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This presentation was given to a live audience at the 2nd joint conference of the Visual Resources Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America, March 24th to March 28 th , 2011, and was ...

This presentation was given to a live audience at the 2nd joint conference of the Visual Resources Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America, March 24th to March 28 th , 2011, and was the first half of a talk given with Heather Cleary during a session titled “Engaging New Technologies” Organized by Meghan Musolff, University of Michigan and moderated by Betha Whitlow, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • This presentation was given to a live audience at the 2nd joint conference of the Visual Resources Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America, March 24th to March 28 th , 2011, and was the first half of a talk given with Heather Cleary during a session titled “Engaging New Technologies” Organized by Meghan Musolff, University of Michigan and moderatedby Betha Whitlow, Washington University in St. Louis. Why did we include mobile computing in this panel? Mobile phones and other devices are an increasingly central to our user's lifestyles.  Even if they aren't used primarily for scholarly pursuits at this time, the field of mobile computing is rapidly advancing and the art library/VR community needs to be ready to capitalize on users' habits.The Horizon Report 2011 categorizes Mobile Devices in the One Year or Less to adoption category. AdMobalso surveyed smartphone users in February 2010 to find that Android and iPhone users spend 80 minutes each day using apps.Image credit: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3154/2979124681_a61a18d810_b.jpg
  • Experts agree that 2011 is the tipping point for mobile technologies. While they have been gaining relevance over the past decades, from now on they will become integral to the first-world lifestyle. In the 4th quarter of 2010, smartphones surpassed PCs in number of units sold.  100.9 million smartphones vs. 92.1 PCs.#
  • The Horizon report defines mobile computing as “the use of the network-capable devices.” This includes smartphones, tablet devices, e-book readers, netbooks, and (technically) laptops - even digital cameras that can send photos directly to Flickr or movies to YouTube qualify under the definition.Netbooks are stream-lined, lighter-weight laptops designed for travel.  They offer word-processing and internet browsers, but are not typically designed to support applications that require large amounts of memory or processing power.  Screen real estate is also typically smaller.http://www.flickr.com/photos/ekosystem/3153286618/sizes/z/in/photostream/Tablet is a flat personal computing device designed for viewing and interaction through a touch-screen interface.  These devices may also recognize handwriting as a means of input.http://qasimsahi.blogspot.com/2011/01/world-is-going-to-change-it-self.htmlHopefully we’re all aware of ebook readers and their purpose & functionality. We made the not to focus our session on these since even devoting the entire 15-minute slot to them wouldn’t do justice to the complex issues libraries face with these.
  • Smartphone is a mobile phone which is designed to support an operating system with multiple applications and which provides for robust data connectivity.Feature phone is a mobile phone which has limited data processing and connectivity.Dumb phones only make phone calls.Image credit: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3339/3574350862_49d337b167_b.jpg
  • Advanced technical developments seen in smartphonesFlexibility in data connectivity method.Interactive screen technology.Media devices integratedMotion detection devices, primarily used for gaming.http://www.netbooknews.com/16299/elocity-a7-reviewed-firmware-update-for-browser-pinch-to-zoom-coming/selection_002-5/
  • Overall top-selling operating systems Android surpassed Apple’s iOS in market share in 2010. It is important to understand that the dominant operating systems dictate much of the market, including which apps are available for particular devices. This is somewhat analogous to the browser war in the late 90s.http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/301359#ixzz1GgoUDt33
  • Library Catalogs: (1 minute)Many of the examples we’re showing you can be found from the M-Libraries portion of the Library Success: A Best Practices WikiWorldCat– If your library is participating in theirUnion Catalog, your users can find your records on their mobile devicesLib Anywhere provided by LibraryThing – a way for users to interact with their local library catalog, incluidng seeing hours, directions, events, newsletters, and mobile catalog search. This is a paid service, however they say that the cost is low.Santa Clara Public Library – search mobile catalog, renew, place holds, see suggested reading lists, contact info. Blog and twitter. This is the most expensive option for making your catalog/library mobile-friendly. This requires ample programming knowledge, on a contract with a company like Boopsie.Hunter College Libraries – As opposed to the first three samples, which were native apps, this is a web app. This means that instead of writing code that can be downloaded and installed on a device, this website has simply been made mobile-friendly. When you navigate to this page on your mobile device, the browser detects that it should display a mobile version of this page. This is probably the least expensive option.
  • Library Databases and Resources:Many of these (Wilson and EBSCOhost) simply need to be turned on in your admin module. Others can be downloaded by users directly to their devices.WilsonWeb[web] - good: turn it on on adminGale’s Access My Library appEBSCOHost – not optimal for mobileJSTOR [in Beta]Lynda.com - great, though web portal login works on iPad not iPhone; cons: only for Apple iOSNaxos Music Library app
  • Art & Design AppsTaschen – shopping for art books. This app takes advantage of the iPad’s display capabilities. Bavarian State Library – makes their special collections available to users any time, any place

Mobile Computing Mobile Computing Presentation Transcript

  • Mobile
    Computing
    Sarah Carter + Heather Cleary
  • 2011:
    The Tipping Point
    For Mobile
  • Definitions
    Netbooks
    E-readers
    Tablets
    Devices
  • I’m a Smartphone!
    I’m a Feature phone!
    Devices
  • Capability
    Wireless 802.11n
    3G or 4G cellular network
    Multi-touch
    Swipe typing
    Haptic feedback
    Cameras – front & back
    Gyroscope, accelerometer, compass
    Pinch
    Devices
  • Symbian
    Google Android
    Apple iOS
    RIM BlackBerry
    Windows Mobile
    HP Palm
    Samsung Bada
    Intel & Nokia MeeGo
    Operating Systems
  • WorldCat.org
    LibAnywhere
    (LibraryThing)
    Santa Clara
    Public Library
    Hunter College
    Web App
    Apps
  • JSTOR
    Access My Library (Gale)
    WilsonWeb
    EBSCOhost
    Lynda.com
    Naxos Music Library
    Apps
  • Famous Books - Treasures of the Bavarian State Library
    TASCHEN Magazine
    Fall/Winter 2010
    Apps