November 21, 2017

News from the Show Floor | ALA Annual 2017

The American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, held this year at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, June 22-27, included a number of announcements and product launches from library vendors. Here are a few that LJ had the opportunity to learn about in person.

Growing Mobile | The Digital Shift

Smartphone ownership is quickly becoming the norm, and smartphones have become a primary Internet access point for low income consumers. Here’s a look at a few emerging trends, as libraries adapt to this growth by launching apps and responsive websites.

Pokémon GO: What Do Librarians Need To Know?

Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.

Mesa County Libraries Launches Kickstarter for Colorado Wildlife App

Colorado’s Mesa County Libraries (MCL) last week launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of Wild Colorado, a mobile app that will help users identify Colorado mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles, use geolocation information to notify users what types of wildlife are likely in their vicinity, and personalize their experience by adding notes, taking photos, and sharing their sightings on social media.

Demco Buys Boopsie

Demco Inc., a major library supplier, acquired Boopsie, a leading library app vendor, the companies announced today. The acquisition, made via Demco’s parent organization Wall Family Enterprise, was completed September 30. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ex Libris Acquires oMbiel, Establishes Mobile Campus Solutions Division

Ex Libris today announced the acquisition of Wolverhampton, U.K.-based oMbiel, developer of the campusM and governmentM cloud-based mobile app solutions for universities and local government services, respectively. The company will be incorporated into Ex Libris as a new business unit, Ex Libris Mobile Campus Solutions, led by oMbiel founder and CEO Hugh Griffiths. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Jason Clark | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Digital Developers

Publishing his first web page was a eureka moment for Jason Clark, who began his library career as an assistant at Marquette University Library in 1995–96, while completing his BA in English and philosophy. In the mid-1990s, most of the public was just beginning to learn about the World Wide Web, but Clark understood that the technology would revolutionize libraries and information sharing.

As App Gains Traction, Queens Library Considers Vending to Other Libraries

The initial success of the new free app developed by Queens Library has led QL to consider adopting a library-as-developer role, selling customized versions of the app to other libraries to support this and other in-house development projects.

In Testing Stage, Boopsie Analytics Spots Shift from Apple to Android

Boopsie, the developer of custom mobile apps for libraries, is planning to launch Boopsie Analytics in early 2014. Currently in alpha testing stage, the new web-based platform will help the company’s customers analyze data about a number of different patron behaviors, such as how many queries are sent to a database or catalog from the app each day or each week, what services are being accessed most often via the app, or how many titles are being downloaded from OverDrive or other vendor partners using the app, for example.

Long Island Libraries Roll Out New Custom App

Long Island’s Jericho Public Library, Hampton Library, and Mattituck-Laurel Library each recently launched customized versions of CapiraMobile, a new suite of native apps for Apple iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Nook devices