Experimenting with mobile         technologies in librariesJo Alcock, Evidence Base at Birmingham City University         ...
UK mobile statistics• There are more mobile phones in the UK than  people• 51.3% of UK mobile phone users have a  smartpho...
Why should we get serious   about mobile web?   Mobile vs. Desktop web in UK
What skills do m-librarians need?     • IT Skills     • Personal traits     • User focus     • Communication     • Collabo...
What knowledge does an m-librarian need?• Different mobile devices• Basics of using mobile  software• QR codes• Location s...
Mobile technologies in libraries• Library content on mobile  devices (books, articles)• Library services from  mobile devi...
Library content on   mobile devicesE-books, electronic articles, digitised materials...
How people actually use the iPad
Google Books for mobile
iBooks textbooks
Ebook apps on iPad
JISC m-biblio
JISC PhoneBooth
Library services from   mobile devices Enquiry support, finding resources, circulation,     collecting statistics, room boo...
SMS                              enq                                 uirie                                      sState Lib...
SMS                                          tipsUniversity of Huddersfield Library
Mob                           cata ile                               logu                                    eKeele Univer...
Rov                                enq   ing                                    uirie                                     ...
Mob                    circ ile                        ulat                             ionDC Public Library
Loa                                      mob      ning                                          ile d                     ...
Col                            libra lectin                                 ry s        g                                 ...
Col                               libra lectin                                    ry s        g                           ...
Other experiments• Room booking by mobile (incorporating QR  code outside room to check availability and  book if free)• P...
Mobile specific   content/servicesQR codes, location services, augmented reality
LSE Library
North Carolina State University Library
The Wallace Center/Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Bedfordshire Library
University of Huddersfield Library
University of Bedfordshire Library
Oak Park Public Library
University of Warwick Library
University of Sheffield
SCARLET project
Miami University, Ohio
Great, but...     =
Some of this doesnt cost money! • QR codes • Location apps (e.g.   Foursquare) • Barcode scanning apps • Open source softw...
What do we need to do?
What do users want?           Library account       Searching for books     Booking a study room    Accessing e-resources ...
Pathways to best practice             • Introducing users to the               library             • Roving support       ...
Points to take away• Aim for high impact (doesnt  need to be high cost)• Don’t reinvent the wheel• Utilise free resources ...
Jo Alcockjo.alcock@bcu.ac.uk      @joeyanneResources available: http://bit.ly/mlibslrf
Learning Resources Forum - experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries
Learning Resources Forum - experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries
Learning Resources Forum - experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries
Learning Resources Forum - experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries
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Presentation for Jisc Learning Resources Forum event on 25th March 2013. Presentation covers numerous examples of mobile technologies in libraries and considers next steps in planning to implement mobile technologies in your own library.

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Learning Resources Forum - experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries

  1. 1. Experimenting with mobile technologies in librariesJo Alcock, Evidence Base at Birmingham City University jo.alcock@bcu.ac.uk @joeyanne Learning Resources Forum - 25th March 2013
  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. iBooks textbooks
  11. 11. Ebook apps on iPad
  12. 12. JISC m-biblio
  13. 13. JISC PhoneBooth
  14. 14. Library services from mobile devices Enquiry support, finding resources, circulation, collecting statistics, room booking...
  15. 15. SMS enq uirie sState Library of Ohio
  16. 16. SMS tipsUniversity of Huddersfield Library
  17. 17. Mob cata ile logu eKeele University Library
  18. 18. Rov enq ing uirie sUniversity of Warwick Library
  19. 19. Mob circ ile ulat ionDC Public Library
  20. 20. Loa mob ning ile d evic esRadcliffe Science Library (University of Oxford)
  21. 21. Col libra lectin ry s g tatis ticsUniversity of Warwick Library
  22. 22. Col libra lectin ry s g tatis ticsNorth Carolina State Library
  23. 23. 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)
  24. 24. Mobile specific content/servicesQR codes, location services, augmented reality
  25. 25. LSE Library
  26. 26. North Carolina State University Library
  27. 27. The Wallace Center/Rochester Institute of Technology
  28. 28. University of Bedfordshire Library
  29. 29. University of Huddersfield Library
  30. 30. University of Bedfordshire Library
  31. 31. Oak Park Public Library
  32. 32. University of Warwick Library
  33. 33. University of Sheffield
  34. 34. SCARLET project
  35. 35. Miami University, Ohio
  36. 36. Great, but... =
  37. 37. Some of this doesnt cost money! • QR codes • Location apps (e.g. Foursquare) • Barcode scanning apps • Open source software • Database mobile apps**free with existing subscriptions
  38. 38. What do we need to do?
  39. 39. What do users want? Library account Searching for books Booking a study room Accessing e-resources Contacting library Booking tutorial Library opening hoursLibrary location information Library news 0 5 10 15 20 Facebook Twitter Birmingham City University
  40. 40. Pathways to best practice • Introducing users to the library • Roving support • Access to resources • Managing borrow accounts • Loaning mobile devices • ...and more
  41. 41. Points to take away• Aim for high impact (doesnt need to be high cost)• Don’t reinvent the wheel• Utilise free resources • Animoto/YouTube (video creation) • bit.ly (URL shortener with statistics and QR codes) • ZBar (barcode reader)• Be flexible and adaptable to users needs
  42. 42. Jo Alcockjo.alcock@bcu.ac.uk @joeyanneResources available: http://bit.ly/mlibslrf
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