The Current Landscape of Mobile Libraries

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This is the opening keynote at the Central Texas Library System's 2nd Annual Technology Conference: The Mobile Library. My presentation sets the stage for mobile device use among library users, …

This is the opening keynote at the Central Texas Library System's 2nd Annual Technology Conference: The Mobile Library. My presentation sets the stage for mobile device use among library users, discusses mobile services that users expect from other institutions, and highlights several libraries currently providing a variety of mobile services.

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  • 1. the current landscape of mobile libraries Rachel Vacek University of Houston Libraries CTLS Conference: The Mobile Library December 2009 twitter: @vacekrae www.slideshare.net/vacekrae
  • 2. but first, some stats…
  • 3. The mobile device landscape is HUGE, and it's not going away.
  • 4. Cell phones are the fastest growing communications device in the history of the world.
  • 5. 4.1 billion It’s the number of cellphone contracts in the world.
  • 6. 50 countries in the world have over a 100% cell phone penetration rate. This means that the average person has more than one phone.
  • 7. The US has a penetration rate of about 78%.
  • 8. Italy's is about 115%.
  • 9. Hong Kong has the highest cell phone penetration rate in the world at 163%.
  • 10. 1.2 billion people use email 2.5 billion people use texting
  • 11. 50% email users want a reply < 24 hours 84% text users want a reply < 5 minutes
  • 12. 2.3 trillion That's the number of text messages sent in 2008.
  • 13. Let’s look a question asked of Generation Y
  • 14. Chec king, read g on ing, a T alkin ne send nd the pho ing e mails Text messaging Reading magazines Visiting Watching T V n on-social websites Playing Wo rld Visiting social of Warcraft networking sites
  • 15. “Texting remains an important communications tool for Gen Y, with the average number of text messages per month exceeding 740.” - From a study conducted by the Participatory Marketing Network & Pace University’s Lubin School of Business’ IDM Lab, October 2009
  • 16. 32% of all Americans have gone online with a mobile device
  • 17. 3% of adults in the U.S. own an e-book reader - From the Pew Internet & American Life Project, September 2009
  • 18. - From the International Digital Publishing Forum and the Association of American Publishers. www.openebook.org/doc_library/industrystats.htm
  • 19. Enough already!
  • 20. What does all this mean for libraries?
  • 21. "The most important thing we can do is to ensure that when the technology matures, we are ready to deliver content -Jason Griffey, Head of Library Information Technology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and author of Mobile Technologies and Libraries, coming in Jan 2010 Photo by Cindi Trainor
  • 22. MOBILE TECHNOLOGY HAS MATURED!
  • 23. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile
  • 24. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile -literate
  • 25. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile -literate -aware
  • 26. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile -literate -aware -friendly
  • 27. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile -literate -aware -friendly -providers
  • 28. What types of mobile services are libraries providing users?
  • 29. Reference Video Databases news Library websites Library instruction QR codes SMS OPACs Subject guides Audio Image RSS Feeds collections tours
  • 30. Who is currently providing mobile services?
  • 31. Mobile Sites
  • 32. Nashville Public Library
  • 33. New York Public Library
  • 34. North Carolina State University Libraries
  • 35. North Carolina State University Libraries
  • 36. North Carolina State University Libraries
  • 37. University of Denver
  • 38. Mobile Apps
  • 39. University of North Carolina
  • 40. DC Public Library
  • 41. SMS
  • 42. Bryn Mawr College Library
  • 43. Denton Public Library
  • 44. Baylor University
  • 45. Mobile Collections
  • 46. Hennepin County Libraries
  • 47. Duke University Libraries
  • 48. Duke University Libraries
  • 49. Mobile Instruction
  • 50. Arizona State University
  • 51. Arizona State University
  • 52. John Hopkins University Libraries
  • 53. Washington State University Libraries
  • 54. Mobile Tours
  • 55. Woodbourne Library
  • 56. Seattle Public Library
  • 57. Databases & Other Electronic Resources
  • 58. Yale University Libraries
  • 59. Other Cool Mobile Services
  • 60. Sacramento Public Library
  • 61. Ryerson University Library & Archives
  • 62. E-Book Services
  • 63. Holds about Long battery 1,500 books life Historical Tons of free photos from books your collections available Audio books Easy to circulate Some have Built-in mp3 touch screens player Supports Read PDF articles Can use your multiple downloaded from library’s free wi-fi formats databases
  • 64. What e-book readers are available?
  • 65. Amazon Kindle
  • 66. Amazon Kindle App for the iPhone
  • 67. Sony Reader
  • 68. Barnes & Noble Nook
  • 69. Other Brands • Plastic Logic Que • Aluratek Libre • Entourage Edge • iRex DR800SG • Foxit eSlick Reader • Interead’s CoolReader
  • 70. Who is offering e-book reader services?
  • 71. Texas A&M University Libraries
  • 72. North Carolina State University
  • 73. River Forest Public Library
  • 74. Howe Library
  • 75. There are MANY more examples of mobile libraries at Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=M-Libraries
  • 76. What do you want YOUR LIBRARY’S mobile landscape to look like?
  • 77. Thank you! Email: vacekrae@gmail.com Blog: rachelvacek.com Social: vacekrae (gtalk, yahoo, twitter, flickr, delicious, etc.) Friend me on Facebook! Presentation available online: slideshare.net/vacekrae