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This presentation was given on January 28, 2010, as part of Louisiana State University Libraries Tech Talks Series, facilitated by Digital Technologies Librarian Rebecca Miller

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Mobile Technologies

  1. 1. What are they?<br />What do they signify for academic libraries?<br />January 2010 Tech Talk<br />Rebecca Miller<br />Mobile Technologies <br />
  2. 2. A “Technology to Watch”<br />Every year, the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE releases a report that focuses on applying new technologies in new areas of education<br />The 2010 Horizon Report (available: describes “Mobile Computing” as a here-and-now technology that deserves attention, especially in higher education<br />The buzz: we’ve all heard it at conferences, on listservs, and in the blogs we read…let’s discuss it with each other<br />
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  4. 4. Mobile Technologies: Defined<br />Mobile computing, mobile technologies, mobile devices…what, exactly falls under this category?<br />Smart phones<br />Netbooks, smartbooks, the iPad! <br />Laptops<br />Any kind of device that can access the internet using cellular-based hotspots, mobile broadband cards, and of course, wi-fi<br />
  5. 5. How pervasive is it?<br />According to the 2010 Horizon Report, the mobile market has 4 billion subscribers, with well over 1 billion new phones produced each year<br />A 2008 survey by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research reported that 82% of students own a laptop<br />About ¼ of the students (same survey) who identified themselves as “early adopters” of technology access the internet via handheld devices weekly or more often<br />Students spend 19.6 hours per week using an electronic device<br />
  6. 6. In the university setting<br />Time and energy are being devoted to studying the pedagogical possibilities of mobile devices<br />Recent studies (UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee) reported that students who are effective learners in the digital environment use mobile phones and even PDAs to support learning<br />Students see these devices as “individualized learning environments”<br />Faculty members can conduct research and create learning activities<br />
  7. 7. A note on communities<br />The previous information was from the December 2008 ARL report on mobile technologies<br />They suggest that every community is different and that student, staff, and faculty perceptions of mobile devices will vary from campus to campus<br />What do you all observe here, at LSU? What do you all USE? <br />
  8. 8. Mobile Strategies in Academic Libraries<br />
  9. 9. Slide from EDUCAUSE Webinar: <br />A current example of what other libraries are doing<br />NCSU Mobile Services<br />Locations & Hours<br />Computer Availability<br />Catalog Search<br />Reference Services<br />News & Events<br />Webcam Feeds<br />Link to campus mobile site<br /> <br />9<br />
  10. 10. Vendor Applications & Interfaces (just a few of many…)<br />EBSCOhost Mobile (<br />Mobile MedlinePlus, PubMed, NCBI bookshelf (<br />Gale AccessMyLibrary (<br />WorldCat Mobile (<br />LexisNexis Get Cases & Shepardize (<br />Library Thing (<br />
  11. 11. Issues & Concerns<br />Campus-specific procedures and policies<br />Privacy and security concerns<br />Many applications are solely for iPhones, rather than all mobile or handheld devices<br />Others?<br />
  12. 12. Further Reading/Information (besides the Tech Talk reading)<br />EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar: “Library in Your Pocket: Strategies and Techniques for Developing Successful Mobile Services”(<br />ALA 2009 Poster: “Go Mobile: Top 5 Mobile Services for Libraries” (<br />Mobile Libraries blog:<br />M-Libraries (Library Success Wiki):<br />