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Mobile Technologies: Why Library Staff Should be Interested


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Slides for a talk on "Mobile Technologies: Why Library Staff Should be Interested" given by Brian Kelly, UKOLN at a seminar for University of Bath Library staff on 21 March 2011.


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Mobile Technologies: Why Library Staff Should be Interested

  1. 1. Mobile Technologies: Why Library Staff Should Be Interested Brian Kelly UKOLN University of Bath Bath, UK UKOLN is supported by: This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 licence (but note caveat) Acceptable Use Policy Recording this talk, taking photographs, discussing the talk using Twitter, IM, etc. is encouraged - but try to keep distractions to others minimised. Blog: Twitter: @briankelly / @ukwebfocus Twitter: #bathlib
  2. 2. You are free to: copy, share, adapt, or re-mix; photograph, film, or broadcast; blog, live-blog, or post video of this presentation provided that: You attribute the work to its author and respect the rights and licences associated with its components. Idea from Cameron Neylon Slide Concept by Cameron Neylon, who has waived all copyright and related or neighbouring rights. This slide only CCZero . Social Media Icons adapted with permission from originals by Christopher Ross. Original images are available under GPL at:
  3. 3. About Me <ul><li>Brian Kelly: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UK Web Focus: national advisory post to UK HEIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-standing Web evangelist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based at UKOLN at the University of Bath </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prolific blogger (890 posts since Nov 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User of various devices to support professional (and social) activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prolific speaker (~365 talks from 1996-2010) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UKOLN: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A national centre of expertise in digital information management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A JISC Innovation Support Centre </li></ul></ul>Introduction
  4. 4. About This Session Mobile Technologies Personal experiences Consuming content Creating content Enhancing productivity Developing professional relationships Doing new things Learning from others
  5. 5. About This Talk <ul><li>Mobile devices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What’s happening today? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What opportunities are there? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are you doing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What concerns do you have? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What happens next? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions and discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But first: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Revisiting the past </li></ul></ul>Introduction Personal experiences Show and tell General discussion
  6. 6. Mobile Devices <ul><li>What are the implications of mobile devices? </li></ul>Challenges Slide from 2004 images X
  7. 7. Mobile Devices <ul><li>What are the implications of mobile devices? </li></ul>Challenges What do these devices have in common? :-) Slide from 2004 images X
  8. 8. Mobile Devices <ul><li>What are the implications of mobile devices? </li></ul>Challenges What do these devices have in common? :-) Slide from 2004 images X Consumer devices, networks & digital memory
  9. 9. A Day in the Life <ul><li>How I use my iPod Touch? Before breakfast I (and others): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Download email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download new RSS feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download Twitter updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download Twitter links using Smartr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download Facebook updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I am prepared for my journey to work (or for a train journey) </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Essentials <ul><li>My email : prepared to respond when I arrive at work </li></ul>My blogs : how I keep up-to-date with developments
  11. 11. The Essentials <ul><li>UKOLN blogs : keeping informed of my colleagues activities, news, … </li></ul>My Twitter stream : brief summaries from my community and my search terms
  12. 12. Emerging New Patterns <ul><li>My Smartr feed : Links posted by my Twitter followers and Twitter lists </li></ul><ul><li>Note: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learnt about service at 07.00 via Facebook from anthropology researcher in Taiwan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Installed software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used on bus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Published blog post at 09.03 </li></ul></ul>These tweets This content
  13. 13. Emerging New Patterns <ul><li>My Smartr feed : Links posted by my Twitter followers and Twitter lists </li></ul><ul><li>Readitlater (or Instapaper ) provides: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offline mobile reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desktop reading my publishing to The Cloud </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I have since: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Created various Twitter lists (e.g. ‘JISC’, Ariadne, ..) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Used Smartr for delivery of focussed content as well as serendipitous content </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Another Trip <ul><li>Tripit is great for managing travel info (trains times, hotel bookings, maps, …) – and even better on a mobile device </li></ul>Note entry normally created by forwarding email confirmation from travel service to
  15. 15. Another Conference <ul><li>Amplified events are now fairly commonplace in many IT circles </li></ul><ul><li>Participants exploit mobile devices and WiFi networks to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss talks, seek clarification and exchange ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage with remote audiences (e.g. colleagues at work) </li></ul></ul>Understanding how such event amplification technologies work (e.g. Twitter, conventions, constraints) can help staff development (and support greening strategies) by enhancing learning without the need to travel
  16. 16. Podcasts <ul><li>If you don’t like (or can’t) read whilst travelling podcasts can allow you to listen to talks. </li></ul>Listen to JISC Podcast on desktop PC … Or subscribe to feed so it automatically appears on mobile device
  17. 17. Reflections: Consuming Information <ul><li>On the Orange bus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A time for reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How did I manage to consume new information before I had a mobile device and was productive on the bus? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At conferences: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I’ve heard this talk before” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ This talk isn’t relevant to me” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I can now be productive (and benefit the tax-payer) by working when previously I day-dreamed! </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Daily Activities <ul><li>Get Things Done : how a mobile device enables you to remember what needs to be done in context </li></ul>
  19. 19. Publishing Information <ul><li>In PowerPoint 2010 can stream slides. </li></ul><ul><li>Author needs a Windows Live ID and users can view directly </li></ul><ul><li>Possible benefits: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewing live presentation as remote audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewing live presentation as local audience with restricted view: “ can you read the slides at the back? ” </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Publishing Information <ul><li>Video streaming apps available on mobile devices </li></ul>Qik video taken on iPod Touch at FOTE10 conference (too far away; sound distorted) Bambuser video taken (of myself!) on iPod Touch (Device on lectern; video jerky but sound OKish)
  21. 21. New Daily Activities <ul><li>Since 1 Jan 2011 I have taken and uploaded a photo nearly every day: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting into a regular habit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps me to look for new things </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mostly taken with my iPod Touch </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Evidence of Benefits <ul><li>Using a mobile device and developing professional / personal networks can bring benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Social Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What pub to go to? A trip to Coventry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to do: status update on Facebook while in Malaysia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A tweet leads to an award-winning paper! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In Case of Emergency - Tweet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help! Reflections on trip to Thailand in 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help! Reflections on Paul Boag’s experiences: “The Power and Problems of Twitter” </li></ul></ul>
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  24. 24. An example of the importance of new media literacy
  25. 25. Conclusions <ul><li>“ Libraries are about books” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>True </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But libraries are also about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting institutional teaching & learning and research activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping users address their information needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information literacy and new media literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mobile devices are surely now a part of this environment </li></ul>
  26. 26. Questions <ul><li>Any questions or comments? </li></ul>
  27. 27. Your Turn <ul><li>What mobile devices do you use? </li></ul><ul><li>What advantage do they provide? </li></ul><ul><li>What suggestions would you make to your colleagues? </li></ul>