m-Libraries Conference 2009, Second International m-libraries Conference

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A Tale of Two Institutions: Strategic Approach to Support and Develop Mobile Library Services and Resources

Tony Tin, Hassan Sheikh

Last modified: 2009-06-24

Abstract


The Open University (OU) UK and Athabasca University (AU) Canada are both world leading distance learning institutions. The OU have more than 200,000 students currently studying various undergraduate and postgraduate courses where as AU serves over 37,615 students and offers over 700 online courses. For distance learning, it is very important for its online resources to be made accessible to as wide a range of users and devices as possible. It is essential that both appropriate existing and emerging technologies be implemented for effective deployment, delivery, and support for remote students. In order to keep up-to-speed with mobile learners needs, there are several mobile learning initiatives have taken place within AU and OU.  Both AU and OU Libraries have initiated a strategic partnership to share expertise, knowledge and development work around mobile Library services and resources. This presentation will highlight the development work of both institutions and discuss the benefits, opportunities, and challenges in developing mobile library services and resources.


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