From margin to mainstream - mobile technologies transforming lives and libraries
Edited by Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham.
An up-to-date showcase of the innovative and inspiring work that libraries are doing across the world to interact with their users and deliver resources via mobile devices.
Mobile technology is now the norm for accessing information for a growing swathe of library users. As mobile devices become increasingly sophisticated and prevalent, so users’ expectations of being able to access information and services through them are on the rise. Libraries and information centres must respond to the challenge with ever-more inventive and effective solutions for providing content to users anywhere and anytime using a range of technologies. Librarians have a major role to play in facilitating access and providing the services required in order to access quality information.
This brand new edition of the highly successful M-Libraries series brings together cutting-edge international contributions from the leading experts, practitioners and researchers in the field. Based on the proceedings of the Fourth International M-Libraries Conference held in Milton Keynes in 2012 it showcases the diversity of innovative and inspiring work that libraries are doing across the world to interact with their users and deliver resources via mobile and hand-held devices.
The main strands of discussion are:
- Imagination – looking at the future of m-libraries
- Transformation – focusing on the transformation of services, learners or institutions through the introduction of mobile technologies
- Inspiration – focusing on mobile innovation
- Implementation – case studies of successful implementation of mobile services
- Collaboration – a discussion of mobile strategy and ideas.