This post is a guest blog post written by Gill Needham, one of the organising team for the m-libraries conference at The Open University on 24th-26th September.
Gill is Associate Director, Information Management & Innovation at The Open University. She provides leadership for the teams in the Library which are responsible for acquiring and managing content, for the development of skills and services and for research and innovation. She is interested in digital libraries, learning technologies, digital and information literacies, evidence based practice and strategic planning. She has a particular research interest in the delivery of library content and services to mobile devices. Over to Gill…
I would like to draw the attention of followers of this blog to the Call for Papers for the forthcoming Fourth International M-Libraries Conference which is being hosted at the Open University from 24–26 September 2012.
Just to give you a bit of background – the M-Libraries conferences started here in 2007 as a partnership between the OU Library service and Athabasca University in Canada. We were both experimenting with mobile services and it was all very new. We had no idea how much interest there would be, but in the event we attracted delegates from 25 countries and it was very exciting indeed. Since then we have held conferences in Vancouver and Brisbane and the interest and number of papers submitted has grown exponentially.
One of the most interesting aspects of this movement (and I do think of it as a movement) is the fact that in many aspects it is colleagues in developing countries who are leading the way. The ubiquitous nature of mobile telephony in regions where internet access is patchy and unreliable has led to some of the most exciting and innovative developments in mobile delivery. So m-libraries are truly international – the papers from the Brisbane conference (the book has just been published by Facet ….) include stories from China, South Africa, Fiji, India, Japan, US, Australia, Canada, UK, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand and Germany.
This year we are planning to experiment a little with the format of the conference. As well as selecting some challenging speakers, we are allocating substantial amounts of time for discussion, reflection and hands-on experimentation. The world has moved on apace since the first conference in 2007 – what was once new and experimental is now the day to day – hence the Conference strapline ‘From margin to mainstream: how mobile technologies are transforming lives and libraries’. As we say on our website, it is now time for us, as an international community, ‘to review achievements to date and consider the creative challenges and opportunities ahead’. Please do visit our site and respond to the Call for papers. Contact us for details at email@example.com.
Further information on the Call for Papers
We are seeking lively contributions on the following broad themes:
- Transformation – of services, learners or providers
- Inspiration – innovative projects which challenge current thinking and practice
- Implementation – the experience of implementing new mobile technologies
Papers will be short – 15 minutes for the presentation plus time for discussion/questions.
Please submit your abstracts (up to 300 words) by 15th of March 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org
These will be subject to peer review and authors will be notified by 26th of April 2012.