But wouldn’t it be nice... If we could access ILS data with a wireless-enabled hand-held device? Windows Mobile Palm iPhone and iPod Touch any smart phone WiFi or cellular data networks 1
…not only for OPAC access… Innovative Interface’s “AirPAC” catalog
… but also for staff Stacks maintenance would be so much easier if I could look up stuff on a handset.
A vendor perspective John McCullough, “Redesigning Library Applications for PDAs: ILS Vendor Perspective.” Library Hi Tech , 21:4 (2003), p. 396. “ At this time Innovative is releasing a wireless OPAC interface and developing wireless solutions for staff applications” “ Offline circulation suggests itself […and…] Inventory of the physical collection is a second area of great interest in PDAs.” “Innovative Interfaces is currently developing a wireless Inventory product which will use a PDA to read barcodes using Bluetooth and populate an HTML form on a Web browser on the device. This form will then submit the barcodes over a wireless connection to the library database server and will return a response to the device indicating item status, whether the item is out of shelf order, and giving the option to dynamically, and from within the stacks, update the item record itself.” 1
Aware of the growing demand for mobile data access
Have an intimate knowledge of the ILS systems
Have crackerjack programmers
So what’s the hold up?
ILS product life cycle – saturation stage
No good pricing model for mobile clients
Vendor/ILS programming paradigm:
One client/app that does everything
Mobile device programming paradigm:
Many clients/apps that do one thing well
Back to the future… 2003 2009 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 “…developing a wireless Inventory product which will use a PDA to read barcodes … and populate an HTML form on a Web browser … then submit the barcodes over a wireless connection to the library database server and will return a response to the device indicating item status…” Inventory, SQL, Perl, wireless network, PDA, …bingo! 1
Paging Mr. Godot… All this time, we’ve been waiting for the vendor to provide us with (and charge us extra for) handheld apps. We could have been developing them ourselves . But wait … we still can! 3
Rocket scientists This is not the Library Systems staff at the University of Texas at Arlington.
UT Arlington Library Systems staff … before our first cup of coffee in the morning
So, if we can do it, you can do it If I just knew what button to push!
All it requires is an “open” ILS system They told me I didn’t need to know what was inside.
All it requires is an “open” ILS system This presenter really knows how to flog a metaphor. All I see is an empty box… where are the donuts? Did I say “donuts”? I meant data.
You must code in Perl. It’s the Law. Just kidding! Use whatever you want! 1
ShelfLister – 4 th knowing Voyager ILS Oracle Database data listener shelflister.cgi Perl DBI/DBD::Oracle SQL queries “ Know how to (web) program” form generation, data munging, and formatting output 3
ShelfLister – 4 th knowing “ Know how to (web) program”
“ Most of the folks I know in app development are moving to standardization on web versus device specific development.”
Linda Woods, AT&T Education Advocate
Industry & Mobility Application Solutions
comment at 2009 Handheld Librarian Online Conference
Web programming… heh, that’s not a real iPhone app! 1
You can (and should) do this How hard could it be? If that imbecile Doran could do one… ...and maybe a case of Red Bull. Getting something to beta would only take me a couple weeks. 1