Collection management using mobile devices.
State of maturity
Early adopters – very experimental at this stage.
Explanation of area
As well as supporting users, mobile technologies can be used to support library staff in their activities. One way to do this is to use mobile technologies to support collection management activities and enable more work to be done front of house with resources rather than back of house e.g checking information using desktop computers.
Some examples of ways to use mobile technologies to support collection management include:
- Using mobile devices to deliver information about materials to be weeded (and enable materials to be withdrawn from stock via mobile devices)
- Augmented reality to help with shelf tidying
- Using mobile devices to select or order new materials
Examples of work in area
|Library||Sector||Country||Overview of work||Links/resources|
|University of Huddersfield||Higher Education||UK||Use tablets whilst weeding|
|Bergen County Cooperative Library System||Public libraries||USA||Web interface for weeding (works on iPads and smartphones)||Paperless online weeding|
|Miami University, Ohio||Higher Education||USA||Augmented Reality app to help with shelving (shows when items in wrong place)||Augmented-Reality Shelving: the ShelvAR app|
Lessons learned from work so far
- In order to fully support paperless online weeding, it may be necessary to develop your own system using LMS APIs (if provided) to enable withdrawing of stock from mobile device – otherwise it is unlikely to save much time.
- Working with vendor provided systems can be a challenge to development in this area.
Andrew Walsh (University of Huddersfield) – firstname.lastname@example.org
ShelvAR (additional information and videos of augmented reality shelving app).
Updated: 23 August 2012 by Jo Alcock as part of JISC m-library community support project.