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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-5973-2
Published: 
2015
Publisher: 
ALA TechSource
Pages: 
48
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8 12"
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11"
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Softcover
  • Description
  • About the Authors

Library Technology Reports, October 2015 (51:7)

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.

Rebecca K. Miller

Rebecca K. Miller is the head of library learning services at Penn State University Libraries in State College, Pennsylvania. A 2012 ALA Emerging Leader, she earned an MAEd in instructional design and technology from Virginia Tech in 2014, an MSLS from the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007, and a BA in English and Religion from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2004. She is active in regional, state, and national library organizations and has authored and coauthored a number of books, technical reports, and articles on teaching, learning, and instructional technologies in libraries, including Rethinking Reference and Instruction with Tablets (2012), Tablet Computers in the Academic Library (2014), Mobile Devices: Service with Intention (2015), and ARL Spec Kit 349: “Evolution of Library Liaisons” (2015).

Heather Moorefield-Lang

Heather Moorefield-Lang is a former middle school theater teacher and school librarian. She currently serves as an associate professor with the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. Heather has long been interested in how technologies can further enhance instruction in libraries and classrooms. Her current research focuses on makerspaces in libraries of all types and levels. She has had the honor of being nominated for the White House Champion of Change for Making in 2016 and was a finalist for 2017’s American Association of School Librarians Social Media Superstars in the area of Tech Troubadours. To learn more about Heather and her work, see her website www.techfifteen.com, check out her YouTube Channel Tech 15, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.

Carolyn Meier

Carolyn Meier is an Instructional Services librarian and coordinates First Year instruction in Newman Library at Virginia Tech. She received a BA in English from Ohio Dominican College, her MLS from the University of Michigan and has an ED.S in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech. She presently serves as Co-Chair of the LIRT Transition to College committee. Her research interests focus on information literacy, assessment and outreach. Her work interests include new methods for improving instruction and finding new technologies to reach students.

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.