ACRL 2011 Conference
The 2009 Horizon Report placed mobile technologies in a place of primary importance:
Higher education is facing a growing expectation to make use of and to deliver services, content, and media to mobile devices … As new devices continue to make content almost as easy to access and view on a mobile as on a computer, and as ever more engaging applications take advantage of new interface technologies … the applications for mobiles continue to grow. .
The 2012 Horizon Report takes this even further:
Smartphones including the iPhone and Android have redefined what we mean by mobile computing, and in the past three to four years, the small, often simple,
low cost software extensions to these devices — apps — have become a hotbed of development....Apple’s app store opened in July 2008; Google’s followed in October of that year. Since then, simple but useful apps have found their way into almost every form of human endeavor.
My co-presenter and I explored how academic libraries can use mobile technologies, concentrating on three types: cell phones/smartphones/MP3 players, e-reader, and tablet computers. We gave an overview of the type of technology,explained its applications throughout the academic library, and offered examples of libraries and resource providers using these technologies. (In some cases, we even provided point-of-service demonstrations of the technology!) The poster's goal was to give a brief overview, like a basic "101" course in college, of mobile technologies in the hopes of inspiring further penetration of mobile library services.
Computers in Libraries featured our project in their July/August 2011 issue.