December 5, 2020

Mobile Tech in Libraries: m-libraries Project Publishes Ten “Pathways To Best Practice” Guides

The m-libraries project is part of the JISC Mobile Infrastructure for Libraries programme based in the UK. It began in November 2011 and ends next week.

The 10 Pathways to Best Practice Guides were introduced on the project blog today.

From an Introductory Blog Post:

This series of documents brings together the resources we’ve been collecting during the project as well as examples of initiatives and the lessons learned which should help you if you are thinking of implementing something similar.

From the Start Page:

This series of documents brings together the resources we’ve been collecting during the project as well as examples of initiatives and the lessons learned which should help you if you are thinking of implementing something similar.

Rather than focus on specific technologies, the guides focus on benefits for the library and present different ways to utilise mobile technologies to help achieve that benefit. Each one contains its state of maturity, an overview of options, some examples of projects, lessons learned from work so far, key contacts within the area, and additional resources and links.

Though the main focus of our research has been the UK Education sector (as the project is JISC-funded), they also include examples from other libraries and information centres and many of the lessons learned will be applicable to other sectors.

Direct Links to the Ten Guides

  1. Introducing users to the library
  2. Helping on-site users – roving support
  3. Helping users within the library – guides and signage
  4. Providing access to resources via mobile devices
  5. Developing a mobile strategy for the library
  6. Managing borrower accounts
  7. Bibliographic management
  8. Loaning mobile devices
  9. Supporting learning, teaching and research
  10. Collection management

At the bottom of each guide you’ll see a link if you would like to format/print each guide as a PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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