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Mobile Devices: Service with Intention
edited by Rebecca K. Miller, Heather Moorefield-Lang, and Carolyn Meier
Item Number: 978-0-8389-5973-2
Publisher: ALA TechSource
Price: $43.00
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Library Technology Reports, October 2015 (51:7)

48 pages
8.5" x 11"
Year Published: 2015
Libraries are now several years into integrating tablets and smartphones into programs and services. It’s possible to take stock of what’s working and what isn’t, and this issue of Library Technology Reports gathers five case studies involving the use of mobile devices in library service, viewing the potential benefits alongside real-world constraints. Advocating for assessment at the local level, the editors selected case studies notable for “intentional integration” of technology, lending perspectives useful for any library managing new technology. Touching on circulation, teaching, and access, the case studies examine such topics as:
  • a library-based lab for testing web interfaces and user experience with a variety of mobile devices;
  • expanding the reach of library instruction with mobile devices;
  • circulating iPads;
  • responsive web development at OCLC; and
  • developing an assessment plan and framework.

About the Authors

Rebecca K. Miller is head of library learning services at the Pennsylvania State University. Along with Heather Moorefield-Lang and Carolyn Meier, she has coauthored two books published by ALA Editions, coauthored a previous issue of Library Technology Reports, and copresented numerous presentations, webinars, and workshops on the topic of tablets and mobile devices in libraries.

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. She is the chair of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee. Her research is focused on technology integration in education and libraries.

Carolyn Meier is a learning services librarian and coordinates first-year instruction in Newman Library at Virginia Tech. She has an EDS in instructional technology from Virginia Tech. A past cochair of the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Transition to College Committee, her work and research interests focus on information literacy, assessment, and new methods for improving instruction and finding new technologies to reach students.

About Library Technology Reports

Published by ALA TechSource, Library Technology Reports helps librarians make informed decisions about technology products and projects. Library Technology Reports publishes eight issues annually and provides thorough overviews of current technology. Reports are authored by experts in the field and may address the application of technology to library services, offer evaluative descriptions of specific products or product classes, or cover emerging technology. Find out more information on this publication and how you can subscribe here.


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