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Augmenting Data through Cell Phone Applications

October 25, 2010

With the proliferation of smart phones the library is in a position to take advantage of augmenting data through the use of existing cell phone technology such as GPS, videos, images, photos, etc. Imagine a GPS cell phone widget that is embedded in the catalog that a patron could click on to help them find an item in the library accessible from the patron’s cell phone. No more patrons wondering what floor they are on and trying to figure out which floor they should be on in large libraries, or a patron spending 15 minutes in reference when he/she should be in nonfiction. The GPS example is just the tip of the iceberg in taking advantage of existing cell phone technology to augment information seeking. Other examples of adding digital layers to data through cell phone applications can be found in Your Reality, Augmented by Meredith Farkas in the September issue of American Libraries.

Farkas, M. (2010). Your reality, augmented. American Libraries 41(9) 24.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2010 4:16 pm

    Sounds great…but I wonder what the cell phone reception is like in libraries. Maybe I’m behind the times and my phone just doesn’t get the best reception, but I often have reception problems when I’m deep in a big building, which would be precisely where I suspect I’d need such a service. 🙂

  2. October 25, 2010 7:02 pm

    That’s such a great idea, and it could help so many people. I know I would definitely use it. One of the libraries in my area has 7 floors, and I always end up getting lost.

  3. October 26, 2010 6:26 am

    Another way phones are being used to retrieve library services can be seen here

    Now if only there were a way to save the citations and access them at any computer where you might be writing a paper….


  4. shalizzard permalink
    October 29, 2010 2:37 pm

    That’s a really cool idea. It would be cool to use the GPS to find the book, and then a cell phone app to check out the book once you’ve found it. You could also use GPS in branch libraries when a book is out of stock, but at another location.
    If any of you get a chance to take the Web 2.0 class with Meredith Farkas, I would highly recommend it. It was fun and I learned a lot about promoting the library and yourself in the job market.

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