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Library Tech Forum 09

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Library Tech Forum 09

  1. 1. Mobile Apps and RSS Implementations and development plans Jason J. Battles University Libraries Technology Forum 09/2009
  2. 2. Mobile Revolution <ul><li>Ball State University survey of 300 students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>59% preferred text messaging over other communication methods. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email was favored by only 7%. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>99.7% of those students have a mobile communications device. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Smartphones </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-Stat survey indicates dramatic increase in demand. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile applications use slated to quadruple in 5 years. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Mobile Revolution <ul><li>Why is this important for libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>What are we doing to address the needs of mobile users? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile friendly sites vs. platform specific smartphone apps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple mobile platforms: iPhone, BlackBerry, Google, Palm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The MobileEdu vendor option and UA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our first steps in development </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Mobile Revolution <ul><li>Augmented Reality mobile applications: </li></ul><ul><li>North Carolina State’s WolfWalk Project </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Layar application for Google’s Android mobile OS </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for use in our environment </li></ul>
  5. 5. RSS <ul><li>What is RSS? </li></ul><ul><li>It is an acronym for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS is data from a web site, database, etc. that uses XML to structure the data. The use of XML also makes the data or “feed” accessible by software aggregators. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS aggregators are built into modern browser like IE7 and IE 8 and Firefox 3. They allow users to view all their feeds in one location. </li></ul>
  6. 6. RSS <ul><li>Why is RSS important for libraries? </li></ul><ul><li>What are we doing to implement RSS into the University </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries web presence? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MyBama feeds for new books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government Information monthly offerings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasts of library events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drupal integration and news ticker items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future expansion of feeds </li></ul></ul>