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Some things to pay attention to:

My Info Quest: A brand new international consortium of libraries providing text messaging reference services for the public.  50 U.S. libraries are participating.  Users text questions to a number and librarians respond.  The service is free, provided through Altarama software, available from 8am-10pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm Saturdays, and the first of its kind.  The project is accepting new library members if you are interested.

Three recent Pew studies:

  • The Mobile Difference: A Pew study of how Americans use their mobile devices.  In an ever-mobile world, libraries need to pay attention to how their users prefer to access information.
  • The Internet and the Recession: How are people using the web differently due to the recession?  What information do they want?  How do they access it?  As libraries have redirected resources at user needs due to the recession, this report informs us of user needs and wants and can help us to improve services.
  • Twitter and Status Updating: How are people using these social networking tools?  What kind of information are they putting out there and what do they want to get in return?

Xerox’s take on Information Overload: Xerox has a humorous site dedicated to the effect of information overload on workers.  The site contains a cute video, discussion board, some serious resources on managing IO, and a cute “Information Overload Warning” email generator to send to colleagues.  Totally worth your time.

“Text Messaging Library Services, Pew Studies, and Info Overload”

  1. sstaples Says:

    good info. fyi the hyperlink for the MyInfo Quest needs to be edited.

  2. Sarah Houghton-Jan (LiB) Says:

    MyInfoQuest link has been fixed! Thanks for pointing out the extra “.” in the URL.

  3. Jessica Says:

    Perhaps I’m just missing this or something, but I’m not seeing where I can contact My Info Quest about becoming a member. Do you happen to have this information? Thanks!

  4. Sarah Houghton-Jan (LiB) Says:

    My InfoQuest has a Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/InfoQuest?hl=en&pli=1. Enjoy! We are doing text messaging on our own, and it’s working out really well too. I think the cooperative idea is a great one and seems quite successful, but remember — you can be independent too if the coop doesn’t work for you.

  5. Linda Forbes Says:

    I’m a nurse practitioner that figured out I had ehlers danlos syndrome through my own research. I had bilateral pulmonary emoboli 6 months apart. I had to retire from my job at age 60 because of them. I had chronic joint aches and pains along with flat feet since childhood. I’ve had joint stabilizations x3 in my right ankle and x1 in my left. Hand surgeries as well. Knees are gone and i need replacements. Hips are going now. I’m to see a geneticist in a week. My guess is that I have HEDS with a vascular overlap. I’m a 9/9 on the beighton scale and have early onset osteoarthritis which is very painful. I’ve amost died 4 times in my life due to various helth isscuse related to EDS. My 3 children have symptoms of EDS and four of my grandchldren as well. My oldrest child is 43. My youngest is 24, and already has a lumbar disc hearniation and extremely flat feet. Since we are all fairly athletic, we thought it was the stress and strain from sports activities. I never expected to be in this kind of shape in my 60′s. I feel like I’m 90. Not one doctor I’ve spoken to has ever heard of EDS. I’ve traced EDS from my dad’s side of the family. My 1st cousins are having health issues related to EDS as well as their children. Doctors have diagnosed us with diseases such as lupus and mixed connectivie tissue disease, etc. They didn’t seme a bit concerned that there were too many antigen/antibody diseses in one family. It raised a red flag to me. Hopefully, as the first to be diagnosed by a geneticist in my family, this will be the start of the healing process for my children and extended family. My dad died at the age of 57, and my uncles in their early 60′s. I feel blessed that I’m finally understanding what is going on with us. I don’t want to go to any more funerals in my family.

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