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Library Hack – Ditch the pencil, take your smartphone to the stacks!


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With these simple library hacks you can ditch the pencil and find Pepperdine Library items using your smartphone!

We’ve seen students taking photos of computer screens (particularly the call numbers in library catalog records) with their phones and using those photos to find books in our Library stacks.

Pepperdine’s Catalog (WorldCat Local) uses persistent links to searches and individual records.  Persistent links = ability to create QR codes.

Each major web browser (Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) has an extension that allows you to easily create a QR code.  Install the extension for your browser.  Scan the QR Code with your smartphone and you’re ready to head to the stacks with all the information you need to find the library resource(s) you want.  It’s that easy!

Firefox

Try this extension and use it like this:

 

Chrome

Try this extension and use it like this:


Safari

Try this extension and use it like this:

 






Library Hack – Help for your New Year’s Resolution to Read More

In writing to a university community which undoubtedly reads a lot in the normal course of business, a New Year’s resolution to “read more”  is less about a quantity of material consumed and more about the mental list we all have of the books or articles we would like to read.

WorldCat Lists is a great tool to create, share, and annotate collections of books, articles, DVDs, etc.

Here are a few brief (no audio) screencasts  (using my New Year’s resolution as an example) to show you how easy it is to use WorldCat Lists.

Pros:

  • Pepperdine University Libraries already uses WorldCat Local
    • you can quickly see whether your lists contains items Pepperdine owns/has access to
    • if Pepperdine does not have access to the item, requesting it through Interlibrary Loan is quick and easy
  • Lists can be private or public
  • You can add notes to the items on your list (e.g., thoughts about the book, how long I took to read it)
  • Because WorldCat Lists is separate from your Pepperdine Library account, your lists stay with you, even, for example, after you graduate
  • Encourage others to read – viewers of your list can quickly find books in your list at their local library