Mobile phone technology in libraries

Whilst many of the uses described here seem to be in a pilot stage it is perhaps worth looking at the series of guides – Pathways to Best Practice – so as to be aware of what is going on. These guides are the result of a recent survey undertaken in the UK about the use of mobile phones in libraries.

The one that looked to me to be more manageable than others (and provided ideas which could be done using paper) was the one on Introducing Users to the Library, which suggests a scavenger hunt amongst other ideas. Their general tips are very practical:

  1. Introduction activities should be fun or relevant, and ideally both
  2. Pilot with a friendly group
  3. Is wifi reliable in the areas needed? Work with IT to resolve any issues before launching.

Jean Shaw, Phi



About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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