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CLA Montreal Network Salon on Mobile Devices for libraries

Hello Montreal librarians, library students and library lovers!

The CLA Montreal Network is kicking off its inaugural season with a Salon des Bibliothécaires on the topic of mobile devices for libraries. Did you know that there are 6.6 million smart phone owners in Canada? How is your library addressing the needs of an increasingly digital and connected population?

Our Salons are a series of informal meetings where all members of the Montreal information community can gather to socialize and discuss hot topics.

Amanda Etches-Johnson's "User Experience and the Mobile Web"

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The conference sessions ended with our afternoon keynote, Amanda Etches-Johnson who spoke to all the conference attendees about User Experience and the Mobile Web. Amanda’s focus on both the design and user experience aspects of mobility shone light on some new issues facing libraries in a world of ever-increasing mobile devices. She had very clear advice, and examples to back it up, on how to create mobile sites that both help and delight your patrons.

Chad Crichton's "Mobile Technology and Information Literary: You CAN Take It with You"

ImageAt this year's mobility-themed conference of the ABQLA, Chad Crichton, Coordinator of Reference and Instruction at the University of Toronto Scarborough Library, discussed the ramifications of mobile technologies on our understanding of Information Literacy instruction and what it means to be information literate in the 21st century.  Chad encouraged his listeners to think about ways they could insert themselves into available 'apps' and to look for unique aspects of their library collections that could be made mobile.

Mobile technology introduces new challenges when it comes to information literacy, and as a starting point it is necessary to understand how devices change the information seeking behaviour of users. More so than with websites, a 'mobile mindset' demands quick and immediate results. Patrons accessing the library via a mobile device are doing something in the moment and are hyper conscious of the time factor. They are unlikely to complete an advanced search form or browse to the second page of results. In response to this, Chad noted the distinction between an app and a website available via a mobile phone. Increasingly, libraries are developing highly streamlined service apps more appropriate for mobile devices rather than relying on their website.

Maria Savova's "McGill Library Makes E-books Portable: E-readers' Place Amongst Library Materials, Technology and Service"

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The theme of this year’s annual ABQLA conference was “Mobility: Making Connections @ your Library.” A plethora of excellent presentations were given, and among them was Maria Savova’s talk entitled “McGill Library Makes E-books Portable: E-readers’ Place Amongst Library Materials, Technology and Service.” Maria is a Collection Development and Special Projects Librarian at McGill University, as well as the coordinator of the E-Readers Loan Service. This is complementary to the work she has also done on the implementation of the downloadable electronic content service from OverDrive, along with the WorldCat Local Discovery Tool at McGill.

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