Monday, April 18, 2011

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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