I participated in an Educause webminar last week titled "Library in Your Pocket". Both presenters were from NCSU Libraries and they provided a great overview of their mobile web project.
NC State mobile web presentation.ppt
Couple of sections worth highlighting for our discussion:When thinking about the kind of content we want on our mobile web site, consider the following questions:
- What services are currently available?
- What services are applicable on a mobile device?
- What services translate well to the mobile environment?
- What tools can be created easily?
- What would be fun to see?
You might be surprised to hear that the most accessed NCSU Libraries mobile web page is their coffee shop webcam page!
- Study room reservation service
- Patron account information (checkouts & renewals)
- Access to electronic reserves for classes
- Building wayfinding
- Tools for staff
- Initiative for mobile projects at NCSU Libraries
I'm pretty confident that we can create a comparable (or better) web site to the current NCSU's mobile site but most of the planned items under the "Coming Soon!" slide will impose some technical challenges for us. I don't see how we could easily interface with our vendor apps to serve its content on a mobile platform. Study room reservation service does not currently exist at UNLV so we may end up developing the mobile version to introduce and deliver this new service.
Where are we now with the Going Mobile Initiative?
- FAQ have been selected
- Home page design for mobile web - complete
- Content for phase 1 selected
- Working prototype will be available for review late February
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment on this post.