gone mobile? lisa carlucci thomas @lisacarlucciinternet librarian 2011
mobile in motion• mobile services are an increasingly relevant consideration for libraries [.]• significant progress – cultural shift: new norms, expectations, possibilities – how has mobile changed your . . . work / home/ family / information life?
mobile in motion• who’s gone mobile? – LJ email survey  – 483 respondents• currently offer: – 44% academic libraries – 34% public libraries• none; no plans to offer: – 35% academic libraries – 44% public libraries
mobile in motion• leading mobile services – mobile website – mobile catalog – SMS notifications – SMS reference• 2011 & beyond – ebooks, research databases, location integration, QR codes, mobile apps, patron self- service, …
risks & rewards challenges• budgets – 53% academic & 56% public responses cited “limited staff time”, “cost,” and “no budget”• perceptions – “why would we?”
risks & rewards challenges• priorities – limited demand, not suited to immediate needs, unreliable or insufficient technology available• skills – “there is one librarian who maintains all the computers, the website, & everything else [tech].”
risks & rewards “there is no time”to learn. to implement. to assess. to teach. to revise.
risks & rewards innovations• budgets – mobile doesn’t have to be expensive – tiffini travis, CSU LB: “edpunk goes mobile: mobile library sites with zero budget” – http://tiffinianne.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/8
risks & rewards innovations• perceptions – “why would we?” – new norms exist for the mobile accessible library – jeff wisniewski, univ of pittsburgh : mobile usability – edward iglesias & wit meesangnil, CCSU : less is more when it comes to the mobile website
risks & rewards challenges• priorities – innovation helps evaluate and set priorities through learning; trial and error – michael whitchurch, brigham young university: “just because one implementation is not used does not mean *it isn’t+ usable in the library.”
risks & rewards challenges• skills – connect & collaborate with skilled partners – dan desanto, university of vermont : place-based digital collections (there’s an app for that)
thank youlisa carlucci thomas @firstname.lastname@example.org