[Web4lib] C&RL News > Mobile Technologies For Libraries

gerrymck gerry.mckiernan at gmail.com
Mon May 2 17:14:56 EDT 2011

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FYI >C&RL News > Mobile Technologies For Libraries: A List Of Mobile
Applications And Resources For Development / Lori Barile / College &
Research Libraries News / vol. 72 no. 4 / pp. 222-228 / April 2011


The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) estimated that more than 5
billion mobile subscriptions would exist worldwide by the end of 2010, which
more than tripled home Internet access.1 ITU also predicts Web access from
mobile devices will exceed access from desktop computers within the next
five years.

These statistics are hardly surprising; with advancements in technology and
the rise in smartphone use, people are taking advantage of being connected
to data wherever they are. Mobile phones aren’t just phones anymore: they
can access e-mail, search the Web, video chat, and play games. Even mobile
devices like iPad and iPod touch can bring social media, productivity tools,
and entertainment literally into the palm of your hand.

Therefore, libraries should be exploring mobile devices as a way to connect
with patrons. Creating a library application (“app”) or mobile Web site that
allows patrons to access library hours, view their library account or even
search databases is easier than most people think. The resources below
should help libraries begin to plan and implement their own unique mobile

Resources were chosen based on relevancy, accuracy, and content. Due to
current economic considerations, free mobile applications were chosen over
similar paid applications.


> History And Development Of Mobile Applications And Web Sites

>> Mobile Applications For Learning

>>> Discovering And Downloading Mobile Applications

>>>> Mobile Web Sites

>>>>> Creating Mobile Web Sites, OPACs, And Applications

>>>>>> Examples Of Mobile Library Web Sites

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Gerry McKiernan
Science And Technology Librarian
Iowa State University
152 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011

gerrymck at iastate.edu

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