Using Mobile Technologies @ UJ


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Using Mobile Technologies @ UJ

  1. 1. 11th Southern African Online Information Meeting (SAOIM)“Innovation in an Age of Limits” 7 June 2012
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  3. 3. From computers to the Internet, libraries have successfully met the challenge of adapting their services to changing technologies. Todays challenge is delivering services to smartphones, eBook readers, and tablets to users on the go who now view more content on mobile devicesSource than desktop and laptop computers. eBook sales outpace paper books, and users increasingly download music, movies, and books from iTunes and Kindle, storing their purchases in the Cloud. Access by Touch: Delivering Library Services Through Mobile Technologies- June 8, 2012 (Online Conference)
  4. 4. The Mobile world at the palm of our hands Source
  5. 5. If Librarians want to hold on to theirrole as an Information professionals,they need to be able to reach out tousers in their preferred method ofCommunication. (Griffey, 2010)
  6. 6. The Mobile Academic Librarian provides:• Library Services on the GO!• 24/7 Access to the Library Catalogue, websites, services & resources• Social Interactions via Mobile Web 2.0 Applications• Current Awareness to Services and Resources• Information Retrieval & Reference Services• eBook Readers on loanAt the PALM of your PATRON HANDS
  7. 7. Plan to be a Mobile Library/Librarian!Develop or Customise Mobile Applications for your University/Library to fit your library users needs:• Create Mobile website• Create Mobile Library Catalogue• Create Portable Instruction Resources• Offer Mobile Library Tours• Offer Mobile collections• Provide SMS services• Explore other implementation ideas ALL THE TIME! (Griffey, 2010)
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  9. 9. AirPac Library Catalogue Use your mobile to: •Search UJ Library Catalogue •Reserve items (place a hold on them) •Renew overdue books •Download e-books and e-journal articles … and lots more
  10. 10. The Mobile Sciences Librarian... playground
  11. 11. UJ Library Mobile Projects 2012Project 1: iPads to be available in the library• 15 iPads for UJ Kingsway Campus library > 12 iPads will be on stands in the library for students to use with selected applications > 3 iPads will be used by library staff to explore and learn how to use;• Sponsor: Core Computer Business - On loan for 2 years - The contract has been submitted to the library for approval
  12. 12. UJ Library Mobile Projects 2012 (Cont.)Project 2: iPads on Challenges: loan • How ready are we to• 3 iPads will be provide Mobile services? purchased • Negotiate licensing for• Circulated to access to resources students • Mobile disadvantage students Opportunities: • Taking the library to the users • Mobile experience for students
  13. 13. Wireless Access @ UJThe University of Johannesburg aims at making available wireless access on all campuses.Currently the UJ Library provides:• Wi-Fi @ Kingsway Library. - Purpose: to accommodate the access to the library mobile iPad projects - Initial stage 2011-1212 only on Level 1 in the library for 40 users - From May 2012 additional Wi-Fi access is available for 200 students accessible on Level 1&2
  14. 14. UJoogle: the new integrated Library search engine Implementation: •July 2012•UJoogle (Encore, Innovative) brings truediscovery to library users by offering social features,faceted search, advanced relevancy ranking, peer-reviewed articles, digital collections, books and more.•Ujoogle/Encore provides a platform that allowsfor content flexibility and streams information fromarticle sources in real-time
  15. 15. Survey on the mobile use of the UJ Library catalogue :AirPac
  16. 16. About the AirPac Library Survey• Pilot study• The survey was conducted from 16 August 2011 for two weeks• Four campus libraries• Focus group: - Walk-in students - Post-graduates and undergraduates• Sample: 41 participants• Conceptual Framework: Technology Acceptance Model (TAM)
  17. 17. Survey Demographics Number of Participants Type of Mobile Phones (per Campus) Smartphone Classic phones Ordinary phone 44% 10%18% 19% 19% 41%APB FADA APK DFC 49% Age of Participants 76% 17% 7% 15-20 21-25 26+
  18. 18. Survey Findings Hours of Internet access Reasons for Internet use (Weekly) 58% 35% 48% 41% 21% 24% 19% 17% 8% Social E-mail Instant Surfing the1-2 hours 2-3 hours 3-5 hours 6+ hours None Networking Messaging Internet Searching the AirPac: Reasons for NOT Searching Perceived Ease of Use AirPac 46% 44% 29% 27% 22% 22% 10% 0% 0% 0% Difficulty to Costs Phone Rather use Nothing Easy Very easy Difficult Very difficult Dont know use features PCPerceived Ease of Use: The extent to which an individual believes that using the system will be free of effort
  19. 19. Survey Findings (continue) Perceived Usefulness of AirPac Searching AirPac Renewal of Books Check Library records 51% 51%48% 49% 46% 46% 10% 3% 0% Easy Very easy Dont know Perceived Usefulness - the degree of performance for a person who uses a particular system / technological product. The person believes that his/her performance is enhanced by using the system/technological product
  20. 20. What are the students saying about AirPac?Its awesome Innovative thinking Very innovative & a good structure for the UJ library.
  21. 21. In ConclusionTo meet the expectations of students, the librariesshould focus on:• Developing Mobile library portals• Seamless wireless access in the library, to enable free Wi-Fi access for students• Making available different mobile devices, such as iPad and Kindle, to enhance users experience with different media• To adopt and implement new trends based on users feedback• Mobile savvy librarians to carry out the implementation
  22. 22. “A level of limitless, a level where there is noimpossibility, a level where impossible say I’m possible” Molefi Nyofane
  23. 23. ReferencesGriffey, J. 2010. Mobile Technology & Libraries. London: Facet Publ. M-Libraries:, L.C. 2012. The state of the Mobile in Libraries 2012. Accessed: 30/05/2012. URL: mobile-in-libraries-2012/Presentation:Kovatcheva, P. The Academic Librarian on the move: the use of Mobile Technologies in Support to Teaching, Learning & Research. iBala workshop, 28 September 2011. Available on SlideShare:
  24. 24. Thank you! Q&A We ARE the Mobile Librarians 