Monday, June 27, 2011

Text Message a Record from the Online Catalogue

Library Services has introduced a new feature in our online catalogue. This feature will allow patrons to text message the primary information of a record to themselves. The information that will be texted includes: title, call number, and location.

WHY?
  • With this service, patrons do not have to write down the record information to retrieve the material from the shelves. Patrons will also be able to retain that record information on their cellular device.  

HOW IT WORKS
  1. When in a record, look for the "Send via Text Message" text and icon (see Figure 1) and click it.
  2. Figure 1. "Send via Text Message."
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  3. In the dialogue box (see Figure 2) enter your cellular phone number with all 10 digits (without dashes, spaces, etc.).
    Figure 2. Enter cellular number.
    (Click to enlarge)
    You will also need to select your cellular provider (see Figure 3; we currently provide service to all of Canada's major cellular providers).

    Figure 3. Available cellular providers.
  4. Click "Send" and a "Message sent!" dialogue box will appear.

    If you decide not to send a text, click "Clear" to return to the record.

  5. You will then receive a text message similar to the one in Figure 4.
Figure 4. Received record information.
WHAT ABOUT QR CODES?
  • This services does not replace the use of QR codes in the catalogue—it is a complement or alternate means of delivery to the use of QR codes.
Special thanks to our partners at the University of Lethbridge that made this service possible.

Please note that charges may apply if your service plan does not include free/unlimited text messaging. If you have any comments, concerns, or questions, please make use of our information or social media services.

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