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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"
The VALA2012 16th Biennial Conference and Exhibition was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 6 - 9 February 2012.
"The theme for this conference is emPowering eFutures ."
Photo of Jason Griffey, one of the Keynote speakers
RT @sljournal: To Attract Parents and Kids, Libraries Should Think Mobile—The Digital Shift http://t.co/aMheP8uf...
"Library patrons between the ages of 21 and 40—those most likely to have young children— turn to mobile technology when looking for content, conducting research, and when trying to locate material for their kids. Nearly 15 percent of this group report they are using mobile services to help their children with research or to find a book, as compared to less than 10 percent of the 2,155 total respondents in “Patron Profiles: Mobile Devices, Mobile Content and Library Apps,” a 45-page report released in January." - http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/patron-profiles/subscribe/
By Jo Alcock:
"Of the many emerging mobile technologies that libraries are looking at one that has always appealed to me is augmented reality (AR). Compared to other technologies that are discussed AR has:
- fewer introductory barriers to overcome;
- is virtually cost-free;
- does not require specialised technical staff;
- the general public will increasingly have some familiarity with it;
- can also be a lot of fun."
Karen du Toit's insight:
Special focus on augmented reality (AR) > 9 possible uses of AR in libraries!
"6th Handheld Librarian conference, a place where interested librarians bring their tools and strategies to the learning scene.
The conference will feature professional development for librarians by librarians.
This is the grass-roots nature of our highly successful program.
Handheld Librarian VI will build on the success of prior conferences in which an array of presenters share their experiences and insights on topics addressing themes such as ebooks, location-based social networking, lending devices, reference and mobile technologies impacting society. You can see the quality of the content by looking through our past archives."
(Photo: Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University)