The JISC-funded mobile library community support project we’ve been working on is drawing to a close, with just the final survey report still to be published. I thought it would be useful to provide a summary of the outputs with relevant links.
Social media resources
We’ve been using a number of social media services to collate resources and support discussions:
- mlibs resources on Delicious
- mlibs resources on Pinboard
- #mlibs search on Twitter (you might want to save the search so you can easily get access to the tweets)
We collected a number of case studies throughout the project:
- QR codes at Senate House Library: a case study – submitted by Andrew Preater
- University of Glasgow Library mobile strategy: a case study – submitted by Kay Munro and Rosemary Stenson
- Special Collections using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching: a case study – submitted by the SCARLET project
- LibraryAnywhere at Keele University: a case study – submitted by Ian Haydock
- Cambridge Judge Business School mobile app – submitted by Meg Westbury
- Using SMS to reach students at Birmingham City University Library – submitted by Chris Langham
- Mobile Leeds Met Library – developing and promoting our mobile provision – submitted by Debbie Morris
- Copac Mobile case study – submitted by Janine Rigby
Pathways to Best Practice
We brought together the resources we had collated as well as information from conversations with practitioners to put together ten pathways to best practice guides. Each includes an explanation of the area, the benefit to the library, current state of maturity, examples of initiatives in libraries, lessons learned and useful contacts. You can view each online or download a PDF version.
- 1 – Introducing users to the library
- 2 – Helping users within the library (roving support)
- 3 – Helping users within the library (guides and signage)
- 4 – Providing access to resources via mobile devices
- 5 – Developing a mobile strategy
- 6 – Managing borrower accounts
- 7 – Bibliographic management on mobile devices
- 8 – Loaning mobile devices
- 9 – Supporting learning, teaching and research
- 10 – Collection management using mobile devices
Fact finding surveys
We ran two surveys during the project; one at the beginning of the project (Nov-Dec 2011) and one at the end (Jul-Aug 2012). The surveys gave an idea of where libraries were in terms of implementing initiatives with mobile technologies as well as examining barriers to implementation and considering potential solutions. The report for the first survey is available from Slideshare (you can download a copy). The report for the second will be available shortly from the documents section of our Slideshare account.
Continuing the discussion
I’m sure we will continue to keep abreast of developments in the area and will continue to share resources we find (using the tag of mlibs). We’ll also be blogging still, though the blog is in the process of being moved to a new home over on the JISC blogging platform. We’ve also set up a JISCMail M-LIBRARIES-GROUP discussion list, so please feel free to subscribe and share any news or ask questions via the mailing list.