Friday, December 7, 2012

m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey - Methods to Support Current and Future m-Library Initiatives

Respondents were asked to indicate from a pre-determined list the methods that they would use to support current and future m-library initiatives in their library/information service. Most respondents plan to use a selection of sources, including (in order of popularity):

  •  Keeping up-to-date with mobile technology
  •  Case studies
  •  Attending and following events
  •  Reading/following existing research
  •  Sharing and reading information via social media
  •  Library/librarian blogs
  •  Social media discussions
  •  How-to guides
  •  Mailing lists
  •  Conducting own research
  •  Project blogs

Other responses included collaborative projects (with other organisations or others within the organisation who may be more knowledgeable), dicsussion with/learning from colleagues, in house training/awareness sessions, creating your own m-library initiative, video demonstrations, and support from suppliers.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Free > Virtual Leadership Summit > Taking the Lead in Mobile Learning > December 11 2012 > 12:45-5:30 EST

Session 1: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Learning and Schooling in the Age of Mobilism

Keynote Presenters: Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan with Cathie Norris, Regents Professor, College of Education, University of North Texas

Moderator: Therese Mageau, Editorial Director, 1105 Media Education Group

Speeding past Steve Jobs’ Post-PC Era into the Age of Mobilism, we can foresee how, by 2015, each and every student in America’s K-12 classrooms will be using their own mobile computing device with those devices engendering the most disruptive transformation in education in 150 years. Classrooms will move from today’s “I Teach” teacher-centric and, by and large, ineffective and boring pedagogy to a “We Learn” pedagogy where the teacher learns along with the students, mastering content and practicing the key 21st century skills. Flipping the classroom is only the beginning; mobile technologies extend the classroom to support all-the-time, everywhere learning, to support the linking of the abstract ideas explored inside the classroom to the real world of people, places, things outside the classroom. And, most importantly make no mistake: THIS CHANGE IS INEVITABLE.

Session 2: 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Effective Mobile Programs and Policies: Designing a Strategy

Featured presenter: Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow

Moderator: Therese Mageau, Editorial Director, 1105 Media Education Group

A key component of an effective mobile learning strategy is the development of a shared vision for success. To that goal, the Speak Up national data findings provide a valuable context for understanding the authentic views of students, parents and educators on mobile learning – their aspirations as well as concerns.

Session 3: 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Administrative Mobile Tools

Featured presenter: Susan Brooks-Young, Consultant/Author, Opportunity Group

Moderator: Therese Mageau, Editorial Director, 1105 Media Education Group

As a school administrator, you are constantly on the move—gathering data, collaborating on projects, keeping up with professional reading, and more. You have (or are thinking about purchasing) an iPad or an Android tablet because you like its promise of mobility. Now you’re ready to identify the ways the tablet will simplify your professional life and tackle some of these daily tasks using a mobile device. This session helps you identify and evaluate free and low-cost apps and administrative tools you can use to harness the power of your mobile device.

Session 4: 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Using iPads as Dynamic Teaching Tools

Featured presenter: Jenna Linskens, Assistant Professor, Marian University

Moderator: Therese Mageau, Editorial Director, 1105 Media Education Group

This session will provide participants with an opportunity to explore effective uses, applications and creative ways to use the iPad in the academic setting to support student learning and assessment through creation, not just consumption. Professional applications for effective lesson presentation, organization, and communication will also be shared. The presenter will share a variety of applications (both free and of minimal cost) on the iPad, so have your device ready. Information on iPad management within the school setting will also be shared.

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m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey - Confidence in Implementing Mobile Technologies

We were interested to find out the confidence level in implementing mobile technologies. The figure below shows the results:

Bar chart to show level of confidence in implementing mobile technologies
Bar chart to show level of confidence in implementing mobile technologies

Fortunately, the majority of respondents (72%) felt confident or very confident about implementing mobile technologies in the libraries. However, 26% did not feel confident, and 2% did not feel at all confident.

  • infrastructure
  • knowledge and skills
  • support from management
  • resources (e.g. time and money) to work on development


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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey – Barriers/Challenges to Implementation

As can be seen from the graph, resource constraints are experienced by the majority of respondents (79%), with infrastructure/policy constraints being experience from almost half of respondents (47%). Other barriers and challenges were also present to a varying degree, and some added other barriers, including:
  • Traditional mindset of library staff/management resulting in risk averse culture and a steep learning curve if staff were to get involved
  • Vendors investing in separate apps rather than supporting access via library websites
  • Lack of third party support for mobile resources (e.g. catalogue, e-journals and databases)
When asked what the primary barrier was, the following pie chart shows the results:

Primary barrier to utilising mobile technologies
Primary barrier to utilising mobile technologies

As shown, resource constraints are the primary barrier for a large proportion (46%) of respondents. Infrastructure/policy constraints are the primary barrier for 17% of respondents, whilst licensing concerns, lack of technical support and not an organisation priority are also primary barriers for over 5% of respondents each.

A number of solutions were suggested to overcome barriers and challenges to utilising mobile technologies. These included:

  • Quick wins/low cost solutions
  • Demonstrating a clear business case
  • Staff changes (additional staffing or re-assigning staff duties)
  • Partnerships (internal and external)
  • Staff training
  • Learn from best practice of other libraries
  • Outsourcing

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey – Future m-Library Initiatives

Interestingly, when asked if their library was considering using mobile technologies to support any aspect of the service or resources provision in future, less people responded yes (81.8%) than in the first survey (90.4%). This still shows the majority intend to incorporate mobile technologies in future plans, though may represent a slight decrease in planning (or could be due to a different sample of respondents.

Is your library/information service considering using mobile technologies to support any aspect of the service or resource provision in future?
Is your library/information service considering using mobile technologies to support any aspect of the service or resource provision in future?
Many of those who planned to use mobile technologies in this way in future did not yet know how they planned to use them (probably a sensible approach with things changing so rapidly!). Those who had started planning for future included the following (in order of popularity):

  • Roving support (using tablets for reference enquiries, demonstrations and supporting teaching)
  • Mobile catalogue
  • Mobile app
  • Mobile website
  • Mobile access to resources
  • SMS
  • Loaning mobile devices
  • Social media
  • QR codes
  • Mobile web chat/enquiry service
  • Augmented reality
  • Strategy development
  • Near Field Communication/Radio-Frequency Identification
  • Supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
  • Bibliographic management
Many of these are similar to the existing or current m-library initiatives, though it is interesting to note a few additions to the usual list such as mobile web chat, strategy development, near field communication and radio-frequency identification, supporting bring your own device, and bibliographic management.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

m-Library Support Project > End of Project Survey – Current m-Library Initiatives

In the first fact finding survey, we discovered a number of different areas libraries were working on. Using the broad categories from the results of the first survey, we used the end of project survey as an opportunity to see which were most popular. The results are shown below:

  • Social media (Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare)
  • Location of free PCs in library
  • Status of printers in library
  • Mobile discovery tool
  • SMS reference service
  • Access to mobile content (e.g. ebooks, audiobooks, music)
  • Mobile e-learning website or VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
  • Mobile chat (enquiry service)
  • Newswire from news agencies
  • Teaching/instruction on mobile devices
  • SMS to send bibliographic data from website to phone
  • Mobile LibGuides

When asked if they were currently involved in any m-library iniative projects, 61% of survey respondents said yes. In order of popularity, areas which were currently being worked on were as follows:

  • Mobile access to resources
  • Mobile apps (for library or wider organisation)
  • Mobile website
  • Mobile catalogue
  • Using mobile devices to support roving reference
  • QR codes
  • SMS
  • Loaning mobile devices
  • Augmented reality
  • Social media

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