Libraries offering mobile interfaces or applications
Library OPACs or websites which are especially designed for viewing on mobile devices.
- Aalborg Libraries, Denmark Website
- American University Library Website
- Athabasca University OPAC
- Ball State University Website
- Duke University Website
- Hanover College, Duggan Library Website
- The Italian Serials Catalogue ACNP run by the University of Bologna
- Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands Website suitable for desktop and mobile devices.
- OPLIN Website
- University of Richmond Libraries Website
- University of Virginia Library Website
- District of Columbia Public Library iPhone application (iTunes link)
Libraries using SMS services, e.g.:
- SMS if requested book is available (collect messages)
- SMS reminder if a book is due
- requesting a list of loans via SMS
- renewing books via SMS
- requesting an overview of outstanding fines via SMS
- checking the availability of books via SMS
- requesting the opening hours of the library via SMS
For reference services via SMS, see Libraries Offering SMS Reference Services
- IDS St. Gallen, Switzerland, sends SMS messages to students of the University of St. Gallen.
- Ask a Librarian Mobile Library Information Network for Community Colleges (Florida)
- Bryn Mawr send call numbers from OPAC via text message
- The ELNET consortium, Estonia is sending SMS messages from their OPAC.
- ETH Zürich Library sends SMS collect messages. They are part of the NEBIS network (see below).
- Helsinki School of Economics Library, Finland is sending various SMS messages.
- Helsinki University of Technology Library, Finland is sending various SMS messages.
- The NEBIS network, Switzerland offers library notifications via SMS: reminders for books being overdue (i.e. first reminder) and collect messages.
- Public Library Münster, Germany is sending various SMS messages.
- Tartu Public Library, Estonia is sending SMS collect messages. Users are charged for this service.
- University Library of Tromsø, Norway is sending SMS collect messages.
Of the 97 public libraries in Denmark: 60 sent SMS if books requested are ready for pickup, 37 use SMS for recalls, and 46 sent SMS as warnings some days before a book is due [data from the 2007 annual statistic for public libraries in Denmark].
This includes audiobooks, ebooks, audio language courses, streaming music, films, etc. which can be used on mobile devices. These collections can either be downloaded from the library websites on user's own mobile devices or libraries lend mobile devices with the collections already on them.
- Crouch Fine Arts Library at Baylor University offers audio streaming databases. Music files from these databases can be downloaded on user's mobile devices.
- St. Joseph County Public Library oofers audiobooks on iPod - either your own of the library's iPod.
- Thomas Ford Memorial Library, a public library which lends iPod audiobooks to the public.
- University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center
This includes the application of mobile devices for library instruction. Can be text-based, audio or video. For audio-based instruction, see also the section on Podcasting.
- Open University Library, United Kingdom text-based instruction
- Washington State University Libraries "How To ..." - Help with Library Resources and Tools: instructional podcasts
Mobile tours of the library
Audiotours can be either downloaded on users' own mobile devices, or mobile devices with audiotours on them can be lend by the library. Audiotours can be made available in various languages.
- London School of Economics, United Kingdom: tour podcast can be downloaded or you can borrow a tour handset from the Welcome Point.
- Oxford Brookes University Library, United Kingdom: tour can be downloaded or you can borrow an MP3 player at the Enquiry Desk.
- Tartu Public Library, Estonia provided an audiotour of one of their exhibitions (Spring 2008). The audiotour was put on MP3 sticks. These were entered in the catalogue, so that users could borrow the MP3 sticks.
- University of Otago Library, New Zealand, in English, Mandarin and Maori.
Quick Response 2D Codes
See also the description in Wikipedia and the explanation in CSI on YouTube. Users with a camera phone equipped with the correct reader software can scan the image of the QR 2D Code causing the phone's browser to launch and redirect to the programmed URL.
- University of Bath Library, United Kingdom is doing a project including QR2D codes in their OPAC. Catalogue records are proviced with these codes. When scanning the code, a map of the library is launched on user's mobiles, helping them to locate the library material in the library building. The university uses QR in their teaching and learning and even blogs on their QR code service.
Other mobile applications
- The Institut fuer Informationswissenschaft in Saarbruecken, Germany offers Twitter for new titles.
- National Library of Health Sciences - Terkko, Finland, offers Mobile article request and mobile RSS feeds.
- The Smart Library Location-Aware Mobile Library, Finland, provides map-based guidance to books and collections on PDA, described in http://www.rotuaari.net/downloads/publication-2.pdf and http://www.rotuaari.net/downloads/publication-28.pdf
- At the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands, SMS is used during information literacy classes. Lecturers can add questions to PowerPoint presentations, which students can answer via SMS. The results of the sent SMS messages is directly visible in a diagram on the screen. Lecturers can thus assess the students' knowledge, but the tool is also useful for starting discussions. See the Dutch press release at http://www.vu.nl/nl/Images/pb%2009%20015%20SMS%20stemmen_tcm9-67541.pdf.
Vendors and Publishers
Library Vendors offering mobile interfaces or applications
- Axiell, Denmark offers the most widespread ILS for public libraries in Denmark (DDELIbra). Their mobile services are called DDElibra Mobil Professionel and DDElibra MoBiblo.
- Innovative Interfaces offers the AirPac module (mobile OPAC) and an SMS product.
Publishers offering databases for mobile devices
Publishers offering mobile collections
Possible Health Effects
The use of wireless devices is increasing rapidly, yet there is concern in the scientific community that this technology could have adverse side effects. Some documents and websites to find out the facts and recommended precautions.
- Nationaal Platform Stralingsrisico's (in Dutch)
- Wireless Networks (WiFi) Consumer Health and Safety Advice EMFacts Consultancy
Books, reports and journal articles
- Always on: Libraries in a world of permanent connectivity Lorcan Dempsey, First Monday, 14(1-5) January 2009.
- M-libraries : libraries on the move to provide virtual access, proceedings of theFirst International m-Libraries Conference Mohamed Ally and Gill Needham, London: Facet, 2008
- Mobile learning for the twenty-first century librarian Jim Hahn, Reference Services Review, 36(3), 2008, pp 272-288.
- Mobile technologies, mobile users: Implications for academic libraries Joan Lippincott, ARL Current Issues, 261, December 2008.
- On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies Ellyssa Kroski, Library Technology Reports, 44(5), July 2008.
- PDA (special issue) ed. by Oliver Obst and Helmut Doolfuss, GMS Medizin – Bibliothek – Information. Zeitschrift der Arbeitsgemeinschaft für medizinisches Bibliothekswesen, 8(2). This issue is partly in German and partly in English.
- 30 Mobile Trends in Libraries - Stephen's Lighthouse
- Handheld Librarian Handheld computer news, ideas, and opinions from librarians and others interested in libraries. Editor: Grace Lee
Including slide presentations, conferences, websites, etc.
- Libraries to Go Ellyssa Kroski Slideshare Presentation
- The First International m-Libraries Conference Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, 13 -14 November 2007
- The Second International m-Libraries Conference Vancouver, BC - 23rd - 24th June 2009