Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

New Year, New Uses for the Smartphone

Foursquare BadgeHappy New Year!  I hope you all survived the new year’s festivities unscathed.  I rang in the new year at the Dallas Tap & Grill with my husband and three of our closest friends (and four strangers who decided to join our group).  We had a great time but I learned that I am way too old to be sitting up all night waiting for a ball to drop.  Kid you not, about 10 seconds after the Times Square crowd yelled “Happy New Year!” I started nodding off.  Still I’m happy that I lived to see another year…

Yesterday I wrote about my hopes, dreams and plans for this year, and one of my biggest plans is to become more tech savvy.  By “tech savvy”, I mean more aware of how current and emerging technologies can be used to offer services to library patrons (overcoming the digital divide, offering econtent, using smartphones, etc).  One of the things that I’ve noticed since working at the library is the number of students with smart phones, not plain old cell phones, but full on mini computers in their hands and I wonder how many of them are using them to their fullest potential?

For example, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Droid when I saw them being advertised.  I’m not sure what I thought I’d accomplish with it but I just knew that I wanted it.  For the last few months, I’ve mostly been using it for social networking and texting (hefty price tag for keeping track of friends).  So, in an effort to make better use of my Droid, I’ve decided to learn something new and useful about my phone each week.

So I’m asking you, if you have a smartphone, what feature of your phone do you find to be most useful?

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