I am sitting in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel and Towers on 7th Avenue and 53rd Street in Manhattan at the 50th Annual African Studies Association Conference. I am working the booth and I hope to produce a few pictures, or blog fodder as I have to come to know photographs.

Business is brisk.

I dare say that the academics here are more interesting to talk to than the librarians at IFLA. I say that in shame considering that is my field.

All the same, I am working Saturday as well so I imagine I will pick up again with the blog next week.

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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