August 20th, 2010
Most people probably already use their smartphones to watch videos, listen to music, surf the Web, and keep in touch with friends. Students can now use it to enhance their academic experience and earn better grades.
The WVU Libraries’ new Mobile Web brings several of the Libraries’ electronic resources to Web-enabled phones. The application enables users to perform library research, find a book, locate an available computer at the Downtown Campus or Evansdale library, and ask a librarian a question.
Access the site at m.lib.wvu.edu or through the link on the WVU Mobile Web page.
The site provides access to the Libraries’ online catalog, MountainLynx, and mobile versions of EBSCOhost and RefWorks.
Looking for a computer at the either the Downtown or Evansdale library? Detailed maps of each floor, updated continuously, show available computers.
Have a question? Ask a Librarian connects users with a librarian via Instant Message, email, phone, or texting. The services are staffed 9 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturday; and 2-11 p.m. Sunday.
Texting, the newest addition to library services, is available on all phones with texting capabilities and is free to students who have unlimited text plans on their phones. Simply text a message to 304-220-0919.
“If you can get a cell signal, you can get help from a librarian,” said Penny Pugh, Head of Reference for the Downtown Campus Library.