Libraries and mobile devices
Today is the Handheld Librarian conference. You can follow the tweets from the conference. Around 11am I wish I had registered for it. Looking at all of the tweets about the technical problems, I’m not so disappointed. I am hoping that some of the information will be made available later on, because this is a subject I have been thinking about a lot for my library.
Recently, I created a very basic mobile webpage for our library. At the moment, it contains three main pieces of information: library hours, contact information, and links to a (very) few databases with mobile interfaces.
In my search for databases to include on this list, I was surprised by the low number of vendors with such interfaces. I also wondered exactly how users would use these mobile resources.
In addition, we have been paying attention to what is happening with Kindle eBook readers. There seems to be a lot of debate about how/if libraries can lend these out or take advantage of the eBook market in anyway.
I am an avid reader of eBooks on my iPhone, through the Kindle reader for iPhone and now the new Barnes and Noble eBook reader. So far, the Kindle reader is easier to use.
I’m looking forward to seeing what other libraries are doing with mobile devices to provide content and services.