NISO Forum: Mobile Technologies in Libraries

NISO May 20 Forum: Mobile Technologies in Libraries


iPhone. iPad. Android. Blackberry. Kindle. App store. 3G. These are just some of the now ubiquitous mobile devices and technologies in use today. Libraries are daily faced with a perpetually connected user base demanding mobile access to information resources traditionally accessed from desktop or laptop computers.

NISO’s one-day forum on Mobile Technologies in Libraries, to be held May 20, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA, will look at both issues and solutions for offering library information resources to mobile equipment.

This event will benefit anyone who wants to learn more about libraries’ interactions with and promotion of mobile technologies. How informed are libraries and their resource providers about what users want to do with mobile devices? Are information providers’ recent mobile interface offerings useful to libraries and mobile users? How can libraries take advantage of existing popular mobile apps? Can individual libraries be effective in addressing mobile technologies and user demands on their own, or will development dollars be best spent on collaborative efforts or vendor-supplied services? In focusing more attention on mobile users, are libraries neglecting other user populations who do not have access to mobile devices? Do mobile device and service providers have any incentive to work with libraries and serve neglected populations? Are special standards needed to address mobile information delivery in library contexts? These and other issues will be explored by the forum’s invited speakers.

NISO educational forums are routinely praised for their excellent selection of speakers representing a diversity of viewpoints across the scholarly information community and the small size which provides opportunities to network with speakers and other attendees.


Introduction: How Standards Fit (or don’t fit) in Mobile Computing

Opening Keynote — Brian O’Leary, Founder and Principal, Magellan Media

Mobile Computing, Libraries, and Users: Providing Context

  • Using Surveys to Find Out What Uses Want with Mobile Devices
  • MedLine Mobile: The Why, What, and How

Examples of Mobile Technologies

  • Instructional Technologies Gone Mobile
  • Embracing Mobile Devices: Libraries and Mobile Technology
  • Mobile Interfaces & the Impact on (and Opportunities for) Publisher Content

Closing Keynote


Early bird discounts are available through May 1, 2011. NISO and LSA members receive additional discounts. A student discount is also available. A complete agenda, registration, and hotel information are available on the event webpage:

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