Wednesday, April 29, 2009

SMW'09: Social Mobile Web / August 29 - 31 2009 / Vancouver, Canada

The mobile space is evolving at an astonishing rate. At present there are over 3.5 billion mobile subscribers worldwide and with continued advances in devices, services and billing models, the mobile web looks set to inspire a new age of anytime, anywhere information access. The inherent characteristics of mobile phones enable new types of interactions, e.g. mobile phones are personal to the individual, they are always on and always connected. And as such we are seeing a shift towards mobile devices for social mediated tasks.

The world is also witnessing an explosion in social web services. Online social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace continue to experience huge increases in usage, with more and more users seeking novel ways of interacting with their friends and family.

In this workshop we are interested in the combination of these two exciting research spaces: the social web and the mobile space. We believe that the social mobile web is going to be a highly influential research area in the near future. As such this workshop will investigate the current state of the social mobile web.

Topics of interest to this workshop include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Novel social interactions on mobile devices

  • Social mobile content sharing and distribution services

  • Context aware mobile services - beyond location based services

  • Social mobile search and social mobile browsing

  • User evaluations of social mobile services

  • Mobile user interfaces that incorporate social elements

  • Mobility and social networks

  • Models of mobile social behavior and mobile traces

  • Urban gaming, mobile mixed reality, etc.

  • Innovative social mobile applications

This workshop is targeted towards researchers working within the mobile web and social web spaces.

The deadline for papers is May 11th 2009 / Full details on paper submission are available.



Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Always On: Libraries In A World Of Permanent Connectivity

First Monday / Volume 14, Number 1 - 5 / January 2009

Mobile communication has been more widely adopted more quickly than any other technology ever (Castells, et al., 2007). It represents a diffusion of communications and computational capacity into a growing part of our research, learning and social activities. It has resonated with emerging youth behavior, providing support for distinctive patterns of social interaction and group formation, information use and personal expression.

Diffuse networking changes how we coordinate our resources to achieve goals. For example, our use of time and space changes. Timeshifting is routine as students may listen to or watch lectures in the gym or on the train. The use of space to support ad hoc rendezvous and social learning is becoming more important.
As networking spreads, we have multiple connection points which offer different grades of experience (the desktop, cell phone, xBox or Wii, GPS system, smartphone, ultra–portable notebook, and so on).

While these converge in various ways, they are also optimized for different purposes. A natural accompaniment of this mesh of connection points is a move of many services to the cloud, available on the network across these multiple devices and environments. This means that an exclusive focus on the institutional Web site as the primary delivery mechanism and the browser as the primary consumption environment is increasingly partial.

Students are results–oriented and value convenience. This emphasis coupled with the design constraints on some devices promotes a need to get to relevance quickly. Socialization, personalization and location awareness become very important.

Libraries have been working to develop network–ready services. Mobile communication intensifies this activity and adds new challenges as they look at what it means to be mobile–ready. This has organizational implications as a shift of emphasis towards workflow integration around the learner or researcher creates new relationships with other service organizations on campus. It also has implications for how space is used, for library skills, and for how collections are developed.

We can see the impact of mobile communication on services in two ways. First, services may be made mobile–ready, as with special mobile interfaces for library services, alerting services, and so on. Second, mobilization continues the restructuring of services, organizations and attention that networking has brought about.

Think here of how to socialize and personalize services; how to adapt to collection and service use which spans personal, institutional, and cloud environments; how to position and promote the library ‘brand’ as services become atomized and less ‘visible’ on the network; and more complex questions about what best to do locally and what to source with collaborative arrangements or third parties.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Mobile Learning: A Symposium / May 1, 2009 / University of Manitoba

Mobile Learning: A Symposium / May 1, 2009
St. Paul's College, University of Manitoba

Globally, mobile phones now outnumber computers by a ratio of 3:1. Recent innovations with smart phones – the Blackberry and iPhone – suggest the revolution has only just begun. Mobile devices now marry the power of the personal computer with the convenience and mobility of the cellphone. Emailing, web browsing, multimedia data gathering, social networking, location awareness, text messaging, and gaming are all possible on a mobile device.

Other devices, such as netbooks, ipods and Amazon’s Kindle, provide new opportunities for mobile computing. How do mobile technologies impact education? What can educators do to take advantage of the powerful computing devices most students carry in their pockets? This symposium will explore the educational impact of mobile devices, drawing on examples of successful educational implementations and case studies.


8:00 - 9:00 / Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45

Keynote: The Diminishing Relevance of Place

George Siemens, Associate Director, Research and Development with the Learning Technologies Centre at University of Manitoba ; Founder and President of Complexive Systems Inc.

How important is “place” in networked learning? The internet, netbooks, and mobile phones answer with “not very important at all.” Activities that only a few decades ago required physical presence – such as banking or purchasing a book – are now accessible without concern for the location of the individual. Mobile phones have far greater penetration than computers.

Many students now carry in their pockets computing devices more powerful than the desktop computers of only a decade ago. Information is at the fingertips of these students. What are the implications of the diminishing relevance of place for education? How can educators take advantage of mobile devices in improving learning, research, and interaction? This session will explore how mobile phones influence how people interact with each other and with information.

Emphasis will be placed on:

The educational implications of perpetual connectivity to information and peers

Suggestions for educators in incorporating mobiles into current teaching practices

Potential systemic impact of mobile learning

9:45 - 10:15

From the Ultimate Mobile Device to Ultimately Mobile: Libraries and Mobile Services

Karen Hunt and Richard Jones

You can carry it in your pocket, you can use it in your bath, you can write notes on it and share it with your friends. Libraries already provide access to (mobile) books, but how are we adapting to new devices and modes? From text messaging help services, podcasting, hear how libraries are adapting, thriving and the distances yet to travel. We’ll also report on a new service at the University of Manitoba Libraries to lend notebook computers to students.

10:15 - 10:45 / Refreshment Break

10:45 - 11:30

The Evolution of Wireless

Mansell Nelson, VP Business Product Management, Rogers Wireless / Bruce Dagge, Apple Inc.

Hi-speed mobile Internet access is quickly becoming broadly available, empowering the ability of both students and educators to communicate, collaborate, and research online. As wireless network speeds accelerate beyond Third Generation (3G) levels, mobile Internet-ready laptops and powerful smartphones are now offering connectivity and application options beyond the boundaries of WiFi hotspots and wired desktops.

This session will explore the evolution of wireless network and mobile device capabilities and profile mobile usage trends.

11:30 - 12:00

Hands on session: Explore an array of mobile devices: netbooks, Kindle, iPhones, and others

12:00 - 1:00 / Lunch, Daily Bread Cafe

1:00 - 1:45

Are We Ready for Mobile Technologies and Their Impact on Pedagogy, Tool Development, and Assessment?

Thomas C. Laughner, Director, Educational Technology Services, Smith College / J. Scott Payne, Director of Academic Technology Services, Amherst College

The promise of mobile learning has recently attracted a great deal of attention among educational technologists. Numerous institutions have begun using a range of mobile technologies to support anytime, anywhere learning; however, the impact of the mobile web has been limited.

In this presentation, we will argue that the capabilities of the iPhone and iPod touch and emerging data on adoption rates of these devices may herald a shift in how students access information and instructional tools and interact with instructors and peers. We will discuss potential implications for pedagogy, tool development, and assessment.

1:45 - 2:15

Location Awareness and Data Gathering

Dr. Shirley Thompson, Sonesinh Keobouasone, and Larry Laliberty

Attaching photos or videos to a map is an excellent visual way to show both the pictures and where they were shot. Photos and videos from a camera phone or other camera can be geotaged to map with shared online photo albums, such as Flickr, Buzznet, or YouTube. A geotag from a geographic positioning system (GPS) allows the software to know where the pictures were taken and post them on a map at their exact geographic locations.

We will show you examples of photo journeys and explain how to save the track on the GPS unit, upload it to your computer, import the information into the geotagging software, import the photographs from the camera, find a digital mapping software, match all these components, and start all over the next time you want to attach photos on a map. As well, we will demonstrate how a phone or camera with a built-in GPS can upload a location-marked picture to Flickr, to automatically post the photo onto a map.

2:15 - 2:45 /
Refreshment Break

2:45 - 3:15

Introduction of Cell Phone Technology in Open and Distance Learning of English: a Case Study

Irene Parvin, Assistant Professor of English, School of Education, Bangladesh Open University

Bangladesh Open University is offering formal as well as non formal programmes for different level of target groups through distance mode and it is providing tutorial support, printed text materials and audio-video programmes which is broadcasted through mass media. BOU currently delivers pre-recorded non-interactive TV programs for its lectures.

The effort of the Bangladesh Virtual Interactive Classroom is to test a method that would make these pre-recorded lessons interactive. They will also get feedback from the teacher using mobile. In any time of the day they can send SMS to the teacher and they will get feedback through SMS.

In VIC approach another concept is Learning Partner (LP) who will give support to each other outside the tutorial session also. This new method is introducing participatory approach in open and distance learning and introducing two way communications, which is reducing the gap of teacher and learner in distance education.

3:15 - 3:45

Theme: Future Trends: A multi-institutional panel

George Siemens (Moderator)

Paul Little, Dean, School of Learning Technologies, RRC / John Anchan, Executive Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology, University of Winnipeg



$75 / $ 40 (Student) [includes breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks]

Registration is limited to 100 people.


Co-organized by the Learning Technologies Centre, Libraries, Learning Assistance Centre, Information Services and Technology, and Extended Education, University of Manitoba



Friday, April 24, 2009

arXiview: arXiv For The iPhone

ArXiview is a new iPhone application billed as “a very easy way to surf the last few weeks of arXiv postings.”

Developed by Paul Ginsparg then of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and now of Cornell University, provides "Open Access to 534,588 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics." [04-24-09].


arXiview was designed by Dave Bacon, a theoretical physicist at the University of Washington, ... .


Features and Functionalities

  • Browsing arXiv categories by date
  • Keep up to date not just on the latest days posting, but postings from the last week or any date you wish. The first iPhone arXiv browser to offer full date browsing.
  • Search the arXiv by author, title, full text, with and without restrictions to specific categories of the arXiv.
  • Save preprints to your iPhone for later, offline browsing. Organize your offline readings in self-named folders.
  • Email yourself or others preprint information for later reference.
  • Read PDFs in both landscape and portrait mode.
  • Arrange arXiv categories and subcategories in an order of your preference, for quick access



App Available At

[] / $ .99 [04-24-09]

Thanks To Keita Bando. My Open Archive, Managing Director, Nagoya, Japan, For The HeadsUp!

BTW: My Youngest Daughter, Beth, Did Her Study Abroad In Nagoya ... .

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

On The Move With The Mobile Web: Libraries And Mobile Technologies

Kroski, Ellyssa / On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies / Library Technology Reports / 2008 / vol. 44, n. 5 / pp. 1-48.


Imagine walking by a movie poster for the upcoming Harry Potter film and scanning it with a click of your camera phone in order to download associated ringtones, get showtimes, or even buy tickets. How about snapping a photo while browsing through a magazine to get a free sample of a new perfume?

This may sound like science fiction right now, but in Japan, this type of mobile search technology is widespread, and in the United States similar services are already being developed, services that promise just this type of virtual engagement with the world around us. This report looks at the mobile Web landscape including, mobile devices, mobile Web applications, library mobile initiatives, as well as how to create a mobile experience and get started using the mobile Web.

Chapter 1: What is the Mobile Web?
Chapter 2: Mobile Devices
Chapter 3: What Can You Do with the Mobile Web?: Mobile Web Applications
Chapter 4: Library Mobile Initiatives
Chapter 5: How to Create a Mobile Experience
Chapter 6: Getting Started with the Mobile Web

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

DCPL iPhone Application Now Available

The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) Labs Has Announced The Availability Of The App For Mobile Access To Its OPAC:

"Mobile access to library information makes things easier for some library patrons. The iPhone is an amazing and popular device so we’ve built an application that lets people search for DCPL library items on our catalog CityCat."


The Code Can Be Downloaded Via At


Science Info On The Go: Enhancing Traditional Sci-Tech Library Services w/ Mobile Devices

ACRL/STS Poster Session at ALA 2008
Science Info on the Go:

Enhancing Traditional Sci-Tech Library Services

w/ Mobile Devices
Joe Murphy / Yale Science Libraries /

Mobile devices help libraries meet the evolving information needs of the sci-tech community by expanding traditional services and exploring new opportunities. Enhancing / Expanding Services New Opportunities Mobile Reference = Text Messaging Reference Answers on the go - Answers from anywhere by SMS - Expert assistance at point of need Mobile librarians to meet the diffuse information needs of our specialized clientele. Email Social Networking Instant Messaging Mobile devices facilitate library 2.0 Phone and social networking initiatives. In person and outreach Considerations ● Choosing a technology ● Identifying New Workflows ● Establishing Management Models: Staffing, Training ● Exploring Best Practices for a Quality Service (shifting communication styles and user expectations)

ACRL/STS Poster Session 6/30/2008

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Pew Internet: The Mobile Difference

Pew Internet & American Life Project / WASHINGTON, DC / Mar 25, 2009 / The Mobile Difference

Some 39% of Americans have positive and improving attitudes about their mobile communication devices, which in turn draws them further into engagement with digital resources – on both wireless and wireline platforms.

Mobile connectivity is now a powerful differentiator among technology users. Those who plug into the information and communications world while on-the-go are notably more active in many facets of digital life than those who use wires to jack into the internet and the 14% of Americans who are off the grid entirely.

“For a sizable minority of Americans, mobile connectivity expands their digital horizons as they do more with their suite of wireline and wireless tools,” said John B. Horrigan, Associate Director of the Pew Internet Project and author of the typology report.

“Mobile services complement existing broadband assets, and these Americans find it increasingly hard to be without their connectivity traveling with them as they go.”

These findings are the centerpiece of a new typology of technology users released by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The typology places information and communication technology (ICT) users into ten categories built around their assets (the gadgets they have), actions (how they use ICTs), and attitudes (how they feel about the role of ICTs in their lives).

Most wireless Americans view the mobile accelerant to their digital habits positively.

  • Some 8% of adults – whom we call Digital Collaborators – delve deeply into digital lifestyles to collaborate with other users to create content and express themselves online.

  • Another 7% – the group we’ve named Media Movers – use their information gadgets as a platform to share digital content with others.

  • Another 9% – called the Roving Nodes – employ mobile connectivity to enhance personal productivity.

  • For others, the tools of connectivity produce tensions. One group we call Ambivalent Networkers is made up of 7% of Americans who like to use mobile connections for social networking but sometimes lament being so available to others.
  • An additional 8% – the Mobile Newbies – are just becoming accustomed to using cell phones, but thus far like very much how mobile devices help them stay in touch with others/

  • The remaining 61% of adult Americans are the stationary media majority.

Many in these groups are content to be tethered to a broadband connection for communication and information gathering. Members of the five groups that make up the stationary media majority use their mobile devices mainly for phone calling, rarely for internet access, and often find incoming messages intrusive.



See Also

Internet Typology: The Mobile Difference


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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

History of the Cell Phone: Donald Linder | Retired Corporate Vice President, Motorola

Centennial Distinguished Alumni Seminar

History of the Cell Phone / Donald Linder (BSEE '65) / Retired Corporate Vice President, Motorola

April 17 2009 / 10 AM / ECpE Building Addition


In 1969, Bell Labs proposed the use of cells to cover metropolitan areas in response to the FCC Docket 18262. Throughout the 1970s, manufacturers like Motorola experimented with new ways to use the new spectrum that was to be made available. One of the Motorola experiments was a hand-held radiotelephone that would work in a cellular system. Those experiments were continued and resulted in hand-held cellular phones for commercial service.


Donald Linder graduated from Iowa State University with an electrical engineering degree in 1965, and began a 36-year career with Motorola. In 1972, Motorola executives asked Linder and his team to create the world’s first portable phone. Linder was the primary designer leading a team of a dozen engineers. Roughly three months after the project’s initiation, the team celebrated their success: the creation of the world’s first portable phone, the DynaTAC Portable.



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Monday, April 13, 2009

WorldCat Mobile (Beta)

WorldCat Mobile
Search for library materials—Enter search terms such as keywords, author or title

Find a WorldCat library near you—Enter your ZIP, postal code or location in the Libraries Locator

Call a library—Highlight and click the phone number in a library listing to place a call

Map a route—Find the fastest way to a WorldCat library using the mapping software already on your device

Now you can use your mobile phone to find materials in libraries near you—and help us test this new pilot service. Available to people in the United States and Canada, the six-month pilot lets you try out mobile search of WorldCat libraries and suggest improvements or additional features.

WorldCat has partnered with mobile-technology leader
and joined its growing array of search "channels" that let you quickly access popular Web applications including Google, Wikipedia and Facebook; look up retail locations such as Starbucks and FedEx; and check news, weather, traffic reports and much more!

When you download the Boopsie application to your phone, you get library search plus these additional channels, as well as its "smart prefix" feature that allows you to type only the first few letters of search keywords and view results instantly as you type.

Get started

Using the Web browser on your mobile phone, navigate to

to access the WorldCat mobile application. The application is compatible with these phones and mobile operating systems:

Windows Mobile 5.0 / Blackberry / Palm OS 5.4 or later / Apple iPhone / Nokia / MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1 Java /

A Complete List Of Supported Phones Is Available



News Release


Video Demos

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Mobile Applications For Libraries And The WorldCat Mobile Pilot (42:36)

Alice Sneary, OCLC, Creative Services Analyst (Moderator)

Mark Allcock, OCLC, Senior Global Manager, Market Solutions (Presenter)

Archive Of OCLC Webinar / April 29, 2009 / 10 AM - 11 AM Eastern /

Available At


[Dead Link / 07-26-09]

See Also



C203 / Putting Your Library on a Mobile Phone

See Also Also

WorldCat Mobile Pilot Extended To Europe (07-06-09)


The First International m-Libraries Conference: Information On The Move...

Information On The Move : The First International m-Libraries Conference / 13th -14th November 2007 / The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK


13 November

Opening Plenary

Welcome to the Open University / Denise Kirkpatrick / Pro-Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching / The Open University, UK

Chair / Nicky Whitsed / Director of Library Services / The Open University, UK

Opening Keynote / Joan K. Lippincott / Associate Executive Director / Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), USA

Engaging Net Gen Students in Learning: Mobility And Libraries

Presentation Slides

Mobile Learning, Mobile Library, Mobile Technology, Mobile Society /
John Traxler/ University of Wolverhampton, UK

Abstract / Presentation Slides

Building An Effective Mobile-Friendly Digital Library To Support Mobile Learners: A Case Study Of The Athabasca University m-Library Project / Rory McGreal, Mohamed Ally, Steve Schafer, Yang Cao, Tony Tin / Athabasca University, Canada


Chair / Mohamed Ally / Associate Professor / Athabasca University, Canada

Enhancing Library Access Through The Use Of Mobile Technology: The Student Perspective And Practical Implementation / Lynne Callaghan, Ruth Charlton, Matthew Newcombe / University of Plymouth, UK

Abstract / Presentation Slides

Mobile e-Learning For Community-Based Health Workers In Developing Countries / Adesina Iluyemi / University of Portsmouth, UK

Abstract / Presentation Slides

14 November

Chair / Steve Schafer / Director Library Services / Athabasca University, Canada

Keynote / Dr Agnes Kukulska-Hulme / Deputy Director and Senior Lecturer in Educational Technology / The Open University, UK

Encyclopaedic Knowledge in the Mobile Age

Presentation Slides

Chair / John Traxler / University of Wolverhampton, UK

Public Libraries, Mobile Learning And The Creative Citizen / Geoff Butters, Margaret Markland and Rob Davies / Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Abstract / Presentation Slides

Exploiting Mobile Communications For Library Service Development: Technical Possibilities And Cultural Implications / William Foster / University of Central England, UK

Abstract / Presentation Slides

Library As An Advocate of Mobile Learning: the Athabasca University Experience /
Stella Lee, Tony Tin, Colin Elliottt / Athabasca University, Canada

Abstract / Presentation Slides

Integrating the Educational Support Architecture In An E-Services Paradigm: The M-Learning Approach / Ivan Ganchev, Máirtín O'Droma, Stanimir Stojanov , Mícheál Ó hAodha, Damien Meere TRC, University of Limerick, Ireland and eCL, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Abstract / Presentation Slides

Parallel Workshops

Abstract / Notes

Parallel Sessions

a) Mobile Support For Distance Learners: An Investigation / Jane Lunsford / The Open University, UK

b) Open Library In Your Pocket - Services To Meet The Needs Of On And Off Campus Users / Hassan Sheikh, Susan Eales, Mariano Rico / The Open University, UK

Presentation Slides

c) Digilab - Encouraging Mobile Learning Through Library Innovation / Keren Mills & Non Scantlebury / The Open University, UK

Abstract / Presentation Slides

Chair / Nicky Whitsed, Director of Library Services, the Open University

Keynote / Dr. Mohamed Ally / Associate Professor / Athabasca University, Canada

Nomadicity and Information Access: Role of Mobile Technology

Presentation Slides

Closing Remarks / Nicky Whitsed / Director of Library Services / Open University, UK

PDF Version Of Conference Programme





m-Libraries: Libraries On The Move To Provide Virtual Access / Edited By Gill Needham and Mohamed Ally / Facet Publishing / September 2008 / 352 pp. / Hardback / 978-1-85604-648-0 / £44.95


M-libraries: Libraries On The Move To Provide Virtual Access

M-libraries: Libraries On The Move To Provide Virtual Access / Edited By Gill Needham and Mohamed Ally / Facet Publishing / September 2008 / 352pp / Hardback / 978-1-85604-648-0 / £44.95

Mobile phone ownership is considerably more ubiquitous than internet access via personal computers. As technology moves on apace, more and more people around the world are carrying, effectively, a tiny mobile device in their pocket or handbag. At the same time, the environment in which people find and use information is changing – we are busier, we are constantly on the move and whether we are shopping, booking a holiday or looking for train times we expect instant results. What does all this mean for libraries?

The development of networked technologies opened up huge opportunities for libraries that were able to make their catalogues and digital collections accessible to their users regardless of distance. The opportunity to deliver services and resources to users via their mobile phones, PDAs and other handheld devices will be as significant a challenge. Indeed, if libraries choose to ignore this challenge, they are in danger of being left behind in an increasingly competitive world of information provision and services.

This authoritative collection of contributions from experts in the field, based on the First International M-Libraries Conference held in 2007, explores the technological and sociological context for m-libraries, describes a range of global initiatives with lessons learned, and discusses the potential for future development. Key areas covered include:
  • Libraries and net generation learners
  • Use of mobile technology for off-campus learning
  • Enhancing access to library resources through mobile communications
  • Building an effective mobile-friendly digital library
  • Designing and developing e-learning content for mobile platforms
  • Architectures and metadata for m-learning and m-teaching
  • Mobile use and e-learning in developing countriesFrom shelf to PDA: transforming mobile devices into LIS tools
This timely book will be of considerable interest to the growing international mobile learning community across all sectors, not least in developing countries where internet access via computers is poor but many people have mobile phones and other devices. It should be read not only by information professionals but by mobile, software and library systems suppliers, e-journal suppliers and aggregators, publishers, international development agencies, and policy makers in education and e-government.
Dr Anne Adams, Dr Mohamed Ally, Geoff Butters, Lynne Callaghan, Yang Cao, Àngels Carles, Ana Castellano, Ruth Charlton, Billy Cheung, Robert Davies, Susan Eales, Colin Elliott, Cain Evans, William Foster, Dr Ivan Ganchev, Peter Godwin, Fernando Guerrero, Jom Hahn, Anne Hewling, Maureen Hutchison, Dr Adesina Iluyemi, Dr Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Susan J. Lea, Joan K. Lippincott, Jane Lunsford, Margaret Markland, Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata, Rory McGreal, Damien Meere, Keren Mills, John Naughton, Gill Needham, Dr Máirtín O’Droma, Dr Mícheál Ó hAodha, Jo Parker, Mariano Rico, Non Scantlebury, Steve Schafer, Dr Wathmanel Seneviratne, Hassan Sheikh, Dr Stanimir Stojanov, Rhodri Thomas, Tony Tin, John M. Traxler, Emma Whittlesea, Freda Wolfenden.
Table Of Contents

Acknowledgements / Contributors

Foreword / Always On: Libraries In A World Of Permanent Connectivity / Lorcan Dempsey

Introduction / Mohamed Ally


1 / Libraries In A Networked society / John Naughton

2 / Libraries and Net Gen Learners: Current And Future Challenges In The Mobile Society / Joan K. Lippincott
3 / Encyclopedic Knowledge In The Mobile age / Agnes Kukulska-Hulme

4 / Nomadicity and Information Access: The Mobile Digital
Library For People On The Move / Mohamed Ally

5 / Use Of Mobile Technology For Mobile Learning And Mobile
Libraries In A Mobile Society / John M. Traxler

6 / Exploiting Mobile Communications For Library Service
Development: Technical Possibilities And Cultural
Implications / William Foster and Cain Evans


7 / Harnessing OERs, Mobiles And Other Technologies For Teacher Education In Africa: The TESSA And DEEP Projects / Freda Wolfenden

8 / Libraries And Mobile Phones In Southern Africa: Possible Applications At The University Of South Africa Library / Buhle Mbambo-Thata

9 / Mobile Information Access For Community-Based Health Workers In Developing Countries / Adesina Iluyemi

10 / An Effective Mobile-Friendly Digital Library To Support Mobile Learners / Yang Cao, Mohamed Ally, Tony Tin, Steve Schafer and Maureen Hutchison

11 / Accessing Library Resources While On Placement: Can Mobile Devices Help Students? / Lynne Callaghan, Susan J. Lea, Ruth Charlton and Emma Whittlesea
12 / Public Libraries, Mobile Learning And The Creative Citizen / Geoff Butters, Margaret Markland and Robert Davies

13 / Mobile Support For Distance Learners: An Investigation / Jane Lunsford

14 / M-Learning And m-Teaching Architectures And The Integration Of Evolving Multi-Campus Educational Support e-Services / Ivan Ganchev, Máirtín O’Droma, Damien Meere, Mícheál Ó hAodha and Stanimir Stojanov

15 / Designing And Developing e-Learning Content For Mobile Platforms: A Collaboration Between Athabasca University and the Open University / Tony Tin, Hassan Sheikh and Colin Elliott

16 / Open Library In Your Pocket - Services To Meet The Needs Of On- And Off-Campus Users / Hassan Sheikh, Susan Eales and Mariano Rico

17 / On Metadata For The Operationalization of m-Libraries / Jim Hahn

18 / Designing Mobile Digital Libraries In A Clinical Domain / Anne Adams

19 / Use Of A Mobile Digital Library For Mobile Learning / Mohamed Ally, Rory McGreal, Steve Schafer, Tony Tin and Billy Cheung

20 / Digilab: A Case Study In Encouraging Mobile Learning Through Library Innovation / Keren Mills, Non Scantlebury amd Rhodri Thomas


21 / From Shelf To PDA: How To Transform Mobile Devices Into A Library Information Tool / Àngels Carles, Ana Castellano and Fernando Guerrero

22 / Working Towards The Ubiquitous Library: An Exploratory Case Study Of Cell Phone Informatics For New Student Library Orientation / Jim Hahn

23 / A Basic Plan For Mobile Service Connectivity For The Library System Of The Open University of Sri Lanka / Wathmanel Seneviratne

24 / Information Literacy: Sharing Ideas For Delivery On The Move / Peter Godwin, Anne Hewling and Jo Parker

Conclusion: Thoughts On The Future Of m-Libraries / Gill Needham



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Second International m-Libraries Conference \ June 21-24 2009 | Vancouver Campus \ University of British Columbia

The Second International m-Libraries Conference will be held June 21-24 2009 at the Vancouver Campus of the University of British Columbia

This conference aims to explore and share work carried out in libraries around the world to deliver services and resources to users 'on the move,' via a growing plethora of mobile and hand-held devices. The conference will bring together researchers, technical developers, managers and library practitioners to exchange experience and expertise and generate ideas for future developments.

The conference is sponsored by the University of British Columbia in conjunction with Athabasca University, The Open University; and Thompson Rivers University.

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22 June 2009

Preconference 1

Anne Hewling & Hassan Sheikh (Open University)

Skills on the Move -- A "Hands On" Workshop Creating Mobile Learning Content

There is currently much debate about the need for flexible content delivery methods that address the needs and expectations of a new generation of learners seeking to learn on the move. These learners generally have access to mobile computing, particularly mobile phones, PDAs etc. The Open University Library has been actively involved in this debate. In particular it offers mobile versions of resources whenever possible and increasingly creates tools with which to package and deliver its own content.

This workshop will demonstrate the practice of learning design for mobile devices using skills development software templates developed in-house. Additionally, each participant at the workshop will gain hands-on experience by creating their own ‘takeaway’ mobile learning content object.

Preconference 2

Mohamed Ally, Colin Elliott, Yang, Guanbing, Bill Geng, Tony Tin, and Tracey Woodburn (Athabasca University)

Mobile Design: Interactive Multimedia To Support Learning And Teaching

The Athabasca University Library has developed many mobile friendly websites and features to help our students access resources. These include an autodetect feature which displays either mobile or desktop content depending on the type of device; a mobile-friendly Digital Reading Room (DRR) for students to access their course readings, and mobile language websites including ESL grammar, workplace English, and accent reduction.

In this workshop we will introduce participants to the mobile technologies that we have adapted and developed, model and explain best practices for mobile multimedia content creation, and have participants create digital content for mobile phones using the iPhone and our mobile knowledge management system.

Preconference 3

Hassan Sheikh (Open University) & Tony Tin (Athabasca University)

Mobile Library Technical Development: Opportunities and Challenges

This workshop is aimed at a technical audience of those who are developing (or are interested in exploring) mobile library services. It gives participants an opportunity to discuss and share the technical challenges and issues they face whilst developing those services and to identify possible ways of enhancing the mobile learner experience.

Towards the end of the workshop, we are hoping to agree on the establishment of an online community of mobile developers who could help and support each other and share good ideas and practice for mobile library development.

Preconference 4

Anne Hewling & Keren Mills (Open University)

Researching m-Libraries: Strategies For Investigating And Evaluating Our Mobile Library Applications

The potential of mobile devices for learning was highlighted as important in The Horizon Reports for 2007 and 2008 and in the 2009 report they again attract comment as ‘a family of devices characterized by unprecedented advancement…blurring the boundary between phone and computer’. (EDUCAUSE, 2009). It is clear that many higher education institutions are now developing mobile applications and experimenting with their use on courses at all levels and across disciplines - information and library services on the move being a popular example.

However, despite the periodic publication of special journal issues detailing case studies and practical experiences, there is little mainstream discussion about appropriate methods for the investigation and evaluation of mobile library developments. How suitable are research methods used presently in e-learning, or traditional learning or library contexts? Do we need to develop new tools and templates for evaluating our successes? This workshop will discuss all these issues, offer case studies of how research strategies were chosen for two recent UK Open University-based projects, and will support participants to develop and outline research plan and strategy for their own research context.
23 June 2009

Plenary Session 1

Keynote Speaker, Lorcan Dempsey / Concentration, Connection, Diffusion: Mobilizing library services

Plenary Session 2

Ken Banks / Where Books are Few: The Role of Mobile Phones In The Developing World

Carie Page / Anytime, Anywhere: Reaching the Always-On Generation Through Mobility

Paul Nelson / Partnerships for Community Health Improvement Through Mobile Devices (abstract)

Joan Lippincott/ Why m-Libraries? Making the Case For Innovation (abstract)

Concurrent Parallel Sessions

Session 3 / Mobile Technologies

David Sharp / Mobile GPS Devices and Geospatial Collection Development In The Library (abstract)

Laurence Lockton & Kate Robinson / QR Codes And Their Applications For Libraries – A Case Study (abstract)

Willow Fuchs, Trina Fyfe & Kealin McCabe / Using Meebo and Elluminate to enhance reference service at UNBC (abstract)

Session 4 / New Mobile Services

Eugene Barsky, Aleteia Greenwood, & Kevin Lindstrom / Portable Science: Podcasting As An Outreach Tool For A Large Academic Science And Engineering Library (abstract)

Graham McCarthy & Sally Wilson/ The Library’s Place In A Mobile Space (abstract)

Karen A. Coombs / Piloting Mobile Services (abstract)

Session 5 / Mobile Technologies Supporting Development

Md. Mizanoor Rahman / Study On NGO Initiatives For Content Development For Improving Livelihood Through ICTs To Support Open Non-Formal Education (ONFE) In Bangladesh (abstract)

Vahideh Zarea Gavgani / Service Models For Information Therapy Services Delivered To Mobiles (abstract)

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Misra / Using M-Libraries For Sustainable Rural Development in India: Possibilities And Strategies (abstract)

Session 6 / Mobile Libraries for Learning

Peter Godwin / Information Literacy Gets Mobile! (abstract)

Parveen Babbar & Seema Chandhok / Mobile Technology And M-Learning In Indian Libraries By (abstract)

Chengyu Zhang / Mobile Digital Library for Integration Web Resources in China (abstract)

Session 7 / Mobile Users

Fred Rowland & Adam Shambaugh / Study Regarding Temple University Libraries’ “Ask Us Upstairs” Initiative (abstract)

Faye Jackson and Phil Cheeseman / Bridging The Mobile Divide – Using Mobile Devices To Engage The X And Y Generations (abstract)

Keren Mills / UK Academic Library Users’ Expectations of m-Library Services (abstract)

24 June 2009

Concurrent Parallel Sessions

Session 8 / Mobile Technologies

Ivan Ganchev, Máirtín O’Droma, Damien Meere, Mícheál Ó hAodha, Stanimir Stojanov / Evolution of Modern Library Services: The Progression Into The Mobile Domain (abstract)

Dr. Mohamed Ally, Colin Elliot, Steve Schafer & Tony Tin /Mobile Library: Connecting New Generations Of Learners To The Library In The Mobile Age (abstract)

Session 9 / New Mobile Services

Agnes Chikonzo / Enhancing Service Delivery Through Use Of Mobile Phones In the University Of Zimbabwe Library (abstract)

Jose Luis Andrade / The Role of the Subscription Agents In Delivering Content To Mobile Devices (abstract)

Session 10 / Mobile Technologies Supporting Development

John Paul Anbu, Eric Broug & Paul Coyne / Encouraging Library Usage Among Students In African University Libraries: The Case Of Emerald Group Publishing And The University Library of Swaziland (abstract)

Nafiz Zaman Shuva / Enhancing Library Access Through The Use of Mobile Technology: Case Study Of Information Services Provided By Six Mobile Companies in Bangladesh (abstract)

Session 11 / Mobile Libraries Learning

Anne Hewling & Hassan Sheikh / Mobilising The Development of Information Skills – For Students On The Move And For The Workplace – Two Studies Of Mobile Delivery In Practice (abstract)

Francis G. Anyonah / Development Of Grassup Now Pilot Project In Busia District, Western Province Of Kenya (abstract)

Session 12 / Mobile Services for Distance Learners

Parveen Babbar & Seema Chandhok / M-Learning Libraries In Distance Education: A Proposed Model For IGNOU (abstract)

Dora Pérez & Pep Torn / M-Library In A M-University: Changing Models In The Open University Of Catalonia (UOC) (abstract)

Concurrent Parallel Sessions

Session 13 / Mobile Technologies

Abiodun Solanke / Customer Service Conveyance And Convergence In M-Libraries: Review Of Current, Emerging, And Proposing Standards (abstract)

Tito Sierra & Markus Wust/ Enabling Discovery Of Digital Collections On Mobile Devices (abstract)

Session 14 / New Mobile Services

Alison Armstrong, Michelle Jacobs, Joe Murphy & Brena Smith/ UCLA And Yale Science Libraries Data On Cyberlearning And Reference Services Via Mobile Devices (abstract)

Scott Collard, Alexa Pearce & Kara Whatley / NYU Results Of An Analysis Of More Than 300 SMS Transactions Conducted In The Spring, Summer, and Fall Semesters 2008 (abstract)

Session 15 / Mobile Libraries for Learning

Vicki Owen & Will Reid / What Is Mobile Learning And What Do Students Expect – How Can Libraries Help Fill The Gap? A Report On A Dedicated Six Month Research Project From Learning And Information Services (LIS) At Liverpool John Moores University (abstract)

Dr. Mohamed Ally, Yang Guanbing, Bill Hong-Xing Geng & Tony Tin / Create Mobile Content Using A Mobile-Friendly Knowledge Management System: The Athabasca University (AU) Experience (abstract)

Session 16 / Mobile Services for Distance Learners

Hassan Sheikh & Tony Tin / A Tale Of Two Institutions: Strategic Approach To Support And Develop Mobile Library Services And Resources (abstract)

Buhle Mbambo-Thata / The Library On The Phone: Assessing The Impact Of Mobile Phone Library Access At The University of South Africa Library (abstract)

Session 17 / Practitioner Papers

Elizabeth C. Reade Fong / Mobile Technologies And Their Possibilities For The Library, University of the South Pacific (abstract)

Patricia Letšolo / Challenges And Prospects Of Operating An Academic Mobile Library In The Digital Era: The Case of Lesotho (abstract)
Closing Keynote, Sir John Daniel

Closing Remarks, Mohamed Ally