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Title: The Mobile Computing Project: Ball State University Libraries www'bsu'edulibrariesmobile


1
The Mobile Computing Project Ball State
University Libraries (www.bsu.edu/libraries/mobi
le)
  • Bradley D. Faust
  • Assist. Dean for Library Info Technology Services
    Ball State University Libraries

2
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

3
Mobile Device Options
4
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?

5
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)

6
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

7
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

8
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

9
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

10
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

11
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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CardCat Mobile Phase 1
  • 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

15
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

18
Mobile Journals - Examples
19
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

22
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

25
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

26
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./l
    its/mobileproject/index.html
  • Ball State Universitys mobile site
  • http//mobile.bsu.edu

27
Project Team
  • Bradley D. Faust bfaust_at_bsu.edu
  • Assistant Dean for Lib Info Tech Services
  • Andy West mawest2_at_bsu.edu
  • Mobile Computing Developer
  • Stan Shannon
  • Special Projects Developer
  • Project Co-Investigators
  • Arthur W. Häfner, Ph.D., M.B.A., Bradley D.
    Faust

28
Thank You
  • 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.

29
Contact Information
  • Bradley D. Faust
  • Ball State University Libraries
  • Muncie, Indiana
  • bfaust_at_bsu.edu
  • (765) 285-8032
  • http//www.bsu.edu/library
  • http//www.bsu.edu/libraries/mobile
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