I have<br />an idea!<br />Brilliant!<br />Nadia Lalla Has An Idea<br />Carol Shannon Concurs<br />
Stephen Flynn, Then Student Extraordinaire<br />Now Emerging Technologies Librarian@ Wooster College<br />
Proposed Timeline<br />Idea – September 2010<br />Sketchy plan – early October 2010<br />Build app for iPhone – November 2010<br />Test app – December 2010<br />Submit app to iTunes store – January 2011<br />Acceptance to iTunes store – 7 days later<br />
Mobile Website vs. Mobile App<br /><ul><li>Easier to develop
Preferred for social media and gaming</li></li></ul><li>Mobile Website vs. Mobile App<br />
Actual<br />Proposed Timeline<br />Idea – Sept 2010<br />Sketchy plan – early Oct 2010<br />Build beta mobile website for app – Nov<br />Quasi test on iPhones – Nov<br />Debug mobile website – Nov<br />Rebuild app with new program – Decthru Feb<br />Build app for iPhone – Nov 2010<br />Test app – Dec 2010<br />Submit app to UM Tech Transfer - Feb thru May<br />Submit app to iTunes store – Jan 2011<br />Acceptance to iTunes store – 7 days laterJune 15, 2011<br />
What We Learned<br /><ul><li>Selecting the right app software is crucial.
Getting our app into the iTunes store was much harder than anticipated.
There was/is little institutional expertise and support for library mobile apps.
A student programmer is a student … who graduates… and finds a great job.</li></li></ul><li>Build Your Own App<br />If possible, determine who needs to be involved in the process from creation to app availability<br />Clearly articulate the project goals and objectives and share them with all involved parties. <br />Set realistic time deadlines.<br />Source: Flickr (gillyberlin)<br />
Build Your Own App<br />Don’t underestimate the programming that is needed.<br />Additional skills include marketing and graphic design. <br />Consider hiring a School of Information or Computer Science student. They are eager and willing to spend the time if the payoff is partial credit for the app.<br />
Challenge: time + $$$</li></li></ul><li>Plain Language Medical Dictionary<br />Plain Language Medical Dictionary Widgethttp://www.lib.umich.edu/plain-language-dictionary<br />Plain Language Medical Dictionary Mobile Website<br />http://www.lib.umich.edu/files/libraries/hsl/plainmed/index.html<br />Plain Language Medical Dictionary iPhone App<br />http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plain-language-medical-dictionary/id443405990?mt=8<br />
The Plain Language Medical Dictionary app was developed for the Regents of the University of Michigan <br />by Stephen Flynn, Nadia Lalla, and Carol Shannon.<br />Nadia J. Lalla<br />Coordinator, Collections & Information Services<br />Taubman Health Sciences Library<br />The University of Michigan<br />1135 E. Catherine St.<br />Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2038<br />(734) 615-9452<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />http://www.lib.umich.edu/users/nadiamar<br />Stephen X. Flynn<br />Emerging Technologies Librarian<br />Andrews LibraryCollege of Wooster<br />1140 Beall Ave.<br />Wooster, OH 44691<br />(330) 263-2154<br />email@example.com<br />http://www.sxflynn.net<br />