Mobile tools and services continue to be a dominant force that is changing the way libraries and their users access and use information. Learn ways that libraries can improve their mobile connection with their users, from creating accessible information to loaning hotspots and more. Don’t disappoint your mobile users! Join Chad as he highlights at least 5 ways to provide stellar mobile library services today.
Today, according to the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) there
are an estimated 7 billion mobile
Roughly 97% of the world population!
The information gathering
process (i.e., creating and
consuming content) evolves as
the mobile revolution advances.
It is an exciting time to be a
• Mobile Learning
• Game-based Learning
• Orientations and Tours
• QR Code Scavenger Hunts
• Point-of-need Instruction
• Mobile Response Systems
• QR Coding Books etc.
• Physical Buildings & Wireless Access
• Hotspot Lending
Want some examples or to add your own? Visit the real-time collaborative notebook at http://shog.us/mobile
SCARLET (Special Collections using Augmented Reality to
Enhance Learning and Teaching)
More info at: http://goo.gl/0x2KT1
Download the app! http://goo.gl/H5ebiX
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Libraries are checking out the Internet to patrons!
• Mobile Web Design
• Responsive Web Design
• Native Apps vs. Web Apps?
• Frameworks (jQuery Mobile, iUI)
• HTML5’s Offline Storage
• Mobile OPACs
• Barcode Scanner (App Inventor)
• Vendor Created Mobile Apps
• Archives & Inventory
“Fundamentally, 'mobile' refers to the user,
not the device or application.”
Barbara Ballard Designing the Mobile User Experience
Does your library have:
Native App (iOS, Android etc.)
Nothing yet, but considering an app
Nothing yet, but considering a website.
No plans; it is too expensive/complex!
Native Apps vs. Web/Browser Apps
Issues Native apps Web apps
Internet access Not required Required, except for apps
written in HTML5 (offline
Shareable content (Twitter
Only if it is built in to the app Web links can be shared.
Social API’s allow 1-click
Access to hardware sensors Yes: camera, gyroscope,
Access thru browser is
limited. Geolocation works!
Development Build app for target platform
(Android, iOS [Objective-C]
Write/publish once using
standard Web technologies,
view it anywhere with URL.
Speedy debugging and
Distribution Most app stores require
Take an emulated look at your desktop site.
Mobile Site Desktop Site
<p><a class="call" href="tel:17273417177" accesskey="0">Call the Library</a> | (727) 341-7177<br />
<a href="wtai://wp/ap;+17273417177; SPC%20Library">[Add to Phone Book]</a><br />
A simple mobile-optimized Website can work on all devices!
Small Screen Rendering (260 px) using the
Web Developer add-on in Firefox
Desktop Small Screen
Learn and borrow from sites you like.
Or you can build something using HTML, CSS, and
Built using jQTouch Built using jQuery Mobile
jQuery Mobile, an HTML5-based user interface system for all popular mobile device
platforms, is well-documented and there are great demos to get you started.
Note: you can determine how your user’s are
accessing your Web site (e.g., mobile devices,
carriers, browsers , OS’s, screen resolution etc.)
Editors and Tools
• You can use a simple text editor (e.g., Notepad) or a more sophisticated application
• Adobe Device Central is part of Adobe’s CS.
• iUI: http://code.google.com/p/iui/ for iPhone.
• MIT Mobile Web Open Source Project
• Device detection? http://detectmobilebrowsers.mobi/
• To see your browser's HTTP Headers. Works on mobile browsers.
• Web Developer Toolbar in Firefox: Select Miscellaneous >>> Small Screen Rendering
(260 px) >>> the layout will be reformatted to simulate rendering by a mobile
Some Best Practices
• Follow the "m" convention (m.novarelibrary.com OR lifeonterra.com/m/)
• Keep categories (directories) short. Remember that you are creating a page that people touch
without much typing
• Limit image and markup sizes
• Limit HTML pages to 25KB to allow for caching
• "Minify" your scripts and CSS (JSLint, CleanCSS)
• Link to Full Site
• Sniff for User Agent – Detection (allow the user to decide where to go)
• One Column Layout with some whitespace
• Mobile refers to the user!
An example: a “free” SMS Reference Service
1. Get a free Google Voice number.
2. Promote this number.
3. Use free GVMax web service to send notifications via Instant Messaging
(XMPP/GoogleTalk), emails, Prowl and Howl notifications, Twitter,
HttpPost and SMS.
Development and New
• Mobile Websites
• E-book Download Stations
• Vendor Supplied Apps
• Time to Play
• Professional Reading
• Consider using Calibre to create a personal e-book
• Interpersonal Networking
• Research & Scholarship
• Virtual Workshops/Courses
Know how to navigate games etc.
Here is an “electronic” book on
It was created by Wikipedia’s
Try using Calibre to create your own Professional Development e-book built
automatically from RSS feeds! Flipboard, InstaPaper etc. are great tools too!