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Review: On the Move with the Mobile Web

Aug - 19 - 2008
Nicole C. Engard

I have to start this review with a disclaimer. I have a plain old cell phone with no data plan :) That said – I’m thinking of trying to pay off my debt faster so that I can upgrade my phone and get a data plan because of this technology report by Ellyssa Kroski.

On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies by Ellyssa Kroski is a quick guide to what mobile technologies are out there, how they can be used, how they are being used and what it means to libraries. Ellyssa introduced me to some amazing things I didn’t know about like 2D barcode scanners on our mobile devices.

What does this mean to libraries? As more and more people switch to web-enabled mobile devices, libraries are going to have update their websites and provide more mobile services. Some examples? Self checkout using your phone, notices sent via SMS and mobile ready websites and OPACs.

This technology report is a quick read and will surely make you wish you had a fun gadget to try out the tools that Ellyssa mentions. It was well worth the read.

I’ll keep you all posted as I make my way toward upgrading to a fancy multi-function phone.

One Response so far.

  1. I also reviewed On the Move with the Mobile Web at http://tinyurl.com/6zump5 and I think Ellyssa Kroski provides a nice overview of mobile technology and what it presently means for libraries.


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