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Libraries offering mobile interfaces or applications

Mobile site development tools

While libraries can make their own mobile sites, there are also different services that translate your website into a mobile friendly interface.

Mobile site testing

There are a number of ways to test a mobile site and make sure it looks good and works well on those little tiny screens. Buy a bunch of phones of E-bay and sign them up for wireless access, and well bring up the website on them. Validators and emulators also work.

Mobile interfaces (and/or OPACS)

Library websites (with or without OPACS) which are especially designed for viewing on mobile devices.

Mobile OPACS only

Mobile applications

SMS notification services

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 SMS reference services, see Libraries Offering SMS Reference Services

  • Birmingham City University (UK) use SMS alerts to let users know their books are overdue and also when reservations or inter library loans are ready to collect.
  • Bryn Mawr send call numbers from OPAC via text message
  • Denton Public Libraries offers text message notification to inform customers of items ready to be picked up, due dates, items that are overdue and other notices through their cell phones. See a november 2007 news item.
  • ETH Zürich Library sends SMS collect messages. They are part of the NEBIS network (see below).
  • Swiss National Library sends SMS to registered users when a reserved book is ready for pick-up and to inform about special closing times.
  • Undergraduate Library University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: sends text message alerts about Librarians' Office Hours the day they are happening (pilot for the Spring 2008 semester).

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].

  • Oregon State University Mobile Site sends location based directions to the library and library contact information. In addition, patrons can send an SMS message containing a catalog record or course reserves. We also offers text the mobile site link to your phone from the main website as a way to promote the site.

Mobile collections

This includes audiobooks, ebooks, audio language courses, streaming music, films, images, 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.

  • IEEE Xplore Mobile offers free search of all IEEE Xplore documents directly on your mobile device. You can view up to [only] TEN (10) article abstracts per search. To view full-text articles, send the article links to your e-mail address.

Mobile instruction

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.

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.

  • 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 Limerick provide MP3 audio tours to download to own device or borrow an MP3 played from the library.

QR (Quick Response) 2D Codes

For a more detailed page about 2D codes, also known as QR codes, see the page in this wiki for QR 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.
  • University of Lethbridge Library uses QR codes on our bookable Group Workroom doors. Scanning the code takes the user into our booking system, where they can immediately book and/or view availability. We also use QR technology in our WebOPAC and promotional posters and materials.

Augmented Reality

  • SCARLET JISC-funded Special Collections using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching project (see also project blog).

Other mobile applications

  • 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.
  • The University of Texas at Arlington Library developed ShelfLister, a mobile device staff client for stacks maintenance and inventory. The application is designed to work with the Voyager ILS and has been released under an open source license.
  • The University of Oregon Libraries and OSU Archives developed BeaverTracks, a mobile Historical Locations guide and Walking Tour. The mobile application provides historical images and information about 22 locations on OSU campus. Using geo-location, some mobile users can take a directions based walking tour of campus. Also see the Project Page - page about the project including screenshots.

Vendors and Publishers

Evolving content delivery for mobile learners

On 7th March 2011 the Open Unversity Library Services hosted a workshop for publishers and librarians to discuss the problems of finding and accessing the content needed for mobile learners from the Library perspective. This was a follow up to a workshop held in May 2010 at University of Westminster at which senior members of the UK HE Library Community discussed the difficulty of supplying content to an increasingly mobile student body. The major issue identified through that discussion was the lack of appropriate mobile-friendly academic content to meet learners’ needs.

All the materials from the event can be found on SlideShare.

These include all the presentations, programme, list of attendees and two short reports. One is a quick summary of the event as a whole and the second is a synthesis of the discussion from the workshop sessions with specific recommendations and suggested next steps.

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.
  • Boopsie USA, Offers platform agnostic mobile applications.
  • e2Campus offers campus-wide text notification system.
  • EngagedPatrons.org offers mobile interfaces for the events calendar, Engaged Readers online reading program and Author Alerts notification service.
  • Library Anywhere offers a platform-agnostic mobile catalog and iOS/Android apps. By the folks at LibraryThing.com.
  • Orange County Library System provides a SMS text messaging service that sends reminders to patrons when their items are coming due, as well as an SMS reference service.

Vendors offering mobile tours

Publishers offering databases/interfaces for mobile devices

Publisher/Database Mobile website App Comments
American Chemical Society iOS and Android Comprehensive demo video from website
American Institute of Physics iResearch iPhone
American Insitute of Physics iOS Also mobile web for Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JRSE)
American Mathematical Society (AMS) Mobile "Pairing" Mobile "Pairing" [2]
Annual reviews Auto detects Mobile-optimized autodetect & Mobile "Pairing" [3]
ARTstor Mobile URL for iPhone App for Android Further info
arXiv arXiview for iPhone
BioMedCentral Auto detects About
BioOne online journals Auto detects About the mobile site
Bridgeman Education iPhone
Cambridge Books Online Auto detects Can also send articles from CJO to Kindle
Cambridge Journals Online Auto detects (or manual) Can also send articles from CJO to Kindle
Cell Press iOS iPad Cell Press Journal Reader
Chemical Abstracts CAS | SciFinder Auto detects About
Cochrane Library iOS iPad Freely available
ebrary Mobile iOS and Android Freely available with and ebrary product. Include online and offline access.
All EBSCOhost databases Auto detects iOS and Android Mobile auto detection works for Academic Search complete and all EBSCOhost databases. Also specialist subject apps (e.g. DynaMed, Nursing Reference Center, Business Books Summaries)
Elsevier [iPhone and Android Apps for VitalSource Bookshelf, Kno and others
Emerald Mobile URL iOS
Encyclopaedia Britannica Auto detects
Encyclopedia of Earth Auto detects
ETDEWEB World Energy Database Auto detects World Energy Database Mobile
Factiva news database Mobile URL
Gale Cengage iPhone and Android List of apps
Hoover's company information iPhone
IEEE XPlore Mobile URL
Informa Healthcare Mobile Pairing
JAMA & Archives web-app [http://app.jamanetwork.com/ Web-App
Journals@OVID iPhone iPhone
JSTOR responsive design [http://about.jstor.org/news/back-school-news About JSTOR responsive redesign
The Lancet Mobile URL iPad app Mobile access categories for free, registered and premium users. Also an option for non-smartphones.
Lexis Nexis Mobile urls iPhone apps Different provision for various LexisNexis databases. Requires additional registration step in the UK. Lexis/Nexis Get Cases and Shepardize
Liebert Online [http://www.liebertpub.com/l4m/ Mobile Pairing)
Nature iPhone and iPad app Access to full text for site-license users only available on campus through mobile Safari (not through apps)
Naxos Music Library iPhone and Android app Also NMLJazz iPhone app. Useful text and video guide to access for institutional users and FAQs.
Oxford Journals Auto detects (or manual) Mobile vouchers enable off site access for 6 months (once device is authorised from on site)
Primo (Ex Libris) Mobile URL Also bX Hot Articles app for iPhone and Android
Project Gutenberg Mobile URL
PsychiatryOnline Mobile URL
PubMed medical database Two iPhone apps and Android app Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites. Also 3rd party PubMed On Tap and Mobile Abstracts an iPhone PubMed search engine. Both not official from NIH.
Questia iPhone iTunes link
Refworks Mobile Mobile URL
Royal Society of Chemistry iOS and Android
Safari Books Online Mobile URL
Sage Journals Auto detects Requires registration to use the mobile site. Sage Mobile FAQs
SciVerse iPhone From ScienceDirect
Scopus iPhone From ScienceDirect
Social Sciences Research Network iSSRN iPhone
Summon Web app for iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Palm or Windows Mobile (Serials Solutions Web-Scale Discovery)
[Taylor & Francis] Autodetects Taylor and Francis mobile FAQs
Thieme E-Books iPad access and Android Using the free iPublishCentral Reader app
Web of Science Mobile URL
Westlaw legal research database Mobile URL
Worldcat.org Mobile URL From OCLC

Publishers offering mobile collections

Third Party Apps that access library journal collections

Suggested Reading

Researching M-Libraries - a wiki page for sharing experiences of researching m-libraries and discussing appropriate/applicable research methods.

Books, reports and journal articles

  • 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.

Blogs and Posts

  • Handheld Librarian Handheld computer news, ideas, and opinions from librarians and others interested in libraries. Editor: Grace Lee
  • Swiss Army Librarian on how to build a mobile website, including auto-detecting/redirecting mobile devices to it from the full website, presentation slides, downloadable mobile website template, and resource list
  • Pathways To Best Practice guides produced as part of JISC-funded m-library community support project. Each include benefit to library, ways to use mobile technologies to achieve this, and lessons learned so far

Other Resources

Including slide presentations, conferences, websites, etc.

  • Percent Mobile a website that lets you track the percentage of traffic going to your website from different mobile devices. Requires you to copy and paste some code into your homepage.

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.