23 Mobile Things - Exploring the potential of mobile tools for delivering library services

Your Name and Title: Jan Holmquist, Head of Development

Library, School, or Organization Name: Guldborgsund-bibliotekerne [Guldborgsund-libraries]

Co-Presenter Name(s): Mylee Joseph, Project Leader, Innovation Project, State Library of New South Wales
Michael Stephens (Via Video): Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Denmark and Australia, (and via video from USA)

Language in Which You Will Present:  English

Target Audience(s): Library professionals who are interested in what their mobile enabled communities require of them and the potential for mobile technologies to influence how they deliver library services.

Short Session Description (one line):  The creators of the #23mobilethings course exploring the potential of mobile technologies for delivering library services will discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging colleagues in a global conversation.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Although we acknowledge we work in a global industry enabled by technology, collaborating across international time zones, geographic boundaries, with different languages and cultures creates a dynamic working environment for library practitioners.   The 23 Mobile Things course was developed with a focus on exploring the potential of mobile devices, some of the apps (Android and iOS) that are available and reflection on how these tools influence our clients experience of the library and how they can be used to deliver library services.  

The course:

  • Adapting for an international audience

  • Begin as you mean to go on … designing the course website for mobile users

  • Twitter and the power of a hashtag

  • Learning by doing (Google Hangouts, breaking the tether of the desktop PC)

  • Mentors in action (ANZ course, Twitter mentors, course developers, researchers)

  • Does one size fit all?  Selecting apps to suit local conditions and communities

The participants:


  • What to count?

  • Why 23 things still works

  • Lessons learned (timeliness and the rapid evolution of apps and mobile technologies, tight focus on the goal > many paths to get there, the view is different from here)

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: http://23mobilethings.net/


Schmidt, A. (2013, May). The Mobile Challenge | The User Experience. Retrieved May 21, 2013, from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/05/opinion/aaron-schmidt/the-mobile-challenge-the-user-experience/

Stephens, M. (2013, April 8). Announcing #23mobilethings: Global Mobile Learning 2.0. Retrieved May 21, 2013, from http://tametheweb.com/2013/04/08/announcing-23mobilethings-global-mobile-learning-2-0/

Stephens, M. (2013, May 1). 23 Mobile Things: Join the Australian / New Zealand Course. Retrieved May 21, 2013, from http://tametheweb.com/2013/05/01/23-mobile-things-join-the-australian-new-zealand-course/

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