Mobile technologies in libraries – recent events

Though our m-library community support project has ended, we remain active in the area of mobile technologies in libraries to provide people with information which may help their library/information service, and to continue the conversations as new technologies and developments are introduced. Over the summer we have been involved in two events, as outlined below.

CILIP Umbrella Conference 2013

At the CILIP Umbrella Conference 2013, I collaborated with a colleague within BCU library, Annmarie Lee, to present a paper on ‘Putting research into practice: mobile technologies in libraries’. I have been part of the mobile technologies working group for BCU Library and Learning Resources, and through that have been able to be involved in projects as a researcher to help put what we learnt through the m-library community support project into practice (e.g. using the information in the Pathways to Best Practice Guides). Annmarie and I gave the perspective from a researcher and a practitioner, and highlighted some of the mobile technology projects currently in progress at BCU Library and Learning Resources. We also shared the benefits of a researcher/practitioner collaboration and some tips for both to help each other. You can view our presentation below, and our paper will be available in the conference proceedings which will be published by Facet Publishing.

Annmarie and I also wrote an article on this topic for SCONUL Focus which is due to be published shortly.

Mobile resources library access issues workshop

I helped co-ordinate this workshop hosted by Jisc Collections, and was invited to present a section in the morning session. The idea of the workshop was to get librarians together to discuss the issues currently being experienced in terms of access library content via mobile devices, and see if we could come up with a way to move towards addressing the issues. I presented on some of the approaches libraries are using to record information about access to library resources via mobile devices, and some of approaches publishers and content providers are delivering their content to mobile devices. My slides are below:

I also blogged an overview of the day on the Mobile Technologies in Libraries blog, and Mark Williams from Jisc Collections has published an article in Research Information reporting on the main themes from the day and the next steps.

Birmingham City University Library and Learning Resources, along with many other libraries I’m sure, have been working on mobile development over the summer to support the students when they return in September. If you’re interested in utilising mobile technologies in your library/information service, please check out the Pathways to Best Practice Guides or contact us for further guidance.


Report on m-library activity

As part of the JISC-funded mobile library community support project, we ran two fact finding surveys; one at the beginning of the project and one at the end. We have now published the final report for the end of project survey (data collected July-August 2012) as well as a series of summary blog posts.

The full report is available online as a PDF, or you can view it below:

Mobile technologies in library – community support project outputs

Mobile technologies in libraries

Mobile technologies in libraries (photo from Kennedy Library on Flickr)

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:

Case studies

We collected a number of case studies throughout the project:

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.

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.

Mobile technologies in libraries – end of project survey

The m-libraries support project (managed by Evidence Base and Owen Stephens Consulting) is part of JISC’s Mobile Infrastructure for Libraries programme running from November 2011 until September 2012.

The project aims to build a collection of useful resources and case studies based on current developments using mobile technologies in libraries, and to foster a community for those working in the m-library area or interested in learning more.

At the beginning of the project we ran a survey to gather information, to discover what was needed to help libraries decide on a way forward, and to begin to understand what an m-libraries community could offer to help (full report available). It’s now time to revisit these areas to see how things have changed.

Please answer the following few questions – they should only take 5-10 minutes and all questions are optional.

This is an open survey – please pass the survey link on to anyone else you think might be interested via email or social media:

Mobile technologies in libraries: information sharing event

Opening the event

Opening the event

As part of the JISC-funded m-library community support project, Evidence Base (with support from Owen Stephens Consulting) organised a one day event for those interesting in mobile technologies in libraries. The event opened with a keynote presentation from James Clay, ILT & Learning Resources Manager at Gloucestershire College, who gave an interesting overview of the current situation. The rest of the event focused around a series of lightning style presentations (5 minutes for each speaker) and breakout sessions (45 minutes each). The breakout sessions covered the following topics:

  • Building mobile-friendly sites with responsive design (see blog post)
  • Augmented reality for special collections (see blog post)
  • Mobile devices in teaching and research: how do libraries support this? (see blog post)
  • Resource discovery on mobile devices (see blog post)
  • Bibliographic management on mobile devices (see blog post)
  • Developing a mobile strategy for the library (see blog post)
  • Mobile devices in the physical environment in libraries, exhibitions and galleries (see blog post)
  • Delivering existing library-owned content (e.g. historical maps) on mobile devices (see blog post)

If you’re interested in mobile technologies in libraries, please subscribe to the m-library community support blog (subscription links on right hand side):

Recent presentations

It’s been a busy few weeks at Evidence Base. We’ve attended a number of events and presented on two of our current projects; JUSP (Journal Usage Statistics Portal) and M-library support project.

At Online 2011 on November 29th, Angela presented on JUSP alongside Paul Harwood (Deputy CEO, JISC Collections) in the Managing and Assessing E-resources in the Library session chaired by Charles Oppenheim. Their presentation is embedded below and provides an introduction to JUSP:

The following day at the same event, Jo took part in a panel discussion for the European Librarians Theatre at the Online 2011 exhibition. The discussion theme was social media: Everyone is talking but is anyone listening? For more information on the discussion, and particularly the UK perspective presented by Jo (information gathered by online survey) visit this blog post.

The m-library support project has also been invited to recent events discussion mobile technologies in libraries.

On December 2nd, NoWAL hosted an informal information sharing event on mobile technology in libraries, and Jo facilitated a discussion on behalf of the m-library support project. The presentation is embedded below:

Earlier this week, Jo also presented at an ARLIS event on m-learning and e-learning. This presentation includes numerous examples of initiatives in libraries, as well as some guidance and advice on next steps, and an introduction to the m-library support project.

This is likely to be our last post before the holiday, so we wish our readers a relaxing and enjoyable festive period. 🙂