PDAs at the Veterinary Medical Library at NC State University: Experiences and experiments
Osegueda, Laura M.
Smith, Plato L., III
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In Fall 2001 the first round of Handspring Visors were distributed to all third year students and select faculty members at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. The Veterinary Medical Library took a low key approach to assisting users waiting for them to come to us for help. A special web page and database was developed and user group sessions were held during the 2001-2002 academic year. When a new librarian, Plato Smith, was assigned to the project in July 2002, a more proactive approach helped to incorporate the Library into the program in the Fall of 2002 when the next round of Visors were distributed. We have also worked locally to develop a clinical log on HanDBase for fourth year students to keep their required clinical diaries on their Visors and transfer it easily to MS Word. The authors will share their experiences working directly with faculty and students in a variety of problem solving situations, circulating pda books, and teaching a variety of training sessions. We will also report on results of our online user survey and usage of our newly created Avantgo news channel with its direct link to the new text-based PubMed site.