Here’s a new article about the Mobile Imaginations workshop that opened the recent [September 2012] Fourth M-Libraries Conference: From Margin to Mainstream, at the Open University, UK.
The article is found on the Research Information site and was written by Ben Showers, a program manager at JISC in London.
So, what happens when you bring together 40 librarians, academics and library innovators interested in mobile technologies and services, from nine different countries and across sectors and put them in a room for a day to explore new ways of creating and prototyping library mobile services?
This might sound like the beginning of a joke, but the answer is more futuristic than funny. Indeed, the answers included an augmented reality app that students can use to look at a shelf of books and see the ‘hot spots’ where particularly popular books are located. There was also a library card on your phone, which is always with you and enables you to check out books as well as lookup content, and a social networking app for students on distance-learning courses that allows you to connect with people doing similar subjects or from the same institution.
Increasingly, the word ‘mobile’ will begin to drop out of our conversations, as it embeds itself into the expectations of our everyday lives. Yet, its main message of mobility – the user as mobile – will remain, and the ways in which services will be developed and deployed will remain radically altered.
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