[Air-L] New Book > _Mobile Technology and Libraries_ / Jason Griffey

gerrymck gerry.mckiernan at gmail.com
Sat Jan 9 10:09:25 PST 2010


For Those (Few?)  Librarians Who Doubt That The Future Of Libraries /
Library Services Are/Is Mobile >>>


Jason Griffey / Neal-Schuman / 2010  /  ISBN: 9781555707118  /  6x9 / 125
pp.  / $55.00

Mobile technology is fast becoming the preferred method for connecting to
the Internet, especially for people on the go. Librarians must keep pace
with this trend and integrate themselves into the mobile realm if they wish
to deliver enhanced user services. Mobile Technology and Libraries is a
practical, easy-to-follow new resource that will walk you through the
start-to-finish steps for strengthening your library’s mobile presence.
Author Jason Griffey outlines the different mobile platforms, devices, and
services, and shows you how to create mobile library websites and implement
a number of important developments including mobile reference and SMS. He
also explains how the various affected parts of the library –reference, I.T.
circulation--can work together. You’ll learn techniques for marketing and
measuring your services, and best practices to follow during planning,
implementation, and evaluation.

This highly practical new Tech Set title will help both novice and
experienced librarians embrace these crucial new technologies and stay
relevant in an increasingly mobile society.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Mobile Technology Basics > •Definition and Examples
/ •Importance to Libraries •Platforms

Chapter 2: Planning >  •Become Part of Your Patron’s Information Ecosystem /
•Get Staff Buy-In •Explore the Uses of Mobile Technologies
Chapter  3: Implementation > •Create a Mobile Library Website > •Make Your
OPAC Mobile / •Create Portable Instructional Resources / •Offer Mobile
Library Tours / •Offer Mobile Collections / •Provide SMS Services in Your
Library / •Explore Other Implementation Ideas
Chapter 4: Marketing >  •Get the Word Out /  •Promote Open Communication
Chapter 5: Best Practices > •Establish Mobile Reference Services / •Make
Your Services Simple
Chapter 6: Measures of Success > •Track Services / •Ask Questions
 Conclusion / Bibliography and Recommended Reading / Index
About the Author


Worldwide mobile telephone subscriptions reached 3.3 billion – equivalent to
half the global population. In over 50 countries, cell phone penetration
(the number of cell phones per person) is above 100%. By 2010, 90% of the
world’s population will have access to acell phone signal.These statistics
are indicative of a major shift in the way that the world interacts with
information, and illustrate the next real paradigm shift in information
gathering, use, and sharing. As phones become more and more capable, fewer
and fewer people find the need to connect with their infosphere via
computer. Instead, the majority of people use a cell phone as their primary
interface for surfing the web, listening to music, watching television,
reading books, and communicating with friends. The mobile phone has become,
over the last 10 years, one of the major methods by which people interact
with information around the world. Librarians need to be aware of these
changes, peer forward, and prepare for the future of library mobile

Mobile Technology and Libraries will help integrate your library into the
mobile revolution, showing you the steps to development a mobile library
website, reach library patrons in a new and exciting way, as well as use
Short Message Services (SMS) communication. The book is aimed at librarians
just beginning to step foot into the mobile environment, but will include
code samples and other technical information that will assist in more
advanced development of mobile systems. The book will also speak to the
various functional parts of the library, demonstrating places in public
services that mobile technology is applicable, as well as provide the recipe
for the production of services used by information technology librarians. At
the conclusion of this book, you will be able to launch your library into
the mobile realm.

Chapter One begins with an introduction of mobile technology in libraries
and a discussion on what mobile technology is and why it is important to
libraries. Chapter Two discusses the topic of planning, including learning
the major and minor platforms, cell phone types,and other mobile related
services. Chapter Three covers how to implement a mobile technology plan,
including what to know aboutmobile services, why your library should go
mobile along with tips for getting buy-in. Chapter Four covers mobile
services marketing techniques. Chapter Five covers general best practices,
while Chapter Six covers measuring the success of your library’s mobile
services and how to build off one success and into another.

Mobile Technology in Libraries is designed to help put librarians ahead of
the technology curve and integrate the new mobile movement into their
everyday services.

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Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 50011
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