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Ways for Your Library to be Mobile

There are plenty of new things coming out around mobility and libraries.

Every time I demonstrate the Gale Cengage Access My Library mobile app on my iPhone I get ooohs and ahhhs – especially when they see that they can phone their nearest libraries AND search the databases with no barriers. Since it is free from the iTunes store, it’s a good place to start to play. The web version Access My Library is here.

At ALA Midwinter, LibraryThing announced their “Library Anywhere”—a mobile catalog for any library (prices here):

“•A mobile catalog for any library, up and running in minutes.
•Mobile web and apps for iPhone, Blackberry and Android.
•Cheaper than you’d guess.
•Search, place holds, and more.
•Showcase hours, branches, and events.
•No installation process.
•Works with 90% of current OPACs.
•Comes with an “accessible version” that provides a fully Section 508-compliant version of your existing catalog.”

Also, SirsiDynix announced their mobile app for the SirsiDynix OPACs, called BookMyne.

I predict that 2010 will be the year of the mobile library app and that we’ll see loads of creativity.

Stephen

Posted on: January 24, 2010, 4:44 pm Category: Uncategorized

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