April 23, 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.

Libraries Play A Central Role in Connected Learning | The Digital Shift 2013

Libraries Play A Central Role in Connected Learning | The Digital Shift 2013

The Internet offers today’s youth unprecedented opportunities to connect with peers and seek knowledge in almost any area of interest—and libraries are uniquely positioned to play a central role in this learning, according to Mimi Ito, professor and cultural anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, and principal investigator for the new education model Connected Learning.

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

IMLS Invites Civic-Minded Techies To Hack Agency Data

IMLS Invites Civic-Minded Techies to Hack Agency Data

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced on May 21 its plans to participate in the first National Day of Civic Hacking on June 1 and 2. Described as a “public-private-people partnership,” the event is being further described as “the largest ever to bring together citizens from around the country to work with local, state, and federal governments—as well as private sector organizations—with the common goal of improving their community through technology.”

The Mobile Challenge | The User Experience

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Right now, the biggest trend in website design is responsive web design (RWD). In a responsive design, a website elegantly displays on any size device. The popularity of RWD is, in part, a response to the proliferation of mobile devices. In hopes of increasing usability, organizations want to ensure that people can use their sites no matter how they’re accessing the web. But RWD isn’t itself a solution to library website woes. As I see it, there are two problems: RWD can only accomplish so much, and it doesn’t address the root issue of providing library services in a mobile context.

OCLC Launches Library Spotlight, Focuses on Power of Syndication

OCLC recently launched Library Spotlight, a new, free service that uses data from the WorldCat Registry to make it easier for users to find location and contact information for libraries using the web, and includes analytics tools to help libraries examine patron traffic trends or compare their collections and services to other libraries by location, local demographics, or other criteria.

Library of Congress: Cell Phone Unlocking Should Not Be A DMCA Exemption Issue

Library of Congress: Cell Phone Unlocking Should Not Be A DMCA Exemption Issue

This week, the Library of Congress (LC) argued that the legality of unlocking cellphones is not an issue that should be decided using the library’s power to grant Digital Millennium Copyright Act exemptions.

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.

Pew: More Patrons Using Mobile Devices to Access Library Websites

Pew: More Patrons Using Mobile Devices to Access Library Websites

Thirteen percent of people aged 16 and older in the United States have used a mobile device to visit a library website or otherwise access library services, according to a national survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. This percentage has more than doubled since 2009 the report notes, citing an earlier survey conducted by researchers at the University of Washington.

Boopsie Apps Make Vendor Partners Accessible Via One-Click Access

Boopsie Apps Make Vendor Partners Accessible Via One-Click Access

Mobile app shop Boopsie has announced the Boopsie Star Program, which will help library vendors increase the visibility of their own mobile apps by making them available through library-branded Boopsie mobile portals. Boopsie apps already offer one-click access to vendors including Overdrive, Mango Languages, Tutor.com, Credo Reference, EBSCO, Gale/Cengage Learning, Recorded Books, and Library H3lp.