Bill Drew, the "Wireless Librarian" sent in this report on The Library and the Pocket PC. Thanks, Bill!
"The Library and the Pocket PC
I went into this project with great expectations of being able to test
use of the Pocket PC in accessing various library provided resources
our vast array of databases, e-books, library catalog and the Internet
general. Because of the decision by Raylink not to provide drivers for
wireless access, I was unable to test use of these resources directly.
will now summarize what I was able to test and do with the IPAQ.
I found that by using the Avantgo Internet service, I was able to view
use many webpages effectively. Especially useful were those such as
and weather services that change frequently. I set up my laptop and
IPAQ to synchronize the webpages. I synchronized them frequently,
allowed me to access the web offline via the IPAQ.
I experimented with using the IPAQ to read e-books. The Microsoft
reader is easy to use and I found it quite satisfactory. I am sure
uses for textbooks and reference material via e-books will make the use
the IPAQ as a reading device ever more important.
The IPAQ has potential as a presentation tool because of new programs
allow you to display PowerPoint presentations on it. All that would be
needed is the proper interface between the IPAQ and the projector. I
successfully converted several of my presentations and they worked well
it including animations and sound.
The IPAQ has huge potential as a tool in the library. Combined with a
barcode reader/scanner it could be used to do book inventory. Used
wireless connection, it could provide a reference librarian with a tool
access the library catalog and other resources while helping patrons
the library. I have used my laptop with wireless in this way.
Personally, I used the IPAQ as a PIM (personal information manager)
the way I use my laptop. I kept it docked to my laptop when I was in
office so I could keep -email, calendar, and tasks synchronized. I
frequently to read and write e-mail, which was later, sent when I
IPAQ to my laptop.
Overall, my experience with the IPAQ was very positive. Wish I could
it! Bill's email address is:email@example.com, and click here to go to
Bill also has a great yahoo groups going on this topic! Thanks again, Bill!