Experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries
Experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries Jo Alcock @joeyanne
Why should you get serious about mobile web? 2011 even moreso!
What skills do m-librarians need? • IT Skills • Personal traits • User focus • Communication • Collaboration • Research and developmentKate Davis and Prof. Helen Partridge at #mlib11
What knowledge does an m-librarian need?• Different mobile devices• Basics of using mobile software• QR codes• Location services• Augmented reality
Mobile technologies in libraries• Library content on mobile devices (books, articles)• Library services from mobile devices (enquiries, statistics, collection management, circulation)• Mobile speciﬁc content/ services (location services, QR codes, augmented reality)
Library content on mobile devicesE-books, electronic articles, digitised materials...
Library services from mobile devices Enquiry support, ﬁnding resources, circulation, collecting statistics, room booking...
Loa mob ning ile d evic esCreekview High School Library
Col libra lectin ry s g tatis ticsUniversity of Warwick Library
Col libra lectin ry s g tatis ticsNorth Carolina State Library
Other experiments• Room booking by mobile (incorporating QR code outside room to check availability and book if free)• Paperless online weeding (using iPad in the stacks to colour code stock as "dusty" and withdraw from catalogue if necessary)
Mobile speciﬁc content/servicesQR codes, location services, augmented reality
Some of this doesnt cost money! • QR codes • Location apps (e.g. Foursquare, SCVNGR) • Barcode scanning apps • Open source software • Some mobile OPACs* • Refworks/EBSCO**free with existing subscriptions
What do users want?Charles Darwin University Library
Points to take away• Aim for high impact, low cost• Dont over invest• Utilise free resources • Animoto (video creation) • bit.ly (URL shortener with statistics) • ZBar (barcode reader) • Kaywa (QR code generator)• Be ﬂexible and adaptable to users needs