M-Libraries 5

May 2015 | 224pp

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M-Libraries 5
From devices to people

Edited by Gill Needham and Mohamed Ally

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.

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 Fifth International M-Libraries Conference held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014, it illustrates 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.

With a foreword from Joan K Lippincott and 22 chapters from 13 countries, as far apart as India and Germany, Hong Kong and Zimbabwe, Scotland and Bangladesh, the book explores the following themes:

  • Best practice for the use of mobile technologies in libraries
  • Challenges and strategies involved in embracing mobile innovation for libraries
  • The impact of ubiquitous and wearable technologies on the future of libraries
  • Harnessing the future for teaching and learning with mobile technologies
  • Mobile technologies enhancing information access for all and pursuing the millennium development goals.

As the world becomes more mobile, users will access information using mobile technologies. Hence, libraries have to make the transition to provide mobile service. M-Libraries 5 will help libraries to develop adaptable and efficient mobile services so they can meet the needs of the current and new generations of users.

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 - Joan K Lippincott
Introduction - Gill Needham


1. Design and testing of mobile library websites: best practices in creating mobile  library applications - John Paul Anbu K and Dr Sanjay Kataria
2. Mobile information literacy for libraries: a case study on requirements for an effective information literacy programme - Shri Ram, John Paul Anbu K and Dr Sanjay Kataria
3. Mapping and library services at UOC: a preliminary case study for BPC and UOC  - Pep Torn, Anna Zuñiga Ruiz and Carme Fenoll Clarabuch
4. Library tour evolution (analogue>digital>mobile) - Michael J Whitchurch
5. A manifesto for mobile: developing a shared mobile resources checklist - Mark Williams
6. M-libraries user services: a survey of the world’s leading database publishers for mobile devices- Dr Parveen Babbar and Dr P K Jain
7. Assessing students’ perception of ease of use and satisfaction with mobile library websites: a private university perspective in Bangladesh - Md Maidul Islam
8. Web v native application: best practices and considerations in the  development and design of web applications - Gillian Nowlan


9. Smart devices, smart staff - Kay Munro and Karen Stevenson
10. Does position within the library affect mobile technology acceptance? - Dr Sarah-Jane Saravani and Dr Gaby Haddow
11. Learning with smartphones: higher education students’ experiences and practices - Dr Zvjezdana Dukic, Dr Dickson Chiu and Dr Patrick Lo
12. Innovative use of SMS for library services: attitude of library professionals in Anambra and Delta public libraries - Nkem Ekene Osuigwe, Chinelo O Jiagbogu, Nkechi S Udeze and Ebele N Anyaoku
13. From brick to click and click to mobile: transforming libraries with mobile technology - Geeta Paliwal and Dr P K Jain
14. Mobile applications and services in academic libraries: a survey of university libraries in New Delhi - Dr Seema Chandhok and Dr Parveen Babbar
15. Mobile frontiers: real or perceived?  Adopting a service-wide approach - Alison Mackenzie


16. Mobile wellness innovation: a Qi Gong app to improve wellness and cognitive resiliency in older adults - Dr Collen McMillan and Tony Tin
17. M-agricultural information services in Zimbabwean libraries: drawbacks and opportunities in facilitating access to information to enhance production - Collence Takaingenhamo Chisita and Thembani Malapela


18. The unintentional iPad-lending programme – experience from the Sojourner Truth Library - Kristy Lee
19. LibrARy and e-leARning: further adventures with augmented reality - Nitin Parmar, Kate Robinson and Marie Salter
20. A library location-based service: the app ‘Bavaria in Historical Maps’ presents Bavarian history on the mobile internet - Dr Klaus Ceynowa
21. The geography of information: Placing our information needs and behaviours in context - Andrew Carlos
22. Developing adaptable, efficient mobile library services: librarians as enablers - Lizzie Caperon
Conclusion - Professor Mohamed Ally


'This collection offers a useful range of case studies and research for a student, academic, or a librarian applying the concepts to his or her project or problem...this collection’s strength is that people are at the core of the research and therefore the findings are relevant and offer practical uses today.'
- Katie Smith, Digital Library Service Manager, Gloucestershire Libraries, Library and Information Research

Gill Needham is currently Associate Director (Information Management and Innovation) at the Open University Library. Her varied career has encompassed roles as researcher, librarian, project manager and educator. She has more than 25 years’ experience in senior roles in the library and information sector, with an emphasis on innovation and skills development. Since joining the Open University she has led strategic work in areas such as information literacy, flexible learner support and library systems development and has authored on a number of Open University courses. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2006. Current work obsessions are digital literacy, mobile developments and digital libraries. 

Professor Mohamed Ally PhD is Professor in the Centre for Distance Education and Researcher in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University in Canada. He obtained his PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada. He was Director of the Centre of Distance Education and Director of the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University. His current areas of research include mobile learning, e-learning, distance education, problem-based learning and use of emerging learning technologies in education and training. Dr Ally is Past-President of the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) and is one of the Founding Directors of the International Association of Mobile Learning (IamLearn). He recently edited seven books on the use of emerging technologies in education. Dr Ally has presented keynote speeches, papers and workshops at many conferences.