Libraries have the reputation for thinking long and hard, and debating all of the finer points, before deciding to implement a new technology or technology-based service, sometimes missing the peak of the trend (Jacobs, 2009). Building on the success of LIR’s symposium in November and previous #irelibchat discussions, this chat will consider whether libraries are in fact, committed to embracing and implementing new mobile technologies.
- Have you been involved in implementing a mobile catalogue or website?
- Do you use skype or more ‘formal’ communication tools for information skills provision?
- Have you experimented with lending mobile devices?
- Have you developed a library app or examined the use of QR codes or augmented reality for your library service?
- Are there other mobile technologies which you implemented in your library? Do your users like them and what did you learn from the experience?
A couple of interesting resources on the topic include a presentation by @joeyann on Experimenting with Mobile Technologies in Libraries and The Handheld Librarian: Mobile Technology and the Librarian by Thomas A. Peters and Lori Bell.
This is a joint collaboration between #irelibchat and the LIR Group. To join in, simply search for the #irelibchat tag on twitter and remember to tag your own tweets with #irelibchat so that others can find them!