So why haven’t more libraries adopted mobile tools? asks Eric Rumsey as he considers the advantages of mobile friendly design on iTouch/iPhone or like devices.
I agree – we do need to get on the mobile wagon as quickly as we can. There are many popular mobile compatible sites these days, and blogs are well-optimised on the mobile too. WordPress is a great platform for achieving an integrated look in relation to this, and the mobile-based management tools for WordPress is also impressive.
So it was most interesting to read Mobile Medline:Plus: A Great Example for Libraries. The mobile version of MedlinePlus that was released by the American National Library of Medicine last week is an elegant example of libraries making their sites mobile-friendly. Eric gives a good run-down of MedlinePlus on the mobile.
Eric is on Twitter @ericrumsey
I confess – I access a lot of things via my iPhone instead of on a regular computer. The portability and immediacy of access is irresistibly convenient. Whether this is a good thing or not is vaguely irrelevant – the mobile is embedded in youth behaviours.
Anyone got a good example of this kind of application in schools or school libraries?
Better get our blogs and information services mobile minded soon!