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Library mobile web

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Library mobile - launched May 2010

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Library mobile web

  1. 1. <ul><li>Going Mobile </li></ul>LCC Library Mobile Web Launched May 3, 2010 October 2010
  2. 2. Why? Why? Why? <ul><li>More library resources are going mobile </li></ul><ul><li>More patrons are using mobile devices </li></ul>
  3. 3. Developed a mobile strategy <ul><li>Found inspiration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visited library mobile sites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attended presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online NW Winter 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Code{4} Lib article: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Library/Mobile: Tips and Designing and Developing Mobile Web Sites” at http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/2055 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. User Goals and Needs <ul><li>People do not “surf” on their phones. </li></ul><ul><li>They do not browse. </li></ul><ul><li>They are looking for what they need. </li></ul>Start out with what library patrons want to find , not search for.
  5. 5. Avoid <ul><li>Excess graphics (size or quantity) </li></ul><ul><li>Long articles </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of clicks </li></ul><ul><li>Large files/downloads </li></ul><ul><ul><li>that could cause a mobile device to crash or freeze </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Keep it Simple <ul><li>Keep it simple – Navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple – Layout </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple – Styles </li></ul>
  7. 7. Tech Stuff <ul><li>Based on OSU’s findings we decided NOT to use cascade style sheets to detect hand held devices . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not all mobile browsers adhere to the W3C specifications to use the handheld media type to link to mobile stylesheets. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To detect hand held devices we used PHP to detect the device type reading the UserAgent string. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Like OSU Libraries, we use reverse detection, to detect if a user is not on a mobile device because there are a smaller number of desktop operating systems. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Library Mobile – Stage 1: May 2010 <ul><li>Hours </li></ul><ul><li>Library Databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EBSCO mobile site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>renew </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>get research help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>computers in the library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>print and copy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library Directory </li></ul><ul><li>About Library Mobile </li></ul>
  9. 9. New Additions October 2010 <ul><li>Databases and eBooks </li></ul><ul><li>EBSCO Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Gale Databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iTunes App </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Safari Books Online (Beta) </li></ul>
  10. 10. New Video – Library Tour <ul><li>YouTube Video </li></ul>
  11. 11. Lessons <ul><li>Think about the time commitment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t include highly changeable content. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the W3C mobileOk checker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>@ http://validator.w3.org/mobile/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul>
  12. 12. Example Sites <ul><li>Lane Community College Library Mobile Web: http://www.lanecc.edu/library/mobile </li></ul><ul><li>OSU Libraries Mobile: http://m.library.oregonstate.edu/ </li></ul><ul><li>NCSU Libraries: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/m/about.html </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources <ul><li>Mobile Design and Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safari Books Online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MobileOK </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.w3.org/TR/mobileOK/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Library/Mobile: Tips and Designing and Developing Mobile Web Sites” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/2055 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Find great resources in the publication above </li></ul>
  14. 14. Special Thanks To… <ul><li>LCC Library librarians and staff </li></ul><ul><li>OSU Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>The individuals who participate and share great code at Code{4}Lib. </li></ul>

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