May 11, 2009
Ed V, Libraries, and Small Electronic Devices
Ed in his talk in Room 100, on May 11th, at noon, began by going all the way back in electronic history to the Memorex (a huge microfiche reader from the '40"s) and then forward to a fictionalized device used in a StarTrek ship's computer way that could collect, categorize, provide video, maintain a perfect memory, be omniscient, and communicate to anyone anywhere, or provide a referral by the simple push of a button. Further, he discussed the technical difficulty of actually putting services on such a slow, small handheld device backed by byzantine systems support that interfere with clarity of information. He described some of his completed projects for the AADL and some of his attempted projects for the bus system and the AA parking system.
In the case of databases that can be used by a library patron, e.g., handbook types of information, he suggested that the library look for systems well adaptable to share and that the staff members model good behavior to induce the manufacturers to improve their products for mobile-size possibilities and to produce good, usable formats.
There is much unexplored territory in the realm of assistive devices in navigating the world, Ed explained. The mobile user has different information needs from the standard computer user and questions have to be framed differently for best results.
Ed himself uses a sort of mobile wiki system that contains lectures, papers, short books, etc., resulting in a kind of commonplace book.
At the conclusion of his talk, there were questions from the audience that elicited and provided additional examples of possible mobile uses (blood sugar monitoring for diabetes, TrialX, etc.)
May 03, 2009
H1N1/Swine Flu iGoogle Tab, Version 3
The original Swine Flu iGoogle tab has been updated to include symptoms, new videos, and to reflect the now preferred name of H1N1 instead of the inaccurate name of "swine flu". The newest version of the tab can be found here:
H1N1/"Swine Flu" iGoogle Tab: http://tinyurl.com/cjma3l