Sunday, July 8, 2007

TXT'ing the Library...a new way of reference

An interesting article came across my email from a colleague of mine in literacy. It is about libraries starting to take advantage of students' interest in text messaging by providing a library reference service through text messaging. This is currently being done in Australia, and the nice feature is that the librarians use email to communicate with the text messages since they are more comfortable with email and it is often easier to type quickly. But students can text from anywhere when they need a reference or have a question. I was thinking this is a fantastic feature for students who do not have computers at home but have their own cell phones. It may help lessen the digital divide. In addition, students on field trips could also use this feature as they are uncovering and discovering new pieces of knowledge (e.g. a field trip to a museum where they want to research about an artist). Also, since the text is stored in their phone, they can retrieve the information at anytime.

1 comment:

allison said...

Thank you for your comment. When I was in China, I actually loved using my real name because Korean translates into Chinese and the pronounciation (hui-ling)sounded much better.

Receiving library reference service through text messaging seems like a great idea especially for the moments when you have a question pop into your head but not near a computer or books. I would use it a lot especially if I have an unlimited text messaging package.

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