Mobile Technology and Libraries (THE TECH SET® #2)

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Mobile technology is fast becoming the preferred method for connecting to the Internet, especially for people on the go. Librarians must keep pace with this trend and integrate themselves into the mobile realm if they wish to deliver enhanced user services. Mobile Technology and Libraries is a practical, easy-to-follow new resource that will walk you through the start-to-finish steps for strengthening your library's mobile presence. Author Jason Griffey outlines the different mobile platforms, devices, and services, and shows you how to create mobile library websites and implement a number of important developments including mobile reference and SMS. He also explains how the various affected parts of the library –reference, I.T. circulation--can work together. You'll learn techniques for marketing and measuring your services, and best practices to follow during planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Jason Griffey

Jason Griffey is a librarian, technologist, consultant, writer, and speaker. He is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed, a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, educational institutions, and other nonprofits. Griffey is an Affiliate researcher at metaLAB at Harvard University, and a former Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He was a winner of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries in 2015 for the Measure the Future project, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. Griffey is also the creator and director of the LibraryBox Project, an open-source portable digital file distribution system. He has written and spoken internationally on topics such as the future of technology and libraries, personal electronics in the library, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property.

"Will interest all librarians, regardless of their technical skill levels. It could easily be used as a supplemental text in teaching library website creation, content management, and Web 2.0 technologies."
--Journal of the Medical Library Association

"Griffey...describes how librarians can develop a mobile library Web site, use Short Message Services communication, and reach library patrons through the increasingly ubiquitous and multifunctional descendants of cell phones."
--SciTech Book News

"While a little coding background helps to truly appreciate these pearls of wisdom, this should be of interest to all libraries exploring mobile and ebook alternatives."
--Library Journal

"This is an important topic that librarians need to know more about. The book features a nice mix of hard data, information on the present state of mobile services in libraries, and theory about the future of mobile technology."
--Aaron Schmidt, Digital Initiatives Librarian for the District of Columbia Public Library