Apps for Academics: Milne Professional Development Series

Apps4AcademicsThursday, April 11th
2:30-3:30 PM
Milne 121
Almost half of American adults own smartphones [1], and many of us use them to get things done at work. Join Science Librarian and iPhone user Bonnie Swoger as she leads a discussion about our favorite smart phone and tablet apps. Come prepared to learn about new apps and share your favorite apps to get things done, connect with others and keep up with news and scholarship.
The Milne Professional Development Series is an opportunity for the informal exchange of ideas related to scholarly communication, technology, instructional design, higher education and other topics relevant to our work at SUNY Geneseo.  There will often be refreshments and coffee. A list of Spring 2013 workshops is now available on the library website, and look for the list of Summer 2013 workshops to be posted soon.

1. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Smartphone-Update-2012.aspx

Texting in the Library

One of the things that Milne’s librarians think about on a regular basis is communication with our users. It’s not uncommon to see folks walking through the Library talking on their phones or furiously texting at lightning speed and this got us to wondering, “Is this something that we ought to incorporate as an option for our users?”

And so we ask you, if Milne were to offer service through mobile phone technology, would you use it? Would you find it convenient to text a quick question to our staff? Tell us!

If Milne Library offered mobile services, would you use them?survey software

Learning about Mobile Library Services

Several Milne Librarians interested in using mobile technology for the Library took part in this year’s Handheld Librarian II Online Conference February 17th and 18th.

Topics ranged from trends and “social reference” (and how libraries fit into it) to “iPhone/Mobile Applications for Digital Library” to building a mobile site to mobile tagging, including QR codes and were included in topic tracks for Mobile Reference Service, E-readers, Mobile Apps, Marketing, Websites, and Content for Library Mobile Sites.

You can see what some other schools and organizations are doing with their mobile sites, including Duke University, Northwestern University, International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL), and London’s National Gallery.

Currently Milne offers very basic access through our Milne Library Mobile page. Have you used the mobile page? What was your experience like? If Milne were to offer extended mobile services, would you use them? If so, what would be the kinds of information and services you’d like to have access to through your cell phone? Tell us in the comments!