Experimenting with mobile technologies in libraries

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I was recently invited to present a session at the 2011 Colleges of Further and Higher Education (CoFHE) conference (Staying positive in difficult times: Maintaining quality services). My session focused on mobile technologies.

To prepare for the presentation, I spent a few months collecting as many examples I could of mobile technologies being used in libraries (and I am continuing to collect ideas) – from blogs, email lists, tweets, and events. I organised them into the following three areas for the presentation:

  1. Library resources (i.e. mobile access to library collections such as e-books, e-journals, and special collections)
  2. Library services (i.e. supporting or extending traditional library services, such as reference enquiries and circulation, using mobile technologies)
  3. Mobile specific purposes (i.e. new functionality offered by mobile technologies such as geolocation and QR codes)

Below I have embedded the presentation with lots of examples of how mobile technologies could be used in libraries. Some of the examples inevitably cost money, however in keeping with the theme of staying positive in difficult times, there are a number of things you can do for free (other than the time cost of course).


A more detailed blog post about the session is available at Joeyanne Libraryanne. If you’re interested in finding out more about mobile technologies in libraries or would like me to come and present on this topic, please email me or join in the Twitter conversation using the #mlibs tag.

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