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NISO Forum:
Mobile Technologies in Libraries

May 20, 2011
Philadelphia, PA

About the Forum

iPhone. iPad. Android. Blackberry. Kindle. App store. 3G.

The visibility and utility of mobile hardware, software, and connectivity continue their exponential increase. Libraries are finding it difficult to ignore the implications a perpetually connected user base has to information resources traditionally confined to desktop or laptop computers. Library users stand to benefit enormously if libraries can effectively offer their information resources in the now-ubiquitous mobile medium.

Many questions remain to be answered:

  • How informed are libraries and their resource providers about what users want to do with mobile devices?
  • Are information providers’ recent mobile interface offerings useful to libraries and mobile users?
  • How can libraries take advantage of existing popular mobile apps?
  • Can individual libraries be effective in addressing mobile technologies and user demands on their own, or will development dollars be best spent on collaborative efforts or vendor-supplied services? Are such efforts and services available?
  • In focusing more attention on mobile users, are libraries neglecting other user populations who do not have access to mobile devices?
  • Do mobile device and service providers have any incentive to work with libraries and serve neglected populations?

These and other issues remain in flux as the library and larger information communities attempt to grasp the impact of mobile computing. Join NISO for a one-day forum at which invited speakers will explore many of the pressing questions about libraries’ interaction with and promotion of mobile technologies.


If paying by credit card, register online here.

If paying by check, use this PDF form.


NISO Voting and LSA Members:
Early-Bird (Ends 5/1/2011): $200.00
Regular: $225.00
On-site: $250.00

Early-Bird (Ends 5/1/2011): $240.00
Regular: $285.00
On-site: $300.00

Student: $130.00

Registration Information

  • Early bird rates are offered until May 1, 2011.
  • Registration closes May 11, 2011. After that date, a processing fee of $50 will be added. This also applies to any on-site registration.
  • Cancellations made by May 11, 2011 will receive a full refund less a $50 processing fee. After that date, there are no refunds.
  • Registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Notify the NISO office if you have any dietary restrictions (301-654-2512).
  • Students should submit proof of enrollment when registering. Please contact the NISO office (301-654-2512) with questions. 

Location Information

Meeting Location
The CHF Conference Center
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702
Tel: 215-561-8090
Directions: http://thehub.com/maps_chf.php

Hotel Information
Omni Hotel at Independence Park
401 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Phone: (215) 925-0000
Fax: (215) 925-1263
Directions: http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/PhiladelphiaIndependencePark/MapAndDirections.aspx

To Make Reservations: 

Special Rate: $169 per night
Book By: April 19 to receive this rate