Traditional reference service is dead--- or dying. This blog will focus on new approaches toward providing library assistance to patrons... or whatever else I feel like rambling on about.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Cell Ref


Mobile Reference is starting to generate some hype. Personally I’d like to make our catalog available to users via their cell phones. And no, I’m not talking about a simple text-based version for the browser, but a full SMS messaging system.

Another feather in the cap of Google—they have a very intriguing and addictive SMS system. You can send them a text message and find out contact information, directions, movie times and locations, stock prices, weather, and even facts, such as population.

I’d like to see this technology adapted for libraries. Maybe send in a book title and get a message back about location and availability. Or perhaps send in a keyword and receive some suggested call numbers for browsing. There are a lot of possibilities.