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Mobile Technology: Lending It, Using It and What To Do Next [Event Ref. No. TG3/MOB]


4:30 pm

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This event will feature presentations about the practicalities of getting mobile hardware into the hands of users, as well as initiatives that make best use of the technology by providing extra depth and range of information to the Library experience.

The case studies will feature practical tips and learning for anyone wanting to embark on similar projects, and there will be opportunities for discussion and sharing of ideas about other uses in a Library context.


1300 -1330: Arrival and coffee

1330 – 1345: Intro & Expectations: Tell us the questions you’re here to think about, work you already have underway

1345 – 1425: iPads at the Library
Oliver Bridle, Radcliffe Science Library

Focussing on the practicalities of operating an iPad lending scheme in a busy academic library, details of borrowing procedures will be described along with problems encountered and how these have been overcome.

14.25 – 1505: The Senate House Library QR code task force: how we implemented QR
Andrew Preater, Senate House Libraries

Early this year Senate House Library set up a small ‘working group of the willing’ across our Information Systems, Library Services, and Academic Liaison teams. We’ve been working to improve experience of our library for users with mobile devices by implementing QR codes for various aspects of the service. We started with those that are relatively quick, cheap, and easy to implement. This includes:

• Adding QR codes to the library catalogue
• Helping readers pre-register for the library on their phone
• Instruction videos for self-issue and self-return, printing, and photocopying instructions
• Linking to information on subject collections
• Promotion of e-resources in the physical library space
• Contact information as QR on our signage

1505 – 1515: Questions

1515 – 1530: Tea/coffee break

1530 – 1610: SCARLET: Bringing Special Collections to life with AR Jo Lambert, SCARLET Project

The SCARLET project pioneered use of Augmented Reality (AR) to enhance students’ use of special collections materials in libraries. AR enables students to simultaneously experience the magic of original materials, whilst enhancing the learning experience by ‘surrounding’ the object with digitised content; images, texts and online learning resources.

The session will describe the development of SCARLET, evaluation activities to understand how AR can support student learning, a review of lessons learned and implications for the wider community

1610 – 1630: Panel – What Next?

1630: Closing remarks and thanks.

Venue: The Burnside Room at the London Mathematical Society, 57-58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HS; Website:

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Cost: £50 for members and £75 for other institutions.

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