My first Saturday session was one the best ones so far. Hosted by the RUSA/MARS Committee, four speakers talked about ways they implemented mobile technology into their services to cater to users on the go.
Most of the ideas revolved around the problem on what libraries should focus on when building their Web presence for mobile devices. Users who use library services this way usually look for quick information such as opening hours, phone numbers, locations, etc., whereas catalog and database access is still limited.
Some thought was also given to the way data is pulled from the regular Web page to the mobile page, and how the latter should be coded. Images and unnecessary HTML code should be cut out so the mobile page displays well across a broad variety of platforms (iPhone, Android).
Interactive pages that display which libraries are currently open, how many computers are available in the computer lab and so on is also interesting to think about, as well as the idea to use QR codes, which can be scanned with cell phones to retrieve information.
Oh, and another highlight, of course, was Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse with one of my professors.
If you will excuse me now, I need to shop for new feet and possibly a new shoulder.
Went to my first program this morning: Careers in Federal Libraries … conveniently located at the Library of Congress. So I got to check out my internship-place at the same time.
The workshop featured librarians from different types of federal libraries and agencies, which explained mainly what their department does, how to get into a federal library etc. They have some nice fellowship programs etc. that I will check out.
My next session will be tonight. Well, it will be a Meet and Greet Happy Hour held by MARS/BRASS. Should be interesting. I get to meet my intern-supervisor as well.
Right now I am at the convention center. Exhibits are not open yet, so I will check those out tomorrow. Right now I am just giving my feet a rest and trying to figure out how I can stuff all my things into one bag instead of carrying two or more. I also have to head to Metro Center since I forgot my Smart Card. DUH.
I am all ready to go to my first program tomorrow: Careers in Federal Libraries at 9am. Did not much tonight, I am in Springfield for the first two nights and then in DC for the last two nights. Long story short: My previous employer wanted to reimburse me … well, we all knew what happened. But I had already booked L’Enfant Plaza Hotel for two nights. Could not really afford another two nights there, so I am at a hotel in Springfield. Cheaper, but really nice. Went out and had some sushi for dinner, then went to the hotel gym.
In the evening I will attend the MARS Meet and Greet Happy Hour. The person that will guide me through my internship at LoC is the chair, so she will be there. Will be nice to meet her before my internship starts.
So off to bed now, gotta get up early tomorrow.
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