November 2012 issue of the MmIT Journal now available

MmIT group members can now download the latest issue of our journal from the CILIP website. Log in with your usual CILIP website user name and password or email catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com if you need a reminder.

Institutional subscribers should visit: www.mmitjournal.org.uk

Our November  2012 issue includes:

  • Book reviews: Using Mobile Technology to Deliver Library Services; Location-Aware Services and QR Codes for Libraries; Information 2.0
  • Product reviews: HannsG HD LED monitor; Peli Urban Elite Laptop Backpack
  • Special focus: mobile technologies – m-library projects; real-time m-learning
  • History of the journal part three of four
  • Features: storing information overload; digitisation at The Wildlife Trust; HistoryPin digital history mashups; Research Data Management for academic librarians; wireless monitoring technology for curators and conservators
  • TechRoundUp: discover Snaggy; Tackk; ShowMe; JoinMe; and Hotspot Shield

Themes for Future issues:

February:        Focus on cloud computing

May:                Focus on ebooks and ejournals

August:            Focus on data security, data management, SaaS

November:      Focus on elearning

 

QR Codes in the wild

QR code
They look like this

QR codes are one of those things that has shifted from a ‘nice to have’ technology you hear about at conferences (and unconferences) to a really practical innovation you can notice starting to appear in libraries and library catalogues near you.

T​hese barcodes provide a way for people to quickly store information by taking a photo with their mobile phone. You need a QR reader app too but there are free ones available for most web-enabled phones.  O​f course, there’s a bit more to it than that and its early days yet but there are  helpful guides available for libraries considering implementing QR codes (including one in the August 2010 issue of the MMIT Journal).

T​here are also plenty of creative uses of QR codes to help inspire and demonstrate the many possibilities of  quick response tags.

University of Bath, University of Bedfordshire and University of Huddersfield are all using QR Codes in their library catalogue as a way to save book or journal title details. You can try it out on any of their OPACs. Just search for an item and you will see a barcode image on the item description page. Take a photo of this with your phone and the information will be stored in a format you can access later. University of Bath also uses QR codes within the floorplans of the library where they link users to an audio tour – it’s not just for awkward URLs,  downloadable files  can also be linked.

You can also see QR Codes in action at further education institutions – like the awesome Murder Mystery demo at Bradford College library .

There are more examples at the Library Best Practices wiki

Now to get started at making your own:

Social networking and libraries event Friday 9th July

Cilip’s Multimedia Information and Technology Group held an excellent event on social networking and libraries yesterday (9th July) with speakers covering tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and Foursquare as well as mobile technologies. Overview: http://kwiddows.blogspot.com/2010/07/social-networking-in-libraries-mmit.html also tweets on the seminar at #mmit

Cilip’s Multimedia Information and Technology Group held an excellent event on social networking and libraries yesterday (9th July) with speakers covering tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and Foursquare as well as mobile technologies.   Overview: http://kwiddows.blogspot.com/2010/07/social-networking-in-libraries-mmit.html also tweets on the seminar at #mmit and photos on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/catherinedhanjal/sets/72157624465983986/