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March 2010

In Smart Libraries Newsletter this Month:

Coming to Terms with Mobile

"Mobile technology suddenly seems to be all the rage in libraries. This issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter includes several stories of new products or services that aim to deliver library content and services to users with mobile devices.

I’ve been aware of the rising importance of mobile technology for quite a long time, but it was a bit abstract until I made my own shift from an ordinary cell phone to a full-fledged smart phone. Before I got an iPhone a couple of months ago, I didn’t fully appreciate how much one of these devices can shape one’s expectations for information and communication. I’m no stranger to mobile computing, but I have mostly been oriented to full-sized equipment. I don’t go far without my laptop—I’m constantly battling deadlines for the next article, column, or report. While having a smarter mobile device has been great, I don’t see how it could become my primary productivity tool. Nothing short of a full-sized keyboard will do when it comes to writing in longer forms than Twitter, text messages, or other brief formats. But for many others, a smart mobile device may well serve as their primary tool for access to the Internet. The recently announced Apple iPad brings to the market an example of an intermediate device that further blurs the lines between mobile smart phones and full-form computers.


--Marshall Breeding

Also in This Issue

What WordPress Can Do for You
by Joshua Dodson and Laura Slavin

"In today’s information environment, libraries must do everything possible to provide the best service at the lowest price. A polished, well developed website is essential, but library staff may not have the technical knowledge, funds or time to develop and maintain a website. In this three-part series, which will run in the next three issues of Smart Libraries Newsletter, we will present WordPress as an affordable option for a library web presence. Word- Press will be discussed as a multi-faceted, customizable content management system for libraries."

LibraryThing Delivers Mobile Access to Library Catalogs

SirsiDynix BookMyne

Summon from Serials Solutions Goes Mobile Early

A Decade of Mobile at Innovative

Polaris Library Systems Announces It's Mobile

Another Major Win for VTLS

-by Marshall Breeding

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