AMcNab_Mobilising E-Content_AGI/LIR

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Presentation from Symposium on Mobile Technologies in Library Services (22 Nov 2012, Dublin), organised by the Acquisitions Group of Ireland (AGI) and the LIR HEAnet User Group for Libraries.

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AMcNab_Mobilising E-Content_AGI/LIR

  1. 1. MOBILISING YOUR E-CONTENT:SCHOLARLY INFORMATION ON THE MOVE Alison McNab De Montfort University @AlisonMcNab
  2. 2. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS• Collaboration with Ruth Jenkins, Loughborough University E: r.jenkins@lboro.ac.uk T: @rjlib• Input from delegates at UKSG 2012
  3. 3. WHY MOBILE MATTERS• There are 5.9 billion global mobile subscribers: 87% of world’s population [International Telecommunications Union]• An estimated 1 billion smartphones will be sold in 2014 [Gartner Group]• An estimated 10 billion mobile Internet devices by 2016 (with world pop of est 7.3 billion) [Cisco]• Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition – Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less: - Mobile Apps / Tablet Computing
  4. 4. WHY IS MOBILISING ACADEMIC CONTENT SO IMPORTANT?• The student experience – Ease of access – Productivity• Maximising usage of subscription e-resources• Drawing users to your created content
  5. 5. CURATING ACADEMIC MOBILE CONTENT• Subcription content • Created content – Databases – Institutional – E-journals repositories – E-books – Data – Digitised content – User interaction
  6. 6. PUBLISHER APPS ARE GREAT BUT…• Users have to know who publishes the journals they read & download the right app• They are often designed for browsing• Unlikely to integrate with discovery tools and reference management software• May not be available for all platforms• Off-campus access can be limited (so not a truly mobile service!)
  7. 7. Resources (1)• E-books – Current – Out-of-copyright• Podcasts – Consuming podcasts – Creating podcasts / audio feedback• RSS feeds
  8. 8. Resources (2)• Augmented reality• Crowdsourcing• Data / Statistics• Media / News – Government – Social media curation
  9. 9. Resources (3)• Document sharing / Cloud storage• Concept (mind) mapping• Social Networking• QR codes
  10. 10. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY• Apple offers “out of the box” accessibility• Android devices and apps are catching up• Mobile websites: – Responsive design – simpler to navigate – quicker to search (sometimes)• Don’t forget – Windows Ease of Access Centre – JISC TechDis Toolbar
  11. 11. THE CHALLENGES• Promoting mobile access while not excluding some users• Providing support• Identifying suitable mobile content• Usage metrics• Loss of library-user relationship
  12. 12. THE LIBRARIANS’ VIEW MARCH 2012• No single place lists which publishers have mobile offerings• How to make users aware of the mobile sites/apps available• Support for large number of interfaces - lack of standardisation. How do you test access problems on multiple devices? Budgets dont extend to purchasing all types of devices let alone ensure these are up to date
  13. 13. THE LIBRARIANS’ VIEW MARCH 2012• Multiple authentication processes, hard to explain to users• Off campus authentication• Supporting distance learners• High student expectations• Licensing restrictions
  14. 14. TECHNICAL ISSUES FOR LIBRARIES• How to integrate mobile optimised links in the library catalogue• Integration with other systems• No way to search across apps• Connectivity issues. Not everyone has or can afford 3G and wireless can be unreliable
  15. 15. THE PUBLISHERS’ VIEW MARCH 2012• Cost of development• Pace of technology change• Whether to create device specific apps… …or mobile websites• Providing user friendly tools to allow libraries and users to get the most out of mobile• What features to include
  16. 16. OVER TO YOUDesign your own App
  17. 17. WHAT NEXT?• More (academic) Apps for Android – But what about Amazon, Blackberry and Windows devices?• More websites developed or maximised for mobile access• Continued development of mobile e- textbooks
  18. 18. REFERENCES• International Telecommunication Union The World in 2011: ICT Facts and Figures http://bit.ly/KI9rtn• NMC Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition http://bit.ly/II2hsn• J. Anderson & L. Rainie The Future of Apps and Web (Pew Internet) http://bit.ly/KfE7F3 – Gartner and Cisco statistics taken from above
  19. 19. Thank you for listening ANY QUESTIONS? Alison McNab amcnab@dmu.ac.uk @AlisonMcNab

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