Mobile devices are the 'it' technology, and everyone wants to know how to apply them to their environments. This book brings together the best examples and insights for implementing mobile technology in libraries. Chapters cover a wide variety of the most important tools and procedures from developing applications to marketing and augmented reality. Readers of this volume will get complete and timely knowledge of library applications for handheld devices. The Handheld Librarian conferences have been a centrepiece of learning about how to apply mobile technologies to library services and collections as well as a forum for sharing examples and lessons learned. The conferences have brought our profession forward into the trend and kept us up to date with ongoing advances.
This volume brings together the best from that rich story and presents librarians with the basic information they need to successfully make the case for and implement programs leveraging mobile devices in their libraries. Authors of the diverse practical and well researched pieces originate in all types of libraries and segments of the profession. This wide representation ensures that front line librarians, library administrators, systems staff, even library professors will find this volume perfectly geared for their needs.
This book was published as a special issue of The Reference Librarian.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Mobile Revolution and The Handheld Librarian Joe Murphy 2. Launching a Text a Librarian Service: Cornell’s Preliminary Experiences Virginia Cole and Baseema B. Krkoska 3. Text Message Reference Service: Five Years Later Beth Stahr 4. Will They Come? Get Out the Word about Going Mobile Maura Keating 5. Mobilizing the Library’s Web Presence and Services: A Student-Library Collaboration to Create the Library’s Mobile Site and iPhone Application Matthew Connolly, Tony Cosgrave, and Baseema B. Krkoska 6. Collaborative Marketing for Virtual Reference: The My Info Quest Experience Beth Fuseler Avery, Karen J. Docherty, and Mary-Carol Lindbloom 7. From Internet to iPhone: Providing Mobile Geographic Access to Philadelphia’s Historic Photographs and other Special Collections Deborah Boyer 8. Mobile Use in Medicine: Taking a Cue from Specialized Resources and Devices Bohyun Kim and Marissa Ball 9. Tag, You’re It! Using QR Codes to Promote Library Services Beatrice Pulliam and Chris Landry 10. Are You Ready for E-readers? Anne Behler and Binky Lush 11. Left to Their Own Devices: The Future of Reference Services on Personal, Portable Information, Communication, and Entertainment Devices Thomas A. Peters 12. Mobile Technology and Medical Libraries: Worlds Collide Peg Burnette 13. Methods for Applied Mobile Digital Library Research: A Framework for Extensible Wayfinding Systems Jim Hahn, Michael Twidale, Alejandro Gutierrez, and Reza Farivar 14. One Block at a Time: Building a Mobile Site Step by Step Chad Haefele 15. Developing Library Websites Optimized for Mobile Devices Brendan Ryan 16. Smartphones, Smart Objects, and Augmented Reality Harry E. Pence 17. Making Twitter Work: A Guide for the Uninitiated, the Skeptical, and the Pragmatic Valerie Forrestal 18. SMS Reference Sian Brannon 19. Mobile Technologies from a Telecom Perspective Linda L. Woods 20. Is Mobile Marketing Right for Your Organization? Nancy Dowd 21. Handheld E-Book Readers and Scholarship: Report and Reader Survey Nina Gielen 22. The E-Book Lifestyle: An Academic Library Perspective Julie Shen 23. EBSCOhost Mobile Ron Burns and Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Joe Murphy, Yale University Science Libraries, serves as a member of the Handheld Librarian conference committee and leads the field of mobile technologies in libraries as its top speaker.