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Experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries

  1. 1. Experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries Jo Alcock @joeyanne
  2. 2. UK mobile statistics• There are more mobile phones in the UK than people• 51.3% of UK mobile phone users have a smartphone• 12% of UK population have a tablet (and sales are growing 378% each year) Sources: 2012 Mobile Internet Usage Statistics blog post (from Westminster eForum event, March 2012) 2012 Mobile Future in Focus report (Feb 2012)
  3. 3. Why should we get serious about mobile web? Mobile vs. Desktop web in UK
  4. 4. What skills do m-librarians need? • IT Skills • Personal traits • User focus • Communication • Collaboration • Research and developmentKate Davis and Prof. Helen Partridge at #mlib11
  5. 5. What knowledge does an m-librarian need?• Different mobile devices• Basics of using mobile software• QR codes• Location services• Augmented reality
  6. 6. 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)
  7. 7. Library content on mobile devicesE-books, electronic articles, digitised materials...
  8. 8. How people actually use the iPad
  9. 9. Google Books for mobile
  10. 10. Collins, Hodder, NelsonThornes, OpenUniversity, OxfordUniversity Press andPearson Education havecreated Multi-Touchtextbooks available nowfrom the iBookstore. iBooks textbooks
  11. 11. Ebook apps on iPad
  12. 12. JISC MACON
  13. 13. JISC m-biblio
  14. 14. JISC PhoneBooth
  15. 15. Library services from mobile devices Enquiry support, finding resources, circulation, collecting statistics, room booking...
  16. 16. SMS enq uirie sState Library of Ohio
  17. 17. SMS tipsUniversity of Huddersfield Library
  18. 18. Mob cata ile logu eKeele University Library
  19. 19. Rov enq ing uirie sUniversity of Warwick Library
  20. 20. Mob circ ile ulat ionDC Public Library
  21. 21. Loa mob ning ile d evic esCreekview High School Library
  22. 22. Loa mob ning ile d evic esRadcliffe Science Library (University of Oxford)
  23. 23. Col libra lectin ry s g tatis ticsUniversity of Warwick Library
  24. 24. Col libra lectin ry s g tatis ticsNorth Carolina State Library
  25. 25. 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)
  26. 26. Mobile specific content/servicesQR codes, location services, augmented reality
  27. 27. LSE Library
  28. 28. North Carolina State University Library
  29. 29. The Wallace Center/Rochester Institute of Technology
  30. 30. Staffordshire University Library
  31. 31. University of Huddersfield Library
  32. 32. University of Bedfordshire Library
  33. 33. Delaware District County Library
  34. 34. Aberystwyth University Library
  35. 35. University of Bedfordshire Library
  36. 36. Oak Park Public Library
  37. 37. University of Warwick Library
  38. 38. University of Sheffield
  39. 39. SCARLET project
  40. 40. Miami University, Ohio
  41. 41. Great, but... =
  42. 42. Some of this doesnt cost money! • QR codes • Location apps (e.g. Foursquare, SCVNGR) • Barcode scanning apps • Open source software • Summon mobile* • Database mobile apps**free with existing subscriptions
  43. 43. What do we need to do?
  44. 44. What do users want?Charles Darwin University Library
  45. 45. Points to take away• Aim for high impact, low cost• Dont over invest• Utilise free resources • Animoto (video creation) • bit.ly (URL shortener with statistics and QR codes) • ZBar (barcode reader) • Kaywa (QR code generator)• Be flexible and adaptable to users needs
  46. 46. Resources available: http://bit.ly/mlibsbcu

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