iTouch & Go: Funding Innovation in the UH Libraries


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  • iTouch and Go
  • A. brief overview of microgrant program         1. started by Strategic Directions Implementation Committee         2. how they work             i. grants </= $2000             ii. one year term
  • B. project logistics         1. why ipod?         2. 8 ipod touches (5 assigned, 3 for checkout)         3. what we hoped to accomplish
  • C. how we did it (how we actually conducted the project)         1. training         2. survey         3. follow-up video interviews
  •   D. reactions         1. "does everything" (Andrea)         2. "keep up with email" (Nora)         3. "read up on candidates on the fly" (Damon)         4. "professional development" (Miranda) 
  • E. outcomes/where we're going from here         1. purchasing iPods/netbooks         2. student app projects         3. other microgrant - eReaders
  • II. successes and pitfalls     A. what went right         1. bolstered mobile confidence         2. encouraged trying new things
  • B. lessons learned         1. can't assume level of familiarity         2. mobile means different things to different people         3. technology is personal (sense of ownership)
  • III. similar program at your own library     A. Talk to your library administration     B. It doesn't have to be expensive!         1. just buy one         2. consortiums         3. engraveable - unique donor opportunity
  • iTouch & Go: Funding Innovation in the UH Libraries

    1. 1. iTouch and Go Funding Innovation in the UH Libraries Rachel Vacek and Robin Dasler University of Houston Libraries Internet Librarian October 27, 2009
    2. 2. Microgrants : Growing from    Strategic Directions
    3. 3. E-Readers READ posters Library Green Initiative “ History of UH” Stationary Librarian trading cards Disciplinary Professional Organization Membership for Subject Librarians Finals Mania Cougar Social Media Showcase Staff Outreach Program SPARKY Awards Learning Commons Video Contest Branding Campaign Library Commercials on the Student Video Network
    4. 4. iPod Touch Microgrant
    5. 5. Training Survey Interviews
    6. 6. “ It does everything!”
    7. 7. “ It's great to keep in touch.”
    8. 8. “ I only had a few minutes.”
    9. 9. “ I can keep up with the profession.”
    10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Building apps </li></ul></ul>But wait, there’s more! <ul><ul><li>Investigating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eReaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iPods or netbooks </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Building mobile confidence   <ul><ul><li>Downloadable apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text messaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current trends </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Lessons learned <ul><ul><li>Don't assume that library staff are already familiar with mobile devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile means different things to different people  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology is personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There will be surprises - one idea can lead to another </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    13. 13. Bringin’ it home <ul><ul><li>Implement a microgrant program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a discussion with your library administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just buy what your library can afford </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your Friends of the Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vendor sponsorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for opportunities for collaboration in your </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. For more info Robin Dasler Science & Mathematics Librarian University of Houston [email_address] Rachel Vacek Web Services Coordinator University of Houston [email_address] Photo by Rachel Vacek Photo by Cindi Trainor
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