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Mobile websites for libraries

October 29, 2010

http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/digicoll/libraryweb/mobile-websites.pdf

Libraries oftentimes are “late to the bus” on new technology.  While, I don’t think that’s such a bad thing because it weeds out new technologies that come and go and are forgotten within months, we should still pay attention to what our patrons are using.  My library is working on making an iphone app, and hopefully they’ll work on something for android after that.  This is a nice practical guide on creating a mobile website for your library.  I like the way it shows what the website looks like on a phone without the necessary changes to make it cell phone friendly.

Even though a lot of kids around our library don’t have computers at home, quite a few have iphones or androids, so I think this goes along with our conversations about accessibility.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sandy Hajas permalink
    October 29, 2010 3:06 pm

    I think the article is right, libraries often lag behind in technology and it may be related to funding but there are some things that cost nothing that can be done.

    Creating an app is something that is only my list of to do for our library. We have some services that are date specific and I think that this would be a way to allow students to keep connected.

  2. normlee79 permalink
    October 29, 2010 3:30 pm

    I am always amazed at the number of apps that are hitting now-a-days. A mobile Library app is a neat idea. I can see a lot of potential there. It is basically a Library in your pocket, accessible 24/7 from anywhere you have phone service. I think the possibilities are endless. It is taking the idea of accessibility and spreading it to other popular devices. I think it really is a good thing.

  3. October 29, 2010 4:05 pm

    I am a full believer in going where the patrons are. We cannot expect them to come to us, especially when we are competing with new forms of media and technology. When a patron uses their phone for everything, it makes total sense to have an ap that allows them to easily access library materials, databases, and other resources.

  4. jptrolinger permalink
    October 29, 2010 5:30 pm

    I was just reading another article on technology lag in libraries for a marketing library services assignment and it discussed that libraries often seem to be playing catch-up with technology. To create a valued service, it is important to try to “be in the now” with technology. Mobile applications seem like a great way to go. They not only make the library more accessible, but also free up library resources.

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