American Libraries Live Tackles Tablets and Mobile Tech

By Daniel A. Freeman |

On the next episode of American Libraries Live, our expert panel will be discussing tablets and mobile technology and how its impacting the library world. While a lot of the conversation will focus on devices, one of the overlooked aspects of this topic is connectivity and bandwidth. The rise of mobile technology in libraries has created new issues in these areas and new needs for institutions that strive to be as mobile-friendly as possible.

We're very pleased to have Mobile Beacon as our sponsor for this episode and to have their Managing Director Katherine Messier as part of our expert panel. Mobile Beacon is an innovator in this area--they've pioneered a program that allows libraries to lend out connectivity devices to patrons. Please read more about it on this blog post, How one Library is “Loaning out the Internet” using Mobile Technology.

We hope you'll join us for this epsiode of AL Live, which is taking place on Thursday, November 14th at 2:00pm Eastern. Heather Moorefield-Lang, Education and Applied Social Sciences Librarian for Virginia Tech, will lead an expert panel in a discussion on the present and future of tablets.

Joining Heather on the panel:

• Bohyun Kim, digital access librarian at Florida International University Medical Library
• David Lee King, Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library
• Katherine Messier, Managing Director at Mobile Beacon

You can register for this 60-minute event, which takes place on Thursday, November 14th at 2pm Eastern at, or simply go to at the time of the event. Pre-registration is not required to attend.