San Jose Public Library Begins Text a Librarian Service…08.18.09

18 08 2009


From the Librarian in Black today:

Today our library, the San Jose Public Library, launched our new Text a Librarian service. As far as I can tell, we’re the first public library in California to offer text messaging services.

Here are the details:

The service is run through Mosio’s Text a Librarian.

Text your question to 66746 and start the message with AskSJ

The library responds to the user through the interface of our choice (web browser, email, IM, or text messaging) and the answer shows up to the customer as a text message

Customers are encouraged to add 66746 as a contact for easy future access

The library currently is answering questions from 1-6pm, Monday-Friday

The service is completely secure & private – customers are assigned random user IDs so the library staff don’t see phone numbers connected with questions

The service is mobile carrier certified, so we don’t need to worry about Verizon or AT&T blocking our number from sending messages to customers.

It’s staffed jointly with the San Jose State University Library librarians and a number of our public library staff at our main King Library and at our many branches…”


MyInfoQuest Presentation – “A Collaborative Project from a Librarian’s Perspective…07.30.09

30 07 2009

Thanks to IamLibrarian for posting this presentation about MyInfoQuest by Alison Miller.  In a recent post, I highlighted the MyInfoQuest service.
View more presentations from Alison .

My Info Quest Launches Text Reference Service Today…07.21.09

21 07 2009


From the MyInfoQuest release information:

“…Starting today, patrons of approximately 50 libraries from all over the US will be able to text a question to (309) 222-7740 and a real, live librarian will respond within minutes. The service is free of charge, but standard text messaging rates do apply. Staffed by librarians from around the country, answers are sent to cell phones by librarians in 320 characters or less, or the equivalent of two 160-character text messages…

The hours of service will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m…”

Wikipedia Mobile Out of Beta…07.07.09

7 07 2009


LifeHacker reports today in Wikipedia Mobile Leaves Beta, Automatically Redirects Your Mobile Browser:

“After being in what the company calls ‘alpha-beta-development-maybe-kind-live mode,’ user-edited online encyclopedia Wikipedia’s mobile site has officially launched, complete with support for iPhone, Kindle, Android, and Palm Pre devices, redirecting these devices to the new mobile page by default.

The mobile site at was recently moved to a new server and, so far, around 18,000,000 pages have been served.

From now on, whenever you open a Wikipedia link on any of the above devices, you’ll automatically be redirected to the mobile version…”

WorldCat Mobile Now Available in Europe…07.07.09

7 07 2009


According an OCLC newsrelease:

OCLC today announced that the WorldCat Mobile pilot, a program that makes collections from libraries visible through mobile devices, has been extended to Europe.  Expanding the pilot to Europe means that now phones in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK, and France will also be operational.

The WorldCat Mobile pilot allows users to search for and find books and other materials available in libraries near them through a Web application they can access from a PDA or smartphone.

Based on, the world’s largest online resource for finding information in libraries, the pilot has already proved a huge success in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to advanced global positioning capabilities found in most mobiles, WorldCat Mobile pilot users in these countries will be able to find local library materials, if the library in question has loaded records in WorldCat, no matter where they happen to be. Users can even get a Google Maps view of the library location along with detailed driving instructions if the mobile device supports the application…”

MyInfoQuest – Collaborative Text Reference Service…07.02.09

2 07 2009


Welcome to My Info Quest!

Here IamLibrarian blogs about the new “Infoquest collaborative text messaging project which will kickoff on July 20, 2009“:

“The time is approaching…MyInfoquest will launch on July 20th.  We currently have 36 libraries participating in this collaborative text reference service.  The advisory committee and subcommittees have been meeting regularly and working hard.

This project is a pilot project slated to run through December, 2009.  We are working on securing funding to continue the service.  One of the ways that we are doing this is through an upcoming conference “The Handheld Librarian.”  This is a one-day, virtual conference offering presentations on a wide variety of topics…”

This is from MyInfoquest page:

On the go and need an answer? Text your question to an InfoQuest librarian and have the answer delivered to your phone in any zone with My InfoQuest: txt 4 answers!

  • Call 309-222-7740 and enter your library’s code – after July 20, 2009
  • Txt your question
  • A librarian will text an expert answer within 10 minutes during the hours of service
  • It’s easy and accurate!

InfoQuest is brought to you by your library!

Visit here for a list of participating libraries.

FREE Mobile Learning Textbook…07.02.09

2 07 2009


Although it has been available for a couple of months, there is a new textbook, Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training, which is available for FREE download in whole or in part. It is described by the pubisher as follows:

This collection is for anyone interested in the use of mobile technology for various distance learning applications. Readers will discover how to design learning materials for delivery on mobile technology and become familiar with the best practices of other educators, trainers, and researchers in the field, as well as the most recent initiatives in mobile learning research. Businesses and governments can learn how to deliver timely information to staff using mobile devices. Professors can use this book as a textbook for courses on distance education, mobile learning, and educational technology…”