New Technologies: Libraries & Beyond

"Going Mobile with Library Services"

Carrie Gits and Rich Ackerman
Alvin Sherman Library
Nova Southeastern University
July 30, 2009


This talk discusses how libraries are using the mobile web to deliver services to patrons and provides a simple template for providing library information on mobile platforms.


Slides from our presentation are available at:

Recommended reading

Handheld Librarian:

Mobile Libraries:

Mobile Technologies in Libraries:

Wireless (and Mobile) Internet Use: Pew Internet & American Life Project :

Computers in Libraries, May 2009. Full issue on mobile web

Global Authoring Practices for the Mobile Web - Luca Passani

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. M-Libraries

Nielsen Mobile.  Critical Mass: The Worldwide State of the Mobile Web. July

Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, July 20, 2009: Mobile Usability

Flickr collection of screen shots:

Web standards

W3C Markup Validation Service:

XHMTL Mobile Profile specification

W3C Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 - Basic Guidelines

Source code

An example of a simple mobile website is downloadable in a zip file from It contains six files:

mobilelibrary.dwt is a Dreamweaver template with which the others are constructed. It is not necessary to use the template but it simplifies maintenance.

The files can be unzipped into a folder on your web server and should just work as is. You will need to update them with information about your library :)

If you have any question feel free to email Rich at hackerma at


James A. Buczynski.  Libraries begin to Engage Their Menacing Mobile Phone Hordes Without Shhhh! Internet Reference Services Quarterly. 2008 13(2-3) pp. 261-269. doi: 10.1080/10875300802103916

Lorcan Dempsey.  Always On: Libraries in a world of permanent connectivity.  First Monday. January 2009 14 (1-5).

Ellyssa Kroski . On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies. Library Technology Reports. July, 2008 44 (5)

Keren Mills. M-Libraries: Information Use on The Move.  A Report from the Arcadia Programme. The Open University, University of Cambridge. May 25, 2009



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