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Event Public Libraries Committee Meeting (RUSA MARS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:08 am

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Meeting of the Public Libraries Committee of RUSA MARS, Emerging Technologies in Reference Section

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Discussion Join in our Midwinter Discussion!

by Linda Vincent on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 07:02 pm

 Management of Electronic Reference Services/Public Libraries Discussion Forum: Assessment and Evaluation of Virtual Reference

 Management of Electronic Reference Services/Public Libraries Discussion Forum: Assessment and Evaluation of Virtual Reference

Date: 
Sun, 01/09/2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Timezone: 
US/Pacific (-8)

San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) - Room 01 A

As our users become increasingly mobile, our libraries are reaching out with new methods of interaction, such as text, Twitter, and more. But how do we measure their usage? How do we evaluate their effectiveness? Can we successfully assess reference transactions in these new formats? Bring your ideas and success stories to share with colleagues at our open discussion forum.

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Discussion Social Networking for Public Libraries

by Alexandria McEwen on Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 02:41 pm

Do you use social networking sites at your library like Twitter or Facebook? Does your library have a policy to help manage these accounts? What kinds of things are included? We would really love to hear from anyone who has experience with this technology!!

Discussion Mobile Libraries Anyone?

by Alexandria McEwen on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 01:41 pm

Hey, check out this presentation on Mobile libraries, does anyone use text reference services or have a mobile webpage designed for cell phone users? I would love to hear about your experiences!!

http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=0AXCZTLLZ1TWDZGRqeG44OGhfOTZnZzJoenRkNQ&hl=en

: ) Lexi

Discussion Any handheld librarians in the crowd?

by Alexandria McEwen on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 05:33 pm

I recently attended the virtual Handheld Librarian conference www.handheldlibrarian.org and would like to share some of the statistics and topics discussed there.

Did you know that there are over 3.3 billion mobile phone users in the world? And that it is estimated that over 1 trillion SMS messages are sent in the U.S. every year?

Did you know that it is estimated that mobile Internet users will grow by 19% by the year 2012 which equals to about 91.7% of cell phone users?

I recently attended the virtual Handheld Librarian conference www.handheldlibrarian.org and would like to share some of the statistics and topics discussed there.

Did you know that there are over 3.3 billion mobile phone users in the world? And that it is estimated that over 1 trillion SMS messages are sent in the U.S. every year?

Did you know that it is estimated that mobile Internet users will grow by 19% by the year 2012 which equals to about 91.7% of cell phone users?

Do you have a mobile site for you library? Do you offer a text message reference service at your library? If not you might want to consider, why not! The wave of the future seems to be the cell phone; where will libraries be when the world begins to exclusively access the Internet from their mobile devices?

To keep up with the latest technology for libraries, try these websites: http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/, http://www.alatechsource.org/, http://stephenslighthouse.sirsidynix.com/

Want to see the mobile web in action? Check out these forward thinking libraries: http://www.skokie.lib.il.us/s_about/mobile_services.asp, http://www.maine.gov/msl/mobile/, http://www.bsu.edu/library/mobile/

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Poll Should Libraries be more mobile?

by Alexandria McEwen on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 05:12 pm
Yes, more and more people are using the Internet exclusively from their phones, pdas or Ipods.
100% (1 vote)
Libraries are already mobile, i.e. Bookmobiles!!
0% (0 votes)
No, why should we cater to cellphone companies?!
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 1

Discussion ALA Annual Conference

by Alexandria McEwen on Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 05:08 pm

Hey, have you noticed all of the amazing programs that are going on at annual this year? One of them is about Screencasting, making online video tutorials, check it out!!

Join us at ALA Annual in Chicago for a panel discussion: “Casting a Wide Net: Using Screencasts to Reach and Teach Library Users”
Saturday July 11, 2009
10:30am - 12:00pm
McCormick Place South, S105 a-d

 What are you going to see?

Poll Do you think libraries should Twitter?

by Alexandria McEwen on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 04:12 pm
Yes, it is any easy way to get info out to the public
0% (0 votes)
Whats Twitter (www.twitter.com)?
0% (0 votes)
No, Twittter is meant for the masses, not libraries
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 0

Discussion Twitter for Libraries

by Alexandria McEwen on Thu, May 7, 2009 at 06:47 pm

Have you read this? http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/may09/Milstein.shtml

More and more reasons why you should Twitter. Do you Twitter? www.twitter.com

 

Discussion Screencasting

by Alexandria McEwen on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 04:15 pm

Does your library use screencasting or some other form of online tutorials to reach your virtual patrons? Do you hate it, love it? What programs do you use? If you aren't sure what this discussion is about, try checking out our wiki at http://marsplcommittee.pbworks.com/FrontPage?unlock=true

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To create, collect, and disseminate information on all aspects of electronic reference services in public libraries, and to represent interests of librarians concerned with planning, managing, or conducting electronic reference services in public libraries.

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