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Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries
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  • 1. Mobile Trends and Services for Libraries Meredith Farkas Norwich University http://www.flickr.com/photos/williambrawley/4310319103 /
  • 2. Why should libraries care about mobile devices? • 4.1 billion SMS messages being sent daily • Over 276 million wireless users (source: CITA Wireless Industry Survey, 2009). • 32% of Americans have used a cell phone or Smartphone to access the internet this year (source: Pew, April 2009). • The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people by 2020. (Source: Pew, Dec. 2008).
  • 3. Why should libraries care about mobile devices? • 2009 NMC/Educause Horizon Report named mobile devices one of the major trends in education with an adoption horizon of one year or less. • More than half of undergraduates own an internet-capable mobile device (source: ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and IT, 2009) • 94% of students send & receive text messages (source: Ball State University, 2009).
  • 4. Where educational institutions stand Source: Educause. (2009). Spreading the Word: Messaging and Communications in Higher Education. http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EKF/EKF0902.pdf
  • 5. A Few Mobile Tech Trends
  • 6. Mobile social software • Three types – Social software that can be used on mobile devices – Social software designed primarily for mobile devices – Social software specifically designed for mobile devices • Most are location-aware
  • 7. Twitter • Microblogging – sharing information in 140 characters or less • People “follow” your Twitter feed and get updates of your news and that of their other friends chronologically • Hugely popular • Can use via web, cell phone, desktop apps, IM, etc.
  • 8. Location-aware mobile technologies • Uses GPS, compass, RFID, etc. to determine where a user’s orientation to other people, places, things, etc. http://www.flickr.com/photos/psd/21055837/
  • 9. Location-aware apps - Zillow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJfrdcbfXsc
  • 10. Location-aware apps – Around Me
  • 11. Location-aware apps - Loopt
  • 12. Location-aware mobile games
  • 13. Foursquare
  • 14. Other location-aware mobile games • Gowalla http://gowalla.com/ • Whrrl http://whrrl.com/ • MyTown http://www.booyah.com
  • 15. 2D Barcodes http://www.flickr.com/photos/clevercupcakes/3985603967/
  • 16. 2D Barcodes • QR (Quick Response) codes – most common. • Scan to access information or take action – Pull up text content – Dial a phone number or send a txt – Pull up a web page – Pulls up images or video – Pulls up a poll or survey • Need a QR code reader.
  • 17. http://www.flickr.com/photos/markcph/4427533643/
  • 18. QR Codes • Very big in Japan, growing in use in Europe. Not big in U.S. yet. • In U.S. mainly see on products, sometimes museums. • Google is putting QR codes at local businesses with link to the business’ Google Place page.
  • 19. QR code generators and readers • Generators – Kaywa http://qrcode.kaywa.com/ – QR Stuff http://www.qrstuff.com/ – i-nigma http://www.i-nigma.com/personal/Create.asp
  • 20. • Readers (multiplatform) – Kaywa http://reader.kaywa.com/getit – Quickmark http://www.quickmark.com.tw/En/basic/download.asp – i-nigma http://www.i-nigma.com/GetReader.asp – Beetagg http://www.beetagg.com/
  • 21. Augmented Reality • Blending data with what you see in the real world.
  • 22. Layar • Allows developers to build layers of data on top of the live video on your phone. • http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=b64_16K2e08
  • 23. Yelp
  • 24. Google Goggles
  • 25. Library Services for Mobile Users
  • 26. First, assess • What mobile technologies do your patrons use? • How many access the web via a mobile device? Which one(s) are most prevalent? • What library services would users actually want to use via a mobile device? • What library services can you make accessible via a mobile device? • Are other units on campus or municipalities designing mobile apps or sites?
  • 27. Mobile Library Content
  • 28. Library Website • Questions to ask: – Do you create a separate mobile version of your site or just serve up a different style sheet based on the device? – Do you design for the most commonly-used smartphones or also design for mobile devices with small screens? – Do you use a detection algorithm to redirect mobile users to the mobile site or make them go to a separate URL?
  • 29. Design tips • Break information into tasks and let users drill down to what they need (not too many clicks!). • Put most-used content at the top. • Minimize scrolling. • Icons and text links are better than either alone. • Shorten text to minimal amount needed. • Minimize the need to type whenever possible.
  • 30. What to include on mobile website • Depends on library and what users actually use. – Catalog search – Databases/federated search if they have mobile interfaces – Circ info (due dates, holds) – Room/computer reservations – Reference info/widgets/forms – Hours – Links to useful mobile content
  • 31. NCSU
  • 32. Oregon State
  • 33. Library apps • Users can install and easily access specific library functions/info. • For smartphones. • Most libraries that have an app also have a mobile-friendly website. • Have to design for specific operating systems – most designed for iPhone.
  • 34. DC Public Library
  • 35. Minuteman Library Network
  • 36. Cornell University
  • 37. Mobile catalog search • WorldCat Local (Boopsie) • SirsiDynix (BookMyne) – for iPhone • III (AirPac) • Polaris (Mobile PAC) • LibraryThing (Library Anywhere) • Serials Solutions (Summon) – web-scale discovery • Build it yourself – Create plain-text translation
  • 38. Content • Here are some of the major vendors offering mobile interfaces: – American Institute of Physics iResearch iPhone application – EBSCOhost Mobile – Hoover's Mobile company information – IEEE XPlore – Lexis/Nexis Get Cases and Shepardize – PubMed for Handhelds medical database – Questia iPhone application (iTunes link) – Refworks Mobile – Westlaw legal research database – EBL Ebook Library – Google Books – OverDrive – Safari Books Online – Amazon Kindle for the iPhone – Zotero
  • 39. Content: Special collections • WolfWalk http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/wolfwalk/ • Duke Mobile Digital Collections http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=iHK3E4N7w6o
  • 40. WolfWalk
  • 41. Content: Special Collections • Use Flickr to show off historic photos
  • 42. QR Codes • Provide additional information on physical resources – GeoHistorian Project http://www.rcet.org/dvcproject/geohistorian.html – Read-alikes of popular books (Contra Costa County Library) – QR codes in the stacks to take users to the mobile catalog (Columbus Metropolitan Library) – Historical images of buildings, locations, etc. – Pull up or bookmark a website with more info
  • 43. Txt a call number
  • 44. Txt a call number (cont’d) • University of Bath and University of Huddersfield (UK) have QR codes in the catalog.
  • 45. SMS Notifications • News • Events • New books by subject • When a hold is available for pickup • Due dates/overdue notices • MUST BE OPT-IN!
  • 46. Mobile Reference and Instruction
  • 47. SMS reference • Not limited by location (point of need) • Messages need to be short (150 characters or less) • Patrons may be charged for messages they send and receive • Only useful for brief transactions • IM reference can also be done on most smartphones (Mobile AIM, libraryh3lp, etc.)
  • 48. Screencasts • Movie taken of your desktop • Good for demonstrating library databases, website, etc. • Audio narration, captioning, highlighting, spotlighting, interactive components • Various export options (depending on software) • Example: http://library2.norwich.edu/guide/index.php/Ho w_to_Use_Academic_Search_Premier
  • 49. Library tours UIUC Undergraduate Library Tour (iphone app)
  • 50. Instructional videos • Library orientation video • How-to’s – Use library equipment – Get on the wireless – Find things in the library
  • 51. QR Codes
  • 52. http://hhhl.wordpress.com/2010/03/03/follow-the-code/
  • 53. • Send a text to the reference librarian • Library tours • Library scavenger hunts for orientation Other ideas for QR codes http://2d- code.co.uk/google- qr-code-scavinger- hunt/
  • 54. Questions? Links and slides at http://meredithfarkas.wetpaint.com Gmail: mgfarkas Twitter/Flickr/FriendFeed/AIM: librarianmer

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