METRO Workshop: Emerging Mobile Technologies

Friday, November 17, 2006
Location: METRO, 57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor, NYC
Time: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

To learn more, visit METRO’s website calendar.

This class is designed to increase your knowledge of emerging mobile technologies by discussing devices such as smart phones, PDAs, Blackberries, and iPods. As use of these mobile devices increases it is essential for libraries to embrace these technologies and utilize them as a vehicle to increase access to information. Additional topics include discussion of wireless protocols, mobile searching, and security of mobile devices. Methods for keeping up-to-date on mobile technologies will be explained. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss case studies from institutions that are taking innovative approaches to using mobile devices

Objectives:
* Identify and discuss current and future mobile technologies.
* Compare different wireless protocols and their use in libraries.
* Discuss security issues for mobile technologies.
* Identify sources to keep up-to-date with mobile technologies.
* Apply case studies and recommendations for supporting mobile devices at home institution.

Presenters: Gabriel R. Rios is the Associate Director for Public Services at the Briscoe Library of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He has been working with mobile technologies for the last six years and has co-taught PDA-related classes at regional and national meetings. In his previous position as Assistant Director for Information Services & Technology at the University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, Gabe directed the implementation of PDA support services including IrDA printing and Ethernet, 802.11b wireless connectivity, the PDA Users Group, the PDA Resources Website, and the Library PDA channel.

Melissa De Santis is the Assistant Director for Public Services at the Briscoe Library of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. She has been working with technology since 1997 when she began managing the Library Computer Center at UTHSCSA. Melissa has worked with library staff to set up wireless access in the Briscoe Library and to support library users with PDAs. Melissa regularly teaches classes on database searching, Internet searching and accessing full-text resources.

This workshop is co-sponsored by METRO and the New York-New Jersey Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Inc.

Member rates apply for members of either organization.

To learn more, visit METRO’s website calendar.

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