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Mobile Technologies, Mobile Users: Implications for Academic Libraries

Posted by Editor on January 14, 2009

Washington DC—The implications of mobile technologies and mobile users for academic libraries is highlighted in the current issue of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Bimonthly Report, no. 261. This issue also reports on a survey that explored ARL member libraries’ innovations in virtual resource development and instructional programming.

In the lead article, Joan K. Lippincott, Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information, discusses mobile technologies, learning, and libraries. Lippincott provides examples of innovative ways in which a limited number of academic libraries are already designing services around mobile technologies and mobile users and lays out the issues that should be discussed on individual campuses that would like to examine their role in the move to mobile.

Crit Stuart, Director of Research, Teaching & Learning, ARL, reports on a survey that invited ARL libraries to describe innovative experiments in virtual resource development and instructional programming. The survey responses indicate that ARL libraries are setting a rapid pace for experimentation as they replace or supplement traditional information literacy classes with a variety of library engagements in classrooms, through course management systems, and in the virtual spaces inhabited by students and faculty.

See entire article here:  http://www.arl.org/news/pr/br261-8jan09.shtml

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