The MARS Chair's Program, Library in Your Hand: Mobile Technologies for Exchanging Information with Patrons, was selected by Gary White, RUSA President from 2011-2012, to be presented jointly as the RUSA President's Program and the MARS Chair's Program at the Annual Conference in Anaheim, 2012.
Mobile devices are increasingly being used to provide libraries with the opportunity to disperse information at the exact point of need. This program explored the importance of libraries supporting mobile technologies for the dissemination and acquisition of information. Examples of such projects currently underway in libraries were discussed by a panel of speakers.
Speakers: Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, spoke about why libraries should embrace communicating with patrons through mobile devices. Kristin Antelman, Associate Director for the Digital Library at NCSU Libraries, spoke about mobile initiatives at NCSU including WolfWalk, a photographic guide to the history of NCSU optimized for mobile devices. David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka Public Library, discussed the social media used to communicate with patrons at the Topeka Public Library.
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