Friday, April 9, 2010

Mobile Apps for Libraries

Some highlights about what other libraries are doing

AccessMyLibrary
Cost: Free
This handy iPhone app from Gale uses GPS to find libraries within a 10-mile radius of your location. You can then select a library and access all its Gale electronic resources.

WorldCat Mobile
Cost: Free
Users can search through Worldcat’s collection of 1.5 billion items, find a nearby library, and map a route to a library through the WorldCat Mobile iPhone app.

Libraries and Mobile via Stephen's Lighthouse by admin on 4/6/10

DCPL
The District of Columbia Public Library was the first library to create an application for the iPhone. Their attractive application offers users a catalog search, library hours information, and the ability to place items on hold. They have made their code open source so that other libraries can build their own iPhone apps.

MLN Library
The Minuteman Library Network in the greater Boston area of Massachusetts has created an iPhone apps which allows patrons to view their accounts, search the network’s catalog as well as individual libraries, and renew items.

Duke University
Duke University Libraries offers the most comprehensive university digital image collection specifically formatted for the iPhone. Through DukeMobile, the University’s suite of iPhone applications, the libraries are sharing digital materials from 20 collections - nearly 32,000 images in all

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