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Handheld Librarian 7 Online Conference

Handheld Librarian 7 will include talks on ebooks, location-based social networking, lending devices, reference and mobile technologies impacting society – by librarians for librarians.


August 15-16, 2012





Handheld Librarian 7 is an online conference focused on first-hand librarian accounts of lessons learned in the delivery and operation of mobile experiences. These interactive case studies address project delivery, experience design, content production, technology solutions and operational requirements. The expressed aim of the event is that conference delegates leave with clear and actionable guidelines that will help them successfully and efficiently deliver mobile projects at their institutions.

The conference program on August 15, 2012 will feature presentations from your peers, along with the following two keynotes from respected thought leaders in the library world:

Lee RanieKeynoter Lee Ranie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will address the conference in the morning. In June 2012, The Center released a report on “Libraries, Patrons, and E-books” which found that 12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.

Ellyssa KroskiIn her Keynote session, Ellyssa Kroski, Manager of Information Systems at the New York Law Institute, will speak to new tech trends, digital strategy, and libraries in a world where 77% of the world’s population are mobile subscribers, and 1 billion of the world’s mobile phones are now smartphones. This session will explore how libraries are utilizing these mobile technologies to offer patrons cutting-edge mobile content and services.

We are offering two post-conference workshops on August 16, 2012.

  • Workshop #1: Building a Simple Mobile-optimized Web App Using the jQuery Mobile Framework

    Presented by: Chad Mairn, St. Petersburg College and Jason A. Clark, Montana State University Libraries

    By the end of 2012, it is expected that more than 80% of the world’s population will have access to a smartphone. Your library users will assume that your library can be accessible from anywhere, at any time, and on any device. Now is the time to be ready! (Additional registration fee.)

  • Workshop #2: State of the eBook

    Presented by: Mary Minow, and Sue Polanka, Wright State University Libraries

    This workshop will focus on the real world details and how tos of using ebooks and ereaders in libraries from lending to teaching patrons how to download content. The goal is to give librarians and library staff the broad info they need to help patrons access mobile digital content. (Additional registration fee.)

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