Thursday, October 25, 2012

iPaper > Mobility & Learning In The Digital Age

Conclusions - For Now

This iPaper offers a brief review of what we know about mobility and learning in the digital age. Any conclusions drawn must be subject to review, revision and change, for the subject itself is evolving and changing rapidly.

From what we’ve explored, one can draw several conclusions:
  • Ubiquitous mobile technology in the form of personal, portable, powerful information portals is changing all aspects of life - especially learning.
  • We need to revisit and rethink what we know and how we approach education and learning in the digital age.
  • Mobile learning technology lends itself to learner-centered education where the student is an active partner in creating and sharing knowledge.
  • Digital literacy is a more meaningful approach to defining the needs of learners.
  • Mobile learners are characterized by how they use technology, not by their age, where or who they are.
  • While mobility enables learning in more places at different times, the important of place remains crucial to the context of learning.
  • We need to think about learning spaces as more than just physical places but as ecologies of different types that support a wide variety of learning.
  • Facility support is important to enable mobile learning.
  • The promise of mobility and learning in the digital age is untethered, radical flexibility where activities, tools, technologies and spaces combine to support multiple modes of learning, interaction and activities.
  • We continue to learn as mobile learning evolves.
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Friday, October 5, 2012

The Handheld Library: Mobile Technology and the Librarian [Paperback]

Thomas A. Peters / Lori Bell

The Handheld Library: Mobile Technology and the Librarian provides the information and guidance librarians need to adapt themselves and their facilities to the mobile revolution—the fastest, most diffuse worldwide technological innovation in human history.

The book provides an up-to-date survey of how mobile technologies are affecting library use, library services, library systems, librarians, and library users at various types of libraries. The authors cover core topics related to mobile libraries, including mobile reference, eBooks, mobile websites, and QR codes, and address aspects of the mobile revolution less frequently covered in the literature, such as mobile health information services, the use of mobile technologies on archival work, the impact of the mobile revolution on physical libraries, and the ways in which new mobile technologies are creating professional development opportunities within the profession. While this resource is specifically targeted toward librarians who plan and provide services using mobile technologies, academic, public, and other librarians will also find the ideas and information within useful.

Paperback: 275 pages  / Publisher: Libraries Unlimited (March 25, 2013) / Language: English

ISBN-10: 1610693000 / ISBN-13: 978-1610693004



Thursday, October 4, 2012

A/V Now Available > Accessing Academic Content via Mobile Devices: Issues, Solutions and Future Developments

October 5 2012 / ~ 60 Minutes

This free webinar, organised by the STM Library Relations group in collaboration with the Copyright Clearance Centre (CCC) has been designed to:

  • Shed light on the way mobile technology is currently being used in the academic library environment to access academic content, especially peer-reviewed scientific research
  • Examine ways in which the experience of such mobile use within an institutional environment might be both enhanced and simplified
  • Look at what further developments are on the horizon, what advantages each development might bring to publishers, libraries, and end users, what the key stakeholders should do to ensure they are prepared for them, and which ones are most likely to gain the necessary traction to become new standard elements of mobile content access functionality
The webinar will be of interest to:
  • Librarians who are keen to discover how issues they may be facing might be addressed and to learn what developments are round the corner in this area
  • Publishers who want to confirm how best they can serve the academic library market with mobile technology and what technological developments may assist their so doing in the future.

Ruth Jenkins
Ruth Jenkins has been University Librarian at Loughborough University since 2009, and is a member of the JISC Collections Electronic Information Resources Working Group. She has previously held posts at the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool. As a smartphone user for nearly a decade, Ruth has a particular enthusiasm for making electronic journals, ebooks and other internet-based information resources accessible via mobile devices.

Marty Picco
Mr. Picco is passionate about extending the Atypon platform into the mobile world. He brings deep technical understanding of digital media,cloud-computing, and mobile applications to the digital publishing world after spending many years creating and deploying innovative video processing and streaming solutions for major TV operators worldwide.

Baker Evans
Baker Evans has worked in multi-national education, publishing and information services organization for more than 15 years, most recently with Elsevier's Science & Technology Division since 2008. Baker helped form the strategic vision of Elsevier's on-line portfolios of search and discovery and performance and planning solutions known as SciVerse and SciVal respectively. As an extension to the portfolio strategies, Baker and his team led the development of the mobile channel strategy targeting Academic and Government users, including a mix of application, devices and mobile website offerings to create greater access to customers' content collections.