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Library Tours, Courtesy of Your Cell Phone

The Dartmouth Library is now offering audio tours of Baker-Berry Library services and collections—via cellular phone. To take the tour, call (603) 283-6890. Listen to the greeting, then enter an item number followed by the pound key (#) to hear brief descriptions at various locations in the library. Users can select which descriptions to hear and in what order. The service is free of charge, though users may be using their cell phone plan minutes.

phone logo(Logo courtesy Guide by Cell)

The new tour is an experiment in innovative ways to use technology to deliver information to the community. It begins with a greeting from Jeffrey Horrell, dean of libraries and librarian of the College, who introduces users to the scope and purpose of Dartmouth’s libraries: “Over the past two centuries, the collections have grown to 2.5 million printed volumes, 150,000 electronic books, 29,000 print journals, 34,000 electronic journals, 2.5 million microforms, and over 180,000 maps,” says Horrell. “But equally important is the Dartmouth Libraries’ long tradition of service to users by our experienced and dedicated staff. Information is important to your success at Dartmouth, and our libraries and staff are central to connecting you with it.”

A brochure listing item numbers for each tour stop is located at service desks in Baker-Berry and online. Floor plans indicating tour stop locations are also available online. Additionally, signs with the tour’s blue phone logo are placed at tour stops in the library. The library plans to add more tour stops to the tour and welcomes user feedback.

This is a pilot project during fall 2007, and the librarians would appreciate feedback. Comments can be left at any time during the tour by pressing zero (0) followed by the pound key (#).

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Last Updated: 12/17/08