In 2011, the vast majority of Americans own cell phones, and smartphone ownership is exploding -- sales of smartphones officially exceeded PC sales in the last quarter of 2010. Libraries must be able to offer content and services through the mobile web to stay relevant. In this session, we'll look at:
The current state of the mobile internet
Strategies for launching and implementing a mobile web site or application
Examples of successful mobile web experiences that have been created by libraries
Common issues with developing and maintaining a mobile presence
As smartphones and location-aware mobile devices continue to blur the line between phone and GPS units, location-based services continue to rise in popularity and utility. Library users can scan QR codes provided by OskiCat to help them find library material; museums can offer audio and text tour information at an item level; opportunities to participate in the collection and dissemination of geospatial data continue to increase with services like Gowalla and Google Places.
This class will take a look at some of the features of mobile/smartphone technology including using QR codes to find out more about what you're seeing, checking-in with Gowalla to find out about where you are, and using Layar to find out what's there.
If you have a smart phone (iOS or Android), please bring it. Install your favorite QR code reader for an enhanced experience. If you're interested in creating an account with Gowalla and downloading Layar, doing so beforehand will be helpful