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Mobile Technologies in Libraries

Workshop Title: Mobile Technologies & Libraries

Location: Gulf Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Time: 10-11 March 2012

Presenter/ Moderator:

Joe Murphy, Yale University Libraries, technology trend spotter and library innovator, http://joemurphylibraryfuture.com This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Language: English

Workshop Description:

In this two-day workshop, attendees will learn the full theoretical framework of the roles, applications, and implications of mobile technologies in libraries and will gain thorough knowledge about the practical options for applying mobile devices to library services and collections. This workshop will be run by Joe Murphy of Yale University Library (http://joemurphylibraryfuture.com), and will feature several expert guest speakers.
Mobile technologies are becoming an increasingly important and popular in how we discover, access, and engage information. 15 billion mobile applications for Apple’s iPhone and iPad have been downloaded, smart-phones are outselling PCs, 1 billion tweets are sent every week. The shift towards mobile devices is not a passing trend. Libraries around the world are meeting this change head on by adapting our services and collections to the proliferation of mobile devices. This workshop will introduce the major mobile technologies, explain how they are impacting libraries of all types, and cover how your library can make use of them to meet our mobile patrons. Participants will leave ready to apply various mobile technologies to their libraries.


The objective of this timely workshop is to teach librarians about the major tools and trends in mobile technology and how they apply to libraries. This workshop aims to provide practical steps on how to implement a variety of mobile technologies in diverse library settings. The session will provide current awareness about the current state and landscape of mobile tools, the theoretical framework for role of mobile technologies, and the implications for library and information enters.
The workshop will include a though exploration the possible opportunities for library applications of mobile technologies, the options available, the challenges and risks associated with implementing the tools, and the tips and tricks for their successful application.


  • Attendees will gain thorough knowledge about mobile technologies, the available tools and their uses.
  • Attendees will understand the impact of mobile technologies on information consumption and the implications for libraries.
  • Attendees will learn how to apply a variety of mobile technologies to multiple library services.

Target audience:

The target audience of this workshop includes librarians and library staff at all types of library and information centers, professors, publishers, vendors, and educators, interested in staying current on the topic of mobile technologies and their impact on information engagement and consumption.

This workshop is full and there is not vacancy for registration.

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