Phones, Pads, and Players: What Can Libraries Put on Them


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Laura Brack, Webmaster and Information Services Assistant at Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library.

Program will explore some of the most popular devices for electronic books and audio content, the variety of content available for them through public libraries, and some of the problems and pitfalls we have encountered.

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Phones, Pads, and Players: What Can Libraries Put on Them

  1. 1. Phones, Pads & Players What can Libraries Put on Them?
  2. 2. <ul><li>Smartphones </li></ul><ul><li>Tablets & iPads </li></ul><ul><li>eReaders </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Don’t be scared… </li></ul>Get excited!!
  4. 4. Six Things Your Library Can Do <ul><li>Text with Patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Create an App </li></ul><ul><li>Take Advantage of Existing Stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Offer eBooks, Audiobooks and Music </li></ul><ul><li>Promote & Share Your Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast & Broadcast </li></ul>
  5. 5. Text with Your Patrons <ul><li>End of 2009*: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>21% US wireless subscribers own smartphones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>35% projected by end of 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>End of 2010**: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>28% US wireless subscribers own smartphones </li></ul></ul><ul><li>72% of Americans send and receive texts </li></ul><ul><li>Serve them when and where they need you! </li></ul><ul><li>* Smartphones to Overtake Feature Phones in U.S. by 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>** Mobile Snapshot: Smartphones Now 28% of U.S. Cellphone Market </li></ul>
  6. 6. Text with Your Patrons <ul><li>People are in a hurry </li></ul><ul><li>Adding another point of service </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use, reply via computer </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap to implement, $0 - $1200/year </li></ul>
  7. 7. Text with Your Patrons <ul><li>Take a look at… </li></ul><ul><li>Text A Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Library Voice blog </li></ul>
  8. 8. Text with Your Patrons <ul><li>The pitfalls… </li></ul><ul><li>Training staff </li></ul><ul><li>Another point of contact </li></ul><ul><li>Limit of 160 characters </li></ul>
  9. 9. Create an App <ul><li>24% of U.S. adults actively use apps* </li></ul><ul><li>29% of cellphone users use apps* </li></ul><ul><li>* </li></ul>
  10. 10. Create an App <ul><li>Cutting edge library service </li></ul><ul><li>Another service point </li></ul><ul><li>Apps are totally cool </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap to implement, $99+ </li></ul>
  11. 11. Create an App <ul><li>Take a look at… </li></ul><ul><li>Tapptics (training and tools for building an app) </li></ul><ul><li>Appmakr (app builder) </li></ul><ul><li>How to Create Your First iPhone Application </li></ul><ul><li>Hey iPhoners : Download the D.C. Public Library App! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Create an App <ul><li>The pitfalls… </li></ul><ul><li>Compatibility with ILS/LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Training staff </li></ul><ul><li>If you can’t make it yourself, you’ll have to pay someone else </li></ul>
  13. 13. Use Others’ Apps & Mobile Sites <ul><li>As of Oct. 2010 there are over 300,000 apps* </li></ul><ul><li>Today via Apple Inc.: Over 350,000** </li></ul><ul><li>On Jan. 22, 2011 10 billionth app downloaded* </li></ul><ul><li>* http:// </li></ul><ul><li>** As of 3 May 2011 / </li></ul>
  14. 14. Use Others’ Apps & Mobile Sites <ul><li>Simply: your patrons will thank you and you will look cool </li></ul><ul><li>Another type of reference/information service </li></ul><ul><li>Easier than creating your own app </li></ul><ul><li>Think ‘App Advisory’ </li></ul><ul><li>FREE to implement </li></ul>
  15. 15. Use Others’ Apps & Mobile Sites <ul><li>Take a look at… </li></ul><ul><li>NoveList’s Mobile Site FAQs </li></ul><ul><li>OCLC’s WorldCat Mobile App </li></ul><ul><li>Apps for iPhone </li></ul><ul><li>Android Market </li></ul>
  16. 16. Use Others’ Apps & Mobile Sites <ul><li>The pitfalls… </li></ul><ul><li>So many apps, so little time </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes they come back… </li></ul>
  17. 17. eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos & Music <ul><li>Jul. 2010: Amazon Kindle eBook sales outnumbered hardcover books* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>140 eBooks to 100 hardcovers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mid-2010: APA est. eBooks are 8.5% of sales* </li></ul><ul><li>Jan. 2011 Amazon eBook sales passed paperback sales* </li></ul><ul><li>2 million free books* </li></ul><ul><li>About 59 types of eReaders** </li></ul><ul><li>* </li></ul><ul><li>** </li></ul>
  18. 18. eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos & Music <ul><li>If you only do one thing, do this! </li></ul><ul><li>There’s definitely a market </li></ul><ul><li>Variable implementation/subscription costs </li></ul><ul><li>Try… </li></ul><ul><li>Loaning preloaded devices </li></ul><ul><li>Purchasing service through OverDrive, Freegal </li></ul>
  19. 19. eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos & Music <ul><li>Take a look at… </li></ul><ul><li>eIndiana Digital Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>eNYPL </li></ul><ul><li>Freegal </li></ul><ul><li>OverDrive </li></ul>
  20. 20. eBooks, Audiobooks, Videos & Music <ul><li>The Pitfalls… </li></ul><ul><li>Some publishers aren’t yet on board </li></ul><ul><li>Training staff </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing costs </li></ul>
  21. 21. Promote & Share Your Publications <ul><li>95% of eReaders support PDF* </li></ul><ul><li>Many smartphones support PDF </li></ul><ul><li>* </li></ul><ul><li>95% of eReaders support PDF* </li></ul><ul><li>Many smartphones support PDF </li></ul><ul><li>Many devices support EPUb, TXT </li></ul><ul><li>* </li></ul>
  22. 22. Promote & Share Your Publications <ul><li>SO easy to do </li></ul><ul><li>Help your patrons stay in-the-know on-the-go </li></ul><ul><li>Save paper </li></ul><ul><li>FREE to implement </li></ul>
  23. 23. Promote & Share Your Publications <ul><li>Take a look at… </li></ul><ul><li>Plainfield Public Library’s How-To Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii State Library Bibliographies </li></ul>
  24. 24. Promote & Share Your Publications <ul><li>The Pitfalls… </li></ul><ul><li>Devices open and read documents differently </li></ul>
  25. 25. Podcast & Broadcast <ul><li>Podcast= audio/video broadcast, usually released episodically </li></ul><ul><li>Most smartphones, pads and players support audio and/or video </li></ul>
  26. 26. Podcast & Broadcast <ul><li>So many options for publicity and teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Public service announcements </li></ul><ul><li>How-to videos </li></ul><ul><li>FREE to implement </li></ul>
  27. 27. Podcast & Broadcast <ul><li>Take a look at… </li></ul><ul><li>Mooresville Public Library’s Video Channel </li></ul><ul><li>Boulder Public Library Teens </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting How-To/Best Practices Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting Tutorial </li></ul>
  28. 28. Podcast & Broadcast <ul><li>The Pitfalls… </li></ul><ul><li>Finding staff time to create podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Continual creation </li></ul><ul><li>Publicizing that you have podcasts </li></ul>
  29. 29. Take-Home Tips <ul><li>Take advantage of others’ ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Publicity, teaching, and entertaining </li></ul><ul><li>Buy phones, pads, players for your library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PLAY with them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LEARN them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Train your staff </li></ul>
  30. 30. Contact Me! <ul><li>Laura Brack </li></ul><ul><li>Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>Webmaster & Information Services Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>