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  • Extra step to access – patrons have to go to app store and download
  • Library in their pocket

    1. 1. 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
    2. 2. Agenda• What is mobile tech? – Considerations• WordPress Basics – Plugins/Widgets – Themes• QR Codes• eBooks, eReaders, ePatrons?
    3. 3. 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
    4. 4. Mobile Tech
    5. 5. 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
    6. 6. Mobile Considerations• Size• Operating system – Be system agnostic – Flash• Play to their strengths – Cameras – Pre-made apps – Ubiquitous-ness – Easy
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. App Alternatives• Mobile friendly sites• QR Codes• eBooks
    9. 9. Mobile Friendly sites• Keep it quick• Simple navigation• Thumb friendly• Visibility• Mobile redirect (if possible – link okay)• Not sure? http://www.howtogomo.com/
    10. 10. Mobile Test Example
    11. 11. Mobile Test, 2
    12. 12. Mobile Test, 3
    13. 13. Q. What if your site is NOT mobile friendly? A. Make one.
    14. 14. Wordpress• Blogging platform• Hosted or Self hosted – Wordpress.com – Wordpress.org – MU (your institution or CALI classcaster• Open Source• Plugins
    15. 15. 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.)
    16. 16. 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!
    17. 17. Wordpress in Action!
    18. 18. Wordpress, 2
    19. 19. Wordpress Basic Start
    20. 20. Dashboard
    21. 21. Themes
    22. 22. PluginsOnly for self-hosted or Wordpress MU wordpress sites. Otherwise use widgets.
    23. 23. WidgetsFunctionality as well as page layout
    24. 24. Adding Content
    25. 25. Ta-da!
    26. 26. Make it Mobile!
    27. 27. Mobile Site
    28. 28. 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
    29. 29. QR Codes• Quick Response Code• Free to make, Free to decipher• Bar code on steroids – URL – App in app store – Contact information – Phone number
    30. 30. QR Codes, 21. What do you want QR code to point to?2. Create QR Code3. Release into wild4. Patrons scan them
    31. 31. Creating QR Codes
    32. 32. Creating QR Codes, 2
    33. 33. Suggested Uses Library Tours Research guidesPut on book dummyand link to electronicversion Business cards, office doors, library doors
    34. 34. Suggested Uses, 2Patron Surveys
    35. 35. PART FOUReBooks, eReaders, e-cetera
    36. 36. 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.
    37. 37. 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
    38. 38. Suggested Uses• Anything you put on website in word or PDF• Anything in the public domain – Statutory supplements• Law reviews/in House publication
    39. 39. Thank you!Questions?
    40. 40. 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/

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