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This programme of work is an attempt to develop a mobile infrastructure to support libraries in their continuing mission to provide users with access to a range of services and content that supports their teaching, learning and research.

Mobile Infrastructure for Libraries

In response to the challenges and opportunities that the explosion in both ubiquity and power (both socially and technologically) of mobile devices presents to libraries and information providers in general, JISC has funded a programme of work to support UK Higher Education institutions in dealing with this mobile information environment.


As libraries and information services have to engage ever more technologically sophisticated users it is essential that these information services are able to provide academic scholarly content in formats and to devices that are the users’ preferred means of reception. And, where these formats do already exist, or are evolved for mobile delivery, that the potential of this medium is fully exploited and the possibilities of interactivity taken for granted.

In light of these developments, this programme of work is an attempt to develop an infrastructure to support libraries in their continuing mission to provide users with access to a range of services and content that supports their teaching, learning and research.  


By means of the mobile delivery of library services and content programme, the JISC seeks to:

  • Explore the development, licensing, or otherwise of scholarly content that is configured for access and delivery on mobile devices,
  • Realise the innovative potential of mobile devices to help reconceptualise and redefine library services and information delivery and discovery,
  • Build a body of evidence and practice to support libraries in the development of services and content available for users to access via mobile devices.

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The Projects

There are two strands of projects that make up this programme.  

1. Supporting the mobile library community

M-Library Support Project
Evidence Base (Birmingham City University)
Partners: Owen Stephens

This project will provide a mobile library community support project to help support and engage the emerging m-library community by reviewing and synthesising existing research and  evidence-based guidance. 

2. M-Library Innovation

The projects under this strand will be exploring the development of prototypes for the delivery of content suitable for delivery to a range of mobile devices and undertake rapid innovation projects to explore the potential inherent in the ubiquitous nature of mobile devices with regard to the physical space, services, systems and collections of the library.

The projects in this strand are:

London School of Economics
Partners: Edina

PhoneBooth will repurpose the Charles Booth Maps, Descriptive of London Poverty and selected police notebooks, which record eye-witness descriptions of London street-by-street, for delivery to mobile devices. The project will enhance the current online delivery by enabling content to be delivered directly to the location to which it refers.

MACON: Mobilising Academic Content Online
The Open University
Partners: EBSCO

MACON will address challenges involved in delivering quality academic content to mobile devices in a seamless and user-friendly manner. The project will work with EBSCO, a major content and systems provider in order to prototype a mobile friendly resource discovery interface which will discover and expose quality academic content from both third party & local collections.

University of Bristol

The project will enhance the learning and research activities of the University of Bristol’s academic community by developing a mobile application that can record and organise references to books, journals and other resources. These references can be added actively by scanning barcodes and QR codes, or passively by automatically recording RFID tags in items being used for study and research.

Mobiles and Public Electronic Displays (MoPED)
City University, London

The project will develop the MoPED system, which will combine mobile phone interaction with a public display in City University’s Main Library. The aim of the project is to investigate how to encourage the adoption of mobile services through a two-fold strategy: first, a strong, user-centred design process, commencing with an investigation of which mobile services are most likely to be beneficial; second, using an in-situ public display to promote (and assist getting access to) the library’s mobile services and to connect online services to the space of the library itself.

Learnmore Mobile App
City University, London

The project will develop the Learnmore Mobile Application using a user-centred design process. Building on the current ‘desktop’ Learnmore content, the interface and content will be tailored to the actual needs of students using mobile devices, with considerations including the preferred media, topic and content size for mobile consumption.