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Mobile Tech in Libraries, via Libraries To Go > Slideshare

Will be given at the LIBER 2012 Conference in Tartu, Estonia (No QR codes, more SMS and AR, please: MT @benshowers: 'Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries' : http://t.co/j0sHL0ks #mlibs...)...

 

"Why Mobile Matters:

- There are 5.3 billion global mobile subscribers (thats 77 percent of the world’s population) - International Telecommunications Union

- 1 billion of the world’s 4+ billion mobile phones are now smartphones.

- Microsoft Tag 83% of American adults own a cell phone.-Pew Internet & American Life Project

- 87% of US smartphone owners access the internet or email on their handheld. -Pew Internet & American Life Project"

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Mlibs event – Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? | m-libraries

Mlibs event – Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? | m-libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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"

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