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Handheld Librarian Online Conference VI. Feb 1-2, 2012. Mobile Solutions for Libraries That Work

by Joe Murphy Librarian on January 14th, 2012

Attend the next online Handheld Librarian conference Feb 1-2

http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/

Stay current and move your library fwd with the 6th online Handheld Librarian conference. Featuring for the first time, post conference skill-building workshops on eReaders and Mobile app development as well as top Keynotes by Stephen Abram and Michael Stephens.

This event offers the best and most timely practical information from and for librarians about applying mobile technologies in library settings.

Register online now http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/register/ for one of the most affordable professional development opportunities available.

If you attend any professional development event at the beginning of this year, it needs to be this conference.  Diverse library professionals share the best practical examples of implementing top mobile techs. The best in current awareness for this rapidly evolving field will help keep you and your library relevant.

Featured Keynotes by top library thinkers: Stephen Abram and Michael Stephens.

Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, will address the conference in the morning. His research focuses on use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs. He currently writes the monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal exploring issues, ideas and emerging trends in library and information science education. Stephens has spoken about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries to audiences in over 26 states and in five countries, including a 2009 speaking/research tour of Australia.

Our afternoon keynote features Stephen Abram. Stephen has over 30 years in libraries as a practicing librarian and in the information industry. He has visited hundreds of libraries in many different countries and is uniquely positioned to spark ideas and insights. Stephen is currently Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets at Gale Cengage in Toronto, Canada. He has been Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and the Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute, VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia ProQuest, and Publisher Electronic Information for Thompson.

Featured Post-Conference Skill Builders Workshops

New this year, a post conference experience focused on giving participants explicit hands on skills through extended workshops. For a nominal fee, participants can register for the following two-hour synchronous workshops on February 2.

  • Best Practices in Mobile Development: Building Your First jQuery Mobile App – Taught by Jason Clark and Chad Mairn.
  • Empowering Your E-readers; Teaching Your Readers to Access Content. Taught by Sue Polanka & Melissa Brisbin.

Each workshop will not only provide a conceptual framework, but will ask the participants to try their hands at either developing or implementing specific strategies. After the workshop, audience members will be provided with additional ongoing tutorials and access to the experts for mentoring.

Kick off the new year with the biggest trends. I will be presenting about the “Most Important Mobile Trends for 2012.”

Presentations will cover these topics and more:

Top mobile tech trends, mobile user experience design,  checking out tablets, geo tagging and eBooks, Twitter for user feedback, QR Codes, cheap mobile solutions, NFC (near field communication), roving reference, wordpress plugins for mobile websites, mobile learning, training staff and patrons, mobile gaming, mobile apps for higher ed.

Who should attend: librarians, library staff, administrators, library students, publishers, content providers, vendors.  Anyone who wants to stay current on mobile trends and practices in the information fields.

Being part of the conference committee for this event is an honor, and I can tell you that the program of events is not to be missed.

See the site http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/ for a full program, details, and registration prices (great deals).

I will see you online at the conference, looking forward to learning with you.

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