Resource discovery onmobile devicesM-libraries information sharing, 8 May 2012
2012: MACONMobilising Academic Content Online1. Mobile discovery interface (using the EBSCO API)2. Mobile authentication bookmarklet tool3. Good practice toolkit for publishers and librarieshttp://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/maconTwitter hashtag: #OUMACON #mlibs
Usability FunctionalityLibrarians expect lots of advanced optionsMobile devices have limited space on the screen and are used in a differentway to desktop devices – some compromise will be necessary to ensureusability.
Mobile Proprietary Web app website app [HTML 5] Website or App? Platform independent Platform specific Platform independent Use existing staff skills Staff need new skills Build on existing skills Limited access to device Access to device hardware hardware Access to device hardware Easy to find Hidden in app store May be regulated by App store Under your control owner Can be used on desktop Storage is server side Limited memory on device Under your control Difficult to personalise Inherently personal No need to develop separate Can only be used online Can be used offline versions for different platforms1. What are the characteristics of mobile apps and mobile-optimised websites? July 2010. http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/41102. W3C Mobile Web Application Best Practices. December 2010. http://www.w3.org/TR/mwabp/3. Neilson, J (2012) Mobile Sites vs. Apps: The Coming Strategy Shift. http://www.useit.com/alertbox/mobile-sites-apps.html
Which platforms or browsers do your users have?Apps or websites?Separate website or responsive design?MONITOR TRENDS
Recommended reading• JISC user behaviour observational study: User behaviour in resource discovery: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/programmerelated/2010/ubirdfinalreport.aspx• JISC TechWatch Report: Delivering Web to Mobile: http://blog.observatory.jisc.ac.uk/2012/05/09/final-release-of-techwatch-report- delivering-web-to-mobile/• ComScore Datamine (for EU, UK and global trends): http://www.comscoredatamine.com/category/mobile/• Responsive Web Design: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/responsive-web- design/• M-libraries group on Mendeley: http://mnd.ly/JVA6Hv
M-Libraries Conference 2012“From margin to mainstream: mobile technologiestransforming lives and libraries”• 24-26 September at the Open University• www.m-libraries.org• Registration now open
Thank you• OU Library mobile site: www.open.ac.uk/library/m• Mobile Discovery Good Practice Toolkit (work in progress): http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2411• MACON project blog: www.open.ac.uk/blogs/macon
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