Go mobile @ ACRL Midwinter workshops

ACRL is offering two professional development workshops focusing on mobile technology and libraries in conjunction with the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan.15-20, 2010 in Boston. Registration is now open, with an advance registration deadline of Dec. 4, 2009.  Complete workshop details including registration materials are available online.

Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device: Developing a Mobile Website for Your Library
(Friday, Jan. 15, 1 — 4:30 p.m)
Get an overview of the current state of mobile technologies both within and outside of libraries, and learn how to launch a mobile library Web site. Participants will develop a project plan to take back to their own library, as well as tips on getting buy-in from administration and staff and marketing the site to patrons. Presenters: Courtney Greene, instruction and online learning librarian, DePaul University; Missy Roser, reference and instruction librarian, DePaul University; Beth Ruane, outreach and reference services librarian, DePaul University.

Text Messaging, Twitter, and Libraries

(Friday, Jan. 15, 1 — 4:30 p.m.)
Text messaging (also known as SMS) is one of the most popular mobile methods for communication, and our 21st-century patrons expect information on the go by SMS. Learn how libraries are leveraging SMS, its various roles in scholarly communication and its value for libraries.  The workshop will also examine various uses of Twitter, the increasingly popular microblog. Learn about basic and advanced applications of microblogs for extending and enhancing academic library services and collections.
Presenter: Joe Murphy, science librarian, coordinator of instruction and technology, Yale University.

Direct questions to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.