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This presentation was given at the June 8, 2012 Amigos Library Services virtual conference entitled "Access by Touch: Delivering Library Services Through Mobile Technologies".

This presentation was given at the June 8, 2012 Amigos Library Services virtual conference entitled "Access by Touch: Delivering Library Services Through Mobile Technologies".

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Getting Started with Mobile Websites if You Don't Know Code

  1. Getting Started with Mobile Websites If You Don’t Know Code Carli Spina Access By Touch: Delivering Library Services Through Mobile Technologies June 8, 2012
  2. Why Have a Mobile Website? • 46% of American adults own a smartphone - Pew Internet • Most cell phone users (70% overall and 86% of smartphone users) use phone for just-in-time information - Pew Internet
  3. Mobile Website vs. Mobile App • What platforms does your audience use? • Will users use the app while offline? • Will you be using features such as geolocation or the camera? • Will you be making frequent updates?
  4. So you want a mobile website...what now? • Use a service to create and maintain the site • Use online tools to create a site with little or no code • Customize an existing framework • Learn how to create a site from scratch
  5. No Code
  6. Boopsie for Libraries • Works on Android and iOS devices • Multilingual • Updated through Google Docs • Standard and Optimum packages • Integrates library locator, Ask a Librarian, catalog searching and one-click Overdrive Seattle Public Library App access
  7. Your Library Phone • Available for all smartphones • Integrates with the library’s OPAC • Works with RFID to facilitate self-checkout • Overdrive integration is planned • Uses technology from SOLUS and ISNG
  8. Springshare Mobile Site Builder • Compatible with all mobile platforms • “Point and Click” interface • Automatic redirect for mobile devices • $299 per year for LibGuide & CampusGuide users
  9. Limited Code
  10. Wordpress • Easy to add to an existing Wordpress site • Compatible with any mobile device • Lots of themes are available with both free and pay options available • Can be customized if necessary
  11. • Freemium service with multiple plans • Drag and drop website prototyping with JQuery Mobile • Emulates multiple iOS and Android devices • Integrates seamlessly with ThemeRoller
  12. ThemeRoller
  13. • Freemium, though only paid plans can export HTML • Drag and drop interface • Supports iOS and Android devices • Video tutorials are available • Functionality and theme combined
  14. One-Pager by Influx • Mobile-optimized • Made to fit a wide range of screens • Easy to use • Good option if you want a website for both mobile and non-mobile audiences
  15. Full Site
  16. More Code
  17. iWebKit • Easy to use framework and clear instructions • Available free for non- commercial use • New version under development
  18. Mobile Frameworks by Jason Clark • 3 available frameworks • All highlight the key features of the library site • Options for various types of libraries/patrons
  19. Mobile Framework by Eric Phetteplace • Started with Jason Clark’s framework • Built using JQuery Mobile • Web app - compatible with all mobile devices • Available on GitHub
  20. Learn To Code
  21. Teach Yourself To Code • Code Year from Codecademy • Lynda.com • Code School • JQuery Mobile Resources
  22. Tools/Services • Boopsie for Libraries - http://www.boopsie.com/library/ • Your Library Phone from SOLUS - http://yourlibraryphone.com/ • Mobile Site Builder by Springshare - http://www.springshare.com/mobile/ • One-Pager by Influx - http://influx.us/onepager (they also provide other web design & usability services) • iWebKit - http://snippetspace.com/project/iwebkit/ • Wordpress - Obox (http://themeforest.net/item/obox-mobile-wordpress-mobile- framework/165736?ref=lvraa), Wordpress Mobile Pack (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mobile-pack/screenshots/), WPtouch Pro (http://www.bravenewcode.com/product/wptouch-pro/). • Codiqa - http://codiqa.com/ • ThemeRoller - http://jquerymobile.com/themeroller/ • Proto.io - https://proto.io/ • Frameworks by Jason Clark - http://www.lib.montana.edu/~jason/files.php • Frameworks by Eric Phetteplace - https://github.com/phette23/Chesapeak-College-LRC-Mobile- Site
  23. Learning Resources • Code Year from Codecademy - http://codeyear.com/ • Lynda.com Online Software Training tutorials - http://www.lynda.com/ • Code School Tutorials - http://www.codeschool.com/ • JQuery Mobile Tutorials and Articles - http://jquerymobile.com/resources/ Sources • Smith, Aaron, “Nearly Half of American Adults are Smartphone Users”, Pew Internet, March 1, 2012. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Smartphone- Update-2012/Findings.aspx • Rainie, Lee and Susannah Fox, “Just-in-time Information through Mobile Connections”, Pew Internet, May 7, 2012. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Just-in-time.aspx • Alaska forest - trees (photo) by blmiers2 (CC License). http://www.flickr.com/photos/41304517@N00/6739112709
  24. Questions? Contact me: @CarliSpina cspina@law.harvard.edu

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