does this mean for libraries? (ugh, more studies)
  • Make info engaging, blend work and socializing, steamline info, involve students, and think about style
  • Libraries level the playing field, so it’s their mission to check out equipment, including mobile devices.
  • Academic libraries could get a net gen liaison to help with communication – what public libraries employ Net Gen staff and then involve them in service and program development??
  • Sorry, this is not holding my attention..Koha 3.2 is much more interesting 😉
  • Google library guide: books.google.com/googlebooks/midterms.html < good model.
  • Conclusion:  study users, start pilot projects, ask students to develop library apps, plan, promote awareness…(missed the rest, sorry)

Breakout – Smart phones, smart objects and augmented reality with Harry E. Pence

  • Smartphones – perk – computer, camera, video, GPS, compass, thousands of apps
  • Augmented reality overlays a real photo with additional information generated by a computer – it’s a GPS with interesting annotations.  Take a picture, find location and overlay information – Layar from Holland
  • Google Goggles with Android cell phones – take a picture and the phone will pull up the wiki page!  Cool.
  • Yelp provides reviews about stores via photos – over 25 million visitors a month
  • Publishers are putting 2D barcodes in books that lead to additional information, such as web addresses and video info
  • Japanese magazines use this tech for advertising
  • Smart objects – online material can link from site to site (I use Wikipedia this way, flowing from article to article depending on my mood) – This is a legitimate way to learn, just different from the ‘contemplation’ mode of past ages.
  • Hardcopy material with PC readable 2D barcode is not as convenient, but can interact with the digital universe.  The connection of this search from ‘power searching’ creates knowledge!
  • Smart objects in libraries: Bio info on the stacks, near books – staff pics – pull amazon reader reviews – RFID – connect to Novelist – read alikes – science added content – project information built into the stacks with the 2D barcodes – augment local history (cemetery records and audio memorials with a QR code on the grave stone) – museum info in your hand!

iPhone/Mobile Applications for Digital Library – Minglu Wang

  • Duke University’s iPhone app is very cool.  Northwestern’s is good, too.
  • International Children’s Digital Library  – access to children’s books.  Application called storykit to modify the book and then share it!  I like this
  • Museum apps – Yours, Vincent by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (download, not Web-reliant) Value added to the app with curator audio
  • Love Art: National Gallery, London – same company created this app.  Curator discussion by subject.
  • Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas Digital Library Mobile Prototype – historical photos with ways to add content!
  • Features of these examples:  Content (images, ebooks, audios and videos) :: keyword and location search functions :: added value ‘Insights’ (added by expert or user) :: Users’ contributions through tagging, commenting, sharing and creating – turn it into a social network
  • Web App or Native (non-Web) App?  Web apps more promising, maybe synch the Web app with a native app?
  • She needs to slow down so we can understand what she is saying…
  • Project process – greek to me (CONTENTdm API Document, API generates RSS feed, Axure RP develops a mockup, use Dashcode to develop the Web app and use PhoneGap to convert the Web App to a Native App)
  • Tools :: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, UI frameworks for iPhone apps and PhoneGap (more Greek)
  • Books – one by Jonathan Stark other by Elisabeth Robson