Mobile websites and APP’s in academic libraries: Harmony on a small scale


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Mobile technology has become essential to academic libraries as more and more users take advantage of materials and databases available online via mobile devices. Creating links to mobile websites and adding mobile versions of databases and catalogs to academic library websites provide additional access points for users both on and off campus. Developing, testing, releasing and collecting usage statistics are all important parts of building the best mobile site possible. This presentation will discuss how mobile technology has taken on a role in the academic library today and how it is effecting and changing research and library instruction.
Presenter: Kathryn Johns-Masten, State University of New York at Oswego

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Mobile websites and APP’s in academic libraries: Harmony on a small scale

  1. 1. Kathryn Johns-Masten NASIG Conference, Nashville, TN June 9, 2012 Accompanying handout: and-apps-in-academic-libraries-harmony-on-a-small-scalehandouties- handout
  2. 2.  46% of American adults are smartphone owners as of Feb 2012 35% use Android device 24% use iPhone or Blackberry device 68% of smartphone owners go online on a typical dayNumbers based on Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project Spring Tracking Survey April 26 –May 22, 2011
  3. 3. Timeline Campus Considering Mobile site  Library uses iWebKit (MIT framework)  Web team worked with Coor. of Tech  Links, look & feel and testing on various phones  Live Summer 2011 Library beta test for Campus  ITS required feedback button
  4. 4. Current/Future  Campus using different framework  Rethink library website – who are our customers  Include all/some databases/APPs  Improvements, wording/consistency, maintain mobile  Library icon on campus site
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  7. 7. Mobile Services (Boston College Libraries) Library Hours Contact Us My Services Mobile Research Technology & Computing New Acquisitions News & Events Digital Collection Highlights Other BC Mobile Service
  8. 8. Developing a Mobile Website  Determine who your users are and type of smartphones they use  Started small (just the basics) then enhance  Test functionality, review stats, talk with users  Links/Icons – hours, location, maps, directions, contact info./Ask a Librarian, eResources, catalog, subject/research guides  Digitized content from archives/special collections  Link to the full library site
  9. 9. Design a Mobile Website  iPhone, Android, Blackber ry, Windows 7…  Use MobiReady to test your current website  Transcoded – auto converts standard web pages to display on mobile ex. Oswego site using Skweezer  Create from scratch or framework
  10. 10. Winksite Google Mobile Site Builder dotMobiMofuse Wordpress Mobile Themes iWebKit BoopsieZinadoo Springshare Mobile Site Builder
  11. 11. iWebKit Knowing basic HTML is helpful User guide makes it simple to understand Compatible with all devices Free Demo site
  12. 12. Springshare Mobile Site Builder No HTML or programming knowledge is needed Simple javascript code provided to automatically redirect visitors to the mobile version Tech support “The Mobile Site Builder costs only $299/year when paired with your LibGuides or CampusGuides system”
  13. 13. Google Mobile Site Builder Adding text like creating a word document No HTML coding required Not able to customize Free Geared more toward businesses than libraries
  14. 14. Databases APP’s and Mobile most vendors have them Elsevier, Gale, ProQuest, EBSCO, PubMed, WestLaw, F activa, Hoovers, WorldCat … Boston College Rutgers University
  15. 15. OPACs and Research Guides Most ILS vendors have mobile versions Aleph, III, Voyager, Sirsi Dynix  Ex. Aleph users group LibGuides Other Research Guides
  16. 16. Testing/Reviewing Usage stats  Highest to lowest use links -- Hours, databases, AskaLib, contact, chat, map Use stats increased when included campus mobile site Device focus group (Libraries and the Mobile Web by Cody Hanson) Surveys, forms, instruction sessions
  17. 17. Foursquare Missouri.jpg
  18. 18. Google Maps
  19. 19. QR CodesPosted throughout library ask@librarian, book displaysto reviews, social media, events, scavenger hunts… Disney.jpg silver-spring-qr-code.jpg
  20. 20. PewResearchCenter Publications Smartphone demographics
  21. 21. ThanksKathryn Johns-MastenElectronic Resources/Serials LibrarianState University of New York at
  22. 22. ReferencesThe handout contains several references to further readingand websites helpful for creating mobile sites.Travis, Tiffini and Tay, Aaron. Designing Low-Cost Mobile Websites for Libraries. Bulletin ofthe American Society for Information Science and Technology, v. 38, no. 1, Oct./Nov. 2011.(contains Heuristic Checklist for Library Mobile Design)Hanson, Cody. Library Technology Reports – Libraries and Mobile Services. Feb/March 2011.(specifically Chapter 3 Mobile Solutions for Your Library)Yelton, Andromeda. Library Technology Reports – Bridging the Digital Divide with MobileServices. January 2012. (specifically Chapter 1 Who are smartphone users?)