Monday, January 4, 2010

It's our turn to go mobile in our information centers: reading MobileLibraries can help information professionals get up to speed on usingmobile devices for more than e-mail.(INFO SITES).

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Many of our clients are using mobile devices not only to check e-mail but to accomplish real work. Now, it's our turn to do the same in our information centers. The Mobile Libraries blog provides good information to its readers about products, applications, research, news, and trends in this arena. Of course, e-books have been getting a lot of attention lately, and there's also information on reference services through text messaging and the integration of mobile technologies with education (to name just a few topics the blog addresses). Is your library's Web site mobile-ready? What do you know about search tools designed for mobile devices?

The Big Money

Part of the Slate collection of sites, The Big Money focuses on the expansive topic of economics. The site provides analyses of top stories in the news as well as feature articles and blogs devoted to specific industries. Feeling Lucky is the blog on all things Google, the food business is covered on Daily Bread, and YouTube Brand Watch explores companies'' video presence. The Big Money is an eclectic mix of subjects and opinions, and a very interesting read. Subscribe to the feeds or follow on Twitter.

Social Media Governance Policy Database

How many of you blog and tweet? Now, how many of your organizations have a social networking policy? Thought so. If you need to create one, here's a place to start. Chris Boudreaux, with the assistance of a few colleagues, has put together this list of more than 100 policies from organizations as diverse as the BBC and the U.S. Air Force. There are documents that cover blogging, commenting, and Twitter specifically, but most of the policies address a wide range of activities--they outline expectations, responsibilities, and ethical conduct and offer suggestions for effectively using social networking tools.

David Lebovitz: Living the Sweet Life in Paris

American food author and former pastry chef David Lebovitz makes me laugh. His tweets ( are hysterical, and his blog posts are informative nods to France (his current country of residence), restaurants, recipes, and the food industry. Use the blog as a travel guide (where to eat, how the health system works, and what hidden gems to visit) or as an inspiration to be creative in the kitchen. He's a prolific writer, as are the commenters on the blog, so be prepared for more than a few minutes of reading every few days.


CAROLYN SOSNOWSKI is manager of SLA's Information Center and also the association's e-learning manager. She has more than 13 years' experience in libraries, including six-plus years at SLA. She blogs at Information Center Connections ( and can be reached at

Source Citation
Sosnowski, Carolyn J. "It's our turn to go mobile in our information centers: reading Mobile Libraries can help information professionals get up to speed on using mobile devices for more than e-mail." Information Outlook 13.8 (2009): 47. General OneFile. Web. 4 Jan. 2010. .

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