How could it REALLY change libraries?“@libraryfuture: The iPad Mini’s meaning & impact on libraries http://t.co/sh54FFJN”...
"For Libraries: With this smaller device, the reach of the Apple iOS and resources through it expands to more of our patrons (those preferring the smaller device size and smoother integration into their lives) and into more of their spaces. So be prepared for more iOS mobile engagement with your content and services.
For librarians’ use: the Mini may be better suited for mobile library staff: easier use with Square and mobile payments, more portable for roving reference, for checking out tablets to users."
"Jeff Wisniewski of University of Pittsburg updated the crowd at NYPL’s “Engaging Communitities, Promoting Learning” conference on the current state of mobile, and encouraged them to consider the implications for libraries. [...]
Here’s his main points:
Apps Libraries Need to Pay Attention to & Leap Frog From:
- Buckeye Stroll
- Denver Public Library’s Creating Communities
- Google Maps 6.0
- Georgia State University Library uses ipads for “guerilla-style" assessment
- libraries can be publishers & support authors in creating ebooks with apps like iBooks and Kindle Direct Publishing
- mobile is also allowing libraries to liberate space
Mlibs event - Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? (RT @evidencebase: New #mlibs blog post: Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this?
"Discussions focussed on challenges to implementing mobile technologies. These included:
- cost of vendor provided services including costs for ongoing upgrades - decisions on whether separate mobile sites should be developed or whether a single point of access would be provided regardless of device used for access - variability of availability of mobile friendly apps from vendors - in some areas technology is ‘ahead of the law’ in this area and mobile allows the possibility of services which currently are not legal - the possibility of an institution using a service that it subscribes to as it is tied into that service when a free app might actually serve the purpose more effectively support issues around free apps - the need for user education in the mobile area – one cannot assume that people know how best to use mobile services to support their learning or research because they know how to use mobile technologies in other contexts
Two key messages from the session were:
- There was a general consensus that institutions needed to embrace mobile technology or risk the services that libraries might provide to support teaching and research not being fully exploited as users access other services through mobile devices - The quality of content delivered was of paramount importance regardless of the medium of delivery"