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The Mobile Computing Project: Ball State University Libraries(www.bsu.edu/libraries/mobile)

Bradley D. Faust

Assist. Dean for Library Info Technology Services Ball State University Libraries

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Presentation Overview

Current state of mobile technology

Why mobile technology should be important to libraries

The Mobile Computing Project at the Ball State University Libraries

The BSU Libraries mobile web site

Two mobile development efforts

Possible future work

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Mobile Device Options

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Current State of Mobile

  • Better, faster, higher capacity networks and handheld devices

  • Video can be streamed over cell networks, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, WiMAX

  • Cost/performance for device ownership, subscription fees, is better than ever

  • But what does this mean for libraries?

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Mobile Technology and Libraries

  • The University Libraries and Ball State University, like many, are eager to embrace new information technologies

  • Mobile computing is a creative space with interesting opportunities for library services

  • Mobile technology is increasingly supporting teaching and learning (Course Management Systems)

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Mobile Technology and Libraries

  • Smart small-screen devices represent changes in the way we communicate – we believe libraries should have a role in this environment

  • Devices are powerful, and many library users have this technology today

  • Students and others embrace mobile technologies

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Mobile Library Applications

  • Audio book/Ebook services

  • Mobile search, including library material

  • Quick fact (spell check, stock quote, weather, maps)

  • Directional/virtual tours of library facilities, library services

  • Video tutorials, instructional videos

  • Texting, messaging

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Mobile Project - Why

  • Observation that so many library customers have powerful mobile computing devices

  • Desire to reach these individuals through the devices they use

  • Rapid expansion of wireless voice and data network services

  • Determine the role and opportunities for libraries in this technology space

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Mobile Computing Project

  • Funded by a LSTA technology mini-grant from the Indiana State Library and IMLS

  • Work began in May 2004

  • Addressed the possibilities of integrating library services and collections (resources) with mobile computing devices

  • Original focus was on data enabled cell phones, evolved to include other mobile devices

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University Libraries Mobile

  • Regular web sites unfriendly on mobile devices

    • Images are too large for small screens

    • Pages too long for scrolling

    • Pages too big to fit in memory

    • Wasteful of minutes

    • JavaScript, other scripting languages do not work

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University Libraries Mobile

  • How does the Mobile Site work better on small screen devices?

    • Short pages

    • Easy to read fonts

    • Easy to navigate

    • Minimal images

    • Anywhere access

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Custom Gateway to CardCat system designed for mobile devices

Smaller graphics

Accessible through library mobile web site on main page

Ran into issues – moved forward with MOPAC

CardCat Mobile – Phase 1

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CardCat Mobile – Phase II

  • Uses Z39.50 based services

  • Developed using Microsoft Visual Studio Development environment

  • Served as a basis for our grant request

  • It worked!

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Mobile Journals

  • Searchable index of Journals and other Serial Communications available from the University Libraries (search titles)

  • Limits results to online titles

  • Provides hot links to online resources

  • User-friendly navigation

  • Format and design fits small-screen devices

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Mobile Journals - Examples

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Mobile Journals - Examples

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Mobile Video

  • Provides access to low bandwidth versions of library promotional videos

  • Provides access to low bandwidth versions of instructional video (limited access)

  • Work best on PocketPC devices with a Wi-Fi connection (2006)

  • The video streams are in Windows Media format

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Google Co-op Site Search

  • This year, added Google Co-op search to mobile site

  • Replaced mobile sitemap option on the mobile homepage

  • Leverages the power of Google Search

  • Increases usability and usefulness of mobile site

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Possible Future Work

  • Build out the CardCat Mobile product

  • Build out the Mobile Journals product

  • Build other library services

    • Text messaging about available material

    • Investigate access to academic information resources

    • ‘Mobilize’ our material resource locator

  • Look at blog, RSS, wiki and other 2.0 solutions for mobile devices

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University Libraries Mobile

  • Available at

    • http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/mobile/

  • We are interested in comments and suggestions to improve the site

  • Feedback link on mobile web site

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Web Resources

  • University Libraries Mobile Site

    • http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/mobile/

  • University Libraries Mobile “Jump” page

    • http://www.bsu.edu/library/mobile/

  • Mobile Computing Project Web Site

    • http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/viewpage.aspx?SRC=./lits/mobileproject/index.html

  • Ball State University’s mobile site

    • http://mobile.bsu.edu

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Project Team

  • Bradley D. Faust – bfaust@bsu.edu

    • Assistant Dean for Lib Info Tech Services

  • Andy West – mawest2@bsu.edu

    • Mobile Computing Developer

  • Stan Shannon

    • Special Projects Developer

  • Project Co-Investigators

    • Arthur W. Häfner, Ph.D., M.B.A., & Bradley D. Faust

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This project was supported by the Institute of Museums and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Thank You

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Contact Information Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Indiana State Library.

Bradley D. Faust

Ball State University Libraries

Muncie, Indiana

bfaust@bsu.edu

(765) 285-8032

http://www.bsu.edu/library

http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/mobile

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