A library in everyone’s pocket mlibraries seminar May 2010


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A library in everyone’s pocket mlibraries seminar May 2010

  1. 1. A Library in Your Pocket Dr. Mohamed Ally Director and Professor Centre for Distance Education Athabasca University Canada [email_address] May 20, 2010
  2. 2. Athabasca University Canada’s Open University
  3. 3. Digital Divide <ul><li>No longer true </li></ul><ul><li>The gap between those who have and those who do not have technology is and will be something of the past </li></ul>
  4. 7. Information Divide <ul><li>The gap between those who have access to information and those who do not have access. </li></ul>
  5. 8. <ul><li>Mobile cellular has been the most rapidly adopted technology in history. Today it is the most popular and widespread personal technology on the planet, with an estimated 4.6 billion subscriptions globally by the end of 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile broadband subscriptions overtook fixed broadband subscribers in 2008, highlighting the huge potential for the mobile Internet. </li></ul>
  6. 9. <ul><li>In 2008, mobile phone penetration in developing countries had reached that of Sweden under ten years earlier; for infant mortality, the rate in developing countries in 2007 was at the level where Sweden was 72 years earlier </li></ul>
  7. 10. The Learning Divide <ul><li>• In the Philippines, there is a four-year education gap between the richest and poorest households. The gap in India is seven years. • In Nigeria, the average youth aged 17-22 has received seven years in education. For poor rural females, that figure drops to less than 6 months. • In Mexico, one quarter of the young adults in the southern state of Chiapas have fewer than four years of education. </li></ul>
  8. 11. Globalization – Shift to Mobility <ul><ul><li>E-learning to M-learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Commerce to M-commerce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-government to M-government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-collaboration to M-collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-library to M-library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-health to M-health </li></ul></ul>
  9. 12. Bridging the Information Divide <ul><li>A library in everyone’s pocket will help bridge the information divide gap. </li></ul>
  10. 13. Why a Library in Everyone’s Pocket <ul><li>Immediate access to information </li></ul><ul><li>Just in time application of information </li></ul><ul><li>Can access information from anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable to citizens </li></ul><ul><li>It is a human right for achieving basic education </li></ul><ul><li>“ Education for all” is possible </li></ul><ul><li>Help to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals </li></ul>
  11. 14. <ul><li>Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Hunger </li></ul><ul><li>and Poverty </li></ul>
  12. 15. Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education
  13. 16. Goal 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
  14. 17. Goal 4: Reduce Child Mortality
  15. 18. Goal 5: Improve Maternal Health
  16. 19. Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases
  17. 20. Goal 7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
  18. 21. Goal 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development
  19. 22. Electronic vs Print <ul><li>The total cost of putting eight religious books online was $940. Over a 10-week period these books were downloaded 102,256 times and print sales of these books increased 26%. </li></ul><ul><li>Comparisons with historical book sales and sales of comparable titles suggest a positive but modest connection between the increase in print sales and the online availability of the free books. </li></ul><ul><li>Hilton, J. (2009). How Giving Away Religious Digital Books Influences the Print Sales of Those Books . Doctoral Dissertation. </li></ul>
  20. 23. Ally, M. (2009) Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training ( http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120155)
  21. 24. A library in your pocket
  22. 25. Famous Prediction <ul><li>There will be a library </li></ul><ul><li>in everyone’s pocket </li></ul>
  23. 26. A Library in Everyone’s Pocket will provide intellectual nourishment to citizens around the world (Ally, 2010). If the intellect is developed then survival will be possible (Ally, 2010). Intellectual (mental) starvation is more severe than physical (nutritional) starvation (Ally, 2010).
  24. 27. “ To know where you can find anything, that in short is the largest part of learning.” - Anonymous
  25. 28. Questions and Discussion Mohamed Ally, Ph.D. [email_address]