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...
Mobile marketplaceTHE BIG PICTURE
Visits to OU Library website             March 2012                         20%iOSBlackberry                  2%Android   ...
DiscussionWHAT FUNCTIONALITY DOLIBRARIANS EXPECT FROMDISCOVERY TOOLS?
Usability                  FunctionalityLibrarians expect lots of advanced optionsMobile devices have limited space on the...
DiscussionWHAT FUNCTIONALITY DOLIBRARY USERS EXPECT FROMDISCOVERY TOOLS?
Functionality            UsabilityUsers are looking for convenience most of allKeep it simpleMake authentication and acces...
DiscussionHOW DO YOU ENSURE USABILITYON A HANDHELD DEVICE?
Mobileusability/designprincipleshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/revstan/3805285952/
Know your audience
1cm x                           1cmLeave space around buttons and links
Reduce typing, “clicks”,downloads and increase speed
Minimize volume of downloads
Include search
Make authentication easy
Provide best available file format
Reading full textPhone type                    PDF     HTML   Plain text ePubSmartphone (iPhone/Android)                ...
MOBILE WEB VS APPS
Mobile    Proprietary                                                                  Web app  website       app         ...
Benefits to users           Mobile    Mobile           apps     websites
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.u...
M-Libraries Conference 2012“From margin to mainstream: mobile technologiestransforming lives and libraries”• 24-26 Septemb...
Thank you• OU Library mobile site: www.open.ac.uk/library/m• Mobile Discovery Good Practice Toolkit (work in  progress): h...
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  1. 1. Resource discovery onmobile devicesM-libraries information sharing, 8 May 2012
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Mobile marketplaceTHE BIG PICTURE
  4. 4. Visits to OU Library website March 2012 20%iOSBlackberry 2%Android 61% 17%Other
  5. 5. DiscussionWHAT FUNCTIONALITY DOLIBRARIANS EXPECT FROMDISCOVERY TOOLS?
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. DiscussionWHAT FUNCTIONALITY DOLIBRARY USERS EXPECT FROMDISCOVERY TOOLS?
  8. 8. Functionality UsabilityUsers are looking for convenience most of allKeep it simpleMake authentication and access easy
  9. 9. DiscussionHOW DO YOU ENSURE USABILITYON A HANDHELD DEVICE?
  10. 10. Mobileusability/designprincipleshttp://www.flickr.com/photos/revstan/3805285952/
  11. 11. Know your audience
  12. 12. 1cm x 1cmLeave space around buttons and links
  13. 13. Reduce typing, “clicks”,downloads and increase speed
  14. 14. Minimize volume of downloads
  15. 15. Include search
  16. 16. Make authentication easy
  17. 17. Provide best available file format
  18. 18. Reading full textPhone type PDF HTML Plain text ePubSmartphone (iPhone/Android)    Feature phone (Blackberry/ Maybe   MaybeN95)Basic internet phone    
  19. 19. MOBILE WEB VS APPS
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Benefits to users Mobile Mobile apps websites
  22. 22. Which platforms or browsers do your users have?Apps or websites?Separate website or responsive design?MONITOR TRENDS
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 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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