Refining Mobile Library Services Intro Special issue HHLIB 4 Handheld librarian papers


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“Refining Mobile Library Services.” My introduction to a Special issue of The Reference Librarian (volume 53, 3) dedicated to papers from the 4th Handheld Librarian conference held February 2011. Preprint.

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Refining Mobile Library Services Intro Special issue HHLIB 4 Handheld librarian papers

  1. 1. “Refining Mobile Library Services.” Introduction to Special Issue: Papers from theHandheld Librarian IV Conference. (preprint)Joe Murphy, Librarian & Technology Trend Spotter Twitter: libraryfuture The Reference Librarian. Special Issue: Papers from the Handheld Librarian IV Conference. Vol 53 (4), 2012. Pages 347-348 The information landscape shifts under pressure from technological change. Librariescontinue to adapt with flexible services that meet their lasting core mission. The articles in thisvolume impart practical steps for implementing services that address some of the mostimportant current topics of one prominent area of technological evolution: mobile technology.These detailed guides, coupled with your own personal experience using the technologies andknowledge of your library’s unique considerations, will bring you up to date on how best toleverage handheld technologies in your library. Twitter continues to serve as a fundamental social platform for mobile connections,and A. Nicole Sump-Crethar shows us how to make the most of it in our libraries. AmyVecchione and Margie Ruppel take a multi-library look at best practices for reference servicewith SMS. Allison Bolorizadeh, Rabia Gibbs, Michelle Brannen, and Thura Mack explore theneed for and means of enhancing library instruction and outreach services by incorporatingmobile technologies into teaching efforts. QR Codes, those small bar codesscanned with smart phone cameras that enable us to add links to physical surfaces in ourlibraries are growing as a powerful and low cost mobile tool. Kristen Yarmey and ThomasSwartz reveal how they implemented a QR Code project in a science-specific academicenvironment. Michael J. Whitchurch shares lessons learned through an implementation of QRCodes for a library audio tour. Dantrea Hampton, Amanda Peach, and Benjamin Rawlinsexplain how they made use of QR Codes in promotion of their library’s mobile web resources. Amy Vecchione and Margaret Mellinger write about using SCVNGR, the social location-based mobile app, for gamifying orientation and instruction at an academic institution. StacieJoe Murphy
  2. 2. Williams and Valerie Enriquez explore how Medical Libraries and more can capitalize on theportability of mobile technologies to better serve their users. Andrew Carlos demonstrates thatby understanding the possible applications of various mobile resources, we can gain a betterperspective on research on the go. Sharon Whitfield shows how to use a cross-platform framework for developing nativemobile applications for libraries. James Elder outlines the terminology and challenges forbuilding mobile apps as well as what libraries need to do in order to get started developing iOSspecific applications. Scott Brown shares the need-to-know apps in the context that librariansshould be aware of the most important and impactful mobile applications. These papers, based on expert talks delivered at the fourth online Handheld Librarianconference (held February 2011) cover the current centralmobile library services and represent one half of the knowledge base necessary to successfullylaunch mobile services at your library. The other half includes personal experience with thetools and an understanding of the impacts they are having on information behavior, both ofwhich will inform your service designs. Play with the technologies as you read about theirapplications and consider the larger implications of each upon information behavior as youaddress their service side as a librarian. The technologies here covered have staying power, but the field is rapidly changing.Stay on top of the next batch of important tools by attending the next online HandheldLibrarian conference and joining the discussion or sharing your expertise as a presenter andwriter. - Joe Murphy, guest editor and conference programming committee member. For an official e-print: see issue # 4 of volume 53 of The Reference Librarian Murphy