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Information literacy meets the mobile web. Godwin

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Information literacy meets the mobile web. Godwin

  1. 1. Information Literacy meets the Mobile Web Peter Godwin University of Bedfordshire April 2009
  2. 2. / http://www.flickr.com/photos/plentyofants/203275559
  3. 3. Information Literacy meets the Mobile Web  The world goes mobile  But what does this mean for us?  Meeting them where they are  What is Information Literacy?  How Information Literacy could become mobile  Future challenges
  4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/17731548@N00/2051756510 4.1 billion mobile subscriptions in the world by end of 2008 That’s 61.1% of the global population.
  5. 5. By end of 2008 335m mobile broadband subscribers. 14% in developed world, and 1% in developing world. http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulobrandao/2733141192/sizes/m/ 23% of 6.7 billion use the internet
  6. 6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaetanlee/118885444/sizes/m/
  7. 7. “I remember when the Internet first arrived in schools how sceptical some of my teachers were. I dare some of them said: "It'll never catch on". Well, it did. Big time. It's about time schools sharpened their focus on how they can help students power up their learning with their mobile devices, rather than have them power down at the school door.” (Ewan MacIntosh National Adviser: Learning and Technology Futures,Learning and Teaching, Scotland)
  8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/neven/1244191249/sizes/m/
  9. 9. But what does this mean for us?
  10. 10. Mobile web  Access to the web via a mobile device which is not dependent on a desktop computer nor fixed landline connection.  Limited by incompatibility of much internet content and small size of mobile screens.
  11. 11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pforret/152500052/sizes/m/
  12. 12. Mobile Web challenges  Special mobile pages?  Lack of additional windows  Poor navigation  No Javascript or cookies  Some sites inaccessible eg video sites, pdfs  Slow speed to load  Pages broken up  Compressed pages  Cost of access  Overcome by iPhone? www.flickr.com/photos/71865026@N00/2948985814
  13. 13. Mobile devices www.flickr.com/photos/80018218@N00/217877008 www.flickr.com/photos/28902292@N00/272713766 www.flickr.com/photos/11018968@N00/48288735 www.flickr.com/photos/44124466908@N01/1398846596 Blackberry Cellphone iPodTouch iPhone Pda
  14. 14. WiFi hotspots
  15. 15. Bluetooth www.flickr.com/photos/37451309@N00/1985209745 Bluetooth is an open wireless protocol for exchanging data over short distances from fixed and mobile devices, creating Personal area networks (PANs). www.flickr.com/photos/62722321@N00/241311538 www.flickr.com/photos/99496537@N00/57872153
  16. 16. iphone  iPhone users search Google with their mobiles 50 times more often than other kinds of phones. (Wired magazine 15 Feb 2008)  Applications – latest model - the 3G allows extra applications to be added.  Could be a huge leapfrogging technology  ”It will herald a whole generation of advanced Web- capable mobile devices…it’s the Web but not as we know it! “(Dan Appelquist)
  17. 17. E-books Amazon and Kindle www.flickr.com/photos/51035734412@N01/2446924513
  18. 18. E-books Stanza
  19. 19. E-books “While these books were already available on Google Book Search, these new mobile editions are optimized to be read on a small screen. To try it out and start reading, open up your web browser in your iphone or Android phone and go to http://books.google.com/m.”
  20. 20. OPAC access  Can be used to communicate holds, fines etc  Mobile applications to search OPAC and federated search
  21. 21. Library Web site  Make the site viewable on a cell phone or other device
  22. 22. Mobilib at NCSU Library
  23. 23. Database access  Special mobile version or access  Standard version?
  24. 24. Ways of communication are changing twitter www.flickr.com/photos/94837708@N00/2201600532
  25. 25. What this means to us  Join up your social networking  Improving communication without barriers  Twitter stream for a conference
  26. 26. CIBER report(2008) Information behaviour of the researcher of the future. London: University College London. CIBER Briefing paper; 9. Shavar flickr
  27. 27. What is Information Literacy? “Information literacy is the adoption of appropriate information behaviour to identify through whatever channel or medium, information well fitted to information needs, leading to wise and ethical use of information in society.” (Sheila Webber and Bill Johnston)
  28. 28. SCONUL Seven Pillars framework
  29. 29. SCONUL 7 Pillars  Recognising need for information  Distinguishing sources and access  Constructing search strategies  Locating and accessing  Comparing & evaluating  Organising, applying and communicating  Synthesising and adding new knowledge
  30. 30. The MEGO effect! “Most instructors have stood in front of a class only to wonder if their only purpose on that day was to serve as a sedative for the majority of the class.” Payne, et al (2006) My eyes glaze over http://www.flickr.com/photos/27261720@N00/91147636
  31. 31. Peter Godwin and Jo Parker, editors Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0
  32. 32. What’s next? But….. http://www.flickr.com/photos/45082883@N00/447138479
  33. 33. http://www.flickr.com/photos/sylvieszafranski/119923336/sizes/m/
  34. 34. Count the iPhones http://www.flickr.com/photos/36521984920@N01/857038592
  35. 35. Where do we start? “Forget the whole bit about one laptop per child. It hasn’t worked …. By the time concerned administrations are done locking down the machines, they’re little more than electric pencils… So I say we turn from this idea and go for a plan that can really work—an iPhone, or at least an iPod Touch, for every student.” (Christopher Harris, School Library Journal ,11/1/2008)
  36. 36. Ubiquitous information  A report by Toni Twiss, eFellow programme, New Zealand Ministry of Education, 2009  1 Primary and 2 Secondary school classes surveyed using Vodafone 3G phones “The potential for mobile phone use in classrooms is exciting”
  37. 37. Screencasting, podcasting and vodcasting Shows process Convenience Creative Auditory Visual http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakebouma/109039319/
  38. 38. Tours
  39. 39. iTunes U http://www.flickr.com/photos/dietpoison/76086767/sizes/m/
  40. 40. Database guides
  41. 41. Polls  Different instruments for separate skill levels
  42. 42. SMS Reference desk
  43. 43. For evaluation  Project in school used Palm handhelds loaded with evaluation criteria that students could apply and add to when looking at material and then data was uploaded to a database. www.flickr.com/photos/8913755@N07/ 2594018979
  44. 44. QR codes http://www.flickr.com/photos/ptshello/2964569224/sizes/m/
  45. 45. But cell phones are hard http://www.flickr.com/photos/70267096@N00/326120994
  46. 46. http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoomar/196629576/sizes/m/
  47. 47. Limitations  Variations and capabilities of types of devices  Speed  Costs  Need for Bluetooth and more joined up Wi-Fi access http://www.flickr.com/photos/zoomar/196629576/sizes/m/
  48. 48. Mobile devices www.flickr.com/photos/80018218@N00/217877008 www.flickr.com/photos/28902292@N00/272713766 www.flickr.com/photos/11018968@N00/48288735 www.flickr.com/photos/44124466908@N01/1398846596 OPAC (M) Dbases (M) Podcasts SMS Basic guides E-books, Tours SMS, OPAC Dbases, Podcasts Guides, QR codes OPAC Podcasts Basic guides Text documents
  49. 49.  “The nature of search in this new world of mobile Internet devices will shift. This is because the journey that Generation Y is taking on the Internet is more concerned with social expression than finding information” (Taptu White paper Feb 2008 “Making search social for the mobile generation”)
  50. 50. Be ready for growth in WiFi access Never underestimate the speed of change! Be among the trend setters and experiment! http://www.flickr.com/photos/9679326@N 04/2586526191/sizes/m/
  51. 51. Librarians go wild http://flickr.com/photos/driek/514714536/

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