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  • 1. Mobile Library Projects at North Carolina State University Tito Sierra NCSU Libraries CNI 2009 Fall Task Force Meeting December 15, 2009
  • 2. Outline
    • Background
    • Mobile Library Projects at NCSU
      • NCSU Libraries Mobile
      • The WolfWalk Project
    • Issues to Consider When Developing Mobile Services
  • 3. Background
  • 4. Questions for the Audience
    • How many of you work at an organization with a mobile presence?
  • 5. Questions for the Audience
    • How many of you work at an organization with a mobile presence?
    • How many of you don’t have a mobile presence, but are planning one?
  • 6. Questions for the Audience
    • How many of you work at an organization with a mobile presence?
    • How many of you don’t have a mobile presence, but are planning one?
    • How many of you are curious about mobile, but aren’t sure if it’s right for your organization?
  • 7. Why Go Mobile?
  • 8. Why Go Mobile? Source: Mary Meeker, “Economy + Internet Trends”, Web 2.0 Summit , October 20, 2009
  • 9. Why Go Mobile?
    • Mobile devices provide new opportunities for enhancing the user experience with library services and library digital collections
  • 10. Libraries and the Mobile Web
    • How should libraries approach the
    • mobile web space?
  • 11. Mobile Library Projects at NCSU
  • 12. NCSU Libraries Mobile
  • 13. Project Overview
    • A suite of library services
    • Optimized to three tiers of mobile devices
    • Based on MIT Mobile Web source
    • Launched November 2009
  • 14. “ MobiLIB” at NCSU (2007)
  • 15. NC State Mobile Web (2009)
  • 16. NC State Mobile Web (2009)
  • 17.  
  • 18. NCSU Libraries Mobile (2009)
    • Locations & Hours
    • Computer Availability
    • Catalog Search
    • Ask Us
    • Webcams
    • News & Events
  • 19. Guiding Principles
    • Don’t reproduce the library website—distill it to what people would actually use in a mobile context
  • 20. Guiding Principles
    • Save the time of the library user
  • 21. NCSU Libraries Mobile Demo http://m.lib.ncsu.edu
  • 22.  
  • 23. Locations & Hours
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  • 26. Computer Availability
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  • 29. Catalog Search
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  • 36. Ask Us
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  • 39. Webcams
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  • 44. News & Events
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  • 47. Usage Analysis
    • Preliminary usage analysis based on first eight weeks of transaction logs
  • 48. Pageviews by Service
  • 49. Pageviews by Platform
  • 50. Project Team
    • David Woodbury , NCSU Libraries Fellow
    • Jason Casden , Digital Library Initiatives
    • Markus Wust , Digital Scholarship & Publishing Center
  • 51. The WolfWalk Project
  • 52. WolfWalk Project Overview
    • A historical guide to NCSU campus landmarks
    • Images sourced from University Archives
    • In development, scheduled to go live January 2010
  • 53. WolfWalk Concept
    • Increase the visibility and accessibility of university archives by integrating this content in a self-directed, location-aware walking tour for mobile devices
  • 54. Todd Kosmerick (University Archivist) and Adam Berenbak, NCSU Special Collections Research Center
  • 55.  
  • 56. Markus Wust, Content Lead for the WolfWalk Project
  • 57. Jason Casden, Lead Developer for the WolfWalk Project
  • 58.  
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  • 60. WolfWalk Content First freshman class posing in front of Holladay Hall (1890), NCSU University Archives Photo Collection
  • 61. WolfWalk Content View of card catalog in D.H. Hill Library (1972), NCSU University Archives Photo Collection
  • 62. WolfWalk Demo http://webdev.lib.ncsu.edu/m/wolfwalk (Early alpha preview)
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  • 78. Project Team
    • Tito Sierra , Digital Library Initiatives
    • Jason Casden , Digital Library Initiatives
    • Markus Wust , Digital Scholarship and Publishing Center
    • Brian Dietz , Special Collections Research Center
    • Todd Kosmerick , Special Collections Research Center
    • Steven Morris , Digital Library Initiatives
    • Joseph Ryan , Digital Library Initiatives
  • 79. Issues to Consider When Developing Mobile Services
  • 80. Basic Questions
    • What value does the “mobile” aspect of the project add to the user experience with a library service or collection?
    • What incentives do users have to access this content on a mobile device, rather than via existing channels?
  • 81. Mobile User Experience
    • Designing for mobile is about more than designing for a small screen device
    • Designing an effective mobile user experience requires a greater understanding of the user context
    • Lack of prevalent models makes this work both challenging and exciting
  • 82. Native Apps vs Mobile Web Apps
    • Do you build a platform specific “native app” (e.g., iPhone App, Android App), or a mobile website that works across a range of devices?
    • What are the tradeoffs of each approach for your project?
  • 83. When to Make a Native App
    • Charging for it
    • Creating a game
    • Using specific locations*
    • Using cameras
    • Using accelerometers
    • Accessing the filesystems
    • Offline users
  • 84. The Case for Mobile Web Apps
    • “ I believe that unless your application meets one of these native application criteria, you should not create a native application, but should instead focus on building a mobile web application.”
    • — Brian Fling, “Mobile Design and Development”
  • 85. Shifting Landscape
    • Mobile technology is changing rapidly, making it difficult to plan for what’s next
    • New standards and technology are unevenly distributed across platforms
    • New interaction models emerging
      • Location-Based Services
      • Augmented Reality
  • 86. Location-Based Services Source: Mary Meeker, “Economy + Internet Trends”, Web 2.0 Summit , October 20, 2009
  • 87. Augmented Reality Source: Layar.eu
  • 88. Experimentation
    • If you plan to work in the mobile space, be prepared to take risks and experiment
    • Don’t overplan—be open to new ideas and opportunities
  • 89. Thanks!
    • Tito Sierra
    • Associate Head for Digital Library Development
    • NCSU Libraries
    • tito _sierra@ ncsu . edu
  • 90. More Information
    • NCSU Libraries Mobile:
      • http://m.lib.ncsu.edu
    • The WolfWalk Project:
      • http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/dli/projects/wolfwalk