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  • Building a Mobile Presence for Your Library: Current Case Studies
    Matt Critchlow, Michele Mizejewski, Dan Suchy
    May 11, 2011
  • Matt Critchlow
    Web Technical Manager
    University of California, San Diego Libraries
    Michele Mizejewski
    Web Initiatives Librarian
    University of California, San Francisco
    Dan Suchy
    User Services Technology Analyst
    University of California, San Diego Libraries
  • Overview
    What content to include in your mobile presence?
    Should you develop an app or a mobile web site?
    You have a mobile site! Now what?
  • UCSF: By the Numbers
    • The only UC campus devoted exclusively to health sciences
    • Comparatively small student population with approximately:
    • 20,400 staff (includes hospitals)
    • 2,400 faculty
    • 2,940 students enrolled in degree programs
    • 1,620 residents (physicians, dentists and pharmacists in training)
    • 1,030 postdoctoral scholars
    • First launched mobile site in May 2010
    Source: http://www.ucsf.edu/about/facts-figures
  • UCSD: By the Numbers
    • UCSD includes six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions and five graduate and professional schools
    • UCSD Libraries consist of 8 libraries, with more than 7,300 people streaming through the libraries each day.
    • Library website resources are accessed more than 87,500 times each day.
    • Fairly large student population:
    • 23,000 undergraduates
    • 4,200 graduates
    • 26,000 faculty and staff
    Source: http://www.ucsd.edu/explore/about/facts.html, http://libraries.ucsd.edu/about
  • Going Mobile
    • First big decision:
    • optimize your existing web site for mobile?
    • create a separate mobile site or app?
    • Feb. 2011: Smart phones outsell PCs for the first time*
    • Trends indicate that the future of the web is mobile!
    *Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110209/ap_on_re_us/us_tec_techbit_smart_phone_sales
  • Mobile vs Desktop
    Source: http://www.morganstanley.com/institutional/techresearch/mobile_internet_report122009.html
  • Source: http://www.pewinternet.org/Infographics/2011/Generations-and-gadgets.aspx
    Mobile Saturation
  • Design and IA Tips
    • Keep content concise!
    • Most-used content goes at top level
    • Chunk information and use drilldown to minimize scrolling
    • Minimize need to type whenever possible
    • Use existing guidelines like the iOS Human Interface Guidelines*
    * http://developer.apple.com/library/ios/#documentation/userexperience/conceptual/mobilehig/Introduction/Introduction.html
  • What to Include?
    • Identify info and services your users would want to access on mobile
    • Some ways to do this include:
    • look at stats for your main web site to see what people are viewing with mobiles
    • see what other libraries and campuses are offering
    • surveys or focus groups
    • Make it usable! Less is more.
    • Always link back to full site
  • UCSF Mobile Device Usage
  • Most Bang for the Buck?
    • With limited time or resources, focus on the most heavily used content types for your audience
    • Some possibilities:
    • Informational look-ups (hours, locations)
    • Catalog look-up and circ functions
    • Ask a question by phone, email, text
    • Showcase content (tours, digital collections, tutorials)
    • Searching article databases and reading articles
    • Reading ebooks
    • Making room or computer reservations
    • Maps and floor plans
    • LibGuides content
    • Wordpress blogs
  • The Problem of Control
    • Third party content may or may not offer mobile interfaces
    • databases
    • ebooks
    • library catalog
    • Inconsistent approaches and quality
    • Test any VPN or proxy requirements and how they work in mobile environments
  • Library or Campus?
    • If there is a campus mobile site, the library should be represented
    • Users want key services in one place
    • In reality, sometimes that = just the catalog
    • If no campus site, consider blazing the trail with a library site
    • Proof of concept and possible beginnings of campus collaboration
  • UCSF Mobile
  • UCSF Library Mobile Usage
  • UCSD Libraries Mobile
  • UCSD Libraries Mobile Usage
  • Apps vs. Websites
    Mobile apps are not the same as mobile websites.
    • Apps are software designed for mobile use and coded for a specific smartphone platform.
    • Mobile Websites are web pages designed for mobile use and built to work regardless of smartphone platform.
  • Websites
  • Why go with a mobile app?
    • Your users already think of everything as an app
    • The "apps are sexier factor"
    • Content can be stored in the app and available offline
    • Access to smartphone bells and whistles
    • Gives your library a presence in the Apple/Android app stores
    • You have access to programmers who know the language(s)
    • You have the budget
  • So what's the catch?
    • Costs
    • Varying technologies depending on platform
    • Apple -> Objective-C
    • Android -> Java
    • BlackBerry -> Java
    • Palm -> C/C++
    • Symbian -> C++
    • Windows Mobile -> C++
    • Potential issues with support
    • Limited audience
    • Updates must go through app store vetting process
  • Why go with a mobile website?
    • Reach the most people
    • Low development cost
    • Web Standards
  • More control over content
    • Redirect users to your mobile site
    • Consistent statistics
    • Instant Updates (no app store vetting)
    • Search engines will index your site
  • Reuse Content
    • Using a CMS like WordPress or Drupal?
    • Even if you’re not, you can probably reuse content
    Hours Data
    Regular Website
    Mobile Website
  • Mobile Website Frameworks
    • “Write Less, Do More”
    • Advantages and Overview
  • So what's the catch?
    • Your users already think of everything as an app
    • The "apps are sexier factor”
    • Some of the new HTML5/CSS3 features aren’t standardized yet or available in all browsers
    • Mobile frameworks are still relatively young
    • Still missing access to features like accelerometer, camera
    • Potential for duplicate content
  • Hybrid Frameworks
    Appcelerator and PhoneGap
    Source: http://www.phonegap.com
  • The Mobile Site is Live! Now What?
    Develop a maintenance strategy
    • How does content get added and weeded?
    • Who decides what is relevant for mobile?
    • Maintaining 2 (or more) sets of content
    Reuse content whenever possible!
    Iterative development
    • Gather feedback from users
    • Watch stat trends
    • Make improvements incrementally and over time
    Market your new site
    • mention on your main site
    • mention on facebook, twitter
    • create signs, cards, etc
  • Tips and Lessons Learned
    • Let usage stats and mobile trends help prioritize your efforts
    • Stats and reports on trends can also secure get buy-in to develop
    • Assign someone to be your library's mobile trend spotter
    • Brevity, brevity, brevity.
    • Always test using real mobile devices
    • Realize that you should constantly reassess and improve in small ways
  • Resources and further reading
    • Libraries and the Mobile Web(February/March 2011)
    • Pew Internet on Mobile
    • iOS Human Interface Guidelines
    • UCLA Mobile Web Framework
    • CDL Mobile Support Policy for CDL Licensed Resources
    • Mobile: Letting Go of the Device and Building for Innovation
    • Mobile First Helps with Big Issues
    • W3C Mobile (browser check)
    • HTML5Rocks
    • CSS3.info
    • Appcelerator Titanium Framework
    • PhoneGap Framework
    • jQuery Mobile Framework
    • Sencha Touch Mobile Framework
  • Mobile Sites/Apps Mentioned
    • Northwestern Mobile
    • DCPL for iPhone
    • NCSU Mobile
    • UCSF Mobile
    • UCSD Libraries Mobile
    • SJPL Mobile App
    • LMU Library Mobile
  • Building a Mobile Presence for Your Library: Current Case Studies
    Matt Critchlow, Michele Mizejewski, Dan Suchy
    May 11, 2011