Friday, March 22, 2002

The Week in the Life of a Handheld Librarian

Hello! What a week! The circulation of our specialty pdas started this week
and I am very happy with the results and very relieved that it is over. Details coming up...

First a piece of important information. The Shifted
has a secret crystal ball and soon we will all say we knew her when...she was
our information maven! I have become so emmeshed in e-book unlock codes for the handhelds
and loading content that I have not been able to see the forest for the trees. Last night, I realized
that the significance of pdas and handheld devices is not in the devices themselves but in the way they allow the library to deliver information. Libraries used to be and at some extent still are brick, mortar and paper-based and users were expected to go to the library to get reading material and retrieve information. With the advent of the Internet, distance learning, and the growth of technology, it became important for libraries to harness electronic information, provide training to their users on how to retrieve it, and deliver the information to the user wherever they are-at home, in their office, on the road, a world away. The pda allows the user to become even more mobile and the library to provide information to the user at the bedside, at the grocery store, in the courtroom, in the car, when and where they want the information. To remain viable and valuable, libraries must keep abreast of technology trends such as pdas and wireless technology, and invent, create, and promote new, efficient ways of delivering desired information at the point of care, the point of need wherever that may be. Thinking of this reminds we why we got involved in a pda project
in the first place!

Congratulations to Charlotte Johnson of Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville,
who just wrote a successful grant for "PDA Access to Medical, Nursing and Dental
Collection." The five libraries at SIU will provide faculty and students with access to ovid@hand, training, website
resources, and collaborate to offer these services. The neat part of the project is that
through our current pda project at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, I will get the
opportunity to work with Charlotte Johnson, someone I have known for awhile, but never
had the opportunity to work with! Congratulations Charlotte, and I look forward to
working with you!

Our PDA conference scheduled for June 7 in Peoria, Illinois was approved for four hours of
MLA CE credits. If you want information, I will share the web address next week when the
info will be posted or you can email me ( for a flyer. Cost is only $25.00.
The keynote speaker is the ultimate handheld librarian, Mari Stoddard, who has been doing
this for longer than anyone I know, and who is the best known in the library field for her
knowledge of handheld devices. It will be a lot of fun and hopefully informative.

Cheers and welcome to Steven Grove, who has just agreed to be a contributor to this blog.
Steven is a librarian at Harold Brittingham Memorial Library in Cleveland, Ohio. He is
doing a presentation on pdas at MCLMA in Minneapolis this fall. Karen Anderson will be on the panel also.
I will definitely be at
that presentation! Steven has posted to other lists and wonders if anyone out there
is participating in institution wide synching of information. At their library, they have
a beta-site for a workstation that will employ infrared beaming to synch in-house products
to users. They are starting with a phone directory and a security product called ONLY ME.
Steven has also published a great article on PDAS
in the Midwest.
Welcome, Steven!

Well, the debut week is over. Next week our specialty content and conference page will be on the project
website. When it is up, I will give you the url. Peg at UIC LHS Peoria is going to start circulating their
specialty handhelds next week. The most interesting thing about the week is that every single training
session and orientation I have done this week has been unique. Everyone is looking to the handheld
device for something different. Also, many are interested in the "toys" which we will begin circulating
in 2 weeks - the digital cameras, the voice recording and the Margi Presenter to Go, a device which
allows you to do a power point presentation from your handheld by connecting your handheld to it
via the Margi to Go in your expansion slot. My learning curve right now is very steep. :) And, no, I am
not full-time on this project.

Here is a brief overview of some of my experiences this week. A computer trainer is trying documents to go
for word processing and checked out a pda, a cradle, and a keyboard. She is going to evaluate this for us.
This week I learned from an enthusiastic cardiology nurse that "it is an exciting time to have heart failure!"
I had never heard heart failure referred to as particularly exciting or seen anyone so enthusiastic about it. This
nurse cheerfully explained that people experiencing heart failure at this particular time had a lot of options and
that there was so much they could do to help these patients. There are a lot of new developments in treatments.
After seeing the library's pdas, she and a department administrative assistant went out and purchased handhelds
and keyboards. The assistant is using documents to go; the nurse is using documents to go; Epocrates; downloaded
5 Minute Cardiac Consult from Skyscape and checked out our cardiology pda to try the other resources.

Two emergency medicine pdas have been checked out by an attending physician and a resident. The neurology
pda went out too! The resident interested in neurology had already tried Clinical Neurology, but wanted to try
Principles of Neurology. The internal medicine pda went out and so did the family medicine to a nurse who is
signed up for more in-depth training next week. She wants to try the Washington Manual. Today I met with
a process improvement staff person who is interested in the calendar, note taking, address book, and Avantgo
type services. She is signed up for more in-depth training next week too. It seems like half of the people who
checked out pdas have their own and wanted to try our resources and half had never tried one. People are
anxious and eager to try them and word of mouth has been our best publicity so far.

Peg's library and our library have each publicized the project in our library newsletters. The projects have
grown like wildfire! It's hard to keep up but exciting at the same time! For the first time since the project
began, less than 50% of user's questions have been about Epocrates. Now that's progress! Kudos to
Carol Galganski, Library Manager at OSF Saint Francis and Jo Dorsch at UIC LHS Peoria for effective
marketing of this project to powers that be within the institutions!

Also thanks to Carol, Roy Jones and I have done a small trial of Unbound
free six month trial of Clinical Evidence for the handheld. This works like ovid@hand in
that you can select the types of clinical evidence materials you would like to download to your handheld.
When you view the information on your handheld, if you wish to see the full text on a topic, you can click
save to web, and after a hotsync, view the full text in your personal web library! Has anyone else tried this?
We are putting this on our Internal Medicine pdas as a type of content for people to try.

Some more article citations

Here's some more article citations that might be of interest to readers of this blog:

Ekhaml, Leticia T. "Those amazing hand-held computers!" School Library Media Activities Monthly v17, no4 (Dec. 2000) p.38-9, 48

Stoddard, Mari J. "Handhelds in the health sciences library at the University of Arizona." Medical Reference Services Quarterly v20, no3 (Fall 2001) p.75-82

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Sacred Heart School

Here's a recent article on what another school has done:

McMillan, Sam. "The Sacred Heart Palm Project." Design Interact.

School Includes Media Center in Handheld Project

Cheryl Litt, Media Specialist at West Hills Middle School in Bloomfield Hills Schools, Michigan just wrote to tell me that she is coordinating her school's handheld pilot project for their 6th grade class for next year and will be including the school's media center. Congrats, Cheryl!

Article for business users & other miscellany

Have you seen this article in Fortune? It looks like PDAs are more mainstream than I thought.

The Palm Education Pioneer grants have posted their findings on current pilot projects. While there seems to be lots of talk of how to integrate handhelds into the curriculum, none of the schools I have talked to or the participants in the PEP grants (as far as I can tell) have included their libraries/media centers in their projects.

Another good site for school librarians investigating handhelds is

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

PDA resources for law librarians

I stumbled accross a couple of resources for law librarians that might be of interest here. They are: Legal newswire is a legal newswire formatted to be read on palms and other handheld devices. is a legal portal for attorneys. They have some good product reviews of general office products. The writing is very clear and aimed at those just getting their feet wet when it comes to technology.

Sunday, March 17, 2002

Good morning! Steven Cohen from Library Stuff
kindly sent me a url for a neat web site/one of the new wikis - have you seen them on Feb. 16.
For some reason, I just received it today.
is a neat site that encourages and facilitates the creation of open source software for use on
handheld and wearable computers. Thanks, Steven! These wiki websites are quite intriguing - Tom
Peters mentioned one on ebooks too. Have a great day!

Saturday, March 16, 2002

Unique uses of handhelds/Saving Time/Multitasking

Hello. This morning's post is dedicated to "unique uses of handhelds." Although there are
hundreds of uses I have probably never imagined, it is important to see how they are being
used and imagine how they could be used, and how they could help people with everyday mutiple tasks,
saving them time.

For instance, I have a friend; we have been friends
for 16 years. We went out to dinner the other night and she wanted to talk about "Friends" and
"ER." She laughed at me when I told her I did not have time to watch TV, much less taking the trouble to
fight with my kids and husband for the TV. I laughed at her because she and her family have
no computers in their house! My husband and I are into gadgetry big time with computers and
handhelds and e-book readers through our work, our interests and hobbies. I wondered what the
killer application would be that would convince her to use a handheld. And then, I thought of it,
she has a cellular phone!

The other day, a doctor showed me a new device he had just purchased:
a Samsung handheld/combination cellular phone, wireless Internet access with Sprint. All he had
to do to call a resident or attending was to tap the name and number in his directory of the person
and the handheld took care of the rest! Most doctors and college students are sold on handhelds -
it saves them time Helping people save time and giving them a device with
multiple application possibility will lead to killer applications. So, as I can,
I will post some unique uses of handhelds. If you find a story or want to share a story, send it to
the list and I will post it here or if you would like to post, let me know. These stories are taken
from the Palm website "cool user stories."

Story from a college student
who has saved time with his Palm being able to take notes, sync them with his desktop, does not
have to carry a lot of notebooks, instant access to thesaurus, etc.

Jewelry salesman keeps all contacts,
brochures on handheld, saving a lot of time, making him more organized without all the paper

Palm saves time in government agencies

Palm applications for legislators Lobbyists
and legislators get the latest news on legislation in 12 different states.Email on bill activity. Since most
legislators are not in their office, they have "critical information where they are and where they need it."
Sound familiar? This is critical for the health care professional too.

Keeping up to date and staying in touch
while on vacation
A man and his family went on vacation to the Olympics and used a handheld to
keep in touch by email, use the AIM features, keep up with the news and weather and keep those at home
up to date on the Olympics.

Realty, Children and Documents to Go!

Teacher Saves Time with Handheld

Physician simplifies life with Handheld

Teri Ross Embrey published A cool user
that has been published on the palm web site about libraries and their use of handhelds and about this blog.
"February 16, 2002

My name is Teri Ross Embrey and I am a computer consultant and librarian in Chicago. A group of colleagues and I had been using Palms to keep ourselves organized for a while now. We've also noticed how many of our libraries patrons bring PDAs and cell phones into our libraries.

In an attempt to help, Lori Bell of OSF St. Francis Medical Center got a grant to circulate Springboard modules and Palms pre-loaded with medical software to physicians, hospital staff, and other patrons who use the OSF St. Francis Medical Center library.

Together with our colleague Tom Peters of the Center for Library Initiatives, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, we've set up a web blog called the Handheld Librarian ( to share and collect experiences with our other colleagues across the world.

We really want to support our library patrons use of devices and give them the information they need where they need it!

Theresa A. Ross Embrey "

Teri told me she had done this, but I had not actually seen it until today. Thanks Teri!

Software applications sales are up 220% on handhelds.

Handheld Software Sales Soaring: Study


On Handhelds

Sales triple for handheld software


On Handhelds

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Friday, March 15, 2002

Thanks to InfotoGo: Navigating the Internet for featuring
Handheld Librarian and Wireless Librarian on the front page of their March issue on wireless
technology and libraries. They also featured Teri Ross Embrey's article in "Computers in

Here is a great article The Rise of
Palmtop Medicine in Technology Part II.
Even if you are not in the medical field, you may want to try
PDA Cortex as it has a lot of excellent information on handheld

This news on Vindigo from Barbara Fullerton, Pioneer Hi-Bred International. Vindigo, a subscription service which offers information to travelers about select cities is
following the route of Avantgo, in that they are going to begin charging, but charging their users as advertising
is not bringing in enough money. Would you be willing to pay $24.95/year to get information on a few cities in the
U.S.? Perhaps if you traveled a lot.

If you are not a member of the Wireless Libraries group with Bill Drew I enthusiastically encourage you to join!
There has been a great recent discussion on handheld applications in libraries!

Have a great weekend! Our big day is Monday when we will have 19 handhelds waiting
for checkout with specialized content. We will also have Margi Presenter to Go, keyboards,
digital cameras, and Total Recall voice recording modules to check out. We have five
physicians waiting for these devices. I will let you know how it goes.

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

See, the Vendors are Listening

After seeing the Computers in Libraries article on PDAs, William M. Detmer, MD of Unbound Medicine, Inc wrote to tell me about the "CogniQ platform, which integrates PDAs with the Web. Currently, CogniQ is the technology platform under Ovid@Hand (, Harrison's On Hand
( and an number of other projects with major publishers.

If you are interested in taking a tour with your Handspring, we currently have a free-trial going in partnership with the BMJ Publishing Group ("

It was nice to know that the vendors are listening. Thanks, Unbound Medicine!

Does anyone else know of other information products using the CogniQ platform?

The Anytime Anywhere Library using Handhelds and ebook technology/other misc.

Good morning! As you know, I have been thinking about the anytime, anywhere library, combining
the technology of netlibrary where you can download/check out a book on your pc and then it
disappears when it is due with someone with a handheld being able to go to an online library
of ebooks their library has purchased, downloading a title and it disappearing when it is due,
becoming available for someone else. I found an article which states this dream/wish much
better than I can by Stephen Wood, Director of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
The Public e-Library:Caught Between
Two Opposing Models
. I wonder if OCLC and netLibrary would consider what Stephen calls
a marriage between the ebook model of the pc and the handheld?

Two great conferences going on this week, PLA and Computers in Libraries!

This interesting article on high speed Internet on the handheld coming our way from
Wireless Medical Applications group: Internet to Go
High-speed mobile Net access is on the way. (from MIT's Technology Review). How exciting!

Link to IPWireless ( the company discussed in the

This also from Wireless Medical Applications group:

The Rise of Palmtop Technology in Medicine Part 1

This article is republished with the kind permission of John D. Cochrane
Editor & Publisher Health System Executive & E-Healthcare-Connections

Carol Galganski made a discovery that Medical Books Direct now has a pda section with
hardware and software making it a convenient one stop shop for pda needs. As I work
this week on getting our content/device list ready, I will share it with you and my experience
working with numerous vendors and the time this took. Is anyone else using a book vendor
to do ordering of their pda hardware and software?

Have a great day!

You got the LOOX

"The Register"

On Handhelds

Tech@Work: The Best PDAs for Business


On Handhelds

Revealed: PDA security risks - and what to do about them (part one)


On Handhelds

Sony releases two new handhelds


On Handhelds

Ardiri Sponsors #palmchat Giveaway

On Palm Gear H.Q.

Pyramid21 1.0

"A 10 card puzzle game (download, 15k)"

On - Palm OS

Pocket Nums 2.1

"Number game (download, 167k)"

On - Palm OS

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Tuesday, March 12, 2002

New comments feature on the Handheld Librarian

Thanks to YAACS which is also used by
many other blog sites, the Handheld Librarian will have a place for you to post your comments
on a particular post by clicking the comments link before each posting. A box will pop up
and request your name, email, and comment. After you do this, anyone coming to the
web page will be able to see your comments/posting. I think this will be a very valuable
feature of this blog, and I encourage you to take advantage of it and share what you are
doing! Also any feedback on this new feature is greatly appreciated.


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Hello! The Handheld Librarian was mentioned on Pocket PCHow2Log.
Some interesting commentary...he mentions that this blog concentrates mostly on palms, and points to The Shifted Librarian for more general information on libraries and technology.
Thanks to Frank McPherson for linking to us!

The Handheld Librarian was also highlighted along with the Wireless Librarian in a Suite 101 interview with Steven
, who has one of the best known blogs,
Library Stuff.
Thanks, Steven for mentioning us!

This from Denise Koufogiannakis, Reference Coordinator at John W. Scott Health Sciences Library,
at the University of Alberta: "We are just in the process of determining which resources to purchase.
do not plan to loan out PDAs, and I am especially interested in any
that offer site licenses. What have you come across? We have looked at
Ovid@hand and Inforetriever, but I'm especially interested in
Have you heard of eMedicine? They seem to offer pda versions of their
chapters as part of the site license, we may consider that product.
seems like most texbook products (Skyscape, etc) don't offer a site
option. Any other insights?"

This today from Denise regarding Skyscape's response to site licensing:
"Thank you for your inquiry. We do not have 'site licenses'.
The reason is that PDAs are mobile and there is no way we
can then monitor on how many PDAs they are installed and where
the PDAs are.

That being said, I have 2 discounts programs that I can offer
you - a group discount or the discounts unders our current
Residency Promotion. (I will send you this info in a subsequent

The best values for Skyscape's products can be obtained
when purchased as bundles - we have pre-packaged bundles
of 3s and 2s. You can find the pricing for that at the end of the
this note.

We also have discounts for individual titles. The details
of that too are at the end of the note.

You can complete the transaction in one of two ways - with a
Purchase Order or with a credit card (Mastercard or Visa). Please
fax a copy of the order to the fax number in my signature box.

Please feel free to email or call me with any questions or if there
is any other information I can provide. Once again thank you
for your interest in Skyscape and we look forward to working
with you.


Ashok Mayya
Director, Educational Programs

Tel: 978.562.5555 x140 or
408.375.6953 (direct)
Fax: 978.562.5566

For "Magic 3" consisting of (1) a clinical title like 5 Min Clinical
Consult, or 5 Min Pediatric Consult, priced at $64.95 (2) a drug
book like Dr Drugs, or Ped Drugs, priced at $49.95 and (3) iFacts,
the Drug Interaction Guide, priced at $69.95 (for a total
of $184.85 for the three purchased individually); the prices for
the bundles are as follows:
Number of bundles Price with discount
1 to 9 $164.95 each (vs. $184.85 without discount)
10 to 99 $148.44 each (vs. $184.85 without discount)
100+ $140.21 each (vs. $184.85 without discount)

For "Magic 2" consisting of (1) a drug book like Dr Drugs,
or Ped Drugs, priced at $49.95 and (2) iFacts, the Drug Interaction
Guide, priced at $69.95 (for a total of $119.90 for the two
Purchased individually); the prices for the bundles are as follows:
Number of bundles Price with discount
1 to 9 $107.00 each (vs $119.90 without discount)
10 to 99 $96.29 each (vs $119.20 without discount)
100+ $90.95 each (vs $119.20 without discount)

For individual titles (without any of the bundling), the discounts
are as follows (The discounts apply to EACH title i.e. from the
matrix below, you will get a discount of a single title only if you
are purchasing 10 or more of that title):
Number of titles Discount
1 to 9 0%
10 to 99 10%
100+ 15%"

I e-mailed Skyscape about site licensing and special pricing, but have not heard
anything. I also emailed a couple other companies, but have received no response.

I met with a pediatrician today who told me her top 3 products for the palm were
Five Minute Pediatric Consult, Harriet Lane, and Epocrates.

Please share what you are doing, as it is helpful and interesting to everyone to see
what others are doing.

Have a great week!

Monday, March 11, 2002

A Brilliant Boss, a Top-Notch Doc, and a Co-Worker who could sell ice cubes to Eskimos

Good evening! Tonight's tale is about a brilliant boss, a top-notch doc,
and a co-worker who could sell ice cubes to eskimos.

Take a look at this wonderful presentation by the Shifted Librarian at Suburban Library
System on
Extending Your Online Services
. Thanks for mentioning Handheld Librarian as a sample blog!

Mark Rosenbloom, an Emergency physician who formed PEPID, has an article about him in the
March 4 Chicago Tribune,
Software May put PDAs on the Critical List.

Today, I had a wonderful experience job-shadowing a doctor in our hospital and his use
of his pda in emergency care. When I heard about this idea from my boss, Carol Galganski,
I thought it was excellent. This was further proven after the great experience I had today.
Carol is the ultimate medical librarian, having a bachelor's in nursing, and a master's not only
in library science, but health administration also! She thought that this experience would help
me to share practical clinical application with others new to pdas. How true, how true!
A couple weeks ago, I told you about my experience with meeting this emergency physician
in the library with his pda and talking extensively to him about his use of the pda. Today, I
got to spend some time "job shadowing" him in minor emergency care. While I was there,
he had four cases. He consulted his pda on a drug cost, a drug dosage, or for 2 of the 4 cases.
Now, I can honestly say I have seen a pda in action at the point of care. What a valuable
experience it was. This top-notch emergency doc says that he uses his pda more in the
main emergency room, and that I could shadow him there sometime in April. For those of you
working with pdas that have not done this, I highly suggest you do so!

This emergency doctor also shared the fact that in his experience the most valuable pda resources
for him in ED included Epocrates for drug interactions, costs, and facts; the Emergency Medicine
Companion Handbook; PEPID-ED, and QID. This is especially valuable if you/we wish to recommend
resources to others, and if we were to get a site license, what resources we would want to get.
This MD also told me that as he was investigating software for procedure logs, schedules, etc. with
the changes in Avantgo, that he discovered a website Eresidency.
Eresidency combines the scheduling, numbers, etc. that many hospitals have websites for and depend
on Avantgo to publish to the handheld. Eresidency also has the procedure logging features that resident
programs would like to have their residents use on a handheld.

This doctor also more than validated the value of a medical library to the clinician in many more ways than
one. This doctor just published an article in "Annals of Emergency Medicine." There were numerous references
in the article which he got by doing research in the online tools the library offers. He visits the library
to retrieve articles the library does not have in electronic format. He works with the medical
residents and journal club and refers the residents to the library to learn how to use it, to do Medline searches
and to retrieve the journal articles. This doctor also happens to be working on a Master's degree in Public Health
and so uses the library for projects related to his college work. What a stroke of luck that I happened to
speak to him in the library that day! What a gold mine of information, collaboration, and validation of the value
of a medical library!

I have another co-worker named Carol, who could sell ice cubes to Eskimos! Today two nurses
came to talk to me about pdas after they had initially talked to her. She had sold them on the
use of pdas for the clinician, and by the time they came to me, they were so excited they could
not wait to get their pdas! Great job, Carol!

If any of you get the chance to job-shadow, please share! When I get to do it again, I will share too.
Also as you hear from clinicians what pda tools they use the most, let me know and I will post
it here! Thanks!

Saturday, March 09, 2002

Good morning! After my post about licensing, etc., I was very pleased to hear
from a vendor, Joe Cassels of Hospital Reps Inc.
Here is what he says about a product he is selling called InfoPoems.

"InfoPOEMs has followed our advice in offering an
unlimited-use license to institutions. At a certain
price ($9900 large hospital, $7900 Univ/med school or
midsized hospital, $5900 small hospital), the
institution can deploy the system in all of its forms
-Internet, Intranet, desktop, handheld/PocketPC,
handheld/PALM (pieces only), and Daily InfoPOEMs via
e-mail - to all of its faculty, staff, and students,
wherever they may be. As regards the handheld
application(s) specifically, unlimited
downloads/installs with no "locking" or "counting"

Beneath the institutional pricing, there is individual
pricing and group pricing (discounts for
multiple-individual licenses, such as from a Residency
or group practice).

On top of the institutional pricing, there is
multi-facilty pricing (i.e for a large health system)
and consortial discounting.

After 9 years (my group of 6 has 76 years total in the
field of clinical content applications), I firmly
believe in the "no-hassle" unlimited-use pricing as
one purchase option, and strongly encourage purchasers
to pressure everyone else to offer this type of

Joe, thanks for updating us on this product! If any other vendor sees this and wishes
to provide information on licensing, etc. it would be very helpful. As I do research in this
area, I will share it with this group.

After working on a project with electronic books in a higher education setting where there
was not much content available and moving into this grant project
with medical content, I was surprised about the number of products available for handheld computers
in the medical arena. There are literally hundreds of e-books or texts, including everything from standard
medical texts like Griffith's Five Minute Clinical Consult, to a web page on guidelines created by an individual
who is trying to cash in on the content creation gold rush. Some people have quit their "day jobs" in order
to create applications and content for handheld computers. I haven't found my "killer app" that would
make me a fortune yet!

Our library has ordered 4-6 products in specialty areas to put on handhelds we will loan out so that medical staff and residents
can try a variety of products and evaluate them. After this period, we are hoping to be able to identify
which products are most helpful/most valuable to a medical professional, resident, student at the point
of care. From a non-clinical librarian point of view, we can evaluate content by ease of purchase, download,
size, coverage, if it already exists as a standard text, etc, but after this project, we hope to identify these
products from a librarian and clinician point of view.

We are also examining this as a core service in the library and how the role of the library will evolve. With
licensing issues, how could a library offer an any time any place solution, purchasing products, making
them available on a secure web page to their patrons, and allowing the patrons to download them to their
handheld device? They could download it for a specified amount of time, then they would lose access to it
or it would disappear. The technology for this exists, but how will vendors work with libraries to achieve this?
For example, Skyscape allows users to download a free trial
of a product which gives them 15 or 25 trial uses. After that, they need to purchase the product. What a
great way to show off your product by giving people free use! With some other vendors, you have to send
a check in (horror of horrors if it is not a credit card!), wait for them to get back to you, which many of them
do not until after numerous phone calls and e-mails, and get an unlock code to get access to it. After
all of this, if you for some reason let your battery run down and lose it or get a fatal exception error and
have to reload, sometimes you have to get in touch with the vendor again to get a new unlock code.

Some licensing or anytime, anywhere licensing solution for libraries are necessary. Libraries will move
out of the device business - right now, as with other forms of technologies, libraries can play an
introductory role with new technology, but then as it becomes a part of daily life, they provide the content
or information for a device (cds, videos, audiobooks, etc.) To quote Tom Peters, "the pda really is a personal
information device." After educating our users on the technology, libraries will move out of the device business and
provide content and training.

I wish to compliment Bill Drew on the Wireless Librarian group. If you are not a part of
it you should sign up. Recently, there has been a great deal of sharing on costs and
implementations of wireless networks in the library setting. I hope through this blog and
our newsgroup we can do the same regarding handheld computers becoming a core library

Thanks again to everyone who contributes and to Bill Drew for his great wireless library group!
Thanks to Joe Cassels for providing a vendor point of view! Have a great weekend!

If you have any ideas for an anywhere, anytime library for our mobile users, please email me
at and I will post them to this blog!

The purpose of this blog is to share experiences regarding pdas in libraries. If anyone, vendor or librarian
wishes to share, please send me an email and I will post it here or if you would like to post, I can send
you an invitation to do so. We have certainly learned a lot in this process and have a lot of experience
to share. I know I don't wish to make the same mistakes others have made and wish to help others on
similar ventures. For some reason, I learn everything the hard way.

After yesterday's posting about licensing, etc., I received a message from
Joe Cassels from
Hospital Reps.
He talks about a product they offer called
Thanks, Joe!

Joe says, "InfoPOEMs has followed our advice in offering an
unlimited-use license to institutions. At a certain
price ($9900 large hospital, $7900 Univ/med school or
midsized hospital, $5900 small hospital), the
institution can deploy the system in all of its forms
-Internet, Intranet, desktop, handheld/PocketPC,
handheld/PALM (pieces only), and Daily InfoPOEMs via
e-mail - to all of its faculty, staff, and students,
wherever they may be. As regards the handheld
application(s) specifically, unlimited
downloads/installs with no "locking" or "counting"

Beneath the institutional pricing, there is individual
pricing and group pricing (discounts for
multiple-individual licenses, such as from a Residency
or group practice).

On top of the institutional pricing, there is
multi-facilty pricing (i.e for a large health system)
and consortial discounting.

After 9 years (my group of 6 has 76 years total in the
field of clinical content applications), I firmly
believe in the "no-hassle" unlimited-use pricing as
one purchase option, and strongly encourage purchasers
to pressure everyone else to offer this type of

I will be investigating this with other vendors and will share the results of
my research here. If other vendors wish to share their pricing models, just email me
( and I will post them here. If any of you have experience, let me
know and you can post it or email me and I will post.

There are a number of different models for purchasing. In our
grant project
, we are purchasing 4-6 different products for each specialty so that our staff, residents,
and physicians can trial different products. At the end of the project, we hope to know from their point
of view and from a librarian point of view, what the most effective e-books or products are at the point of
care for a clinician.

There seems to be a gold rush on the creation of content for the medical arena for handheld computers.
Some physicians and others have quit their "day jobs" to create applications and content for handhelds.
I have not come up with a "killer app" yet that would earn me the fortune I would like to have.

Having just worked on an e-book project in a higher education setting where there was not enough content,
it was a different ballgame to work on this project in the medical setting where there are literally hundreds
of e-books and applications, varying greatly in quality. There are the standard texts you would expect to
be out there and then there are a lot of guidelines, texts that people have just put into handheld format
for others to use. After this project, we hope from a clinician and a librarian point of view to identify the 1-2
e-books or products which are most helpful at the point of care.

To quote Tom Peters, "pdas are a personal information device." We are loaning out specialty pdas so that
our patrons can try them as a new technology with the content on them. We know as a library that we will
eventually move out of the device business, but how we move into providing content for our library users.
What would be ideal is an anytime, anyplace library we could offer to our users to download and check out
content for their personal information devices. This technology exists because
allows users to download a trial version of any of their products and to use the product 15-25 times
before they make a decision to purchase. After that it just doesn't work. NetLibrary had this model with checking
out the book on the web, and then after the due date, the book disappears. Libraries need to figure out a way
to offer materials to our mobile patrons on handheld devices that they can access anytime, anywhere.

I would like to compliment Bill Drew on his wireless library list! He does a great job of moderating and
most recently there have been a lot of great ideas shared among participants about wireless networks in libraries.
I hope that through this blog and list, we can all help each other to create anytime, anywhere libraries for
a more and more mobile society. It would also be helpful if we could help others not to make the same
mistakes we have made. I learn everything the hard way, so I am very willing to share my experiences.
I would also appreciate any experiences others have had so that I don't make the same mistakes. If there
are mistakes to be made and learned from, I make them!

Friday, March 08, 2002

PLA Conference schedule formatted for PDA

Download the PLA Conference information
to your PDA.You will be able to access updated conference agenda, exhibitor information, keynote details,
and timely announcements.
Are there any libraries out there loaning pdas? If so, what kind? Our library
has been loaning out six Handspring visors with core medical content on them such as Five Minute Clinical Consult,
Five Minute Pediatric Consult and Five Minute Emergency Consult. With a grant we received from the Illinois
State Library, we will soon be circulating 22 handspring visors with specialized content on them. For example
there will be 2 pdas with pediatric content, 2 with emergency, 1 with cardiology, etc. If you will
email me
, I will summarize and post to this list.

Are there any libraries looking at and evaluating content to put on handhelds? We are going to be doing this
and I would be interested to hear from anyone else doing the same thing.

Is anyone purchasing group licensing for popular medical content for the handhelds? If you will share your
information, I will share with this list.

Tomorrow, I will share some of the hurdles and frustrations we have had in ordering various medical works
for the handheld computer with different vendor and the purchasing, loading and unlocking of this content.

Burneys Legal Tech Reviews: Helpful Handsprings and Agile Acrobats


On Handhelds

Quickoffice For Palms Updated

"Mac Observer"

On Handhelds

Former Palm CTO lands at start-up


On Handhelds

Sharp embeds a digital still camera in PDA


On Handhelds

FTC puts the kibosh on Palm Net ads

"The Register"

On Handhelds

Handspring chooses Handango for software sales

"PMN Publications"

On Handhelds

Infowave Expands Symmetry Pro Distribution With Handango Agreement


Sony to announce a new handheld on Monday

On PDA Buzz

Last Chance for Free Nebula Prelim eBooks

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New Samsung PalmOS phone announced

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Thursday, March 07, 2002

Great article on PDAs and Libraries by Teri Ross Embrey!

Be sure to read this great article on libraries and pdas by Teri Ross Embrey, one of our
moderators! Today's PDAs
Can Put OPAC in the Palm of your Hand."
Congratulations Teri, what a great article!

There is a new article on Handsprings titled "Helpful Handsprings and Agile Acrobats" at by Brett Burney, Legal Technology Support Coordinator. I especially liked the information about PDFs.
Barbara Fullerton
Electronic Resources Librarian
Pioneer Hi-Bred International
7300 NW 62nd Ave.
PO Box 1004

Handspring revives popular PDA


On Handhelds

Palm settles marketing flap

"USA Today"

On Handhelds

David Berlind: Pick a BlackBerry to manage your mail


On Handhelds

Palm told to stop lying


On Handhelds

Palm settles misleading ad case

"Cyber India Online"

On Handhelds

Bunch of Fives: 5 must-read PDA stories


On Handhelds

Handspring in software deal with Handango


On Handhelds

US watchdog proposes settlement with Palm


On Handhelds

Palms M505: Shelved but Not Forgotten

"New York Times"

On Handhelds

Palm Introduces Color m515, m130 Handhelds


On Handhelds

Palm Settles Deceptive Advertising Charge


On Handhelds

Palm, US reach a settlement in case


On Handhelds

Two new Palm handhelds worth a look


On Handhelds

Palm has to settle case.

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Wednesday, March 06, 2002

Article on PDA app for Medical Librarians

Crain's Chicago Business has an article on a new project that would allow cardiologists to gather info on doctor's prescription practices.

Here's the print cite:

Klein, Sarah A. "Putting Heart Data in Palm of the Hand: Cardiologist Gathering Info for Drugmakers." Crain's Chicago Business. February 11, 2002 p.21

Tuesday, March 05, 2002

New Home for LibWireless!!!!

Please forward this message! Please excuse multiple postings.

As of now, LibWireless is moving from Yahoo! Groups to a list server at the
Sate University of New York's Information Technology Exchange Center.
From there I have full control plus technical support if needed. The
problems recently with Yahoo! Groups have forced me to make this change.

The new address to send messages to LibWireless is:

To unsubscribe, send a blank message to:

To subscribe, send a blank message to:

I will now disable sending e-mail to the old address. Thank you for your
patience. I will keep the old webpage at Yahoo!Groups going for a couple
of weeks. I will look into some way of keeping the archives from that old
address. I will move the bookmarks to my website, The Wireless Librarian.

Bill Drew
Moderator/Owner LibWireless

CALL FOR PANELS, PRESENTATIONS, AND DEMONSTRATIONS: "No Strings Attached" Conference on Wireless Tech

No Strings Attached: A National and Virtual Conference and Showcase on the Application of Wireless Technology and Personal Digital Assistants in Higher Education.

May 1-2, 2002
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is one of the nation's leading independent research universities, with programs that are marked with distinction in health Sciences, law, management, engineering, social work, and arts and sciences. In early May, CWRU will be hosting the first annual conference, No Strings Attached dedicated to an exploration and the application of wireless technology and personal digital assistants (PDA) in higher education.

The conference will be organized around six tracks with the following
1. Health Science Education
2. Humanities, Arts, and Applied Social Sciences
3. Science and Computing
4. Business and Law
5. ERP and Administrative University Services
6. Libraries and Museums
Each track will consist of three sessions of an hour and a half in length. We are actively seeking presenters for each 90-minute session in any of these tracks. Presenters may be faculty, staff, or others associated with a college or university. If you would like to be considered for one (or more) of these sessions, please send a one page abstract describing your presentation, including name, institutional affiliation, and relevant contact information to:

Health Science Education
Dr. Thomas M. Nosek
Associate Dean for Biomedical Information Technologies

Humanities, Arts, and Applied Social Sciences
Dr. Sharon Scinicariello
Director, Curriculum Support Group

Science and Computing
Dr. James Alexander
Professor and Chair of Math

Business and Law
Keith J. Barton, Esq.
IT Director

Library and Museums
Tim Robson
Deputy Director of University Libraries

ERP and Administrative University Services
Robert Jefferis
Assistant Director of Database Architecture

For general inquiries regarding No Strings Attached, including corporate sponsorship opportunities please email: John Molnar, Conference Coordinator at

Proceedings, panels, and keynote addresses from No Strings Attached will be streamed over the Internet. See conference website at

For Hotel Accommodation, please contact Glidden House ( at 216.231.8900 ($139/night) or the InterContinental Hotel
( at 216.707.4300 ($169/night). No Strings Attached will take place at the Thwing Center at Case Western Reserve University. Glidden House is located on the CWRU campus and is within walking distance of the conference site. The InterContinental Hotel is on the Cleveland Clinic Campus and is a short shuttle ride from the conference site.

Lev S. Gonick, PhD
Vice President for Information Services
Chief Information Officer
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7019
Phone: 216.368.1025
Fax: 216.368.4903

Computers in Libraries

Computers in Libraries' March issue has an article on PDAs. Please let me know what you think. I can be reached at

Monday, March 04, 2002

Handheld Headaches/Handheld Headlines

Hello! The last 2 weeks I have been busily downloading numerous
software products to the 29 handheld devices (Visor Prisms and Pros)
in our project. The purpose of the project is to have specialty pdas (i.e.
a visor for pediatrics, a visor for surgery, etc.) with content specific to
that specialty. It has taken a great deal of time to load the various
software packages/e-books to the various devices. Some of the pdas
have 5-6 e-books on them.

I was most recently involved in an e-book project,
Academic Libraries Take An E-Look at E-books
, evaluated by Tom Peters, CIC, which utilized the
RCA REB 1100 in one college classroom, and the Franklin ebookman in another. The nasty device war
with e-book reading devices seemed to be leading to the use of common pda platforms for e-book
readers in the Palm OS and Windows CE.

From this experience in loading various e-books/software products, there is now a definite reading
software going on. There are e-books using the isilo reader, the Handheldmed reader, the
Franklin reader software, and the Palm OS e-book reader. On any one device, there could
be up to 4-5 reading software programs needed to read the e-books downloaded on the device.
Where will this end? Will there always be a war of some kind be it either device, or reading
software? Handstory looks to solve some of this,
but certainly doesn't seem to provide the answer for everything. I think this will be confusing
for users, not to mention the nightmares of not only having to register and keep up the
software product/e-book itself, but all of the reader software packages too.

Anyone else experiencing these problems, let me know. It would be interesting
to discuss solutions, if there are any, or possibilites for this handheld headache.

Handspring available in Europe


On Handhelds

Mobile PDAs to lead the wireless way

"Sydney Morning Herald"

On Handhelds

Palm Intros Color Handhelds


On Handhelds

New BlackBerry Adds Telephony


On Handhelds

Handspring Starts European Treo Sales


On Handhelds

LAPD eyes PDAs to monitor racial profiling


On Handhelds

LAPD eyes PDAs to monitor racial profiling


On Handhelds

Palm Deals Two New Color Handhelds

"Business Week"

On Handhelds

Handspring Treo goes on sale in Europe


On Handhelds

RIM, Palm raise handheld stakes


On Handhelds

HandStory Suite 2.0 Released

On Palm Gear H.Q.

Palm's Michael Mace to testify in Microsoft hearings

On PDA Buzz

Palm officially launches m130, m515

On Palm Gear H.Q.

New CASL Programming Book Available

On Palm Gear H.Q.

Palm officially announces m130 and m515, discontinues m505

On PDA Buzz

16MB Memory Upgrades for the m500/m505

On Palm Gear H.Q.

m505 -> mSeries Group

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Thursday, February 28, 2002

More Handstory discussion/web pages

These postings from handheld librarian today:From: "Steven Grove"
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2002 6:27 AM
Subject: Re: [handheldlibrarians] Handstory 2.0 as Avantgoreplacement--
... This is good news. But won't they discover what we librarians are up
to and starting charging as did Avantgo?

Jake replies...

Hi Steve and all,
Hopefully that won't be the case -- it seems like Handstory and similar
firms have a different business model in mind anyway. I'm a real newbie at
this, but I think that when links are updated/downloaded using a program
like Handstory, you go right to the html pages/sources, (which may be
specially formatted or not) instead of to a special server. These pages are
then downloaded, converted, cached and at some point 'sync-ed' to your PDA.
The software on your PC (Handstory) does the work, which makes things a lot
faster. In this model, the user buy$ the software and that's how Handstory
makes money. With Avantgo's model, you connect to *their* servers which do
some work, download the processed pages to your PC where they are cached,
and sync-ed to your PDA. In this model, the *Info Provider* pays$ to have
their info featured on Avant Go's site and available through their servers.
Software for the user is free. That's how Avantgo makes money (and why they
don't make $$$ when lots of users go to a site via 'custom' channels, where
the Info Provider hasn't paid anything to Avantgo)

I'm torn between these two models -- As a Library kinda guy, I want the
most PDA *users* to be able to access our information, even those that can't
afford the $$$ for software. Avantgo is *free* for users -- great. As a
Info-user/organizer/consumer, I feel Handstory is a much better model (more
effiicient, more powerful and certainly permitting more diversity -- it
includes lots of smaller Info *providers* who can't afford the $$$ paid to
Avantgo). Two models, both valid for libraries. Great stuff for
discussion, so I'll leave it at that! take care, Jake

What is the best way to go about creating pages targeted for PDAs? I want
to use HTML. I am currently using Dreamweaver to manage our website. I do
know that our pages display reasonably well via synching through Compaq
IPAQs. Any suggestions?

Bill Drew

Also I have mentioned your blog to many other librarians from public to
and are excited about it.

Barbara Fullerton

----Thanks, Barbara!

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland Baltimore ( has created a page for our handheld users using AvantGo channels.

M.J. Tooey

Thanks MJ!

Handheld Library web sites

Lincoln Trail Libraries System, located
in Champaign, Illinois, has created a PDA Connect web page so that their librarians
can "have library hours, contact information, directions, phone and fax numbers, upcoming
library event schedules, and more" at their fingertips when they need it. They are using
Avantgo to provide this service. This looks
like a great resource for their member libraries! Congratulations, LTLS!

The Charles
J. Keffer Library
has created a pda edition of its website with information on hours,
location, staff directory, new books, and services. Their site also indicates they use

Yale University Medical
also has a pda page on the medical library via Avantgo for users.

If you know of other libraries that have created web pages in pda format, email them to me and
I can post them or you can post them to the group.

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

The Anytime, Anywhere Library

Sorry to post again, but there are limitations on the amount you can put in one
post. Thanks to Jake White from the University of Washington whose e-mail today
made my whole week! He also says, "We
are just starting discussions/visioning here about the "Anywhere
and I think handhelds (of whatever variety) can and eventually will
play a
large part in that scenario. I don't think we have even scratched the
surface of what's possible yet."

I think this exciting concept speaks for us all as we envision bringing
information to our users and non-users in the format in which they want it.
This also echoes the philosophy of
The Shifted Librarian.
In a recent meeting at our hospital, this was illustrated
for me best when one of our doctors said what he really wanted was to have
access to information resources, and one in particular called Up To Date,
available to him when he is in a patient room so he could use a tablet pc with
wireless access to the network. This would enable him to confirm a diagnosis,
a treatment, or care plan right then and there at the point of care, where and when
he needed it. Handhelds/tablet pcs, wireless access, and the "shift of information" delivery
where, when, and how people want it is the anywhere, anytime library we would like
to be able to provide our users. What other things/services do you envision for
the anytime, anywhere library? Send them to the list or to me, and I will credit you and
post them to this list. I agree with Jake; we have not scratched the surface of what
handhelds can deliver; the future is upon us; and we need to be in the game.


Hello! There were a number of interesting posts on the yahoogroup
for handheld librarians about the new product
which was mentioned here a couple of days ago as one of
many possible solutions for Avantgo. I asked the posters if they would
mind me reposting them to the blog so that those who do not subscribe
to the yahoo group could see them here on the web page. Thanks to all
who posted on this exciting new product! Those posters are credited below.

Hi All,
Handstory Suite's new version 2.0 ( for Palm OS was released on February 23. After using it for a few days, I must say that I am absolutely overjoyed at the performance, features and ease-of use as an Avantgo replacement. Many of the limitations of Avantgo (slow response time from their servers, limted allowable channels and memory, inability to directly sync to cards, custom channel limits etc.) are blown away by Handstory.
In addition it has great high-res and color support, a good ebook/memo reader and even an image viewer. All documents/images are accessible from a common list
Joy of joys, this morning before work it automatically downloaded tons of fresh info from the web directly into my Clie's 128 Meg memory stick -- in a fraction of the time Avantgo used to take (if the servers were working at all). With 128 megs to play with, even color comics and images are not a memory problem... :)

Handstory now has its own growing library of preset channels ( or it is very easy to add unlimited custom ones which seem to work quite well. This weekend I will experiment with pages in Cyrillic, tables, and complicated web pages, but so far so good. Cost is $19.95 -- well worth it for me, and there is a free 30 day trial. I think this one is a keeper.

Anway, you might want to check it out if you're in the market for a powerful Avantgo replacement! -- Jake (I have no connection with the company, but am definitely a very happy camper!)
Jake White
Slavic & East European Acquisitions Specialist
Box 352900
University of Washington Libraries

p>PDAs set pace of wireless uptake

"The Australian Industry Standard"

On Handhelds

Legend to announce PDA partnerships

"China Online"

On Handhelds

Palm ordered to post GBP35m bond


On Handhelds

News Toshiba XScale based PDA's?

On PDA Buzz

SFPUG reviews PalmSource with Astraware giveaways!

On Palm Gear H.Q.

Top PC maker in China to go mobile, possibly tap Handspring (Updated)

On PDA Buzz

Xerox, Palm patent dispute continues

"Xerox fails to halt Palm sales, Palm posts $50m bond against possible damages settlement"

On PMN News Centre

Major entertainment brands are mobilising

"BBC, Hasbro, Nelly, Cartoon Network join growing list of brands experimenting with mobile"

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Seattle, WA 98195

Here's a story on the first pocket wireless digital assistant by Jornada. It
was in today's CNET alert.

Barbara Fullerton
Electronic Resources Librarian
Pioneer Hi-Bred International
7300 NW 62nd Ave.
PO Box 1004
Johnston, IA 50131
telephone: 515-270-4345
fax: 515-253-2184

Jake and all:

I,too, tried Handstory and I agree! It's a great replacement.

But can it used like Avantgo to produce web page channels for libraries?

Steve Grove
Harold H. Brittingham Memorial Library
2500 Metrohealth Drive
Cleveland, OHio 44109-1998
PHONE: 216.778.4706
FAX: 216.778.8242
Hi Steve and fellow handheldlibs,
Yes, I think it must be able to produce web page channels since Handstory
does this essentially from the clip index web page -- they use an .hsc
(handstory channel/clip?) file type. They mention that they are still
working on the "Handstory Clip Editor" which should be out soon and should
be included in the suite. (their use of the term 'clip' sometimes seems
roughly to be the same as our 'channel' ) -- I think this capability will
allow us to tailor .hsc channels similar to the ones they use on their
index page. Will certainly be trying this out as soon as it appears and
will post what I find. (I did try to snoop out the structure of an .hsc
file but no luck! :)
Jake / UW Libraries, Seattle

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

Ovid@hand and other things

Hello! Since many of you on this list are medical librarians, I am going to
take The Shifted Librarian's advice
and publicize A
Medical Text That Heals Itself.
This is from Wired and was mentioned on Jenny's blog.
The text can be downloaded on to a handheld and is a "work in progress." Jenny also says
"medical librarians rule!" Jenny, you've made our day!

Jenny also comments on Steve Coffman of LSSI's new virtual reference course being
offered at the University of Maryland. Guess what, Jenny and other Illinoisans? We are
going to discuss bringing Steve to Illinois to do this at the next ILA RTSF Technology
Users Group meeting. We have approached him about doing this very same thing in
Illinois and he is game! What a great workshop it looks to be! Many of the workshops
on virtual reference provide an overview, policies, publicity and all, but this one
promises to show you how to be a virtual reference librarian, how to handle the
virtual problem patrons (if only they were all virtual, huh?) It also promises to show
us how to avoid the mistakes and actual hands-on with the LSSI software.
Go here to read more
about this great workshop.
Let's hope we can bring Steve and his crew to

Read this article
on e-books from Wired.
The article states that 2001 was a disappointing year
for the e-book industry, as indeed it was for most industries.The article quotes top
executives and others involved in e-books about what the best news was, the wish list
for 2002, and what were the most over-rated issues and disappointments for 2001.
Palm's sales of e-books are on the rise; handhelds will definitely become the platform
of choice for e-books. A great deal of progress in e-books has also been made. The article
cites that the field of law does not use print much anymore; almost everything is an e-book
or online; and the number of e-books on the Internet for download has increased.

There have also been a number of exciting new initiatives in the world of e-books,
such as the ground-breaking CIC initiative
The Cooperative Library/University Press Initiative.
Kudos to Tom Peters on
this exciting initiative!

Is anyone out there trying ovid@hand?
We are! This has to be one of the first interactive library programs available for handhelds. Although
it is in its infancy, the possibilities are exciting! Our library
subscribes to about 200 of Ovid's full text magazines. With ovid@hand, our physicians, residents,
and medical personnel can subscribe to receive their choice of these tables of contents on their
handheld, select abstracts for which they want to read the full text of an article, hot sync, and view
the full text of the article in their personal library. Some trying this new service would like the full
text on the handheld, but are pleased with being able to view the abstracts and after a hotsync
having the full text right there for their viewing pleasure. I think this is a beautiful beginning for
library applications on handhelds!

NSC has big plans for handhelds

"Taipei Times Online"

On Handhelds

Palm confirms Xerox appeal is ongoing


On Handhelds

Palm to Xerox: Back off Graffiti


On Handhelds

Palm ordered to post bond in patent dispute


On Handhelds

PC giant Legend to announce PDA pact


On Handhelds

Microsofts vision: PDA for the common man


On Handhelds

Handmark Takes Two Awards for SCRABBLE Game On PDA

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ZDNet: Tech Update: Wireless / Wireless: What the doctors ordered - Not much in the way of a Library spin on this one, but if read between the lines, it's not hard to see the information 'science' going on behind the scenes.

Sunday, February 24, 2002

AvantBlog This Avantgo Channel allows you to post to any of your Blogger sites from your handheld device. Follow the instructions provided at the above link.

Another alternative method of posting to your Blogger sites: wapblogger - A WAP interface to Blogger, LiveJournal and other smart weblog-style tools from cellpones.

Tell us how you did it!/Handheld device for disabled/Aladdino

Eric, tell us how you did it! How did you post to this via your Palm Pilot?
I am dying to know

is working on Sonorus, a handheld device for the disabled. They think that within 5
years a cell phone will be the most important platform for people with disabilities.
This will be a talking IPAQ.

If you remember my post from a few days ago, wondering about how to handle
charges with Avantgo, I did hear from
a similar company Aladdino, a service
similar to Avantgo. What is interesting is that they want xml or textfeeds from
the page to turn it into a mobile channel. They say they prefer the xml feeds.
For more details on XML feeds please go to:
The Shifted Librarian is on
the ball and on top of technology! Fairly soon, it will not be enough just
to put your web page out there and hope google picks it up. You will have
to put your page into an xml newsfeed as Jenny says because that will
be how people are picking up their news instead of reading the paper, looking
in google, etc. Libraries will need to put their pages in feeds, for people
reading news, finding things on the net, and getting news in a handheld format.
I wonder if newsfeeds may become the new search engines on the Internet.
Well, I hope to learn more about this Wed. when Jenny talks at the ILA RTSF
meeting. I will take good notes and post them here as news feeds relate to
handhelds anyway! Jenny, do you have a magic crystal ball?

Eric, congratulations on all you are doing with radio!
Go to Eric's new Radio blogger.

Handheld Headlines

Largest dictionary collection: promo ends Feb, 28!

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