As the Horizon Report correctly predicted, mobile technology has arrived and is changing how we communicate. In this session participants highlighted the ways in which the library has responded to these changes and demonstrated how library resources can now be accessed wherever patrons may wander.
Reference Librarian, Ruth Ann Torstenson LeMasters, described the new text messaging service from Mosio that the library inaugurated this fall. Since texting seems to be the preferred method of communication for students, librarians wanted to be able to provide a reference service students would be most likely to use.
Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, from the music department, clearly enthralled by the Naxos Music Library database and the ease with which its app can be downloaded and used both for student learning and pure listening pleasure, most definitely passed her enthusiasm on to the audience. Librarians now may need to increase the number of users allowed on the database at one time.
Up next Carol Dahl Elhindi, Instructional Services Librarian, demonstrated how to load and use the EBSCO app which gives mobile users access to a wide variety of databases including Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier and ATLA. Not only can users search for and read articles with this app, they can also use the library’s link resolver to order articles not in full text through interlibrary loan.
Ruth Ann then described how to load apps for the library’s Gale databases and for Science Direct. The presentation highlighted the fact that each app has its own loading peculiarities. See a help sheet for downloading each of them.
Carol ended the session by explaining how the university community can access library books and media collections on their mobile devices using both WorldCat Local and WorldCat Mobile. No apps to download here, access to these catalogs is simply through a browser.
Be sure to check out this rousing portrayal of the Gale app for Access My Library College Edition on YouTube.
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