Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Library Hacks: Text LNDL!

We're rolling out a new service on December 1 -- send your questions to the reference desk by text message! Here's how it works:
  • Address your text message to 246246
  • Start off the body of the message with send textlndl
  • Add your message
We're providing this service by taking advantage of AOL's Mobile AIM Service. That means that the librarian at the reference desk will receive an IM with your text message. Our response back to you will still be sent to your phone like any other text. (We'll do our best to keep it under 160 characters!)

This service should work with most major carriers (we've tested it on Verizon and T-Mobile), but if you try it and find it doesn't work for you, please send us an email (askemail@loyola.edu) and let us know who your cell carrier is. That way we can update our information about the service. We'd also like to hear from you if you experience any problems using this service.

Please remember that your cell phone carrier may charge you for each text message sent and received. The library is not responsible for these charges.

EDIT 2/3: It has come to our attention that AOL has changed the process for sending IMs via text message. The instructions above have been updated to reflect this change. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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