M-Libraries 4

Sep 2013 | 224pp

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M-Libraries 4
From margin to mainstream - mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries

Edited by Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham

An up-to-date showcase of the innovative and inspiring work that libraries are doing across the world to interact with their users and deliver resources via mobile devices.
Mobile technology is now the norm for accessing information for a growing swathe of library users. As mobile devices become increasingly sophisticated and prevalent, so users’ expectations of being able to access information and services through them are on the rise. Libraries and information centres must respond to the challenge with ever-more inventive and effective solutions for providing content to users anywhere and anytime using a range of technologies. Librarians have a major role to play in facilitating access and providing the services required in order to access quality information.
This brand new edition of the highly successful M-Libraries series brings together cutting-edge international contributions from the leading experts, practitioners and researchers in the field. Based on the proceedings of the Fourth International M-Libraries Conference held in Milton Keynes in 2012 it showcases the diversity of innovative and inspiring work that libraries are doing across the world to interact with their users and deliver resources via mobile and hand-held devices.
The main strands of discussion are:
  • Imagination – looking at the future of m-libraries
  • Transformation – focusing on the transformation of services, learners or institutions through the introduction of mobile technologies
  • Inspiration – focusing on mobile innovation
  • Implementation – case studies of successful implementation of mobile services
  • Collaboration – a discussion of  mobile strategy and ideas.  
Readership: Information professionals in all sectors and researchers, educators, technical developers, managers and library professionals. It will also be invaluable for students of library and information science and newcomers to the profession.

Foreword - Char Booth 

Introduction - Mohamed Ally 
1. Cost-effective content alert system using SMS: a case study at Bundelkhand University Library, Jhansi - Sridevi Jetty, Maneesh Kumar Bajpai and John Paul Anbu K 
2. From aspiration to innovation: the Live Lab concept at the University of Glasgow Library - Rosemary Stenson, Wendy Walker, Kay Munro and Karen Stevenson 
3. Mobilizing academic content online: challenges and rewards - Keren Mills and Hassan Sheikh 
4. Using iPads for a roving enquiry service: a case study on lessons learned - Rowan Williamson 
5. BYOD! We don’t think so - Steve Bowman 
6. Bridge over troubled waters: QR coding the collection for student satisfaction - Neil Ford 
7. If you tweet will they follow? Promoting library resources and services to a mobile audience through social media - David Honeybone 
8. Transforming the service: supporting mobile devices with minimal budget and time - Georgina Parsons 
9. M-education reaching the unreached: a Government of India initiative - Parveen Babbar and Seema Chandhok 
10. Widening access and stimulating innovation through mobile health applications - Bob Gann 
11. An education in privacy: best practices for academic libraries in the age of social media - Kate Cushon 
12. QR codes as teaching tools - Keiso Katsuro 
13. Making sure to remember what we already know: ensuring e-reading innovation works - Anne Hewling 
14. Text reference service: ideas for best practices - Lili Luo 
15. M-libraries on the hype cycle: where are we? - Jo Alcock and Pete Dalton 
16. Responsive web design for your library website - Matt Borg 
17. A new method of training users: Polimedia video for iOS and Android devices - Angels Carles-Pomar, Ana Castellano and Fernando Guerrero Rebollo 
18. Mobile phone technology in academic library services: a public university students’ perceptions and paradigm - Md. Anwarul Islam 
19. Moving beyond the counter: mobile library support and the use of tablet PCs at Leeds University Library - Peter Kilroy 
 20. Creating a university-wide mobile app: the mStir experience - Andrew Wilson 
21. Use of mobile phones for library services: the experience of Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria - Bukky Olufemi Asubiojo 
22. If you build it will they come? The importance of collaboration and marketing in developing and promoting mobile services - Binky Lush and Emily Rimland 
23. Delivering news on mobile: the European Parliament’s m.Library website - Caroline Corneau 
24. Searching the Library catalogue through Twitter - Bianca Kramer 
25. Mobile devices in medical schools: the WCMC-Q experience - Sa’ad Laws 
26.Kindles in the library, National University of Ireland Maynooth Kindle Pilot 2011 - Louise Saults 
Conclusion - Gill Needham

"In these papers from the 2012 Fourth International M-Libraries Conference, international contributors examine the impact of mobile technologies for accessing information and services in libraries and information centers. Cases from around the world show how libraries are interacting with users and delivering resources via mobile and hand-held devices. Some subjects include the use of iPads for a roving inquiry service, promoting library services through social media, QR codes as teaching tools, designing the library's website, creating a university-wide mobile app, and mobile devices in medical schools. Visual elements include b&w photos, screenshots, process diagrams, and data charts. The book's readership includes students and practitioners in library and information science, along with technical developers. Ally is affiliated with Athabasca University, Canada. Needham is affiliated with the Open University Library and Learning Resources Center, UK"
- Reference and Research Book News

"One of the aspects of the text that I most appreciated was that it is a hugely collaborative effort. It gives the heartwarming impression of a profession which is working together to embrace a challenging and exciting development in technology, sharing their successes and pitfalls in an effort to improve the user experience, and to continue to do what libraries have always done – celebrate a plurality of information sources and access methods."
- Australian Academic and Research Libraries

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.