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The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 — The Digital Shift

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The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012 - http://t.co/NwFKQcR0 via @ShiftTheDigital...

 

Lisa Carlucci Thomas summary:

 

"In 2012, expect existing mobile library services to mature. Mobile websites will be refined, content will be added, more mobile-friendly platforms will become available, and usability of mobile resources will be examined in greater detail. Integration with emerging features and services, such as mobile payment systems (Square, Google Wallet), checkins and gamification (Foursquare, GetGlue, QR codes, SnapTags), social sharing and content curation (Path, Tumblr, Instagram, PicPlz), place-based collections, and augmented reality tours (Scan Jose) built from library digital collections, will present exciting opportunities.
Ebooks and digital content discussions will continue to be complicated, and library advocates will build upon collective knowledge gained and further seek to negotiate adequate rights and licensing policies with publishers. Nonetheless, more libraries will purchase ebooks and circulate ereaders, iPod Touches, and tablet computers than ever before and offer instruction and outreach to patrons seeking experienced support and guidance using their own devices.
Technological advancements, such as sophisticated touch screen interfaces, next-generation platforms, patron self-service tools, and interactive communication services, along with evolving user demands will fuel the ongoing development of mobile library innovations for libraries already involved and encourage creative ideas about delivering services with a fresh perspective.
In 2012, resolve to identify opportunities to integrate mobile services, overcome the challenges, and inspire and engage your mobile library community. It’s time to get in the mix."

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Preprint: Mobile Technologies & Academics: Do Students Use Mobile Technology in their Academic Lives and are Librarians Ready to Meet this New Challenge?

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Mobile Technologies & Academics: Do Students Use Mobile Technology in their Academic Lives and are Librarians Ready to Meet this New Challenge? (Preprint)

Authors
Angela Dresselhaus & Flora Shrode

"In this paper we report on two surveys and offer an introductory plan that librarians may use to begin implementing mobile access to selected library databases and services. Results from the first survey helped us to gain insight into where students at Utah State University (USU) in Logan, Utah stands regarding their use of mobile devices for academic activities in general and their desire for access to library services and resources in particular. A second survey that we conducted with librarians gave us an idea of the extent to which responding libraries offer mobile access, their future plans for mobile implementation, and librarians’ opinions about whether and how mobile technologies may be useful to library patrons. In the last segment of the paper, we outline steps librarians can take as they “go mobile.”

 

Full text: http://www.ala.org/lita/ital/sites/ala.org.lita.ital/files/content/prepub/dresselhaus.pdf

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Handheld Librarian Online Conference VI. Feb 1-2, 2012. Mobile Solutions for Libraries That Work | Joe Murphy – Librarian, Innovator

Handheld Librarian Online Conference VI. Feb 1-2, 2012. Mobile Solutions for Libraries That Work | Joe Murphy – Librarian, Innovator | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Joe Murphy:

Attend the next online Handheld Librarian conference Feb 1-2

http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/

 

"Stay current and move your library fwd with the 6th online Handheld Librarian conference. Featuring for the first time, post conference skill-building workshops on eReaders and Mobile app development as well as top Keynotes by Stephen Abram and Michael Stephens.

This event offers the best and most timely practical information from and for librarians about applying mobile technologies in library settings.

 

Register online now http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/register/ for one of the most affordable professional development opportunities available.

 

If you attend any professional development event at the beginning of this year, it needs to be this conference. Diverse library professionals share the best practical examples of implementing top mobile techs. The best in current awareness for this rapidly evolving field will help keep you and your library relevant.

 

Featured Keynotes by top library thinkers: Stephen Abram and Michael Stephens."

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