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Whys and Hows of various mobile applications in libraries.

Whys and Hows of various mobile applications in libraries.

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Library in their pocket Library in their pocket Presentation Transcript

  • Library in their PocketUsing Technology to Meet Patrons Halfway Presented by: Sarah Glassmeyer, JD MLS Director of Content Development Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) sarah@cali.org
  • Agenda• What is mobile tech? – Considerations• WordPress Basics – Plugins/Widgets – Themes• QR Codes• eBooks, eReaders, ePatrons?
  • Notes• Not a CALI sales pitch• Arthur C. Clarke magic• Glassmeyer Theory of Library Tech – Cheap – Easy – Patrons will actually use it • Stuff they’re already using • Stuff they *should* be using
  • Mobile Tech
  • The Stats Slide• One mobile device for ever person on earth by 2015• More people use phones to go online than PCs by 2013• 71% expect mobile site to work as fast as desktop• 23% of adults have cursed at their phone when the mobile site doesn’t work Source: http://www.howtogomo.com
  • Mobile Considerations• Size• Operating system – Be system agnostic – Flash• Play to their strengths – Cameras – Pre-made apps – Ubiquitous-ness – Easy
  • To App or Not to App?• Short answer: Nope.• The case against apps: – Lots of development time/money – Extra step to access – Not system agnostic – Rarely an advantage use wise – Maintenance of changes
  • App Alternatives• Mobile friendly sites• QR Codes• eBooks
  • Mobile Friendly sites• Keep it quick• Simple navigation• Thumb friendly• Visibility• Mobile redirect (if possible – link okay)• Not sure? http://www.howtogomo.com/
  • Mobile Test Example
  • Mobile Test, 2
  • Mobile Test, 3
  • Q. What if your site is NOT mobile friendly? A. Make one.
  • Wordpress• Blogging platform• Hosted or Self hosted – Wordpress.com – Wordpress.org – MU (your institution or CALI classcaster• Open Source• Plugins
  • Plugins/Widgets • ~19,000 Plugins • http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/ • Uses – Add functionality with press of button – change look – change entire site(Themes also do some of the above but are more appearance based.)
  • Wordpress Uses• Library Website• Research Guide(LibGuides)• Course webpage (TWEN/Blackboard)• Other type of website• Blog• Podcast Host All of these will be mobile friendly!
  • Wordpress in Action!
  • Wordpress, 2
  • Wordpress Basic Start
  • Dashboard
  • Themes
  • PluginsOnly for self-hosted or Wordpress MU wordpress sites. Otherwise use widgets.
  • WidgetsFunctionality as well as page layout
  • Adding Content
  • Ta-da!
  • Make it Mobile!
  • Mobile Site
  • PART THREE Q. We know what mobile means and howto make a mobile friendly website. How do we get it from the web onto their device? A. QR Codes
  • QR Codes• Quick Response Code• Free to make, Free to decipher• Bar code on steroids – URL – App in app store – Contact information – Phone number
  • QR Codes, 21. What do you want QR code to point to?2. Create QR Code3. Release into wild4. Patrons scan them
  • Creating QR Codes
  • Creating QR Codes, 2
  • Suggested Uses Library Tours Research guidesPut on book dummyand link to electronicversion Business cards, office doors, library doors
  • Suggested Uses, 2Patron Surveys
  • PART FOUReBooks, eReaders, e-cetera
  • eBooks• Why eBooks? – Easier to read on mobile than PDF or Word• What are eBooks? – 2 Standards – ePub and .mobi(Kindle) – Mini-website• What about iBooks? – Forget it. Just another app.
  • How to Make eBooks• Full instruction (with pictures!) on my website: http://sarahglassmeyer.com/?p=951 (Making eBooks for Fun and No Profit) – Free software • Open Office Writer to ePub extension http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/en/project/Writer2ePub • Calibre http://calibre-ebook.com/ • SIGIL http://code.google.com/p/sigil/ – Word -> Open Office Doc -> Save as ePub ->Edit in SIGIL - >transform to .mobi in Calibre• Alternatively, wordpress plugins http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tags/epub
  • Suggested Uses• Anything you put on website in word or PDF• Anything in the public domain – Statutory supplements• Law reviews/in House publication
  • Thank you!Questions?
  • Image Credits• http://www.flickr.com/photos/williamhook/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/3gstore/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/adrianblack/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/edans/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshb/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/azmichelle/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/frostwire/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/clonedmilkmen/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/dyanna/• http://www.flickr.com/photos/foobarbaz/