Libraries and Mobile Services

Libraries and Mobile Services

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In 2011, cell phones and mobile devices are ubiquitous. The vast majority of Americans now own cell phones, and over half of them have mobile access to the Internet through a phone or other mobile device. For libraries to stay relevant, they must be able to offer content and services through the mobile web. In this issue of qLibrary Technology Reportsq, Cody Hanson provides a foundation for moving your library into the mobile world. He provides a data-based, comprehensive explanation of why now is the time to get mobile, and gives you the information you need to get started, including what mobile devices are on the market, strategies for launching and implementing a mobile presence, and the problems librarians are most likely to encounter in their endeavor. In this issue, you'll learn about: (1) The current state of the mobile web and why it's so crucial for libraries to get involved; (2) Strategies for launching and implementing a mobile web site or application; (3) Examples of successful mobile web presences that have been created by different libraries; and (4) Common problems and struggles with implementing and maintaining a mobile presence.This process also allows users to bypass the so-called a€œcarrier locka€ that keeps the iOS device tied to ATaamp;Ta#39;s network, enabling its ... popular as a way to customize onea#39;s iOS device or to run an iPhone on T-Mobilea#39;s GSM network rather than ATaamp;Ta#39;s, it is also a ... As stated on the Android Open Source Project page, a€œSome parts of Android are developed in the open, so that source code is always available.

Title:Libraries and Mobile Services
Author:Cody W. Hanson
Publisher:American Library Association - 2011


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