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Mobile device pilot: Welcome

Let's start playing and learning this new technology!


Welcome to the UM Libraries Mobile Pilot Pages.

Between May 24 and July 28 2010, over 80 Librarians and Library Staff will work together to gain hands-on experience with mobile technologies. Project activities are recommended for each week of the pilot, and participants are invited to five meetings: Project launch/device distribution; 3 clinics to discuss successes, problems and specific topics; and a farewell meeting to discuss what we all learned.

We have developed learning outcomes, identified the activities that will occur, chosen the apps that are preloaded on the iPod Touches, and selected which library employees have received the iPod Touches.

OIT is loaning the UM Libraries 55 iPod Touches (2nd generation, 8GB, with earbuds/microphones), which will be loaned to most of the group.  All subject librarians are receiving iPod Touches and we identified others to participate.  Individuals with their own iPod Touches or iPhones have opted in, and some individuals have chosen to share their devices.  Note: iPod Touches are like iPhones, without a telephone or camera.

We look forward to this exciting pilot, and welcome your input. Have fun!


Your Mobile Devices Pilot Coordinating Group, 

Maggie Saponaro (co-chair), Tanner Wray (co-chair), Irene Münster, and Nevenka Zdravkovska


Opening session

Learning Outcomes

  • Pilot program participants will be able to use applications on iPod Touch.
  • Pilot program participants will identify parts of the public web site that need to be 'mobilized.'
  • Pilot program participants will identify service points/library services that would benefit from having access to mobile devices and recommend whether iPod Touches would be useful as those devices.

Assessment method: Participants will complete an online survey at the conclusion of the pilot.

Impact of results: Compiled results will be shared with LEC and program participants. This report may include recommendations for long-term use of mobile technologies by Libraries staff.

Mobile Technologies Pilot Blog

A blog is  available for you to use to facilitate discussion/discovery throughout the Pilot.
Click here to share your findings/questions/observations!