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, discusses mobile services that users expect from other institutions, and highlights several libraries currently providing a variety of mobile services.

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  • The Current Landscape of Mobile Libraries

    1. 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. 2. but first, some stats…
    3. 3. The mobile device landscape is HUGE, and it's not going away.
    4. 4. Cell phones are the fastest growing communications device in the history of the world.
    5. 5. 4.1 billion It’s the number of cellphone contracts in the world.
    6. 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. 7. The US has a penetration rate of about 78%.
    8. 8. Italy's is about 115%.
    9. 9. Hong Kong has the highest cell phone penetration rate in the world at 163%.
    10. 10. 1.2 billion people use email 2.5 billion people use texting
    11. 11. 50% email users want a reply < 24 hours 84% text users want a reply < 5 minutes
    12. 12. 2.3 trillion That's the number of text messages sent in 2008.
    13. 13. Let’s look a question asked of Generation Y
    14. 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. 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. 16. 32% of all Americans have gone online with a mobile device
    17. 17. 3% of adults in the U.S. own an e-book reader - From the Pew Internet & American Life Project, September 2009
    18. 18. - From the International Digital Publishing Forum and the Association of American Publishers. www.openebook.org/doc_library/industrystats.htm
    19. 19. Enough already!
    20. 20. What does all this mean for libraries?
    21. 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. 22. MOBILE TECHNOLOGY HAS MATURED!
    23. 23. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile
    24. 24. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile -literate
    25. 25. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile -literate -aware
    26. 26. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile -literate -aware -friendly
    27. 27. Libraries and library staff need to become: mobile -literate -aware -friendly -providers
    28. 28. What types of mobile services are libraries providing users?
    29. 29. Reference Video Databases news Library websites Library instruction QR codes SMS OPACs Subject guides Audio Image RSS Feeds collections tours
    30. 30. Who is currently providing mobile services?
    31. 31. Mobile Sites
    32. 32. Nashville Public Library
    33. 33. New York Public Library
    34. 34. North Carolina State University Libraries
    35. 35. North Carolina State University Libraries
    36. 36. North Carolina State University Libraries
    37. 37. University of Denver
    38. 38. Mobile Apps
    39. 39. University of North Carolina
    40. 40. DC Public Library
    41. 41. SMS
    42. 42. Bryn Mawr College Library
    43. 43. Denton Public Library
    44. 44. Baylor University
    45. 45. Mobile Collections
    46. 46. Hennepin County Libraries
    47. 47. Duke University Libraries
    48. 48. Duke University Libraries
    49. 49. Mobile Instruction
    50. 50. Arizona State University
    51. 51. Arizona State University
    52. 52. John Hopkins University Libraries
    53. 53. Washington State University Libraries
    54. 54. Mobile Tours
    55. 55. Woodbourne Library
    56. 56. Seattle Public Library
    57. 57. Databases & Other Electronic Resources
    58. 58. Yale University Libraries
    59. 59. Other Cool Mobile Services
    60. 60. Sacramento Public Library
    61. 61. Ryerson University Library & Archives
    62. 62. E-Book Services
    63. 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. 64. What e-book readers are available?
    65. 65. Amazon Kindle
    66. 66. Amazon Kindle App for the iPhone
    67. 67. Sony Reader
    68. 68. Barnes & Noble Nook
    69. 69. Other Brands • Plastic Logic Que • Aluratek Libre • Entourage Edge • iRex DR800SG • Foxit eSlick Reader • Interead’s CoolReader
    70. 70. Who is offering e-book reader services?
    71. 71. Texas A&M University Libraries
    72. 72. North Carolina State University
    73. 73. River Forest Public Library
    74. 74. Howe Library
    75. 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. 76. What do you want YOUR LIBRARY’S mobile landscape to look like?
    77. 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

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