Mobile Apps

  • Presented by Sharon Whitfield, College of New Jersey

Recently, libraries have been looking at the impact that mobile technologies will have on our library community. In response to this environment scan, libraries are developing web apps that, generally, serve one segment of the mobile market. PhoneGap, is an open source mobile framework, which allows you to create a mobile app for iPhone, Android, Palm, Symbian and Blackberry SDKs. Let’s explore PhoneGap together.


Handheld Information Literacy: Mobilising Existing Models?

Just a few years ago it was the norm to access the internet through a fixed line, with perhaps small numbers of users using WIFI to connect devices such as laptops. Increasingly, as this conference recognises, it is now becoming the norm to connect wirelessly through devices as diverse as laptops, netbooks, iPads, cell phones, handheld gaming devices and even digital cameras. A Morgan Stanley (2009) report on the mobile internet said in December 2009, “The mobile Internet is ramping faster than desktop Internet did, and we believe more users may connect to the Internet via mobile devices than desktop PCs within 5 years.” Our search behaviours must surely be changed once more by the ‘anytime, anyplace, anywhere’ nature of the mobile web. In this presentation I will discuss how the mobile web is changing what it means to be information literate and challenge us all to start the development of new models of mobile information literacy.

About Your Presenter: Andrew Walsh is a Senior Assistant Librarian at the University of Huddersfield. He is currently chair of an information skills group within the university library, seeking to improve the teaching and assessment of information literacy within the institution. Andrew is particularly interested in information literacy, the use of active learning within library sessions, the encouragement of evidence based librarianship, and the appropriate use of Web 2.0 technologies to make his life easier. Andrew is also studying part-time for an information literacy related PhD at the University of Huddersfield.