October 25, 2014

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

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 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

Obtain, Build App, Publish | Peer to Peer Review

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I recently attended a local “hackfest” sponsored by the government of the county in which I reside. This “App Challenge” was one of a series of events encouraging citizens to invent new ways to use the considerable open data resources of the county, and to make those available to others. The meeting was held at the local high school, and to my surprise, over sixty people turned out, many from the far corners of the county. The group was notably diverse. There was one contingent, however, which was not in evidence: librarians.

Mobile Evolution: How Apps Are Adapting to a New Device Ecosystem

Mobile Evolution: How Apps Are Adapting to a New Device Ecosystem

In 2012, the usage of apps surpassed the usage of browsers on smartphones and tablets for the first time, according to recent data from digital business analytics provider comScore. The difference is still small—54.5 percent of mobile subscribers used apps in October 2012 compared to 52.7 percent using browsers—but the shift could mark a significant moment for mobile computing. As developers continue to enhance accessibility and incorporate features including cloud-based storage, geolocation, voice input, and visual input, native apps are making mobile devices something more than the sum of their component parts.

Patrons Expect More Mobile Services | Handheld Librarian Conference

Patrons Expect More Mobile Services | Handheld Librarian Conference

There are now more mobile phone subscriptions than there are people in the United States, and U.S. citizens—particularly young people—have rising expectations for mobile services offered by both commercial businesses and public institutions, according to “The State of Mobile Connectivity,” a keynote address by Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, at the 7th Handheld Librarian online conference on Wednesday. Citing data from a Pew study released earlier this year, Rainie noted that 17 percent of U.S. consumers now use a mobile phone or smartphone as their primary or exclusive point of access to the internet. For young people, minority groups, and households earning less than $50,000 per year, the rate is significantly higher.

NSCU Librarians Honored for Scavenger Hunt Orientation

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Three North Carolina State University (NCSU) librarians have been honored for developing the NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt. Anne Burke, Adrienne Lai, and Adam Rogers have been named the 2012 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award. Winners receive $3000, which is […]

The State of Mobile in Libraries 2012

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As patrons embrace mobile devices, libraries need to provide new services. Here’s a look at the state of mobile library services—and what libraries need to do to stay on the radar

Maximizing the Mobile Opportunity

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Greg Carpenter, CEO of Boopsie, and Gary Kirk, President of TechLogic, discuss the new trends in mobile technology, including evaluating and designing web and app-based solutions to help librarians stay on trend (or even ahead). Also, learn about integrating the mobile world into your library’s existing infrastructure. Archive now available!

Amazon's Kindle Cloud Reader Adds Complexity to a Quickly Shifting Market

The same day that Apple and five of the Big Six publishers were sued for allegedly conspiring to fix ebook prices, Amazon unveiled further ebook news. Yesterday, it launched its Kindle Cloud Reader, a browser-based application that allows users to buy and read Kindle ebooks on the cloud via a web browser. It also lets […]

OCLC App Makes Connections

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OCLC announced a clever new prototype online app yesterday called the WorldCat Identities Network, which creates a visual web connecting people, fictional characters, or corporations in the WorldCat Identities database. The project, led by OCLC Research user interface designer JD Shipengrover, uses the WorldCat Search API to help create the maps, which can be used […]