p hoto credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblyberg/4506047012/. Mobile Technologies. Presentation for the General Training Programme Julie Allinson 30 th Nov and 3 rd Dec 2010. Why this session?. Our customers use them
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photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblyberg/4506047012/ Mobile Technologies Presentation for the General Training Programme Julie Allinson 30th Nov and 3rd Dec 2010
Why this session? • Our customers use them • … and will increasingly expect library services delivered to their device of choice • They bring challenges and opportunities to Libraries, and education • As Library staff we need to be aware of technology changes photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosporto/775089650/
Mobile technology? • Laptops of all shapes and sizes • ‘E-readers’ • Amazon Kindle, Sony E-Reader • Tablets • iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry PlayBook, Archos 9 • Smartphones • iPhone, Android devices • Media players (and beyond) • iPod Touch • Gaming devices • Nintendo Dsi, Sony PSP photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/momorgan/3797505189/
Gadgets, or pedagogic tools? • Photographic and screen-based research • Teaching with screen-based media • iTunes U, vodcasts and archived lectures • supporting construction and delivery of lectures • Specialist note-taking facility with attendant sonic recording • Student portfolios • BOOKS photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/raneko/4811755003/ see article in the Times Higher http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=412505
Easier in the old days … photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/childofwar/3097124543/
What about library content? • Much of our content is accessible via the web, which makes it (partly) accessible from such devices • Access to academic E-Books varies photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ownipics/4837494207/ • As ever, publishers and suppliers are in control with licence • terms which prevent activities that are permitted with print • equivalents
Some issues • Different supported formats: Apple uses the epub standard, but Amazon uses it’s own ‘mobipocket’ format. • DRM … a PDF with DRM can’t be read natively on any of these devices • These are designed as personal devices – sharing is difficult • This is backed up by licence terms
What about other library services? • One example is QR codes (like barcodes) which can be scanned by many smartphones, and used for activities such as: • Link to a mobile site • Begin text message to the library • Virtual tour directions • Item information photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeleyg/5034257110/
Your tasks • Using the supplied instructions (and by asking me!) • Have a play with each device • Look at some of the books and PDFs available • Download a free E-book from Amazon to the Kindle • Share it with the iPad or iPod Touch • From the iPod or iPad, download the Elsevier SciVerseScienceDirect application and see how it works • Download a barcode scanner for the iPod or iPad and scan the QR codes supplied.