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NISO Webinar

Spotlight on Mobile: Devices, Interface, and Content         

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)


This session will look at the ongoing importance of mobile devices and the influence those devices have on access to and usage of various forms of content, whether text or multimedia. As mobile technology is a ubiquitous tool for a global population, its impact on the practices and policies of libraries and content providers should not be underestimated.


Confirmed Speakers: Rebecca JacksonSocial Sciences and Humanities, Department Head and Associate Professor Research and Instruction Services, Iowa State UniversityBen RawlinsLibrary Director, SUNY-GeneseoTracey PaineSenior Director of Product Management, EBSCO. 


Here’s what two of our speakers will address:


The Compleat Mobile Library: How Are We Faring?
Rebecca Jackson, Social Sciences and Humanities, Department Head and Associate Professor Research and Instruction Services, Iowa State University


Since the introduction of smartphones and tablets, librarians have embraced the ideal of “any time, any place” access to information. The early adopter libraries developed mobile library web presences that looked very different from their regular websites. This presentation will start by discussing a snapshot I published in 2013, moving into a look at the mobile library landscape of today. How are libraries adapting to the need to extend their collections and services to fit the needs of our mobile patrons accessing those libraries on a tiny screen? What are the challenges and how are libraries dealing with them?


A Mobile State of Mind: Library Resources and Mobile Devices
Ben Rawlins
, Library Director, SUNY-Geneseo


As consumers of information we expect access to be available in the various formats and through the various devices that we use to consume information. As we continue to interact with and access information more and more through our mobile devices, it is imperative that information be presented and formatted in a manner that makes consumption easy and seamless. This proliferation of mobile devices has prompted businesses and organizations, including libraries and library vendors, to leverage the capabilities of these devices to provide mobile-friendly access to information and changed how libraries and library vendors think about and improve the user experience of their interfaces. This presentation will focus on the ways in which library vendors have made their products available to libraries and library users using mobile technology.


Understanding Patron Needs in a mobile world:  Digital Magazine App Development case study

Tracey PaineSenior Director of Product Management, EBSCO


Libraries are in need of extending their reach beyond the brick and mortar building.  Web site creation can be costly to maintain and is not often done well.  Providing a well thought app for a library resources extends the reach to patrons, students and the general public, helping to drive usage for the product as well as introducing them to library assets they may not have known about.  EBSCO User Research and product management collaborated to understand the challenges of libraries and developed a best in class app for their digital magazine offering called Flipster helping libraries attract current and new users.


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