Putting research into practice: Mobile technologies in libraries


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Putting research into practice: Mobile technologies in libraries

  1. 1. Putting research into practice: Mobile technologies in libraries Jo Alcock and Annmarie Lee Birmingham City University CILIP Umbrella Conference 3rd July 2013
  2. 2. Overview Research Jisc-funded m-library community support project Practice Birmingham City University Library and Learning Resources Conclusions Implications for researchers and practitioners •  •  • 
  3. 3. Mobile technologies in libraries http://www.flickr.com/photos/kennedylibrary/6176216315
  4. 4. Jisc m-library programme
  5. 5. M-library community support project "to help support and engage the emerging m-library community by reviewing and synthesising existing research and evidence-based guidance" Evidence Base & Owen Stephens Consulting November 2011 - September 2012 http://mlibraries.jiscinvolve.org/wp/
  6. 6. Evidence gathering http://www.flickr.com/photos/vees/999594439
  7. 7. Community building http://www.flickr.com/photos/omegaman/194705584
  8. 8. Pathways to best practice http://www.flickr.com/photos/hockadilly/5744624394
  9. 9. BCU Library and Learning Resources •  A student population of 25,000 •  About a third of our students study part•  •  •  time Six academic faculties offering over 350 courses Eight campus libraries Increase in users learning from a distance
  10. 10. Mobile at BCU - outreach
  11. 11. Mobile at BCU - SMS Since August 2011, 78,825 Library SMS messages have been sent.
  12. 12. Mobile at BCU - QR codes
  13. 13. Mobile technologies working group •  Representatives from different campuses •  •  •  and parts of library, plus a CICT colleague Meet on a monthly basis Bring ideas together and work on small scale investigative projects Organic process to enable new opportunities
  14. 14. Working group projects •  Library functionality in mobile app •  Mobile treasure hunt for inductions •  Supporting learning and teaching (e.g. augmented reality) •  Recommended apps for outreach •  Mobile access to resources •  Google Maps for location-based orientation
  15. 15. Mobile at BCU - iBCU
  16. 16. Research informing practice
  17. 17. Research informing practice
  18. 18. Research informing practice http://www.libsuccess.org
  19. 19. Implications for researchers •  Ensure research is informed by practice o  Need to be aware of pain points •  Ensure information is accessible to practitioners o  Improve awareness by sharing at practitioner events o  Produce short easy-to-use guides
  20. 20. Implications for practitioners •  Look for research to inform practice o  Starting a new project? Has it been done before? Has someone published lessons learned and tips for best practice? •  Remain aware of current research o  Follow research blogs and tweets •  Help provide information to inform research o  Contribute to research surveys
  21. 21. Benefits of collaboration •  Both sides can learn from each other o  Two way process - practice informed by research, research informed by practice •  Help improve practice and research
  22. 22. Thank you for listening Jo Alcock @joeyanne Jo.Alcock@bcu.ac.uk Annmarie Lee @annmarielee66 Ann-Marie.Lee@bcu.ac.uk