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1 1 Library in Your Pocket Strategies and Techniques for Developing Successful Mobile Services David Woodbury, NCSU Libraries Fellow Jason Casden, Digital Technologies Development Librarian NCSU Libraries

2 About NC State University Largest higher education institution in the state –31,000 students –8,000 faculty members –Large focus on science, technology, engineering & mathematics History of innovation & collaboration –Centennial campus as research hub –Many public and private partnerships 2

3 Our motivation 3

4 NCSU Mobile Web (Campus Site) 4

5 NCSU Libraries Mobile Team Jason Casden, Digital Technologies Development Librarian –Developer David Woodbury, NCSU Libraries Fellow –Project manager Markus Wust, Digital Collections and Preservation Librarian –Developer & co-creator of MobiLIB 5

6 Project timeline Campus site launch (September 3, 2009) Planning & wireframes (September) Programming (early October) Beta launch (late October) Formal launch & promotion (November) Main website redirect (December) Over 22,000 pages viewed (January 2010) 6

7 Our mobile services Locations & Hours Computer Availability Catalog Search Reference Services News & Events Webcam Feeds Link to campus mobile site 7

8 Locations & Hours 8

9 Computer Availability 9

10 Catalog Search 10

11 Reference Services 11

12 What to mobilize? 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? 12

13 Dont mobilize everything Nearly 100 links! Always can link back to home page, if needed 13

14 Mobile is not just shrinking the page 14

15 Use only essential, relevant content 15

16 Use only essential, relevant content 16

17 Reduce options, simplify 17

18 Use the mobile interface 18

19 Provide appropriate tools for the users context 19

20 Expose hidden, useful content 20

21 Mobile Planning Tips Start with the services that make mobile sense Limit the amount of data entry Limit the scope of the information Link back to main site Promote your site Talk to students to get reality check 21

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23 When to Make a Native App Charging for it Creating a game Using specific locations* Using cameras Using accelerometers Accessing the filesystems Offline users * Actually available to web-based applications 23

24 The Case for Mobile Web Apps I believe that unless your application meets one of these native application criteria, you should not create a native application, but should instead focus on building a mobile web application. Brian Fling, Mobile Design and Development 24

25 Our tools Mobile website –XHTML 1.0 transitional –CSS –non-essential JavaScript and AJAX MIT Mobile Web Open Source Project Leaned on pre-existing web services Targeted higher-end devices 25

26 Best practices Standards and official guidelines –Useful, but slow-moving –Dont get stuck Design Patterns –Still emerging 26

27 Lots of Devices Top Level iPhones, Android phones, Palm Pre Large touch screens, sophisticated web capabilities Middle Level Blackberry, Nokia smartphones, Windows mobile, etc. May lack touch screen and some CSS and JavaScript capabilities. Low Level Web-enabled flip phones Small screens, low web functionality 27

28 Content Adaptation 28

29 Separating data from presentation 29

30 Testing CC BY-SA 2.0: 30

31 31 Recommendations

32 Be Agile Rapid Development Cycle Think iteratively Adjust to change quickly Avoid paralysis 32

33 Play 33

34 Collaborate Campus efforts External projects Steal what you like Improve it, so it can be stolen back 34

35 In Summary… Mobile websites are becoming very sophisticated Mobile web app development is web development –just a little different You can do it 35

36 Whats popular at NCSU Libraries 36

37 What devices are being used? 37

38 Coming Soon! 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 38

39 Resources Ballard, Barbara. (2007). Designing the Mobile User Experience. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. Fling, Brian. (2009). Mobile Design and Development: Practical Concepts and Techniques for Creating Mobile Sites and Web Apps. Sebastopol, California: OReilly Media. W3C Mobile Web Best Practices: W3C CSS Mobile Profile: Griggs, K., Bridges, L. M., Rempel, H. G. (2009). library/mobile: Tips on Designing and Developing Mobile Web Sites, The Code4Lib Journal, Issue 8. Retrieved from: MIT Mobile Web Open Source Project: NCSU Libraries Mobile Project Page: 39


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