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iTouch & Go: Funding Innovation in the UH Libraries

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iTouch & Go: Funding Innovation in the UH Libraries

  1. 1. iTouch and Go Funding Innovation in the UH Libraries Rachel Vacek and Robin Dasler University of Houston Libraries Internet Librarian October 27, 2009
  2. 2. Microgrants : Growing from    Strategic Directions
  3. 3. E-Readers READ posters Library Green Initiative “ History of UH” Stationary Librarian trading cards Disciplinary Professional Organization Membership for Subject Librarians Finals Mania Cougar Social Media Showcase Staff Outreach Program SPARKY Awards Learning Commons Video Contest Branding Campaign Library Commercials on the Student Video Network
  4. 4. iPod Touch Microgrant
  5. 5. Training Survey Interviews
  6. 6. “ It does everything!”
  7. 7. “ It's great to keep in touch.”
  8. 8. “ I only had a few minutes.”
  9. 9. “ I can keep up with the profession.”
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Building apps </li></ul></ul>But wait, there’s more! <ul><ul><li>Investigating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eReaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iPods or netbooks </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Building mobile confidence   <ul><ul><li>Downloadable apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text messaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current trends </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Lessons learned <ul><ul><li>Don't assume that library staff are already familiar with mobile devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile means different things to different people  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology is personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There will be surprises - one idea can lead to another </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  13. 13. Bringin’ it home <ul><ul><li>Implement a microgrant program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a discussion with your library administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just buy what your library can afford </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your Friends of the Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vendor sponsorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for opportunities for collaboration in your </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. For more info Robin Dasler Science & Mathematics Librarian University of Houston [email_address] Rachel Vacek Web Services Coordinator University of Houston [email_address] Photo by Rachel Vacek Photo by Cindi Trainor