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Mobile technologies in libraries: information sharing event

Many thanks to those of you who attended the mobile technologies in libraries event in Birmingham earlier this week.

Over 50 attendees joined us for a keynote from James Clay, eight lightning talks from a variety of different libraries, and two workshop sessions (from a choice of eight). Myself and the organising team would like to thank everyone who got involved in delivering a talk or facilitating a breakout session.

Lots of materials are being added to the Lanyrd page from the event, and we’ll continue to add more resources from the day including presentations, blog posts and other useful links. We’ll also be blogging about the breakout sessions with a brief overview of the session and any relevant resources.

We’re conducting a feedback survey and so far the feedback is mainly positive, with lots of examples of ideas being taken back to workplaces to be taken forward in other libraries which is fantastic. There have also been some useful suggestions for ways the event could have been improved and other areas people would like to attend events on. There are a number of future events on mobile technologies that we know are being planned, so we’ll highlight relevant events on the blog that you may be interested in – subscribe via the links in the sidebar from the blog homepage to receive blog updates.

Please also keep an eye on the m-libraries community website and join in the discussions on there – we got some useful feedback on the day about this and we hope to be able to develop it further to support the community’s needs. What sort of information do you need in order to support mobile technology developments in your library? How would you like to receive it? Is there anything you’d like to contribute? There’s a feedback mechanism on the site so please do let us know what you think and if you have any suggestions for improvement.

Mobile technologies in libraries: information sharing event

The information sharing event organised by the project was fully booked in less than 24 hours and we’ll be welcoming 60 attendees to Birmingham on Tuesday 8th May – many apologies for those of you on the waitlist who didn’t manage to get a place.

In addition to our keynote speaker, James Clay, we have 17 other speakers and facilitators who will be providing us with lightning talks and breakout discussion sessions throughout the day. The full programme is as follows (attendees will receive printed copies on the day):

Tech toolbox

Thanks to the Open University who have kindly offered to provide the use of mobile devices, we’ll have a tech toolbox area with different gadgets to take a look at. This will be available during the breakout sessions as well as during breaks so that you can get hands on experience with different mobile devices and technologies (including apps) and consider how they could be utilised or supported in your library.

Resources from the day

Some of the resources are already available to view on the event Lanyrd page, and we encourage attendees to continue to add coverage to the page including photos, blog posts, presentations and notes.

Following from afar

If you’re unable to attend but would like to follow the event, we’ll be encouraging attendees to tweet using the #mlibs hashtag so please do set up a saved search to follow relevant tweets. We’ve also set up a Twitter list of attendees which you may wish to subscribe to. If you want to send in a question to the event during the day, please use the #mlibs hashtag and ideally include @joeyanne, @ostephens or @evidencebase in the tweet so one of the organisers can pick it up.

Arriving the day before?

If you’re arriving on Monday (or live in the local area) and would like to meet up the previous evening for food and/or drinks, we’ll be in All Bar One on Newhall Street from around 6.30pm. If you’re planning to join us, please email me so we have an idea of numbers to let the venue know.

Looking forward to seeing some of you next week! 🙂

Booking now open for Mobile technologies in libraries: information sharing event

The booking is now open for this free information sharing event on Tuesday 8th May 2012 in central Birmingham organised by the JISC m-library community support project for all library practitioners interested in how mobile technologies can be utilised by libraries.

Further details available below and at the event registration page: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3016555599

Purpose of event
To encourage skills transfer and knowledge exchange across library and technology practitioners interested in developing m-library initiatives.

Target audience
Library practitioners (e.g. librarians, developers, managers, IT staff, e-learning staff) currently working with mobile devices/technologies or interested in doing so in future.

This information sharing event organised by the JISC m-libraries community support project will include speakers (including keynote speaker James Clay), workshops, discussions, networking opportunities and a chance for hands-on experience of mobile devices and technologies.

The event will be relatively informal, with a selection of morning and afternoon workshops to be decided by attendees. Please be prepared to talk to other attendees about your activities or plans for m-libraries – you’ll even be given the opportunity to present a lightning talk or facilitate a session if you like.

Learning outcomes
By attending this event you will:

  • learn more about the different ways libraries can utilise mobile technologies
  • have the opportunity to examine for yourself some of the different mobile devices and technologies your library may want to use
  • be able to contribute to the event by sharing your own library’s initiatives and plans for m-library development
  • take away ideas of how to progress m-library development in your library whatever your budget
  • network, build connections with and learn from others interested in utilising mobile technologies in libraries

Tuesday 8th May 2012

Maple House (central Birmingham)

Getting to Maple House
The Maple House venue is located in the Birmingham City Centre location of Corporation Street overlooking Old Square. Just minutes from New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street stations it is also conveniently located for a number of major bus routes. Parking is also available at a number of NCP car parks locally. For more information see Maple House directions guide.

Places are limited, please book your place on the event registration website: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/3016555599