2012 11-29 presentation to scottish fe college librarians
Delivering Content to Mobile Devices Andrew McCreath Exec Director of IT&Communication Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
A touch of context • HEIDS “above campus” IT Services Study 2011 – Collaborative tools highlighted. Such tools include: • Email • Shared calendaring; • Shared documents and document storage; • Communications tools such as instant messaging, Voice Over IP, (VOIP); video conferencing, Twitter and Facebook; • Conferencing and bulletin boards such as like Ning or Elgg; • Shared and secure file management such as Sharepoint / Google Docs, Sites and Office365; • Content Management systems such as Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress;http://www.heids.ac.uk/reports/HEIDS_Shared_IT_Services_Study_Report.PDF
WhatStirling CollaborativeNov 2011 Tools are of Interest? SharePointTelford CollegeFeb 2012 Lync + Telford’s Mobile Apps Office 365 + Lunch at ZeroOne O365 Event DundeeUWS, Hamilton CreatingAug 2012 Mobile Apps
UWS – Hamilton, 24th August• 3 Contrasting Approaches.• All delivered access to information, and selected services.• Edinburgh Telford College – App developed by third party, 1st release Oct 2011• Edinburgh University: – Ombiel app• Stirling University – Decided to develop a “web app”
Edinburgh Telford College• Engaged with students to determine design and functions• Key functions – personal timetable, interactive diary, absence recording, contacts for key departments• Cost savings from not printing student handbook• Winner of Jisc I-tech award in 2012 for support to learner services• App developed by Smartphonehttp://www.slideshare.net/mccreatha/mobile-app-development-telford-college
Edinburgh University / Ombiel U@Ed • Providing access to the data and underlying services is the key challenge more than the App availability. • Ombiel find a number of services are commonly requested by Institutions - Library services, VLE access, availability of PCs. For staff, access to finance and student records. • “If its on a database, it can be pushed onto an app”.http://www.slideshare.net/mmorrey/ued-mobile-app-for-the-university-of-edinburgh
Stirling University mStir • Quick access, bite size, time sensitive information well suited to mobile access situations. Not just replicating the web site. • Webkit engines can create a very good "app" experience on mobile devices • Creating app was relatively straight forward • Getting accurate data from back end systems onto the app was main challenge • Printer & PC availability – high demand • Developing “Library Anywhere”bit.ly/mstirheids
UWS Hamilton – Action Areas• Procurement• Sharing of Expertise / Knowledge• Collaborate to define external data feeds• Collaborate to create a national survey
Institutions Bespoke 1 CommercialSuppliers & Commercial AppExternal Organisations Development Resource Commercial Shared Solution Commercial Developer App Bespoke Inhouse App 2 3 Shared Community App Shared National Survey of Learners 4 Open Source?
SCURL Community of Practice on Mobile Devices• A survey will be composed and designed by some members of the Mobile Devices CoP.• It will be circulated to – SCURL members (incl National Museums of Scotland) – FE College Librarians – HEIDS – The Public Library sector• Issued inDecember 2012 with analysis of the responses to be completed by mid January 2013.
Survey Contents• Existing activity amongst SCURL member libraries/other Scottish libraries, particularly in relation to (but not excluding other areas): resource discovery, delivery of content (using own or vendor tools), showcasing collections, location based and transactional services, orientation and education, skills to support m-library developments;• Approaches being used e.g. in house developments, 3rd part supplier, mixed economy;• Are developments cross-organisation or at library/department level;• Any insights into user behaviour in relation to the consumption of m-library services/resources;• Use of specific technologies including SMS services, QR codes, augmented reality etc;• Priorities for future m-library developments;• The range of approaches to developing m-library services/resources e.g. App or mobile web or both;• Areas for potential collaborative development, delivery or licensing;• Any potential role of 3rd party suppliers in any collaborative approach.