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Thursday, 25th March 2010

Text Messaging and the Academic Library

From the Article by Mary Helen Miller:

Oregon State University is among the institutions that have recently added "text a librarian" services. Though the university just implemented its service this month and has not advertised it much yet, librarians there say that they can already tell it will be well used.


Margaret Mellinger, an assistant professor and engineering librarian at Oregon State, said the library staff expected that students would ask only questions with quick, simple answers. But they were wrong; one of the very first questions was: "What is the function of interneurons?"

"We weren't thinking that they were going to ask serious research questions," Ms. Mellinger said. "But they apparently are going to."

Source: Wired Campus

+ Text a Librarian Page from Oregon St. U.

+ Texting Info from the Kline Science Library (Yale U.)
Also mentioned in the article.


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