What do Libraries Want

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What do Libraries Want

  1. 1. JISC Mobile Workshop: Mobile Apps: What do libraries want? Claire Gill & Claire Gravely
  2. 2. Background • Queries about apps being advertised on publisher sites • Queries about how to use certain apps • Increased use of mobile devices around the library
  3. 3. Criteria for usability • Full text • Login only once – not login again outside of app • Authentication and pairing, ease of access, mobile site vs app
  4. 4. Investigating useful apps • 170 Providers checked: • 17 had mobile optimised sites only • 28 had apps • 14 had usable/useful apps
  5. 5. EBSCOhost • Easy to pair the device • Full text available in pdf OR • via link to library full text link resolver if not available to us via EBSCO • Can email citation and/or pdf BUT • Attempts to save pdf crash the app
  6. 6. Lexis Nexis • Multiple apps – why? • Request login by email • One log in for both apps • App easy to use/search but viewing cases leads to fuzzy version of website
  7. 7. SpringerLink • Log in easily via Athens/Shibboleth • Unclear whether logged in or not • Easy to search • Full text as pdf • Can’t export pdf or email
  8. 8. Ebrary • Relatively easy to set up authentication • But quite convoluted • Instructions very unclear • Search doesn’t appear to work off campus • Have not yet managed to download a book – get hung up on the loading screen
  9. 9. Nature • Can see Preview and some free access articles • Requests personal account to access full text articles • Can access full text by clicking a tiny link to Open in Safari (and then logging in as normal) – this is unclear
  10. 10. PubMed on Tap • Full app costs £1.99 • Lite app limits to 20 results • Only auth. Via EZProxy • Shows if full text free or available • Full text displays as html in narrow pane • Can download/email/export pdf • Some publications within allow ‘Mobile Vouchers’ – not clear/consistent
  11. 11. Nineteenth Century Collections Online • Takes a long time to load • Unclear navigation • Not sure if login required • Can login with social media only
  12. 12. Summary Main issues are: • Unclear and inconsistent authentication options • Wifi for pairing less desirable for distance students • Apps that crash, don’t provide full text, or are too difficult to log in to • Students less interested in access on phones, prefer tablets • Students want full text with minimal login
  13. 13. Thank you! Claire Gill Virtual Support & eServices Developer c.j.gill@surrey.ac.uk @claire_joanne Claire Gravely Information Resources Advisor c.gravely@surrey.ac.uk @library_claire

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