Today I had the opportunity to co-present, with Christopher Baker, at the PLA Virtual Spring Symposium. We addressed several of the issues surrounding mobile access, and how libraries are facing these challenges, with special emphasis on the trials and tribulations we see locally at our library. A few small technical glitches aside, I think it went reasonably well. We made an effort to keep the talk grounded in real-world experiences and discuss realistic options given finite staff and resources.
We mentioned several surveys and tools, and I want to list them here.
"Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data" by Cisco. 1 February 2011. 23 March 2011 (PDF)
“The 2010 U.S. Digital Year in Review” by Comscore. 7 February 2011. 23 March 2011
One-Pager website template, which we found on Aaron Schmidt's Walking Paper
Drupal open-source website content management system
Hidden Peanuts Mobile Site Generator
Library Anywhere mobile catalog
LibGuides and LibAnswers
I'll be heading to Washington this weekend to attend the annual Computers in Libraries conference put on by ITI. I'll be speaking with Michael Stephens about transparency and libraries (see below). Looking forward to seeing some friends that I've not seen in far too long.
Session E202 – Transparency, Planning, & Change: See-Through Libraries
Tuesday 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Michael Casey, Division Director – Technology, Gwinnett Public Library
Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor, Dominican University
Integrating technology, change management and planning, this session focuses on making the right choices for social software, staff training, and the creation of a user-driven environment. Our two leading librarians explore what makes a library transparent; offer a to-do list of strategies to make your library transparent, open, and hyperlinked; and offer a list of best practices for Web 2.0 tools, implementation, and evaluation.