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Text messaging (SMS) and libraries

Walsh, Andrew (2009) Text messaging (SMS) and libraries. Library Hi Tech News, 26 (8). pp. 9-11. ISSN 0741-9058

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Abstract

Purpose
With mobile phones now becoming an almost ubiquitous technology the time seems ripe for libraries to take advantage of this maturing technology, in particular text messaging (SMS) which is available to almost all mobile phone users.
Design/methodology/approach
The article outlines some examples of best practice across the world in using SMS to support our users, particularly in teaching information skills.
Findings (mandatory)
Text messaging can be used for a range of activities within our libraries and some services can be introduced for minimal or zero expenditure.
Practical implications (if applicable)
Librarians and library managers should be able to take ideas and suggestions from this article to develop mobile friendly services that the majority of their users can access.
Originality/value (mandatory).
The article outlines some examples and suggestions for services that have not been widely written about or introduced in our libraries to date, including previously unpublished examples from the University of Huddersfield.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mobile learning, information literacy, web 2.0, text messaging, SMS, communication technologies
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Schools: Computing and Library Services
Computing and Library Services > Centre for Innovation in Information Services
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Technology Enhanced Learning Research Group
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Depositing User: Andrew Walsh
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2009 08:25
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 11:52
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/5203

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