Thursday, February 21, 2002

Chance Encounters of the Opportune Kind

The Shifted Librarian mentions Mazingo
as a possible solution for avantgo's charging of fees. Unfortunately for many of us, Mazingo is
only for the Pocket pc at this time.

On PDA Libraries yahoogroup, Carol Leibiger from the University of South Dakota mentioned
a product for the handheld called Vindigo. Vindigo is
"your personal navigator", tells you where you are going, and find the best places to eat,
shop and play in major U.S. cities. What about libraries? Perhaps libraries could set up an
enticing channel advertising their services and attract visitors in that way.

Chance encounters of the opportune kind - Usually I do not prey upon unsuspecting medical
personnel when they come into the library. I try to be helpful and appear knowledgeable. However,
today, a chance encounter of an opportune kind which happened about a month ago really
made me think about how we approach people in the library. About a month ago, a poor
young unsuspecting doctor came in the library to do research. He went about his business,
but when I noticed he had a handheld, I enthusiastically accosted him and asked him how he used it,
what his favorite reference tool was, and how he used it with patients. How glad I am that I did this!
It turned out this doctor has become one of the most enthusiastic supporters of our library's pda
project! It turned out he had more knowledge resource tools on his pda than any other doctor I
had encountered! He spent several hours of his time talking to Peg, my pda partner and me
educating us about how he used his pda, how the library could benefit him, etc. and what
resources were most helpful. This doctor did a presentation in his department about our
project and how Peg and I had proposed working together with him, so that we could take
advantage of his expertise and we could be of help to his department. Just to think, if I hadn't
approached him, we would not have had this opportunity! Thanks to all the doctors and
medical personnel who have helped us and embraced our project! Thanks to Carol, Carol, Peg,
Tom, Jo, and Roy for putting up with what must be sometimes irritating enthusiasm for
all things handheld! (oops better qualify that with handheld computing!) Anyone else had
a great chance encounter like this? Share it!

Our group now has 93 members and the web page is getting hits. We will be listed
in Librarian's Index to the Internet within the next few weeks.

Has anyone tried a product called Inforetriever?

Handheld Headlines

Palm readies revved-up PDAs

"Silicon.com"

On Handhelds



Instant Diagnosis in Your Palm

"Wired News"

On Handhelds



Nokia to share mobile network technologies with rivals

"The Register"

On Handhelds



The perfect PDA for business types

"ZDNet"

On Handhelds



An iPAQ case out of the ordinary

"infoSync"

On Handhelds



Palm prepares pair of color handhelds

"ZDNet"

On Handhelds



Acer announces plans for XScale based handhelds

On PDA Buzz



Earthlink officially takes over Omnisky service

On PDA Buzz



Yet another Linux based PDA

On PDA Buzz



Symbian shows off OS 7.0

On PDA Buzz



Infowave Launches Self-Installiable Wireless E-mail Service For Corporate PocketPC - and Palm-Powered Device Users

On Handheldnews.com




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