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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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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

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