The OU Library In Your Pocket

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Presentation about library service delivery to mobile devices from the Open University, delivered as a roundtable discussion at Handheld Learning 2009.

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  • The Open University is a distance learning institution with over 180 000 students, 70% of whom are in full time employment. For the majority of students access to the library is entirely virtual, makiing mobile access all the more important.

    Starting in 2007 the 'Open Library 2.0' project has instigated a major revamp of the library website, including implementing the mobile version based on demand from users (high number of attempted hits from mobile devices).
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The OU Library In Your Pocket

  1. 1. The OU Library in Your Pocket www.open.ac.uk/library Keren Mills, (@mirya) Hassan Sheikh (@hassan_sheikh)
  2. 2. Mobilizing The Open University Library www.open.ac.uk/library
  3. 3. Mobile-friendly library website Before After
  4. 4. Consolidated search • For small screens • Searching both local collections and third party/subscription content (e- Books, e-journals, Library Catalogue etc.)
  5. 5. M-library Design/Technology
  6. 6. http://cli.gs/mSafari www.open.ac.uk/iknow
  7. 7. Mobile Open Library – Phase 2 Key recommendations from Arcadia@Cambridge • SMS services – renewals, overdue etc. notifications • Piloting text referencing services – Ask a librarian (160 character answers) • Mobile OPAC interface • Optimize Library website for mobiles • Adapt Athabasca’s Digital Reading Room model • Mobile access to SCONUL database of libraries • Library audio tours arcadia@cambridge: rethinking the role of the research library in a digital age http://arcadiaproject.lib.cam.ac.uk

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