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) email@example.com
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
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/
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!
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