After taking a year (or two?) off, I'll be back this year, presenting a screencasting workshop on Sunday morning. Dates of the conference (held in Monterey, CA) are October 26-28, with two days of workshops available on the 24th and 25th. Following my prediction about this being the year of the mobile library, there's a whole track on Tuesday dedicated to Mobile Trends and Practices.
Pretty light on the details, but this press release says, "Talin Bingham, chief technology officer at SirsiDynix, introduced Google Android and iPhone apps that focus on public and staff needs, highlighting end user discovery, library business intelligence, and provision of basic circulation functions." No expected dates.
From the Press Release (PDF):
RefMobile is a version of RefWorks for mobile and smart phones, as well as PDAs, that allows you to access and view your references, manage folders and even add information to the Notes field of your references. In addition to being able to access and manage your references, RefMobile has a feature – SmartAdd – that will search the web for references based on a digital object identifier (DOI), PubMed ID (PMID), PubMed Central ID (PMCID), ISSN/ISBN number or by author and publication year or even search using part of a title. References located by SmartAdd can even be imported into your RefWorks account via RefMobile. Any user can access RefMobile at http://www.refworks.com/mobile. Please note: you must have a group code to access RefMobile. Currently Shibboleth and Athens authentication is not enabled.
Gerry McKiernan has started another blog, this one called Mobile Libraries.
Previously available as a website optimized for mobile devices, Worldcat Local is now also available as an iPhone app. I played with it a bit last night and really liked the mapping features. It knew where I was and where the 10 closest libraries to me were. Well, those libraries that participate in Worldcat; it seems Calgary Public Library does not. Easy enough to find copies of the books I was looking for, but though it initially correctly identified my location, from the books results screen it kept insisting I was in Seattle, making the "find a local copy" option useless. How's that feature work for the rest of you?
From the press release found at Library Technology Guides, "The Orange County Library System in Florida is providing iPhone access to its library catalog using Innovative's AirPAC product. A test-group of library users is now using iPhones to search the catalog, request items, and renew checked-out materials. This new capability launched in January 2009 as a development partnership between OCLS and Innovative. "
Check out the great promotional video they did, paying special attention to the excellent editing that makes the whole thing look as lightning-fast as the Apple commercials do ;-) But seriously, it's a good commercial.
You can try the site yourself at http://m.ocls.info/
Yesterday I blogged about the new Shortcovers service.
Last night I read a short story and have the following observations. I like how I can browse the website from my desktop, bookmark titles, and then have them appear on my iPhone for reading. (I can also, of course, browse and bookmark from the iPhone).
I don't like having to scroll down to read, then click next page, then repeat. I'd much prefer something that would present a screen at a time, and advance each time I tap the screen, or something that would scroll the text at a pre-set speed or something.
And finally, I really hate the overlay of bars at the top and bottom of the screen - those just have to be hidden while I'm reading. Still got some potential here though, so far so good.