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July 02, 2007

It's hard to keep up with curve, let alone get ahead of it

ALA TechSource | Can U TXT the LBRY?

Interesting report out from the Mississippi Library 2.0 Summit, looking at the use of SMS (cell phone text messages) for reference. My first reaction was "Of course, who sees any sort of student these days without a cell phone in use?" Do we think SMS is the wave of the future, based on the habits of this year's high school students?

Given the popularity and proliferation of smart phones in medical settings, it would be interesting to find out which the students turn to first - email or texting via phone.

Posted by janeblum at July 2, 2007 04:00 PM


I spend a fair amount of time trying to learn more about our patrons... A few weeks ago I compiled a list of surveys and stats about them here: http://userslib.com/?p=23.

According to one Pew Research survey, emailing and texting is about even.

Respondents ages 18-25:

* Said that in the last 24 hours they had:
o sent/received email (50%)
o sent/received text message on mobile phone (51%)
o sent/received instant message (29%)

From: A Portrait of “Generation Next” How Young People View Their Lives, Futures and Politics from the Pew Research Center Released: January 9, 2007


Posted by: suzchap at July 3, 2007 09:58 AM

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