M-Libraries 4: From Margin to Mainstream – Mobile Technologies Transforming Lives and Libraries

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A brand new collection in the highly successful M-Libraries series, this draws together cutting-edge international contributions from the leading authorities in the field. Based on the proceedings of the Fourth International M-Libraries Conference held in Milton Keynes in 2012, it explores the variety of work that libraries are doing across the world to deliver resources to users via mobile and hand-held devices. This collection

  • Looks at the future of m-libraries, focusing on the transformation of services, learners, or institutions through the introduction of mobile technologies
  • Spotlights examples of mobile innovation
  • Offers case studies of successful implementation of mobile services
  • Discusses the role collaboration plays in mobile strategy

The ideas showcased here will be stimulating to information professionals at all types of institutions, researchers, educators, technical developers, and everyone else interested in the cutting-edge of mobile technology.

Foreword - Char BoothIntroduction - 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 K2. From aspiration to innovation: the Live Lab concept at the University of Glasgow Library - Rosemary Stenson, Wendy Walker, Kay Munro and Karen Stevenson3. Mobilizing academic content online: challenges and rewards - Keren Mills and Hassan Sheikh4. Using iPads for a roving enquiry service: a case study on lessons learned - Rowan Williamson5. BYOD! We don't think so - Steve Bowman6. Bridge over troubled waters: QR coding the collection for student satisfaction - Neil Ford7. If you tweet will they follow? Promoting library resources and services to a mobile audience through social media - David Honeybone8. 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 Chandhok10. Widening access and stimulating innovation through mobile health applications - Bob Gann11. An education in privacy: best practices for academic libraries in the age of social media - Kate Cushon12. QR codes as teaching tools - Keiso Katsuro13. Making sure to remember what we already know: ensuring e-reading innovation works - Anne Hewling14. Text reference service: ideas for best practices - Lili Luo15. M-libraries on the hype cycle: where are we? - Jo Alcock and Pete Dalton16. 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 Rebollo18. Mobile phone technology in academic library services: a public university students' perceptions and paradigm - Md. Anwarul Islam19. Moving beyond the counter: mobile library support and the use of tablet PCs at Leeds University Library - Peter Kilroy20. Creating a university-wide mobile app: the mStir experience - Andrew Wilson21. Use of mobile phones for library services: the experience of Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria - Bukky Olufemi Asubiojo22. If you build it will they come? The importance of collaboration and marketing in developing and promoting mobile services - Binky Lush and Emily Rimland23. Delivering news on mobile: the European Parliament's m.Library website - Caroline Corneau24. Searching the Library catalogue through Twitter - Bianca Kramer25. Mobile devices in medical schools: the WCMC-Q experience - Sa'ad Laws26. Kindles in the library, National University of Ireland Maynooth Kindle Pilot 2011 - Louise Saults
Conclusion- Gill Needham

Mohamed Ally

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. 

Gill Needham

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.

"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