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LEIGH ANN JONES, PH.D. PARISH EPISCOPAL SCHOOL JOHNATHAN WILSON, MSIS TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY Your library: There’s an app for that! #txla14 #libapp.

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1 LEIGH ANN JONES, PH.D. PARISH EPISCOPAL SCHOOL JOHNATHAN WILSON, MSIS TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY Your library: There’s an app for that! #txla14 #libapp

2 What is a mobile library app? [File:Available on the App Store (black).png|]

3 How can a mobile library app help your patrons? 24/7 convenience Library resources in one spot Access to librarian

4 How can a mobile library app help your library? Attracts new library users Great marketing tool Expands online presence

5 Parish Episcopal School 1100 students, PK to Gr campuses 3 libraries Accredited by NAIS College preparatory Dallas, TX

6 What does the Parish mobile library app offer?

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8 Blagg-Huey Library, Texas Woman’s University Source: Camilla TWU-Flickr; no changes made 15,000+ students 3 campuses, Denton-Dallas-Houston SACS Accredited 15,000+ students 3 campuses, Denton-Dallas-Houston SACS Accredited

9 TWU app—what does it offer?

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11 TWU planning slide Research based  Inclusion of several search features  Contact with the library is a priority Services requested  Room reservation  Hours for all campuses  Map to item location

12 Pre-app planning  Parish = 300,000 sq. ft. + 4 floors  Library in the corner of the 1 st floor  How could the library reach more students/faculty?  Turned to academic libraries for ideas

13 Get an app for your library! Paid ServiceOpen Source Less technical knowledge neededRequires a basic understanding of web programming Comes hosted with troubleshooting support Collaboration between library and technology services May not support all library servicesCan be customized to include everything Time between updates may be extensiveUpdating can be done live in real time Costs may increase or require an annual fee Contributes to a shared knowledge base which is free to other users

14 Get an app for your library! Skills needed  Moderate understanding of HTML/CSS  Backbone of any webpage  Basic understanding of JavaScript  Functionality and “tricks”  Basic ability to use graphic software  Design and appeal

15 But what if… What if…  You don’t have technical expertise.  You don’t have staff who can help.  You don’t have a large budget. But you still want to meet the needs of your patrons…

16 Ideas for a low cost/low tech app Our handout posted on the conference site provides low cost options/ideas. Reach out to your area public library. Partner with a nearby academic library.

17 Next steps & future planning Humanities makerspace  Flexible space  Modular casual seating  Tables/chairs on casters  Remove most desktop computers  Move some books to create wall space  Charging bar App = easy mobile access

18 Next steps & future planning Mobile Kiosk  Multi-floor library  Point of need  Custom CSS sheet  Purchased with grant  Three throughout the building

19 What do our patrons say?

20 Your turn…Twitter backchannel #txla14 #libapp

21 If you think of questions later… Contact us: Leigh Ann Jones Johnathan Wilson


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