ARLIS Experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries

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Curious about QR codes? Apprehensive about the potential use of mobile apps? This session will explain some of the ways mobile technologies can be used to support library services including mobile access to resources; using QR codes around the library; and using mobile devices to support roving enquiries. Whether you are a complete novice to mobile technologies or are already using them, the session should give you some new, low cost ideas to try out at your library and introduce you to the work of the JISC-funded m-library community support project.

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ARLIS Experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries

  1. 1. Mlibs: Experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries Jo Alcock @joeyanne
  2. 2. Why should you get serious about mobile web? 2011 even moreso!
  3. 3. What skills do m-librarians need? • IT Skills • Personal traits • User focus • Communication • Collaboration • Research and developmentKate Davis and Prof. Helen Partridge at #mlib11
  4. 4. What knowledge do m-librarians need? • Different mobile devices • Basics of using mobile software • QR codes • Location services • Augmented reality
  5. 5. Mobile technologies in libraries• Library content on mobile devices (books, articles)• Library services from mobile devices (enquiries, statistics, collection management, circulation)• Mobile specific content/ services (location services, QR codes, augmented reality)
  6. 6. Library content on mobile devicesE-books, electronic articles, digitised materials...
  7. 7. Library services from mobile devices Enquiry support, finding resources, circulation, collecting statistics, room booking...
  8. 8. SMS enq uirie sState Library of Ohio
  9. 9. SMS tipsUniversity of Huddersfield Library
  10. 10. Mob cata ile logu eKeele University Library (Bowkers Library Anywhere)
  11. 11. Rov ing enq uirie sUniversity of Warwick Library
  12. 12. Mob circ ile ulat ionDC Public Library
  13. 13. Loa mob ning ile d evic esCreekview High School Library
  14. 14. Col libra lectin ry s g tatis ticsUniversity of Warwick Library
  15. 15. Col libra lectin ry s g tatis ticsNorth Carolina State Library
  16. 16. Other experiments• Room booking by mobile (incorporating QR code outside room to check availability and book if free)• Paperless online weeding (using iPad in the stacks to colour code stock as "dusty" and withdraw from catalogue if necessary)
  17. 17. Mobile specific content/servicesQR codes, location services, augmented reality
  18. 18. London School of Economics Library
  19. 19. Charles Darwin University Library
  20. 20. The Wallace Center/Rochester Institute of Technology
  21. 21. Staffordshire University Library
  22. 22. University of Huddersfield Library
  23. 23. University of Bedfordshire Library
  24. 24. Delaware District County Library
  25. 25. Aberystwyth University Library
  26. 26. University of Bedfordshire Library (using ZBar)
  27. 27. EasyBib (reference management)
  28. 28. Oak Park Public Library
  29. 29. University of Warwick Library
  30. 30. University of Sheffield (campusM by oMbiel)
  31. 31. Miami University, Ohio
  32. 32. Great, but... =
  33. 33. Some of this doesnt cost money!• QR codes• Location apps (e.g. Foursquare, SCVNGR)• Barcode scanning apps• Open source software• Some mobile OPACs*• Refworks/EBSCO* *free with existing subscriptions
  34. 34. What do we need to do?
  35. 35. What do users want?Charles Darwin University Library
  36. 36. Where do we go from here? Mobile infrastructure for libraries programme
  37. 37. JISC m-library support project• Evidence gathering • Gathering existing resources and collecting new case studies to share• Community building • Facilitating communication and encouraging sharing of good practice
  38. 38. Support project blog http://m-libraries.info
  39. 39. Useful resources #mlibsPlease add resources using the mlibs tag
  40. 40. Points to take away• Be flexible and adaptable to users needs • Reduce duplication of effort by sharing resources and information• Utilise free resources • Animoto (video creation) • bit.ly (URL shortener with statistics) • ZBar (barcode reader) • Kaywa (QR code generator)
  41. 41. ContactJo Alcock@joeyannejo.alcock@bcu.ac.ukhttp://m-libraries.info http://bit.ly/mlibsproject

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