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Mobile Learning Symposium, University of Manitoba, May 1 2009
Education ⪮ Libraries
How do mobile technologies impact education?
What can educators do to take advantage of the powerful
computing devices most students carry in their pockets?
Lending of books
Services for Distance Education
PC’s from home - proxied access to online resources
Telephone / Chat / Instant Messaging Help
Wireless access in Libraries / Lending laptops and notebooks
Why isn’t “Ask a Librarian”
more successful? Questions in March 2009
Number of Students
Market penetration is
Students (with a few 22500
exceptions) have to be on the
Libraries’ web site to access 15000
The other oldest profession
one quarter of librarians are 55 years or older
Source: The Future of Human Resources in Canadian Libraries, 2005
Enterprises in North America will be supporting more mobile
phones than desktop phones by 2011
The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the
Internet for most people in the world in 2020.
The Future of the Internet III , Pew Report, December 2008
at the least put the gear into the hands of the staff that are going
to create the content
make the content accessible
provide the services
make the contacts
'Mobile Computing’, Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical
Libraries,6:1,64 — 68
Lippincott, J. K. (2008). Mobile technologies, mobile users:
Implications for academic libraries. ARL: A Bimonthly Report on
Research Library Issues & Actions, (261), 1-4.
Instant Messaging via mobile set to challenge the status quo of
non-voice communication, 2008
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