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Search UI Libraries on your devices: Alexa and Mobile Apps

Search the UI Libraries Infohawk + catalog with your Amazon Alexa smart speaker. With commands find UI Libraries materials and receive updated hours information for campus libraries.

About the Amazon Alexa Project

Student developed prototype for Alexa Skill

During the 2018 spring semester, Librarian Kim Bloedel partnered with  College of Business lecturer Kevin Felker to design and implement a voice technologies project for students enrolled in the Information Systems Capstone class. Student groups received Amazon Dots and were charged with developing a voice interface for a business library Amazon Alexa Skill.   The students' work served as a prototype for the UI Libraries Amazon Alexa skill. 

Need Help? Contact Kim

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Kim Bloedel
Contact:
Pomerantz Business Library
Office: C342 PBB
319-335-3077
Website

Search UI Libraries on your Alexa device

Do you have an Amazon Alexa product? You can now enable the Alexa  Infohawk skill  and access UI Libraries information using voice commands. 

To add or enable InfoHawk skill on your Amazon device say “Alexa, Enable InfoHawk” or "Alexa, Open InfoHawk " 

Alexa InfoHawk Basic Commands to try

Guided Mode

Search Feature

  • Alexa, Open Info Hawk
  • Alexa, Can you search  for a book?
  • Alexa, I want to search for a book “Wings of Fire”
  • Alexa, List all books by “James Patterson” involving “Alex Cross”
  • Alexa, Can you list all books by “James Patterson” after the year “two thousand”?
  • Alexa, Can you search books on “butterflies”?

Course Reserve search

  • Alexa, Can you search a course reserve book?
  • Alexa, I want to search a reserve book authored by “Strahan Jonathan”
  • Alexa, I want to search a reserve book by “David” in “Business Library”
  • Alexa, Can you search a CR book “wings of fire” authored by “Strahan Jonathan”?

Hour feature

  • Alexa, Is the library open now?
  • Alexa, What is the status of “University of IOWA” on “today”?
  • Alexa, What are the available timings for “Music Library” for “next month”?
  • Alexa, What are the open timings for “Special Collections Library” for “next week”?
  • Alexa, What are the available timings for “Science Library”?

Help Feature

  • Alexa, Help me
  • Alexa, What can I ask you?
  • Alexa, I need your help
  • Alexa, What can I ask you?

Repeat Feature

  • Alexa, Can you repeat that?
  • Alexa, Repeat it
  • Alexa, I didn’t catch that

Cancel Feature

  • Alexa, Let me start over
  • Alexa, Relaunch
  • Alexa, Cancel this search
  • Alexa, Begin again
  • Alexa, Move on

Non-Guided Mode

Search Feature

  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk to search for a book
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk to search for a book authored by “Strahan Jonathan 
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk to search the book “Wings of Fire” by “Strahan Jonathan”
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk search for books by “Patrick White” before “two thousand”
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk to suggest books on "Business Administration"

Course Reserve Search

  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk to search for a reserve book “Corporate Finance”
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk to search for a CR book “wings of fire” by “Strahan Jonathan”
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk to search for a reserve book “wings of fire” in “main library"

Hours Search

  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk whether the library open now?
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk whether the “University of IOWA” is right now available or not
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk whether the “Music Library” is available now
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk whether “Engineering Library” is open on “1st August”
  • Alexa, Ask Info Hawk to search for a CR book “wings of fire” by “Strahan Jonathan”

  • Ask Info Hawk to search for a reserve book “wings of fire” in “main library”

InfoHawk App on Apple and Android Devices

If prompted for a code, enter 1122.