Please Note: Provisional programme subject to change

21 June 2009

12 noon-8pm          Registration opens


22 June 2009

9:30am-12:30pm      Pre-Conference Workshops   
There is a choice of two workshops in the morning (Workshop 1 or Workshop 2) and a choice of two workshops (Workshop 3 or Workshop 4) or a programme of local tours in the afternoon. All workshops will be located at the IKBLC.


    • Preconference 1      

      Anne Hewling & Hassan Sheikh (Open University)

      Skills on the Move--a "hands on" workshop creating mobile learning content

      Aim of the workshop:

      There is currently much debate about the need for flexible content delivery methods that address the needs and expectations of a new generation of learners seeking to learn on the move. These learners generally have access to mobile computing, particularly mobile phones, PDAs etc. The Open University Library has been actively involved in this debate. In particular it offers mobile versions of resources whenever possible and increasingly creates tools with which to package and deliver its own content. This workshop will demonstrate the practice of learning design for mobile devices using skills development software templates developed in-house. Additionally, each participant at the workshop will gain hands-on experience by creating their own ‘takeaway’ mobile learning content object.

      Objectives of the workshop:

      • Introduce the principles of on-the-move learning
      • Demonstrate the application of pedagogical design principles to phone-delivered learning design
      • Have each participant produce a sample of mobile learning content to take away

      Please Note: This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in the topic – it doesn’t require any technical knowledge 


      Preconference 2      

      Mohamed Ally, Colin Elliott, Yang, Guanbing, Bill Geng, Tony Tin, and Tracey Woodburn (Athabasca University)

      Mobile Design: Interactive Multimedia to Support Learning and Teaching

      Aim of the workshop:

      The Athabasca University Library has developed many mobile friendly websites and features to help our students access resources.  These include an autodetect feature which displays either mobile or desktop content depending on the type of device; a mobile-friendly Digital Reading Room (DRR) for students to access their course readings, and mobile language websites including ESL grammar, workplace English, and accent reduction. 
      In this workshop we will introduce participants to the mobile technologies that we have adapted and developed, model and explain best practices for mobile multimedia content creation, and have participants create digital content for mobile phones using the iPhone and our mobile knowledge management system.

      Objectives of the workshop:

      • Introduce participants to AU’s innovative mobile technologies
      • Showcase multimedia mobile learning
      • Hands-on creation of mobile content including interactive exercises

12:30am-1:30pm     Lunch

1:30-4pm                  Pre-Conference Workshops



      Preconference 3      

      Hassan Sheikh (Open University) & Tony Tin (Athabasca University)

      Mobile Library Technical Development: Opportunities and Challenges

      Aim of the workshop:

      This workshop is aimed at a technical audience of those who are developing (or are interested in exploring) mobile library services. It gives participants an opportunity to discuss and share the technical challenges and issues they face whilst developing those services and to identify possible ways of enhancing the mobile learner experience. Towards the end of the workshop, we are hoping to agree on the establishment of an online community of mobile developers who could help and support each other and share good ideas and practice for mobile library development.

      Objectives of the workshop:

      • To showcase the mobile library services development work
        To discuss and brainstorm the technical challenges and development opportunities
      • To discuss some possible scenarios of how users could use mobile library services effectively
      • To discuss best models, practices and implementation techniques to develop mobile library services, as well as what is possible to deliver with present mobile technologies
      • To outline the lessons learnt from the workshop and discuss next steps for the collaborative opportunities to continue the mLibraries development work after the conference


      Preconference 4      

      Anne Hewling & Keren Mills (Open University)

      Researching m-Libraries: Strategies for Investigating and Evaluating our Mobile Library Applications

      Aim of the workshop:

      The potential of mobile devices for learning was highlighted as important in The Horizon Reports for 2007 and 2008 and in the 2009 report they again attract comment as ‘a family of devices characterized by unprecedented advancement…blurring the boundary between phone and computer’. (EDUCAUSE, 2009). It is clear that many higher education institutions are now developing mobile applications and experimenting with their use on courses at all levels and across disciplines - information and library services on the move being a popular example. However, despite the periodic publication of special journal issues detailing case studies and practical experiences, there is little mainstream discussion about appropriate methods for the investigation and evaluation of mobile library developments.  How suitable are research methods used presently in e-learning, or traditional learning or library contexts? Do we need to develop new tools and templates for evaluating our successes? This workshop will discuss all these issues, offer case studies of how research strategies were chosen for two recent UK Open University-based projects, and will support participants to develop and outline research plan and strategy for their own research context.

      Objectives of the workshop:

      • Debate research methods suitable for investigating mobile devices and applications
      • Offer two case studies of mobile research design
      • Consider how to choose appropriate methods for your own research
      • Apply methodological considerations to your own research projects and get peer feedback on appropriateness

2-4 pm         Tours

Tour 1: Museum of Anthropology

Tour 2: Botanical Garden; Canopy Walk

Tour 3: Irving K Barber Learning Centre; Chung Collection

5-10pm         Dinner on Granville Island at the Dockside Restaurant


23 June 2009     

7-8am                   Early Morning Beach Walk


Morning events will take place at the First Nations Longhouse

8-9am                   Breakfast

9am-9:20am        Welcome and Introduction

9:20-10:30am      Plenary Session 1

                                    Keynote Speaker, Lorcan Dempsey
                                    Concentration, connection, diffusion: mobilizing library services


10:30am-11am   Coffee Break

11am-1pm           Plenary Session 2


        Ken Banks
        Where Books are Few: The Role of Mobile Phones in the Developing World

        Carie Page
        Anytime, Anywhere: Reaching the Always-On Generation through Mobility

        Paul Nelson
        Partnerships for Community Health Improvement Through Mobile Devices

        Joan Lippincott
        Why m-Libraries? Making the Case for Innovation

1-2:15pm             Lunch


All afternoon sessions will take place at the IKBLC

2:30-4pm            Concurrent Parallel Sessions



        Session 3      Mobile Technologies

        David Sharp
        Mobile GPS Devices and Geospatial Collection Development in the Library (

        Laurence Lockton & Kate Robinson
        QR codes and their applications for libraries – a case study (abstract)

        Willow Fuchs, Trina Fyfe & Kealin McCabe
        Using Meebo and Elluminate to enhance reference service at UNBC (abstract)


        Session 4      New Mobile Services

        Session 5      Mobile Technologies Supporting Development

        Md. Mizanoor Rahman
        Study on NGO Initiatives for Content Development for Improving Livelihood through ICTs to Support Open Non-formal Education (ONFE) in Bangladesh (

        Vahideh Zarea Gavgani

        Service Models for Information Therapy Services delivered to mobiles (abstract)

        Dr. Pradeep Kumar Misra
        Using M-Libraries for Sustainable Rural Development in India: Possibilities and Strategies (

        Session 6      Mobile Libraries for Learning

        Session 7       Mobile Users

        Fred Rowland & Adam Shambaugh
        Study regarding Temple University Libraries’ “Ask Us Upstairs” initiative (abstract)

        Faye Jackson and Phil Cheeseman
        Presentation Title: Bridging the mobile divide – using mobile devices to engage the X and Y generations (abstract)

        Keren Mills
        UK Academic Library Users’ expectations of m-library services (abstract)

    • Eugene Barsky, Aleteia Greenwood, & Kevin Lindstrom
      Portable science: podcasting as an outreach tool for a large academic science and engineering library (abstract)

      Graham McCarthy & Sally Wilson
      The Library’s Place in a Mobile Space (abstract)

      Karen A. Coombs

      Piloting mobile services (abstract)


      Peter Godwin
      Information Literacy Gets Mobile! (abstract)

      Parveen Babbar & Seema Chandhok
      Mobile Technology and M-Learning in Indian Libraries by (abstract)

      Chengyu Zhang
      Mobile Digital Library for Integration Web Resources in China (abstract)



4-5:30pm           Coffee Break

6-10pm              Conference Banquet at Sage Bistro
                            Featured Speaker: Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President, Athabasca University


24 June 2009

7-8am                  Early Morning Yoga


All events will take place at the IKBLC

8-9am                  Breakfast

9:15-10:15am     Concurrent Parallel Sessions




        Session 8      Mobile Technologies

        Ivan Ganchev, Máirtín O’Droma, Damien Meere, Mícheál Ó hAodha, Stanimir Stojanov
        Evolution of Modern Library Services: The Progression into the Mobile Domain (abstract)

        Dr. Mohamed Ally, Colin Elliot, Steve Schafer & Tony Tin
        Mobile library: connecting new generations of learners to the library in the mobile age (abstract)


        Session 9      New Mobile Services

        Agnes Chikonzo
        Enhancing Service Delivery through use of Mobile Phones in the University of Zimbabwe Library (abstract)

        Jose Luis Andrade
        The Role of the Subscription Agents in Delivering Content to Mobile Devices (abstract)


        Session 10      Mobile Technologies Supporting Development

        John Paul Anbu, Eric Broug & Paul Coyne
        Encouraging Library Usage among Students in African University Libraries: The Case of Emerald Group Publishing and the University Library of Swaziland (abstract)

        Nafiz Zaman Shuva
        Enhancing Library Access through the Use of Mobile Technology: Case Study of Information Services Provided by Six Mobile Companies in Bangladesh (abstract)


        Session 11      Mobile Libraries Learning

        Anne Hewling & Hassan Sheikh
        Mobilising the development of information skills – for students on the move and for the workplace – two studies of mobile delivery in practice (abstract)

        Francis G. Anyonah
        Development of Grassup Now Pilot Project in Busia District, Western Province of Kenya (abstract)


        Session 12      Mobile Services for Distance Learners

        Parveen Babbar & Seema Chandhok
        M-Learning Libraries in Distance Education: A Proposed Model for IGNOU (abstract)

        Dora Pérez & Pep Torn
        M-library in a M-university: changing models in the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) (abstract)


10:15-10:45am     Coffee Break

10:45-12:15pm     Concurrent Parallel Sessions



        Session 13      Mobile Technologies

        Abiodun Solanke
        Customer Service Conveyance and Convergence in M-Libraries:  Review of Current, Emerging, and Proposing Standards (abstract)

        Tito Sierra & Markus Wust
        Enabling discovery of digital collections on mobile devices (abstract)


        Session 14      New Mobile Services

        Alison Armstrong, Michelle Jacobs, Joe Murphy & Brena Smith
        UCLA and Yale Science Libraries data on cyberlearning and reference services via mobile devices (abstract)

        Scott Collard, Alexa Pearce & Kara Whatley
        NYU results of an analysis of more than 300 SMS transactions conducted in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters 2008 (abstract)



        Session 15      Mobile Libraries for Learning

        Vicki Owen & Will Reid
        What is mobile learning and what do students expect –how can libraries help fill the gap? A report on a dedicated six month research project  from Learning and Information Services (LIS) at Liverpool John Moores University (abstract)

        Dr. Mohamed Ally, Yang Guanbing, Bill Hong-Xing Geng & Tony Tin
        Create mobile content using a mobile-friendly knowledge management system: The Athabasca University (AU) experience (abstract)



        Session 16      Mobile Services for Distance Learners

        Hassan Sheikh & Tony Tin
        A tale of two institutions:  Strategic approach to support and develop mobile library services and resources (abstract)

        Buhle Mbambo-Thata
        The Library on the phone: assessing the impact of mobile phone library access at the University of  South Africa Library (abstract)


        Session 17      Practitioner papers

        Elizabeth C. Reade Fong
        Mobile Technologies and their possibilities for the Library, University of the South Pacific (abstract)

        Patricia Letšolo
        Challenges and Prospects of Operating an Academic Mobile Library in the Digital Era: The Case of Lesotho (abstract)



12:15-1:30pm     Boxed Lunch

2-3:15pm            Closing Keynote, Sir John Daniel

3:15-3:45            Closing Remarks, Mohamed Ally

4-5pm                 Coffee


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