Mobile Apps for libraries and learning

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Mobile Apps for libraries and learning

  1. 1. Mobile AppsA poster presentation from the DMU Learning & Teaching Reflection Morning held at De Montfort University, Leicester on 11 June 2012Alison McNab, De Montfort University amcnab@dmu.ac.uk
  2. 2. Mobile Apps for libraries and learning From a library on your desktop.. to a library in your hand Why mobile Apps vs Mobile matters websites 87% of world population are mobile subscribers (5.9 billion) An app is software designed to run on most smartphones or Student experience tablets (Apple, Android and Blackberry devices). They can be downloaded from an app store; Growth in e-book sales many are free and others can be purchased. 1 billion smartphones est. to be sold in 2014 A mobile site is a website designed to be accessed on a mobile device. They make it 10 billion mobile Internet easier to view content on a devices est. by 2016 smaller screen. Mobile sites are free and dont need to be (likely 7.3 bn world pop) downloaded from an app store. Subscription e-content Other useful apps Check publisher Many “productivity” websites for app or tools available mobile site Access your reference Resources still need to management “libraries” be authenticated – often in addition to Single SignOn •Apps: EBSCOhost, Lexis, • Concept PubMed, SciVerse Scopus Mapping •Mobile sites: JustStyle, • QR Codes IEEE, Web of Knowledge DMU-developed apps & e-books and journals mobile websites Alison McNab, Kimberlin Library, De Montfort University amcnab@dmu.ac.uk

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