Ben Smith, Sheryl Bai, someone else…, Aaron Schmidt
First up – Handhelds at UCHC School of Medicine
- PDAs supported by the library since 2001
- Library purchased PDAs for staff
- Did an in-service class for staff
- did some student and faculty training, too
Current PDA Initiative:
meet with faculty, then test handhelds, create instructions.
Train students so they can be a resource to ther students. Cool.
They hold PDA clinics, help them install apps, etc.
- which handheld platform?
- Windows Mobile 2003 or Mobile 5?
- They’re limited because they’ve developed stuff on Windows Mobile platform, so they have to use those…
- two devices in one
- you have a phone contract too – have to make sure students understand this
- screen resolution can be worse on a smartphone (aside – I love my iPhone)
- not all have touch screen functionality
Handy software utilities:
- Microsoft Remote Display Control (displays the PDA on a computer screen, hence a live demo during a presentation)
- My Mobiler
- Windows Mobile Device Center
Chris Tonjes, Aaron Schmidt
Chris (CIO, DC Public Library)
their iphone app:
three layers – transaction layer, data layer, presentation layer (I think)
- continue horizontal integration of our ILS
- presents an alternative delivery of online catalog – like most, not happy with their ILS. So this gave them a great excuse to start experimenting
- first foray into mobile world
- leverages the power of the iTunes app store – the delivery method of the future
- model for other projects
- provides tangible near term ROI and extended library use and awareness
- leverage! Code and analysis used for …
- They have a blackberry version too
- more online catalogs! playing with VuFInd
- Integration/direct download target for content from our electronic resource providers 9Gale and Overdrive)
- iPhone 3.0! Ecommerce – fine and other payments from within app!
- model for near future projects (kindle or other readers)
Showing their release roadmap – they are planning for the future
DCPL iPhone App – fast facts:
- 2199 downloads so far
- 85 in the last week placed holds with it
- works with SirsiDynix enterprise portal search discovery tool
- plug in web service
- took about 100 total hours of programming time
- we can forecast LOE to modify for use with ibistro and elibrary
- code available for download
DCPL SMS Text Msg – Bill
Reach out to the younger people is a goal
they send notices, announcements
patrons opt-in on website registration page
increase library event participation via same day notifications – great reminder of events.
messages and notices tailored to SMS limitations/requirements (ie., message size & delivery)
Normal txt stuff: small messages, if you have more than one to send, you have to do each as separate messages
Cost to the library = 0
They schedule the txt msgs in the middle of the day – important point. You don’t want them sent at 2am! And you WANT them sent when people can see them, for reminders…
in charge of how this should look and feel.
started making paper prototypes
Even did user testing with paper mock-ups to see if the idea worked
It IS possible to design a BAD iphone app… they wanted to avoid that
There’s a PSD element library for iphones so you can quickly create a photoshop mockup
Giving examples of how it works
QR codes,barcode reading.
HUGE potential for these mobile devices.