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It has been predicted that by 2016, 9 out of 10 college students will own a smartphone. In order to connect with students where they are most likely beginning their information searches, it increasingly important for libraries to make library collections discoverable via a mobile platform and to create an effective mobile search environment for library resources. This program highlights some of the mobile applications available for and in use by libraries, focusing on Murray State University's implementations of Browzine and Boopsie. The presentation will address the institutional needs that lead us to the acquisition of these services, the ins and outs of the implementation, any challenges involved in the set up, marketing and user education, how the applications were received and used once they were set up, and whether or not we saw a change in use statistics after implementation.
Murray State University, Director of Technical Services