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23 mobile things for libraries

SmartphoneMissing your Project Play experience and looking for more exposure to new technology? Check out 23 mobile things!

From the "About" page:

"Welcome to 23 mobile things for libraries!
When Helene Blowers and the team at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County launched the first 23 things program in 2006 they took the library world by storm. A self paced course that offers library workers the chance to build their awareness, knowledge and skills at their own pace is a fun professional development tool. This program builds on their concept and seeks to explore the added potential of mobile devices."

Why mobile this time around?

"We are interested in exploring ways that libraries and library staff can use mobile technologies to deliver library services, to engage with their communities and for their own professional development. Research from PEW Internet  explores how rapidly communities are moving to accessing their library services and websites via their own mobile device. The user experience in your library (or museum) through the lense of a mobile device may be quite different, Ditte Laursen shares some insights in this video."

They'll be covering lots of great topics -- social reading, augmented reality, curating, Adobe ID, productivity tools, file sharing, music, digital storytelling, and many others!

For each "Thing" you'll find background, a list of activities to try to become more familiar with the topic/tool/site, and some "thinking points."  The FAQ covers how the program works, how much time it will take, and what you'll need to get started. It sounds like a great way to explore mobile technologies!

I also ran across some Australians and New Zealanders doing the 23 mobile things. They just began their program at the end of April -- timetable is here


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