M-Libraries 2: A Virtual Library in Everyone's Pocket

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Do you or your staff need to know more about how you can use networked technologies to deliver services and resources to users via their mobile phones, PDAs and other handheld devices? M-Libraries 2 presents the latest research and innovations in delivering library services and content to mobile devices.

Ranging from the innovative application of basic mobile phone technology to provide information services in remote areas of the globe to the development of new tools which harness the functionality of the popular iPhone and its rivals, this new collection covers:

• Cyber learning and reference services via mobile devices
• Digital library reading rooms in higher education
• Podcasting as an outreach tool
• Teaching information skills to mobile users
• Bibliographic ontology and e-books
• Blended and technology-enhanced learning
• Enhancing library access with mobile technology
• Workplace and language training
• Models for information therapy services

Contributors also present data on the use of m-libraries including user surveys and the results of user behavior studies. Any public, academic, medical or special librarian whose users rely on mobile devices will benefit from learning about the cutting-edge applications explained here.

Mohamed Ally

Professor Mohamed Ally PhD is Professor in the Centre for Distance Education and Researcher in the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University in Canada. He obtained his PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada. He was Director of the Centre of Distance Education and Director of the School of Computing and Information Systems at Athabasca University. His current areas of research include mobile learning, e-learning, distance education, problem-based learning and use of emerging learning technologies in education and training. Dr. Ally is Past-President of the International Federation of Training and Development Organizations (IFTDO) and is one of the Founding Directors of the International Association of Mobile Learning (IamLearn). He recently edited seven books on the use of emerging technologies in education. Dr. Ally has presented keynote speeches, papers and workshops at many conferences. 

Gill Needham

Gill Needham is currently Associate Director (Information Management and Innovation) at the Open University Library. Her varied career has encompassed roles as researcher, librarian, project manager and educator. She has more than 25 years' experience in senior roles in the library and information sector, with an emphasis on innovation and skills development. Since joining the Open University she has led strategic work in areas such as information literacy, flexible learner support and library systems development and has authored on a number of Open University courses. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2006. Current work obsessions are digital literacy, mobile developments and digital libraries.

"...any public, academic, medical or special librarian whose users rely on mobile devices will benefit from learning about the cutting-edge applications explained here. It is a useful guide for info pros in corporate organisations, policy makers, researchers, developers, publishers and suppliers."
— Information World Review

"...the general library community and librarians, as well as M-Library developers, will find this work to be a useful reference, from an international view point as well, as to the current state of development in M-Libraries. 4/5."

"...a very resourceful book for anyone trying to get to grips with m-libraries and how they might work, if one were to go ahead and put the plan in action."
— MmIT Journal