The Academic Librarian on the move: the use of Mobile Technology in Support to Teaching, Learning & Research Pavlinka Kovatcheva, Faculty Librarian: Sciences firstname.lastname@example.org University of Johannesburg iBala Workshop, 28 September 2011, CSIR
The Mobile world at the palm of our hands Source
Content Introduction Trends in Mobile Technologies in 2011 Mobile Technologies in Libraries The Academic Librarian Mobile Playground Web 2.0 Applications for Mobile Librarians Way Forward References
Introduction 70% of the worlds population now have a mobile phone, that’s over 5 billion mobile subscribers. Children are more likely to own a mobile phone than a book, with 85% of kids owning a phone as to 73% having books! Apple has sold almost 60 million iPhones world wide, while Google’s Android OS is growing at 886% year.(Source) In over 50 countries the cell phone penetration is above 100%.
People are spending more and more time on their mobile phones Source
8 Trends in Mobile technology: 2011 Source: Video
The Mobile Phones:How smart is your phone? Apple - iPhone - iTunes Application store Google & Android - Open source Operating system BlackBerry - The most popular phone in SA - Success – instant push “e-mails” capabilities between the mobile and Blackberry e-mail server Nokia Samsung Source
Mobiletechnologies in libraries If Librarians want to hold on to their role as an Information professionals, they need to be able to reach out to users in their preferred method of Communication. (Griffey, 2010)
Why use Mobile technologies in the Libraries? (1)
Library Services on the GO!
24/7 Access to Mobile Library catalogue, websites, services & resources
Social Interactions via Mobile Web 2.0 Application
Provide an easy & timely communication channels
Library Current Awareness to Services and Resources
For Information Retrieval & Reference Services
Why use Mobile technologies in the Libraries? (2)
An easy Marketing of Resources & Services
Provide a Mobile eBook Readers for users to borrow (iPads; Kindle)
Change the image of the Library from “being in there” to “being out there”
Prove that the librarians can adapt to the changing information environment
Plan to be a Mobile Library/Librarian Develop or Customise Mobile Applications for your Library to fit your library users needs: Create Mobile Library website Create Mobile Library Catalogue Create Portable Instruction Resources Offer Mobile Library Tours Offer Mobile collections Provide SMS services Explore other implementation ideas ALL THE TIME! (Griffey, 2010)
Examples of Library Mobile Portals Some of the typical Library Mobile Portals provide access to: Library Services Library Resources - Library Catalogue - Databases& Journals Social Networking tools Information Literacy Instructions How to ... http://www.library.up.ac.za/mobi/
Examples of Library Mobile Portals http://www.bu.edu/lawlibrary/mobile/ http://www.library.american.edu/mobile/ http://www.bc.edu/sites/libraries/m/
The Academic Librarian Mobile playground Practical Examples of how to use the Mobile in our hand to enhance the library services to our users From Web 2.0 to Databases Applications
UJ AirPAC Mobile Library Catalogue 2011: Marketing Tips
AirPAC Mobile Catalogue: More Marketing Tips Make use of the Virtual Learning Environment (EduLink); Library website; SMS messages to students; Blog posts; E-mail signature; QR Codes; Brochures and so on.
Subject Portals for the UJ Sciences users http://ujsciencelibrarian.pbworks.com/
Why make use of the Web 2.0 Apps on your Mobile? Bridging the GAP in being connected & informed You are the Librarian on the GO! Increase the visibility of the Library & yourself as a librarian You are connected at any time to your Social Network community Use Twitter to tweet or re-tweet from conferences, workshops, while waiting in a queue or just walking Push notifications keep you up-to-date with the latest news an developments in any area of interest To be able to train and advice your patrons of what they can access on their Mobile Online books, Locations, Educational applications, Entertainment, Research; Latest news, Chats, Photo sharing, Google are at the palm of your hand. You the MOBILE REFERENCE LIBRARIAN!
QR Codes for Mobile Librarians What are a QR Codes? The QR Codes are 2 dimensional barcodes that are easily scanned using mobile phones Your mobile phone need to have the QR Code option to install. For example: The QR Code application for iPhone can be installed for FREE from the Application store. Once it is installed, you can scan any QR Codes Steps in creating QR Code: Find a QR Code Generator (perform a Google search) Type the information, such as text or a URL, which will be converted (qurified) into a barcode. When you scan the barcode with your mobile, the code will be then converted (dequrified) into the coded text or URL
How to create QR Code?Make use of QR Code Generator http://www.qurify.com/en/
Why use QR Codes in the Library? Strengths of the QR Code: Mobile as portable - already in patron’s hand Enable connection between digital & analogue Crosses media boundaries Source: Example: To promote Library Resources & Services Print brochures with QR codes – students can scan and GO and the information will be on their Mobile for further investigation
QR Code from your Mobile: Example for Librarians Business Card The QR Code can represent your business information, your website or any other relevant information
QR Code from your Mobile: Example for Librarians E-mail Signature
QR Code from your Mobile: Example for Librarians UJ Library Catalogue Smart phones Ordinary web enabled phones
QR Code from your Mobile: Example for Librarians QR Code for Library Online Posters The long URL can be replaced with the QR Code from your Mobile phone. http://ujsciencelib.glogster.com/how-to-find-print-and-online-books-uj-library-for-sciences-users/
QR Code from your Mobile: Example for Librarians QR Code for Library Print Posters http://0-www.crcnetbase.com.ujlink.uj.ac.za/
Additional Mobile Databases JSTOR - http://mobile.jstor.org/ WorldCat - http://www.worldcat.org/mobile/default.jsp RefWorks -http://www.refworks.com/refshare/help/Working_with_RefMobile.htm Google Mobile – m.google.co.za (on your web browser) Arxiv (iPhone/iPad Application) http://downloads.zdnet.com/abstract.aspx?docid=1239913 Nature - http://www.nature.com/mobileapps/ National Library of Medicine Appl. (PubMed, Medline,etc) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/ Science (iPhone/iPad Application)
Skills & Tools the Mobile Librarian needs? http://www.wordle.net/
Way Forward for the Mobile Librarians Explore all the possibilities to connect with users Promote the available Mobile Services & Resources to your colleagues and your users Make your “Faculty- Subject” mobile application ( Gareth Cliff example). Budget, budget .... Make use of those Web 2.0 applications, that match your patrons needs. Don’t miss the chance to be a MODERN DAY Librarian!
Useful Resources Griffey, J. 2010. Mobile Technology & Libraries. London: Facet Publ. M-Libraries: http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=M-Libraries Thank you! Any Question? UJ Sciences Librarian Portal: http://ujsciencelibrarian.pbworks.com/FrontPage Slideshare presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/pavlinka163/presentations