Oct 1, 2010
From staff reports
Alden Library is going mobile, thanks to its new mobile information site and text-a-librarian service.
The services are designed to allow the increasing number of students and faculty with mobile devices or smart phones easy access to library information and research assistance, according to Assistant Dean for Research and Education Services Kelly Broughton.
The Beta version of Alden Library’s mobile information site, which currently supports iPhones, most Blackberrys, Palm and Android devices, was launched in September.
Mobile visitors to the library’s homepage will now automatically be redirected to the mobile information site, which offers quick links to library hours, contact information, recent news, Café BiblioTech drink specials and more.
A second service developed to increase library accessibility is the Text-a-Librarian service.
Using Text-a-Librarian, students can get quick answers to all library related questions, such as hours, call numbers or movie availability. Questions may be texted to 352-354-2733.Three weeks into fall quarter, the Text-a-Librarian service was receiving about half as many inquiries as Alden Library’s Email-a-Librarian service, but Alden staff expects texting to grow as students become aware of the service, said Broughton.