Mobile Trends for Libraries

| May 19, 2010

This expansive presentation is a starting point to understand what other libraries have done to go mobile  and to consider future development in this direction.  Meredith Farkas’ does a great job of exposing how mobile technologies exist in relation to libraries and how they may contribute to future library service development. It covers general information of mobile technologies-such as the usage facts, types of tools that have developed on the platform and affordances that the tools provide. Some interesting quick facts pulled from the show include:

– 32% of Americans have used a cell phone or Smartphone to access the internet this year (Pew,2009)
– the mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people by 2020 (Pew,2008)
– 94% of students send & receive test messages (Ball State University, 2009)
– The majority of institutions have have made no effort to adapt existing web based resources to handhelds or to directly develop for mobile handhelds (see bar graph slide 10, from The Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR) report)

By slide 41 it transitions toward library services for mobile users. These slides provide context to how to apply mobile technologies, outlining first what questions to ask to asses relevant aspects to your library and then taking you through decision points in meeting your needs as a well as how to what to include on a mobile website. It gives examples of cases of success and also provides examples of Library apps that exist for smartphones that provide further accessibility to library functions and info. There is a nice summary of  what mobile devices can offer and how they potentially can be applied in a library setting.   Example features and aspects to consider include,  content interfaces, location-aware tools, QR codes, augmented reality,RSS and SMS, Library tours etc.