Wednesday, July 8, 2009

LITA National Forum 2009 > Open & Mobile

12th Annual / LITA National Forum: Open & Mobile / October 1-4, 2009 / Hilton City Center / Salt Lake City, UT

Concurrent Sessions

LiBerry Guides Go Mobile: Creating Usable Handheld Solutions for 21st Century Students / Leslie G. Adebonojo, Kathy A. Campbell, and Mark E. Ellis (East Tennessee State University)

According to the PEW Internet Project’s December 2007 survey, on a typical day 73% of young adults (age18-29) use their cell phone or PDA. An informal survey of 150 East Tennessee State University students indicated they would be highly likely to use a handheld device to access course materials or library related information.

Dovetailing with our student population’s desire to use their Blackberries, IPODs, and other handheld devices, the ETSU Library decided to adapt its library guides to work in the mobile handheld environment. The library uses LibGuides, an application for producing webpages, which are linked to ETSU’s online course management system Desire2Learn (D2L). A link to the library homepage already exists on every D2L course site. The decision to go mobile not only determines the content but how a librarian customizes a subject guide to be embedded in a course’s D2L site, builds subject guides for the library’s webpages, or produces individual guides for researchers.

These mobile subject guides include text and links to online materials such as the online catalog, e-books, databases, Internet sites, bibliographic style guides, and advice on database selection. Librarians have to be prepared to tailor subject guides based on the capacity of the devises currently being used by their clients; one size doesn’t fit all.

Libraries and Mobile Devices: Public Policy Considerations / Timothy Vollmer (American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy)

OITP will host a panel discussion on the public policy issues surrounding the use of mobile technologies within library services. Panelists will explore the potential benefits offered by mobile technologies in serving existing library users better and serving new types of users altogether. Presentation will outline the challenges posed by mobile devices, including issues of copyright and content licensing, privacy, network security, bandwidth planning, and access concerns involving interoperability standards and DRM.

Libraries To Go / Kristine Ferry, Lisa Sibert, and Holly Tomren (University of California, Irvine)

Students and faculty are always on the go. Our collections and services need to be available to them when and where they need them. The presenters will address the special challenges involved in providing library content and services to mobile users in this big picture presentation. The topics will range from offering an entire library experience to your mobile users to potential best practices for cataloging electronic resources specific to mobile devices.

Other topics include IT issues, collection development trends, licensing issues and gathering usage statistics. We will discuss some discovery tools available, such as mobile-friendly OPACs, union catalogs, library web pages and subject guides. We will also broach the impacts of these issues, and consider ways in which the library can best position itself for the mobile revolution.

Putting your Library on a Mobile Phone—It’s More than Screen Size / Cindy Cunningham (OCLC)

Offering library-based information in a mobile environment is not about exporting your OPAC onto a mobile phone, and there is much more to the user experience than screen real estate. Learn about what mobile library access is really about and how to create an optimal user experience

Unlocking your ILS data: Mobile access via wireless PDA / Michael Doran (University of Texas at Arlington)

A wireless-enabled PDA can connect you to the Web, but it becomes even more valuable if you can use it to access the data in your integrated library system (ILS). ShelfLister, a Web-based PDA client developed at the University of Texas at Arlington, allows library staff to do just that. Using ShelfLister, staff can take a PDA into the stacks and by scanning a couple of barcodes, generate a real-time shelf list that includes data on charges, browses, and status for each item.

ShelfLister will be used for illustrative purposes, however this session goes beyond that particular vendor-specific implementation, to the general issues, approaches, and challenges inherent in creating your own web-based wireless PDA client to access an ILS.



Poster Session Description

The Marriott Mobile Libary /Tony Sams (University of Utah)

Web-enabled mobile devices are becoming the most popular method of communication. The Marriott Library’s Mobile website will tap into the essence of mobile technology providing a textural online environment via any web enabled phone. A focal point of the mobile environment will be an enriching web application that will cater to Apple’s interactive, multi-touch iPod Touch and iPhone devices.

The portability of the Apple devices will allow patrons to move freely throughout the library all the while engaged in a rich, online, interactive experience. The Mobile Library will allow patrons to pass through departments and facilities to discover services that range from virtual assistants for research, to detailed 360ยบ virtual views of the new library facilities. The project will also feature specific department information with interviews (audio and video) regarding services offered.

This proposal asks that a poster session be granted to highlight the Mobile Library project, the Marriott Library’s new facilities, and The University of Utah’s dedication to technology-enhanced learning. The poster will focus on content creation, timeline, costs, and people skills needed to create the mobile project.



See Also

The Future of Mobile / Jason Griffey, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga / A continuation of the article that appeared in NetConnect this past year, "Stranger Than We Know"


The workshop will expand on the ideas from the article, including how service models in libraries change with ubiquitous computing, and how content delivery becomes much, much different. Registrants will look at specific tools that are currently available that model the direction that mobile is moving.

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