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No dusty bookshelves, no tyrannical librarians shushing from atop their reference desk stoops, and no closing time. SUNY Canton's Southworth Library has gone mobile.

With a tablet or a mobile phone, users have access online periodicals, research databases, and even e-books.

Assistant librarians Michael Magilligan and Jennifer Whittaker have been working on integrating the roving reference technology using QR codes, videos and podcasts to give library patrons more resources and services.

"It's giving us another opportunity to engage students instead of just saying, 'here's a book to read,'" said Michael Magilligan, assistant librarian.

It's really a simple process. All you have to do is take an iPad or mobile phone, scan the code on the wall, and the information you need is at your fingertips.

"We have over 80,000 electronic books most of our serials are on databases, so the students need to be able to access these online," said Jennifer Whittaker, assistant librarian.

Several placards like this one have also been placed around the library, automatically linking videos of individuals recommending books for reading and other presentations. Librarians are also able to expand service points and outreach opportunities by bringing the library's vast amount of information into classrooms and other campus locations.

The college library is also allowing students to take out an iPad just like they would check out a book and officials say they expect the use of more innovative technology in the months ahead.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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