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by Norman Oder
Library Journal – 13 July 2009

Libraries had better prepare for an explosion in the capacity of mobile devices as well as the transformative increase in user capacity and expectations. This was the message conveyed by a panel yesterday at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Annual Conference on Libraries and Mobile Devices: Public Policy Considerations.

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by Peter Konshak
Computers in Libraries – 1 January 2009

Text messaging is an ideal communications method for libraries, which often want to send short, concise messages to their patrons near and far. Uses for text messaging in libraries include reminders about items’ due dates, hold pickup notices, program reminders, and even short messages of content. Some libraries are already using text messaging for reference functions, and others are integrating and experimenting with notices and other possibilities.

A brief explanation of the technology will be followed by several examples of how text messaging has been integrated into the Carmel Clay Public Library, where I serve as computer technology services manager.

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