The conference title reflects a new and exciting focus for m-libraries. m-libraries was launched in 2007 by the Open University in partnership with Athabasca University to promote and share experience of the delivery of library services using mobile devices, when developments were in their infancy. Subsequent conferences were held in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and we are proud to reflect that these have inspired and informed the development of mobile services around the world. The titles of the 4th and 5th conferences (‘from margin to mainstream’ and ‘from devices to people’) were significant.
The use of mobile devices has become so ubiquitous that the m-libraries conference has gradually adapted its focus to address new challenges. This time we consider ‘Smart Libraries’ as the overall theme of the conference. What services, technologies and staff skills will be required for libraries to evolve and meet the needs of Smart societies and Smart users?
This conference will be of interest to all those involved in researching, planning, developing and providing innovative services, as well as technical developers and others working in the Smart societies initiatives worldwide.