Today is the last day of 2009 and I want to thank all my readers for taking time out of their busy daily schedules to read my posts.
Before we move into the next year, I want to briefly share with you 2 interesting posts about innovative service planned at the Saint Paul Public Library and Contra Costa County Library.
With the grant from the Knight Foundation the Saint Paul Public Library plans to launch mobile computer lab to expand computer training for users.
The project features two components. First, the library will launch a mobile service delivery van, complete with 10 laptop computers loaded with teaching and testing software. The Mobile Workplace will regularly visit at least nine community partner locations where library staff will offer job search assistance and computer training.
The second component is the participation of multilingual cultural liaisons who will ensure that services are offered in high-priority languages, including Spanish, Hmong and Somali, with outreach to specific cultural communities.
The press release from the Knight Foundation website will give you more.
Contra Costa County Library in California was given 60 000 dollars Bay Area Library and Information Systems(BALIS) innovation grant to help mobile phone users to manage their accounts from their cell phones.
The library will develop a Mobile Patron Support System that will link customers with cell phones to library services and information through QR codes attached to library materials including books, DVDs, flyers, posters,library cards, and the catalog. By taking a picture of the barcode, the phone will launch the library’s mobile website and provide access to three functional areas: detailed, dynamically generated information on titles scanned including reviews, first chapters, and read-alike information; links to library mobile web pages including hours and location
information; and links to patron account functions.
More information is available at LISWire blog. We have written about Contra Costa Library's ground-breaking way of implementing technology before and it will be very interesting to see what the outcome is for the new Mobile Patron Support System.
Happy New Year to you and your family and I will see you again in 2010!