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Get your (WorldCat Mobile) APPS on!

**FYI! Robin Paynter, ACRL-Oregon Communications Coordinator
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Introducing a pilot service: WorldCat Mobile
* Search for library materials—Enter search terms such as keywords, author or title
* Find a WorldCat library near you—Enter your ZIP, postal code or location in the Libraries Locator
* Call a library—Highlight and click the phone number in a library listing to place a call
* Map a route—Find the fastest way to a WorldCat library using the mapping software already on your device

Type this URL into your phone’s Web browser: http://www.worldcat.org/m/

Now you can use your mobile phone to find materials in libraries near you —and help us test this pilot service. Available to people in the the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France and the Netherlands, the year-long pilot lets you try out mobile search of WorldCat libraries and suggest improvements or additional features.

WorldCat has partnered with mobile-technology leader Boopsie and joined its growing array of search “channels” that let you quickly access popular Web applications including Google, Wikipedia and Facebook; look up retail locations such as Starbucks and FedEx; and check news, weather, traffic reports and much more!

When you download the Boopsie application to your phone, you get library search plus these additional channels, as well as its “smart prefix” feature that allows you to type only the first few letters of search keywords and view results instantly as you type.

Once you’ve used WorldCat.org on your mobile phone, let us know what you liked and what you’d like to see improved. (We are aware of issues regarding how the application interacts with mapping software on various phones.) Please tell us the details of your experience and suggestions for enhancements at worldcatmobilepilot@oclc.org.

Using the Web browser on your mobile phone, navigate to http://www.worldcat.org/m/ to access the WorldCat mobile application. The application is compatible with these phones and mobile operating systems:

* Windows Mobile 5.0 (Video tutorial)
* Blackberry (Video tutorial)
* Palm OS 5.4 or later
* Apple iPhone
* Nokia (Video tutorial)
* MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1 Java

**From: http://www.worldcat.org/wcpa/content/mobile/

READ poster contest for National Library Week

In celebration of National Library Week at NCU we requested photos from interested faculty and staff to create READ posters, using software purchased from ALA a couple years ago. We ended up with a total of 10 submissions (which is pretty good for our small institution), all very creative and fun. Students are asked to come into the library this week, view the posters, and vote on their favorite. The person(s) in the winning poster gets to choose any book for us to purchase for our Browsing (leisure reading) collection, no questions asked, plus bragging rights on campus :-). 

What are other academic libraries doing to celebrate National Library Week?

Library Haiku Wall

During the annual Reed Arts Week this year, Reed Digital Assets Librarian, Joanna Burgess, created a fun and evocative participatory installation in the library.  Using old book pockets and cards, Joanna created a beautiful blank slate and encouraged students to fill it with haiku.

And fill it with haiku — and haiku-like missives — they did!

It was fun to see the little cards fill up with tiny poems as the days went on!

Does your library do anything special for students during finals week?

Does your library do anything special for students when they are in final exam week mode? Do you provide refreshments (Seattle U provided coffee and cookies)? Activites? If yes, what has worked best or been most appreciated?

This semester we put out two library study break puzzles (puzzle 1, puzzle 2) as a mental break for students. They were posted online and paper copies were scattered around library building. There was a small prize incentive for solving the puzzles. Participation was decent considering the last minute nature. We will probably try it again at the end of next semester.

Shooting Turkeys in the Library

Our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot began Nov 18th in the Northwest Christian University library. Staff and student workers create construction paper turkeys (and they get very creative) and tape them to the window behind the circulation desk. Turkey feet are taped to the floor in front of the desk at specified intervals. Anyone coming in to the library has three trys each day to hit any of the turkeys on the window standing at the turkey feet on the floor, using rubber band guns a former student worker’s father graciously made for us. If they hit a turkey, they get a piece of candy and an entry into our drawing for a $30 movie gift card Wed at noon right before Thanksgiving. This event started several years ago as something for student workers to do when our computer system was down for three days shortly before Thanksgiving. Someone added the idea of shooting at the turkeys in a contest as a fun way to encourage students (and others) who might not otherwise visit the library to come in and have a fun and positive experience. It has become an annual tradition that everyone in the library, and many outside the library, look forward to each year.

What do other libraries do to recognize the Thanksgiving holiday?

Oh yeah, as a result of creating this post, our library has a brand new Flickr account to experiment with as well 🙂