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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.

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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.)
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