M-Libraries 2

May 2010 | 320pp

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M-Libraries 2
A virtual library in everyone's pocket

Edited by Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham

Interest in m-library services has grown exponentially in the last five years, as libraries are recognizing the potential of ubiquitous and increasingly sophisticated mobile devices. Building on the highly regarded M-Libraries: libraries on the move to provide virtual access, this new book brings together research and case studies from all corners of the globe on the development and delivery of library services and content to mobile devices.
Based on the proceedings of the Second International M-Libraries Conference held in Vancouver, this new collection of contributions from authorities in the field serves to demonstrate the ingenuity and creativity of developers and service providers in this area, ranging from the innovative application of basic mobile phone technology to provide information services in remote parts of the globe lacking internet access, to the development of new tools and technologies which harness the full functionality of popular mobile phones. Key topics include:
  • enhancing library access through the use of mobile technology
  • the university library digital reading room
  • mobile access for workplace and language training
  • the role of an agent supplying content on mobile devices
  • cyberlearning and reference services via mobile devices
  • podcasting as an outreach tool
  • service models for information therapy services delivered to mobiles
  • bibliographic ontology and e-books
  • health literacy and healthy action in the connected age
  • a collaborative approach to support flexible, blended and technology-enhanced learning
The collection demonstrates the emergence of an evidence base for m-libraries, with a number of contributions presenting the results of user surveys and studies of user behaviour. 
Readership: This highly topical book should be read by information professionals in all sectors, and by policy makers, researchers, developers, publishers and suppliers. It will also be of great interest to library and information studies students and newcomers to the profession.

Foreword - Sir John Daniel  
Introduction - Mohamed Ally
1. Where books are few: the role of mobile phones in the developing world - Ken Banks
2. Mobile technology in Indian libraries - Parveen Babbarand and Seema Chandhok
3. Mobile technologies and their possibilities for the library, University of the South Pacific (USP) - Elizabeth C. Reade Fong
4. M-library in an m-university: changing models in the Open University of Catalonia - Dora Pérez and Pep Torn
5. Piloting mobile services at University of Houston Libraries - Karen A. Coombs, Veronica Arellano, Miranda Bennett, Robin Dasler and Rachel Vacek
6. Evolution of modern library services: the progression into the mobile domain - Damien Meere, Ivan Ganchev, Máirtín Ó’Droma, Mícheál Ó’hAodha and Stanimir Stojanov
7. Bibliographic ontology and e-books - Jim Hahn
8. QR codes and their applications for libraries: a case study from the University of Bath Library - Kate Robinson
9. A tale of two institutions: collaborative approach to support and develop mobile library services and resources - Hassan Sheikh and Tony Tin 
10. Designing a mobile device automatic detector to support mobile library systems - Yang Guangbing, Tony Tin, Colin Elliott, Maureen Hutchison and Rory McGreal
11. The Athabasca University Library Digital Reading Room: an iPhone prototype implementation - Rory McGreal, Hongxing Geng, Tony Tin and Darren James Harkness
12. Mobile access for workplace and language training - Mohamed Ally, Tracey Woodburn, Tony Tin and Colin Elliott
13. Service models for information therapy services delivered to mobiles - Vahideh Z. Gavgani 
14. Health literacy and healthy action in the connected age - Paul Nelson and Bob Gann
15. ‘Ask us upstairs’: bringing roaming reference to the Paley stacks - Fred Rowland and Adam Shambaugh
16. The role of an agent supplying content on mobile devices - Jose Luis Andrade 
17. Portable science: podcasting as an outreach tool for a large academic science and engineering library - Eugene Barsky and Kevin Lindstrom
18. Mobilizing the development of information skills for students on the move and for the workplace: two case 
studies of mobile delivery in practice - Hassan Sheikh and Anne Hewling
19. The library’s place in a mobile space - Graham McCarthy and Sally Wilson
20. M-libraries in distance education: a proposed model for IGNOU - Seema Chandhok and Parveen Babbar
21. Bridging the mobile divide: using mobile devices to engage the X and Y generations - Phil Cheeseman and Faye Jackson
22. Information literacy gets mobile - Peter Godwin
23. Library and Student Support (L&SS): flexible, blended and technology-enhanced learning - Victoria Owen
24. Enhancing library access through the use of mobile technology: case study of information services provided by six mobile companies in Bangladesh - Nafiz Zaman Shuva
25. M-libraries: information use on the move - Keren Mills
26. UCLA and Yale Science Libraries data on cyberlearning and reference services via mobile devices - Brena Smith, Michelle Jacobs, Joseph Murphy and Alison Armstrong
27 Say what? An SMS transcript analysis at New York University - Alexa Pearce, Scott Collard and Kara Whatley
Conclusion - Gill Needham and Nicky Whitsed

"...any public, academic, medical or special librarian whose users rely on mobile devices will benefit from learning about the cutting-edge applications explained here. It is a useful guide for info pros in corporate organisations, policy makers, researchers, developers, publishers and suppliers."
- Information World Review

"...the general library community and librarians, as well as M-Library developers, will find this work to be a useful reference, from an international view point as well, as to the current state of development in M-Libraries. 4/5."

"...a very resourceful book for anyone trying to get to grips with m-libraries and how they might work, if one were to go ahead and put the plan in action."
- MmIT Journal

Professor Mohamed Ally BSc Ma PhD is Director of the Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada.

Gill Needham BA Hons, DipLib CertMan MSc Econ is Associate Director, Information Management and Innovation at the Open University Library and Learning Resources Centre, UK.