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 ====== Public Library '​Apps'​ ====== ====== Public Library '​Apps'​ ======
  
-===== Introduction ​=====+====== News ======
  
-Library services were the first local government services to gain widespread public use on the web so it's good to see library '​apps'​ emerging. Sometimes these have been developed by the libraries themselves (e.g. Edinburgh) ​and sometimes they have been developed by companies that sell library systems ​and technologies (eg OCLC and SirsiDynix).+===== Innovative Interfaces- new mobile app for Polaris ​and Sierra ​library systems ​=====
  
-  * **Solus** ​ is a significant library mobile app provider for UK public libraries ​[[https://​wp.sol.us/​demo-6/​|Solus Mobile Apps]] +[[https://​www.iii.com/products/innovative-mobile/|From the web site]]: "With a focus on safety and contactless serviceInnovative Mobile simplifies receiving online payments and provides low-cost patron self-service options, including a digital library card and a self-check via barcode or RFIDIn addition, a “Curbside Pickup” option is available for patrons to reserve items in the app and be notified when it’s time to pick up, and an “I’m Here” option to alert the library ​the patron is ready for pickup curbside"​.
-  * For example [[http://www.yourlibraryapp.co.uk/​sunderland/​|Sunderland Public Library App]] +
-  * In 2017 Solus partnered with** SirsiDynix** +
-  * Press Release: [[http://​www.sirsidynix.com/press/sirsidynix-announces-new-mobile-app-development-partner-solus|SirsiDynix Announces New Mobile App Development Partner]]: SOLUS. SirsiDynix partners with leading library app developer SOLUS to build new mobile discovery application. January 202017 +
-  * **Capita** ​ has a '​[[https://​www.capita-readingcloud.co.uk/​products-and-services/​imls|Reading Cloud]]'​ app focused on school libraries +
-  * The **Civica** ​ Spydus system has an appFor example ​in use in [[https://​www.norfolk.gov.uk/​libraries-local-history-and-archives/​libraries/​library-services/​libraries-mobile-app|Norfolk libraries]]+
  
-**Responsive web design**+===== Solus UK Acquires Boopsie Mobile App Division from Demco, Inc =====
  
-An alternative approach to an '​App'​ (ie something a user downloads from an App store eg Apple or Android) is '​responsive web design'​ which enables content to be reformatted and re-sized for better delivery on a tablet or smartphone.+From the [[https://​www.linkedin.com/​company/​solus-uk-ltd/​|Press Release]]
  
-[[http://​anleabharlannai.blogspot.com/​2016/​10/​delivering-responsive-web-design-via.html|Delivering Responsive Web Design via the Library ​OPAC]] +"​Boopsie customers will transition to the Solus app, which will provide increased functionality,​ multiple language support and curbside pickup Solus UK, LTD is pleased to announce it has acquired the Boopsie mobile app and customer base from Demco, IncAll Boopsie customers will be migrated to the latest Solus Library ​App at no additional cost to their existing subscription.
- - a literature reviewWednesday, 26 October 2016+
  
-==== Useful articles ​====+===== OCLC mobile apps =====
  
-[[http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/61290/1/​Kerr_Pennington_LHT_2017_Public_library_mobile_apps_in_Scotland_views.pdf|Public library mobile apps in Scotland]] : views from the local authorities and the public. By Kerr, Alan and Pennington, Diane (2017)+[[https://www.oclc.org/en/capira.html|Capira]]
  
-Library Hi TechISSN 0737-8831 ​(In Press) , [[http://​dx.doi.org/​10.1108/​LHT-05-2017-0091|http://​dx.doi.org/​10.1108/​LHT-05-2017-0091]]+OCLC acquired Capira in 2020Capira products include: custom mobile library apps (CapiraMobile℠), an off-the-shelf mobile library app (CapiraReady℠) and a curbside reservation web platform (CapiraCurbside℠). We are also the exclusive reseller of MuseumKey℠ (circulation of museum passes) and LendingKey℠ (circulation of physical items, such as e-readers, hotspots, instruments,​ etc.).
  
-Purpose – The purpose ​of this research was to examine current public ​library ​apps in Scotland and assess Scottish public library users’ opinions ​of those apps.+Digby\\ 
 +[[https://​help.oclc.org/​Library_Management/​WorldShare_Circulation/​Reference/​Digby_App_FAQ|From the OCLC website]]: "Digby is a mobile app that is available as part of your library’s WorldShare Management Services (WMS) subscription. The Digby app is for use by your student workers, volunteers, and staff and provides clear instructions for handling a range of common library tasks from reshelving items to basic inventory, and more.
  
-Design/​methodology/​approach – Two qualitative and quantitative surveys were conducted. One survey was distributed to each Scottish Local Authority, the entities+===== Responsive design vs Apps =====
  
-responsible for public libraries in Scotland. The second survey was made available ​to the publicThe results were analysed with nonparametric statistics and content analysis.+In order to offer library system functionality on an mobile device (tablet or phone) venders may offer a '​[[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Responsive_web_design|responsive design]] ' approach. In essence this resizes ​the existing web based functionality to fit on a smaller (mobile or tablet screen)[[http://​anleabharlannai.blogspot.com/​2016/​10/​delivering-responsive-web-design-via.html|Delivering Responsive Web Design via the Library OPAC]] 
 + - a literature reviewWednesday, 26 October 2016
  
-Findings – All 32 Authorities respondedSeventeen Authorities had an app, two had one in development, ​and 13 had none. Offering an alternative means of communication ​to+Vendors may also offer an AppsApps have to be //​downloaded//​ (from an 'app store' -eg Apple'​s app storeGoogle play) onto the mobile device ​and generally provide a different user experience -for example workflows and functions may be tailored ​to better exploit working on a mobile device.
  
-patrons was the main reason for providing ​an app, while cost and low priority were the main reasons provided against ​app provisionAuthorities were satisfied with the core+   * For example [[http://​www.yourlibraryapp.co.uk/​sunderland/​|Sunderland Public Library App]] (Solus) 
 +  * **Capita** ​ has a '​[[https://​www.capita-readingcloud.co.uk/​products-and-services/​imls|Reading Cloud]]'​ app focused on school libraries 
 +  * The **Civica** ​ Spydus system has an app. For example in use in [[https://​www.norfolk.gov.uk/​libraries-local-history-and-archives/​libraries/​library-services/​libraries-mobile-app|Norfolk libraries]] 
 +  * [[https://​www.sirsidynix.com/​bluecloud-mobile/​|SirsiDynix BLUEcloud app]]
  
-services offered in their apps, but less so with others. No Authorities had consulted the public regarding app provision. The public (n=185), while satisfied with current library apps, criticised the complex procedures required to access external services. Patrons from Authorities without an app stated interest in apps.+==== Articles ====
  
-Practical implications – It is vital for public libraries to implement at least coreservices that are optimised for mobile devices. They should consult with the public before and throughout the development process to ensure they are happy with the implementation. Originality/​value – This is the first known study to explore public library app use in Scotland as well as one of the first in public library app use+=== Public Library Mobile App Survey ===
  
-[[http://www.publictechnology.net/news/socitm-councils-must-go-mobile/37878|Socitm: Councils must go mobile]].By Andy PricePublicTechnology.net [blog] 8 July 2013+[[https://s3.amazonaws.com/WebVault/research/2018_PublicLibraryMobileAppSurvey.pdf|Public Library Mobile App Survey,]] Conducted by Library Journal Research January 2018 \\ 
 +This is a US study"​SirsiDynix teamed up with Library Journal research to create a survey for public libraries about mobile appsObjectives of the study were to learn:
  
-"Local councils must start responding to a mobile ​'​revolution'​ as access approaches 30% says the latest briefing from SocitmIt added that the advent of mobile is as powerful as PCs or the arrival of the internet".+  * Percentage of libraries with mobile ​apps. 
 +  * App features ​that are most important to libraries 
 +  * Functionality libraries wish their app had. 
 +  * How libraries market their app. 
 +  * Vendors used for apps. 
 +  * If libraries do not have an app, why not?"
  
-'​[[http://​www.ors.ala.org/​libconnect/​2012/​08/​08/​plan-now-for-mobile-apps-to-access-public-library-resources-and-services/​|Plan NOW for mobile apps to access public library resources and services]]'​ By Charles R. McClure. ALA . 8th August 2012+=== Public ​library mobile apps in Scotland ===
  
-//"​The ​[[http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/archives/issue/summer-2012-digital-supplement-0|2011-2012 ​Public ​Library Funding and Technology Access Study]] (PLFTAS) contains a wealth of information ​and insights on public library funding and technology applications and uses. Of the many interesting findings, ​public ​library use of mobile technology offers a glimpse of “things to come.” Indeedpublic libraries need to plan NOW for how to employ these applications in THEIR libraries.//​+[[http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/61290/1/Kerr_Pennington_LHT_2017_Public_library_mobile_apps_in_Scotland_views.pdf|Public ​library mobile apps in Scotland]] : views from the local authorities ​and the public. ​By KerrAlan and Pennington, Diane (2017)
  
-//Figure C-17 “Public ​Library ​Systems Use of Mobile Technology” from the 2011-2012 PLFTAS shows that overall://​ +Library ​Hi TechISSN 0737-8831 (In Press) , [[http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LHT-05-2017-0091|http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/LHT-05-2017-0091]]
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-//• 14.2% of respondents indicated that the library’s website is optimized for mobile device access;// +
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-//• 7.2% of respondents said that the library has developed smartphone apps for access to library services and content;//​ +
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-//• 11.8% of respondents said that the library uses scanned codes for access to library services and content; and// +
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-//• 72.7% responded that the library does not make use of mobile technologies.//​ +
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-//In all responses, urban libraries had more use and deployment of mobile technology than rural libraries."//​ +
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-[[http://​topic9.wordpress.com/​2013/​03/​31/​the-impact-of-mobile-technology-trends-in-academic-libraries/​|The Impact of Mobile Technology Trends in Academic Libraries]]. 31st March 2013. +
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-Impact of Mobile Environments/​Technologies on LIS LIS 6010 Team Blog +
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-While this is written from an academic library perspective it still has value to public libraries.. +
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-//"The impact of mobile technologies in academic libraries ultimately lies with the trends that are currently set by the end users. There are multiple factors that these particular libraries must consider when implementing mobile websites and applications for mobile devices. It is vital that libraries are successful when choosing these particular mobile initiatives. The choice of each academic library determines the functionality and overall academic success of the library as an educational resource. Academic libraries must study the market to decide what is best for the library and what is best for the user.// +
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-//Current market research asserts that mobile phone use has increased considerably in recent years. “In 2008 the US had 158 million landlines compared with 271 million mobile phone subscriptions. As the number of mobile phone subscriptions has grown over the past five years, landlines have decreased by approximately 24 million. These statistics reflect Americans’ reliance on their mobile phones with 42 percent of users saying they “cannot live without” them and 82 percent saying they never leave home without their phone” (Synovate , 2009, p.310).!// +
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-[[http://​musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.co.uk/​2010/​09/​library-mobile-apps-vs-web-apps-some.html#​.UgzRRaxX9hM|Library mobile apps vs web apps - Some analysis]]By Aaron Tay. Musing about librarianship [blog]. 5th September 2010 +
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-//"​..mobile friendly sites or **library web apps** ​ are not the only option. The other option is to create **mobile apps**. These have being a less popular option because it takes a lot of work to create a mobile app, and unlike web apps (which are basically webpages configured for mobile surfing), mobile apps require more programming and in some cases such as iPhone apps, require that you pay a fee to list on Apple'​s itune.// +
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-//​However ​[[http://kraftylibrarian.com/?​p=349|Stop the App Madness ]], advocates libraries concentrate on their web app & forget about mobile appsIt points out that/+
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-//1You need to spend a lot more effort on creating mobile apps for each platform (iPhone, Android, Blackberry)/+
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-//2. HTML5 will eventually allow web apps to be as functionally rich as any mobile app.// +
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-//That said a study has shown that mobile apps, or at least[[http://​www.useit.com/​alertbox/​mobile-apps-initial-use.html|iPhone apps are more usable than mobile friendly web apps.]] Part of the reason could be that mobile apps are usually faster since they can be designed to just draw data from servers, while everything else occurs locally."//​ +
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-===== Library Apps ===== +
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-==== http://www.yourlibraryapp.co.uk/leeds| ==== +
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-"Now you can find a title, reserve, borrow or renew it, straight from your mobile. +
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-  * Barcode scan +
-  * Why buy when you can borrow? The app allows you to scan the barcode on any title, anywhere, then search the catalogue to see if you can borrow it. +
-  * Library information +
-  * From events to opening hours to directions, regularly updated service information gives you all the knowledge you need. +
-  * and much more besides!"​ +
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-**[[http://​www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/​article/​112653/Access-the-library-from-the-palm-of-your-hand|Gloucestershire]]**"The library app will enable existing and new customers to use their smart phones and tablets to search the library catalogue and reserve books, DVDs and e-books online, wherever they are. +
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-==== https://​play.google.com/​store/​apps/​details?​id=uk.co.solus.manchesterlibraries ==== +
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-"​Access Manchester Libraries from your Android phone or tablet. Manage your account, search the catalogue, renew and reserve books"​ +
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-==== **Edinburgh City Libraries** ==== +
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-'​[[http://​www.guardian.co.uk/​government-computing-network/​2011/​mar/​09/​edinburgh-libraries-app|Edinburgh city council launches libraries app.]] Free library application locates the nearest library in Edinburgh.'​ Guardian Government Computing. Guardian Professional,​ Wednesday 9 March 2011 +
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-==== http://​www.dorsetforyou.com/​405041 ==== +
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-The library has two mobile apps, one to browse the catalogue available at your local library and one to browse and download Audio and Ebooks provided by Dorset Libraries. +
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-==== ** Worcestershire County Council** ==== +
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-  * Search for a Book, DVD, CD and more in you local library, check the availablilty or when its next available and search more from your favourite author, director, etc +
-  * View information and contact details of Worcestershire libraries including opening times and facilities available. +
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-==== **LibraryThing** ==== +
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-[[http://​www.bowker.co.uk/​products/​leaflets/​LibraryThing%20Mobile.pdf|**LibraryAnywhere**]] +
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-a service provided by LibraryThing and available worldwide from Bowker. LibraryAnywhere is system neutral – information at [[http://​www.bowker.co.uk/​products/​leaflets/​LibraryThing%20Mobile.pdf|http://​www.bowker.co.uk/​products/​leaflets/​LibraryThing%20Mobile.pdf]] +
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-==== **OCLC** mobile Web ==== +
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-(www.worldcat.org/​m/​) more '​mobile web' than app +
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-==== **SirsiDynix** ====+
  
-([[http://​itunes.apple.com/us/app/​bookmyne/​id350625461?​mt=8|BookMyne]])+Purpose – The purpose of this research was to examine current public library apps in Scotland and assess Scottish public library users’ opinions of those appsFindings – All 32 Authorities respondedSeventeen Authorities had an app, two had one in development,​ and 13 had none. Offering an alternative means of communication to patrons was the main reason for providing an app, while cost and low priority were the main reasons provided against app provision. Authorities were satisfied with the core services offered in their apps, but less so with others. No Authorities had consulted the public regarding app provision. The public (n=185), while satisfied with current library apps, criticised the complex procedures required to access external services. Patrons from Authorities without an app stated interest in apps.
  
-//'​For ​the media consumer, there'​s good news: Your local SirsiDynix library has what you're looking for and allows you to place holds from your iPhone! Giving you the functionality of your local library account, but on-the-go, BookMyne™ for iPhone enables you to locate books, audio, video and other materials from your local library'//+Practical implications – It is vital for public libraries to implement at least core services that are optimised for mobile devices. They should consult with the public before ​and throughout the development process ​to ensure they are happy with the implementation. Originality/​value – This is the first known study to explore public ​library ​app use in Scotland as well as one of the first in public library app use
  
  
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