Mobilising e-resources for academics and students


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Presentation from International M-Libraries Conference, 24-26 September 2012 ( Developed by Ruth Jenkins (Loughborough University) and
Alison McNab (De Montfort University), and delivered by Ginny Franlin (Loughborough University).

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Mobilising e-resources for academics and students

  1. 1. Mobilising e-resources foracademics and students Ruth Jenkins Loughborough University Alison McNab De Montfort University
  2. 2. ContextDeclining budgetsDeclining budgetsDemonstrating valueDemonstrating valueMaximising subscription e-contentMaximising subscription e-contentAccessibilityAccessibility
  3. 3. Why mobile matters• 77% world’s population is ‘mobile’ [ITU]• c 1bn smartphones will be sold in 2014 [Gartner]• c 10 bn mobile Internet devices by 2016 [Cisco]• Horizon Report: 2012 Higher Education Edition
  4. 4. Loughborough UG applicantsMarket research survey in 2011 results:•98.5% of the sample of potential applicants hadmobile phones•About 46 % of these mobile phones weresmartphones: • 12% Android • 17% iPhone • 17% Blackberry
  5. 5. Mobilising e-content Mobile websites or apps? full-text A&Ie-books journals databases services
  6. 6. American Institute of Physics app
  7. 7. American Chemical Society app
  8. 8. 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• Need to link with resource discovery (e.g. Primo, Summon) & reference management (EndNote, RefWorks) software• May not be available for all platforms• Off-campus access is limited (so not a truly mobile service!)
  9. 9. Primo mobile
  10. 10. Barriers and challengesPublishersPublishers Librarians Librarians Users Users
  11. 11. The librarians’ view March 2012• No single place listing which publishers have mobile offering• 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
  12. 12. Issues for libraries (cont.d)• How to integrate mobile optimised links in the library catalogue• No way to search across apps• Connectivity issues. Not everyone has or can afford 3G and wireless can be unreliable
  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. 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
  15. 15. Thank you!Ruth Jenkins Alison McNabLoughborough University De Montfort