Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Library Mobile > 6 > Configuring The 'Future Textbook'

The Sixth > New Column > Configuring The 'Future Textbook', Searcher v. 19 no. 3 (April 2011) p. 43-47.

In late May 2006, more than 50 educators and publishers, representing a wide range of specialties, gathered at the National Academy of Sciences, in Washington, D.C., to participate in a 3-day National Science Foundation-funded workshop titled "Reconsidering the Textbook."

Through small- and large-group discussions, the attendees "examined the current state of the textbook and its relationship to the growing number of electronic tools that also serve as learning resources for today's students" and sought to envision the textbook of the future.

At the conclusion of the workshop there was general consensus that:

[T]he textbook of the future will be more than a static printed  volume. ... It will function as a guide, interweaving and coordinating a variety of different learning resources including animations, simulations, and interactive exercises. ... [It will] be easily searchable, and thus would be learner accessible with a flexible electronic interface.

The group envisioned the "Future Textbook" - whether printed or electronic - as "the organizing hub of an  integrated learning environment [that would] become increasingly adaptable, customizable, and responsive." They imagined it as a "Web-linked travel guide" that was modular by design, thus allowing an instructor to configure content to suit the goals of a particular course as well as the specific needs of individual students. In this view, access to networked resources would strongly promote higher-level thinking. The group also agreed that the Future Textbook would be integrated with course management systems.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Library Mobile > 5 > Abilene Christian University: An Exemplar Mobile University

The Fifth > New Column > Abilene Christian University: An Exemplar Mobile University, Searcher v. 19 no. 3 (April 2011) p. 34-37.

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a Christian university offering more than 65 baccalaureate majors in more than 125 areas of study, as well as 25 master's degree programs and a doctoral program. Located on a 250-acre campus in the city of Abilene in west-central Texas, ACU has an annual enrollment of approximately 4,700 students.

According to "America's Best Colleges" , a special report published in August 2010 by Forbes, Abilene Christian University is "among the best in the country," with a ranking of No. 484 of the more than 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions eligible for consideration in the magazine's assessment. ACU is also recognized in the rankings of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges," in The Princeton Review's "Best in the West," as a "College of Distinction" by Student Horizons, and in 'America's 100 Best College Buys" and "America's Best Christian Colleges."

ACU is a founding member of the Consortium for Innovation & Research in Converged Learning (CIRCL), a free community-supported network of researchers, professors, teachers, and other education professionals engaged in mobile and converged learning practice and research. In 2009, ACU was designated a Center of Excellence for its mobile-learning program by the New Media Consortium at its 2009 summer conference.


Self-archived at  (7 June 2011).

Library Mobile > 4 > ’B’ is for ‘Blackberry'

The Fourth > New Column > 'B' is for 'BlackBerry' > Searcher v. 18 no. 10 (December 2010): 50-53.

BlackBerry smartphones are designed and manufactured by Research In Motion (RIM), founded in 1984 and headquarteredin Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. RIM launched the first BlackBerry in 1999; current models include the Bold, Curve, and Storm series, as well as the Torch and Tour.

According to a mid-September 2010 comScore press release,"RIM remained the leading mobile smartphone platform in the U.S. with 39.3 percent share of U.S. smartphone subscribers," despite losing a market share of nearly 2% to smartphones using the Android operating system. Based on its review, comScore estimates that 53.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the 3 months ending July 2010, an increase of more than 10% from the corresponding April 2010 period.

For the second quarter of 2010, RIM reported that its BlackBerry smartphone shipments grew to 12.1 million units, an increase of 45% over the same quarter in 2009. In addition, its subscriber account base grew to 50 million, an increase of nearly 56% over the 2009 period. As of June 30, 2010, RIM had shipped approximately 115 million units.


Self-archived at  (7 June 2011).

Monday, May 2, 2011

C&RL News > Mobile Technologies For Libraries / Lori Barile

C&RL News >  Mobile Technologies For Libraries: A List Of Mobile Applications And Resources For Development / Lori Barile / College & Research Libraries News / vol. 72 no. 4 / pp. 222-228 / April 2011

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimated that more than 5 billion mobile subscriptions would exist worldwide by the end of 2010, which more than tripled home Internet access.1 ITU also predicts Web access from mobile devices will exceed access from desktop computers within the next five years.

These statistics are hardly surprising; with advancements in technology and the rise in smartphone use, people are taking advantage of being connected to data wherever they are. Mobile phones aren’t just phones anymore: they can access e-mail, search the Web, video chat, and play games. Even mobile devices like iPad and iPod touch can bring social media, productivity tools, and entertainment literally into the palm of your hand.

Therefore, libraries should be exploring mobile devices as a way to connect with patrons. Creating a library application (“app”) or mobile Web site that allows patrons to access library hours, view their library account or even search databases is easier than most people think. The resources below should help libraries begin to plan and implement their own unique mobile presence.

Resources were chosen based on relevancy, accuracy, and content. Due to current economic considerations, free mobile applications were chosen over similar paid applications.


> History And Development Of Mobile Applications And Web Sites

>> Mobile Applications For Learning

>>> Discovering And Downloading Mobile Applications

>>>> Mobile Web Sites

>>>>> Creating Mobile Web Sites, OPACs, And Applications

>>>>>> Examples Of Mobile Library Web Sites



Monday, April 18, 2011

NFAIS Webinar > Portable Devices and Mobile Users: A New Era for Information Delivery and Access > May 3 2011 > 1:00pm (EST)

One of the hottest areas in R&D today is the development of personal reading devices that serve an increasingly mobile population. This highly competitive arena is driving innovation in both the format and delivery of information resources, offering publishers an opportunity to be creative and breathe new life into even the most traditional information tools for a new generation of users.

NFAIS will hold a 90-minute informational Webinar, Portable Devices and Mobile Users. Maureen Kelly, Principal, Content Kinetics, will open the meeting with a brief history of book technology. Jill O' Neill, NFAIS Director of Communication and Planning, will then discuss the reading experience, including an overview of today's established user interfaces and navigational approaches and how users are encouraged to customize their own experience.

The meeting will then take a look at the development of e-reader technology, from first to third generation and beyond, current content delivery channels, and the markets for e-readers and e-publications. And in closing, the meeting will focus on why all information providers need to pay attention to the development of portable reading devices so that they can re-shape their content to offer an enjoyable and satisfying user experience - on any platform, anywhere!

If you want to learn more about today's portable reading devices register for the NFAIS webinar today. NFAIS members pay $75, members of Sister Societies pay $85, and non-members pay $95. An unlimited number of staff from an NFAIS member organization can participate for a group fee of $225. The group fee for an unlimited number of staff from any Sister Society is $2555 [?] and from a non-member organization is $285. [snip]

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NISO Forum > Mobile Technologies in Libraries > May 20, 2011 > Philadelphia, PA

About the Forum

iPhone. iPad. Android. Blackberry. Kindle. App store. 3G.

The visibility and utility of mobile hardware, software, and connectivity continue their exponential increase. Libraries are finding it difficult to ignore the implications a perpetually connected user base has to information resources traditionally confined to desktop or laptop computers. Library users stand to benefit enormously if libraries can effectively offer their information resources in the now-ubiquitous mobile medium.

Many questions remain to be answered:

• How informed are libraries and their resource providers about what users want to do with mobile devices?

• Are information providers’ recent mobile interface offerings useful to libraries and mobile users?

• How can libraries take advantage of existing popular mobile apps?

• Can individual libraries be effective in addressing mobile technologies and user demands on their own, or will development dollars be best spent on collaborative efforts or vendor-supplied services? Are such efforts and services available?

• In focusing more attention on mobile users, are libraries neglecting other user populations who do not have access to mobile devices?

• Do mobile device and service providers have any incentive to work with libraries and serve neglected populations?

These and other issues remain in flux as the library and larger information communities attempt to grasp the impact of mobile computing. Join NISO for a one-day forum at which invited speakers will explore many of the pressing questions about libraries’ interaction with and promotion of mobile technologies.


8:00 a.m. Registration Desk Opens
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Introduction: How Standards Fit (or don’t fit) in Mobile Computing / Todd Carpenter, Managing Director, NISO

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote / Brian O’Leary, Founder and Principal, Magellan Media

Presentation Slides > Mobile Reading Comes Of Age


10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break

Mobile Computing, Libraries, and Users: Providing Context

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Using Surveys to Find out What Users Want with Mobile Devices / Bennett Claire Ponsford, Digital Services Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
MedLinePlus Mobile: The Why, What, and How / Loren Frant, Head of the Health Information Products Unit, National Library of Medicine (NLM)

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch

Examples of Mobile Technologies

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.
Models for Mobile in Teaching and Learning / Chris Millet, Manager of Advanced Learning Projects at Education Technology Services, Penn State University

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Mobile Sensors: Building an Open Source Staff-Facing Tablet App for Library Assessment / Jason Casden, Digital Technologies Development Librarian, N.C. State University Libraries

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Break

3:15 - 4:00 p.m.
Mobile Interfaces & the Impact on (and Opportunities for) Publisher Content / Nicki Augustyn, Managing Editor, CHEST, American College of Chest Physicians

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
"Ask Anything" Session
Bring your questions, comments, and ideas to share with the entire group / Moderator: Todd Carpenter, Managing Director, NISO

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Forum Wrap-up / Todd Carpenter, Managing Director, NISO


NISO Voting and LSA Members > Early-Bird (Ends 5/1/2011): $200.00 ; Regular: $225.00 ; On-site: $250.00

Non-Members > Early-Bird (Ends 5/1/2011): $240.00 ; Regular: $285.00 ; On-site: $300.00

Student  > $130.00

Registration Information

• Early bird rates are offered until May 1, 2011.

• Registration closes May 11, 2011. After that date, a processing fee of $50 will be added. This also applies to any on-site registration.


• Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch. [snip]


Meeting Location

The CHF Conference Center
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Everywhere Library > ARLD Day 2011 > April 29 2011 >

The Everywhere Library presented by the Academic and Research Libraries Division in partnership with the Public Libraries Division of the Minnesota Library AssociationLast year, Academic and Research Libraries (ARLD) Day was all about getting users into the library building.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum / 3675 Arboretum Dr / Chaska, MN 55318

This year, we’ll look at serving our patrons where they are. We know they work from their computers at home and in their offices, but they’re also increasingly accessing our services and information via mobile devices. What do libraries need to be thinking about? What services are successful? What technologies and metadata are required to make access easy and understandable? Join us on April 29 at ARLD Day 2011: The Everywhere Library to find out.




Breakout Sessions


CT > Moving to Mobile

Campus Technology > Moving to Mobile > Campuses respond quickly as the higher ed mobile marketplace takes shape.

Mary Grush / 04/01/11

Given the tremendous adoption of mobile devices and applications in the business and consumer markets, the rising interest in and support for mobile apps on the part of colleges and universities should come as no surprise. And while mobile technology adoption is in its infancy in higher education, we've already seen a substantial move toward the deployment of mobile applications on campus in the past two years.

According to the fall 2010 Campus Computing Survey, more than 70 percent of the surveyed CIOs and senior IT leaders "agree or strongly agree" that "mobile [LMS] apps are an important part of our campus plan to enhance instructional resources and campus services." (Currently, the majority of mobile apps in higher ed are tied to learning management systems, although their features often extend beyond the LMS.)

Still, the move to mobile apps on campus remains in the early stages: Just 13 percent of the more than 525 campuses that participated in the Campus Computing Survey reported that they had activated mobile LMS apps as of fall 2010. However, another 10 percent say they will go live with mobile LMS apps this academic year, while nearly a quarter have a mobile app strategy under review. From these data we can see both great interest in mobile applications, and a strong indication of a growing movement in the activation of mobile apps.




Monday, April 11, 2011

NLW > Canadian Academic Libraries And The Mobile Web

Robin Canuel, Chad Crichton, (2011) "Canadian academic libraries and the mobile web", New Library World, Vol. 112 Iss: 3/4, pp. 107 - 120

Keywords: Academic libraries, Applications, Canada, Mobile communication systems, Mobile networks, Web sites

Article type: Research paper

DOI: 10.1108/03074801111117014 (Permanent URL)

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited



Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess how Canadian academic libraries have responded to the rapidly evolving mobile environment and to identify gaps in the services provided, while suggesting areas for future development.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper conducted an examination of the mobile content and services provided by the libraries of the member institutions of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). Based on this examination, the paper describes the current state of mobile librarianship in Canadian academic libraries. A review of the literature places the investigation in its broader context.

Findings – Only 14 percent of AUCC libraries currently advertise some type of mobile web presence, with mobile web sites being prevalent over downloadable apps. Examples of content and services are highlighted to illustrate current trends and to provide insight into future directions for developing mobile services.

Practical implications – This study raises awareness of the importance of mobile technology for academic libraries and the need to address the lack of mobile content and services provided by most Canadian post-secondary institutions. The paper also identifies best practices exhibited by the surveyed libraries.

Originality/value – This is the first exploration of this type into how academic libraries in Canada have responded to the mobile environment. The value of this research is in helping libraries identify and address shortcomings in the mobile content and services they provide, and in highlighting efforts by libraries to address their users' needs in this area.



Saturday, April 9, 2011

LTR >_ Libraries and the Mobile Web_

 Library Technology Reports > Libraries and the Mobile Web / Cody Hanson

 ALA TechSource  / 978-0-8389-5830-8  / $43.00

What evidence would provide a good indication that the day had come for your library to focus concerted efforts on mobile services? If nearly all Americans owned cell phones? Maybe if a large percentage of those phone owners demonstrably used their device to access the internet? Perhaps if smartphone sales began to approach sales of PCs? If major information service providers were shifting their focus from the desktop to mobile devices? If the trend turned away from mobile devices mimicking the functions of desktop computers, and instead desktops began to emulate mobiles? Maybe if there was evidence that traditional desktop connectivity wasn’t reaching people who could be reached on their mobile devices?

If so, then that day is today.

The evidence is compelling. The vast majority of Americans now own cell phones. Nearly half use them to access the internet. In Q4 of 2010, manufacturers shipped more smartphones than they did traditional PCs. Underrepresented groups are accessing the mobile internet in impressive numbers. Google is developing for mobile first and the desktop second. Apple is in the midst of making its desktop computers behave more like its mobile devices. If your library, like mine (and every library I can think of), has been transformed by desktop computing and internet access, now is the time to take action and be proactive in providing robust services to mobile users.

Cody Hanson

Cody Hanson is Web Architect and User Experience Analyst at the University of Minnesota Libraries, where he works to make the online research process more intuitive and fruitful for students, staff and faculty. He was a 2010 ALA Emerging Leader, and he co-chairs the LITA Education Committee. As an adjunct faculty member at Saint Catherine University, he has taught “Library 2.0” in the Master of Library and Information Science program.

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Educause Review > Getting a Handle on Mobile: Perspective

March/April 2011 Educause Review > Getting a Handle on Mobile: Perspectives

On teaching  > Mobile Literacy  > David Parry

"The future our students will inherit is one that will be mediated and stitched together by the mobile web, and I think that ethically, we are called on as teachers to teach them how to use these technologies effectively."

On e-books > E-Reading: The Transition in Higher Education > David McCarthy

"The current optimal e-reading solution for higher education is a robust laptop home base with an ecosystem that interacts with tablets and e-readers for mobile consumption."

On iPads > Why Mobile? > Mary Ann Gawelek, Mary Spataro, and Phil Komarny

"With their students, faculty have become co-learners and pioneers in the classroom. With no models to work from, they had to explore, practice, and discover the iPad's potential for expanding learning."

On websites > Mobile Matters: Communication Trumps Technology > Susan T. Evans

"Mobile is the future for content delivery. Colleges and universities need to establish a strategy now and make the decisions necessary to take advantage of this communication opportunity."

On devices > Mobile: Letting Go of the Device and Building for Innovation > Jim Davis and Rosemary A. Rocchio

"This device-agnostic framework and approach has huge practical advantages in that we can reach the vast majority of our mobile community regardless of what device they are using and we can readily accommodate ever-changing devices."

On change >  Embracing Change: An Interview with Tracy Futhey

"The best I can hope to do is keep an eye on the high level industry trends and directions, and then once we've identified those trends, ride them as best we can to where we think they'll take the market."

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