Your reserved book is ready to collectYour book/s is/are due for renewal/overdueText a shelf reference to yourself
Libraries have found that users are willing to have quite long conversations by textFrontLineSMS - [http://www.frontlinesms.com/ FrontlineSMS] is free open source software that turns a laptop and a mobile phone into a central communications hub. Once installed, the program enables users to send and receive text messages with large groups of people through mobile phones. During the recent M-Libraries conference, Ken Banks (the founder of FrontLineSMS) showed some intriguing examples of how it has been used in the field. On a particular occasion, the software was used by the British army in Afghanistan to alert its staff about a major security incident, and as a result of this in time communication through FrontLineSMS, all the staff returned back to the based safely.
Currently Elsevier find that smaller screens are mostly used for discovery, but tablets are used for reading.However, we’ve already seen behaviours change and as more text becomes available in reflowable content consumers may start to read more full text on small screens.
JISC funded community support project to address issues around lack of evidence base for m-libraries and to develop stronger community linksEvidence gathering included blog, case studies, collating existing web resources, and pathways to best practice guidesCommunity building included information sharing event, presentations, community website, social media discussions and mailing listPlease join in discussions by signing up to mailing list, subscribing to blog, and joining in conversations on social media (e.g. #mlibs on Twitter)
M-libraries snapshot January 2013
The state of M-librariesEMALINK workshop, 30th January 2013#mlibs
#mlibsTypes of services offered SMS alerts Reference desk enquiries via SMS and mobile webchat Mobile OPACs Library integration in University apps/websites – e.g. CampusM Mobile guide/tour Mobile library websites Library apps – native and cross-platform Publisher apps Augmented reality – QR codes and location aware services Roving staff with iPads
SMS alertsText Message Notifications by Skokie Public Library, onFlickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/skokiepl/3334091956/“Your reservedbook is ready tocollect”“Your book/s is/aredue forrenewal/overdue”“Text a shelfreference toyourself”
#mlibsReading full textPhone type PDF HTML Plain text ePubSmartphone (iPhone/Android) Feature phone (Blackberry/ N95) Maybe MaybeBasic internet phone
AugmentedrealityQR codes in the stacks by Robin M.Ashford, on Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/25095603@N07/5021688103/CDU Library Treasure Hunt bysallysetsforth, on Flickr:http://www.flickr.com/photos/sallysetsforth/5473642716/Enhancing thephysicalenvironmentALA Techset: Location-Aware Servicesand QR Codes for Libraries:http://www.alatechsource.org/location-aware-services-and-qr-codes-for-libraries-13
What do YOUR patrons need?Picture from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Circus-Parade_white-bandwagon_Jul09.jpg
#mlibsLearn more• M-libraries on Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki:http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=M-Libraries• JISC Mobile Technologies in Libraries blog:http://www.m-libraries.info• M-libraries group on Mendeley: http://mnd.ly/JVA6Hv• M-libraries conference books from Facet:http://bit.ly/W2xgoZ• 4th International M-libraries conference 2012:http://www.m-libraries.org/
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