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Mobile Devices

A Practical Guide for Librarians

Ben Rawlins

As more users expect to use their mobile devices, librarians will want and need to develop the necessary skills to reach this growing user base. Mobile Devices: A Practical Guide for Librarians will aid libraries and librarians as they go through the process of planning, developing, implementing, marketing, and evaluating mobile services. Based on research and experience using and developing for mobile devices, this guides includes information and ideas regarding:

  • Why mobile technologies are important for libraries
  • Developing mobile websites and applications for specific mobile platforms such as iOS and Android using existing web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript
  • Using mobile devices for reference, library instruction, and shelf reading
  • Marketing strategies to make users aware of mobile services
  • Evaluating mobile services

A must-read for librarians interested in mobile technologies and services, this guide provides librarians with practical information and examples to develop and offer mobile services in their libraries.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 170Size: 8 3/4 x 10 3/4
978-0-8108-9258-3 • Paperback • December 2014 • $65.00 • (£44.95)
978-0-8108-9259-0 • eBook • December 2014 • $61.00 • (£42.95)
Ben Rawlins is the digital services librarian at the Ensor Learning Resource Center at Georgetown College in Georgetown, KY. Ben has developed several mobile websites and applications for the iOS and Android operating systems. He has presented at several national conferences including the LITA National Forum, ALA Midwinter, ALA Annual, and the Handheld Librarian Conference on a variety of topics related to mobile services in libraries. He has co-authored articles that have been published in Kentucky Libraries, The Reference Librarian, and Mobile Library Services: Best Practices.
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This title is definitely a very practical guide for librarians. It goes through the process of planning and developing to evaluating mobile services and resources. It not only provides the ‘why’ but also the ‘how’ to get a library up and running with mobile technology.
Australian Library Journal

A must-read for any librarian looking to take their library into the mobile world. This book not only offers the why but also the how to get your library up and running.
Michael Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission and blogger at The Travelin’ Librarian

In Mobile Devices: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Ben Rawlins provides a comprehensive look at the mobile landscape and the implications these devices have on library services. There is something here for everyone. From chapters explaining how to build working code to get your mobile presence up and running to discussions about assessment and metrics to determine the value of mobile services and devices, the book is an excellent primer for getting started and learning about the mobile environment for libraries.
Jason Clark, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Montana State University Libraries