Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mobile website

Rye Public Library now has a basic mobile-friendly website, thanks to Brian Herzog of Chelmsford Pubic Library (MA). He gave a presentation yesterday at NHLA's conference, and included all the code and an excellent read-me file right on his website:

I downloaded his code, customized it for RPL, omitted a few features that I didn't get to today, and modified our regular website to include a link to the mobile website. The biggest challenge was figuring out the correct parameters for doing a keyword or ISBN search in our catalog. So now, when I'm standing in the bookstore, tempted to buy yet another book, I can whip out my phone and quickly find out if RPL has it. Yeah, I could do that from the regular catalog website, too, but this is way cooler, and saves me the extra step of enlarging the view to the point where I can type in the search box. ;-)

Check it out!

Cloud Computing in Libraries

Here are some of the references I used for my talk at the New Hampshire Library Association conference yesterday. A slideshow and a written edition of my talk will follow soon.
Moving from Ownership to Access
Examples of Hosted ILS Solutions
Biblionix -
LibraryWorld -
Examples of Office Suites
Wiki -
Blog -
Google Docs -
Zoho -
Adobe -
Microsoft Office Live -
Cloud Computing
“Where is the cloud? Geography, economics, environment, and jurisdiction in cloud computing.” Paul T. Jaeger, Jimmy Lin, Justin M. Grimes, and Shannon N. Simmons. First Monday, Volume 14, Number 5 - 4 May 2009.

“The Web companies use Amazon’s cloud-based service to serve their Web sites, applications and files. Amazon’s customers include start-ups like the social networking site Foursquare but also big companies like Pfizer and Nasdaq.”

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