M-Libraries: Libraries on the Move to Provide Virtual Access

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Mobile phone ownership is considerably more ubiquitous than internet access via personal computers, and modern library users are short on time, always on the move. The development of networked technologies has created a huge opportunity for libraries to deliver services and resources to users via their mobile phones, PDAs and other handheld devices. But how? This timely collection of contributions from experts in the field, based on the First International M-Libraries Conference held in 2007, explores the technological and sociological context for m-libraries, describes a range of global initiatives with lessons learned, and discusses the potential for future development. This timely book should be read not only by information professionals but by mobile, software and library systems suppliers, e-journal suppliers and aggregators, publishers, international development agencies, and policy makers in education and e-government.

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.