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Mobile applications for libraries

Abstract:

This chapter shows how the world of mobile applications is exploding, while the use of these devices for libraries is still in its infancy. A look at the iTunes store, the BlackBerry store and the Android Market show that a handful of libraries are making a full service application available to search the catalog, check their library records, renew a book or access databases. A case study is presented that shows how a mobile application went from negotiations with the vendor until the day the final product was unveiled, including choice of graphics, set up of channels, and the loading of flat files to make for a speedier search of the catalog. The chapter discusses the relative merits of the major ...

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