This month, Emma Clark Library’s Director, Ted Gutmann, along with Robert Johnson, Manager of Information and Technology Services, will present at the Internet Librarian Conference in Monterey, California. The conference will be held October 28 – 30 and is expected to be attended by thousands of librarians from around the world.
Mr. Gutmann and Mr. Johnson’s program will feature mobile library applications and the steps necessary to design and develop an effective library app. They will also discuss the pros, cons, and tips for a digital extension of library services.
“Emma mobile”, launched in November 2012, is a free app available for both Apple and Android. It was featured in Computers in Libraries Magazine in February of this year and is rated 5 stars in the iTunes store. As of October 2013, there have been 2,065 downloads for the app.
With this app, users can:
- Store and display a digital version of their library card on their mobile device
- Scan an ISBN and automatically search the library’s catalog to see if Emma Clark owns it – and if so, place a hold on the item
- Automatically log-in to search online databases and check their account
- Receive notifications about their items on hold, fines, and when their card needs to be renewed
- Search the library catalog
- View the library calendar of events
- Get turn-by-turn directions to the library
- Receive one-touch phone and/or email to the library
"This is where everything is going," says Mr. Gutmann. "Our computers are going to be these handheld devices, and Emma Clark is at the forefront of that."
For more information on the Internet Librarian conference, visit www.infotoday.com/il2013/
To download Emma Clark’s mobile app, go to http://emmamobile.emmaclark.org/
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