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Mobile technologies for library services




Assistant Librarian,CASCB

University of Madras

Chennai -25.


  • For centuries librarians are identified with the buildings in which they work. Today as technology advances, this idea is changing at a great speed.

  • Desktops, laptops, smart phones, e-readers, tablets, note etc are used to obtain information at home, office, coffee shops or wherever they are. They can gather information sitting down or standing up.

  • Libraries are providing on the go library services.

  • Librarians, Technologists and Information Professionals are learning about and experimenting with mobile technologies.

State of mobile library services

  • Keeping up with new technologies is one of the ongoing challenges for the libraries.


    A Mobile web refers to access to the world wide web, from

    a handheld mobile device connected to a mobile network or

    other wireless network.

State of mobile library services1
State of mobile library services …

  • Mobile devices support the self service information needs of users on the go.

  • Users converse about iphones, ipads, ipod touches, Android, SMS, MMS, GPS, QR codes etc.

  • New applications, platforms, operating systems, programming languages, augmented reality apps, social networks, touch screens, online payment systems, check-ins, tweets, patron-empowerment features, application programming interfaces and integrated mobile-social solutions are added on continuously.

Library contents
Library contents…

  • Mobile database

    It is a database that can be connected to by a mobile computing device over a mobile Network. It can be used anywhere anytime efficiently and effectively. The client and the server have wireless connections. PubMed/Medline can be accessed via handheld devices. A PubMed Mobile option, providing access to a mobile friendly version is available.

  • PubMed Mobile

  • PubMed includes millions of citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

Web map service
Web Map Service

  • Web Map Service

    A WMS is a standard protocol for serving geo-referenced map images over the internet that are generated by a map server using data from a GIS database.

    OGC Network is a window onto the dynamic, constantly changing geospatial web. In addition to WMS, WPS – Web Processing Service and SOS –Sensor observation services are also included.

Library contents1
Library contents…

Rich Site Summary

RSS is a family of web feed formats(often dubbed as Really Simple Syndication) is used to publish frequently updated works – such as Blog entries, news headlines, and RSS feeds can be read using software called an RSS reader which can be web –based, desktop-based or mobile-device-based.

Library contents2
Library contents…

Library Instruction

Library instruction also called library orientation and it consists of instructional programs designed to teach library users how to locate the information they need quickly and effectively.

Library contents3
Library contents…

  • Short Message Service

    Mobile marketing via SMS has expanded rapidly as a new channel to reach the user.

    Multimedia Message Service

    MMS mobile marketing can contain a timed slideshow of images, text, audio and video.

Qr codes
QR Codes

Quick Response codes

QR codes allow a user to visit a webpage address by scanning a 2D image with their phone. Smartphone users can install an app with a QR-code scanner that can read a displayed code and convert it to a URL directing the smart phone’s browser to the website of a library, company or product associated with that code providing specific information

Social media
Social Media

Social Media

It refers to the means of interactions among people in which they create, share and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks like fb, twitter etc.

Library contents4
Library contents…

Website Event Calendar

It gives detailed information about events, including location maps, event sharing, Reminders of upcoming events, calendar display formats and special effects like scroll, Ticker, fade, slide rotate and view list of features.

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Library contents…

  • Mobile catalog

    It should not simply be a copy of the conventional online catalog. Mobile users would like to check the availability of a specific medium and would expect short loading times and a view which is optimized for a small screen.


  • A new free version of an app called BookMyne lets library patrons search, renew, browse book lists, put holds on new books and scan barcodes to see if their library owns a copy of the latest book.

It is now available for the Android series and lets a library patron anywhere in the world check an account, place or cancel holds, search a catalog and renew a book from a smart phone.

E book
E book

  • Electronic book

    An e-book is a book-length publication in digital form,consisting of text,images or both.They are usually read on dedicated e-book readers or tablets using e-reader applications. Mobile availability of e-books may be provided for users with a mobile data collection, so that these e-books need not be stored on the device.

Open access
Open Access

  • Open access resources

    Open access is a publication model wherein neither a reader nor the reader’s institution are charged for access to articles or other resources. Users are free to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles. The Directory of Open Access Journals lists a number of peer-reviewed open access journals for browsing and searching. Open J-Gate is another index of articles published in English language. Open access articles can also often be found with a web search, using any general search engine or those specialized for the scholarly/scientific literature, such as Google Scholar.

Augmented reality
Augmented Reality

Augmented reality

AR is a live, direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer generated sensory input. Modern mobile augmented reality systems use one or more of the following tracking technologies: digital cameras and or other optical sensors, accelerometers, GPS, gyroscopes, solid state compasses, RFID and wireless sensors.

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Image collection

  • Image Collection

    The Image collection is a select group of images of a library. It meets the needs of artists, illustrators, designers, teachers, students and general researchers. It is now expanded to a new frontier and offers visual resources to online users world wide. It can be searched by keyword or by browsing a variety of indexes

Tips for creating a mobile web site for the library

  • Planning begins with an environmental scan.

  • Capabilities and limits are known to set up a realistic project goal.

  • The mobile website is for users. So the information added should be

    what a user would want to know on the mobile website.

  • Library services and resources should be featured.

  • Less is more – the entire library website should not be replicated.

  • Scope of the website project should be explicit.

  • Roles for content providers, usability experts and web designers/developers should be defined in advance for a better design and improved usability.

  • Before launching, do let users do a test-drive and get their feedback.

  • Publicise – use both traditional and social media to market the mobile website.

  • Stay flexible and be ready to make quick changes

Mobile web sites
Mobile Web Sites

  • There are a lot of organizations which develop mobile versions of their website that are better optimized for viewing on mobile devices like Android Developers, AirPac, Boopsie, Library Anywhere,W3C,MoFuse,MobileOK Checker etc. which help to build mobile websites

Mobile site builder create a mobile library website in 3 2 1
Mobile Site Builder: Create a Mobile Library Website in 3, 2, 1!

  • Create a fully-mobilized Library Website

  • Optimized for all smart phone devices and screen-sizes

  • Create a hierarchy menu of 10 top-level and 10 secondary-level menu items

  • Customize the look & feel of your Mobile Library Website

  • Use the power of secondary menus! With the Mobile Site Builder, you can create a top-level menu (10 items) and each top-level menu item can have up to 10 secondary menu items.

  • Its all about organization, organization, organization!

  • Use icons to make your menus pop!

  • Reusability! Already created a box with library hours in a LibGuide? Don't recreate it, reuse it in your mobile interface!

Salutations to the father of library science
Salutations to the Father of Library Science 2, 1!

Dr.SRR’s philosophy is universally accepted and relevant even today.

The Five Laws details the principles of operating a library system.

So let us use technology intelligently to enhance service.


  • The mobile phone is history’s fastest growing communication device. In 2009, 530 million people used a cell phone or smart phone to access the mobile web. By 2015 that number is expected to rise to over one billion people. Therefore, libraries should be exploring mobile devices as a way to connect with users.

  • The day is coming when users will be able to access the full range of enterprise-wide resources and conduct all enterprise transactions from a smart phone or other mobile device, and institutions need to plan now for this transition.

  • An enhanced information experience at the library is just beginning—mobile access brings the library right to the user. Mobile-optimized library websites and catalogs create an entry point for libraries to continue to explore and expand mobile library services as technology advances and librarians gain valuable expertise in this area.

  • Librarians must keep pace with this trend and integrate themselves into the mobile realm if they wish to deliver enhanced user services.

    • “In the race for quality, there is no finish line!”

Thanks to the father of the mobile phone
Thanks to the Father of the Mobile Phone 2, 1!

“Freedom is what cellular is all about”

Cooper, Martin." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2008. (March 12, 2013).

Mobile technologies for library services

Thanks! 2, 1!