Mobile Library Services: Best Practices

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Charles Harmon, Michael Messina
Scarecrow Press, Feb 13, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 162 pages
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Just as Andrew Carnegie’s support changed the landscape of public libraries in America, Apple’s launch of the iPhone on June 29, 2007 forever altered how people expected to interact with services. Libraries, like every other kind of organization, must now make their services—not just their catalogs—available on an array of mobile devices.

Mobile Library Services provides 11 proven ways to reach out to mobile users and increase your library’s relevance to their day-to-day lives. Librarians detail how they created mobile apps to how they went mobile on a shoestring budget. Written by public, academic, and special librarians, these 11 best practices offer models for libraries of every type and size.
 

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Contents

An iPhone App for the Cornell University Library
1
Outreach Strategies
15
3 Oregon State University Libraries Go Mobile
31
4 Making the Library Mobile on a Shoestring Budget
43
5 The Orange County Library System Shake It App
55
A Case Study
65
Beyond the Mobile Web
79
8 Using iPads to Revitalize Traditional Library Tours
95
A Case Study
107
10 Building the Montana State University Library Mobile Web App with the jQuery Mobile Framework
123
A True Story of Innovation Creativity and Fun
137
Index
149
About the Editors and Contributors
151
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Charles Harmon is an Executive Editor for the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. His background includes work in special, public, and school libraries.

Michael Messina is a reference librarian at the State University of New York’s Maritime College. He has also worked as a researcher at The Brooklyn Academy of Music Archives. The former publisher of Applause Theatre & Cinema Books/Limelight Editions, he is a coeditor of Acts of War: Iraq and Afghanistan in Seven Plays (Northwestern University Press).