Apple recently reached over 10K apps in the Iphone catalog. I’ve been reading about the iPhone and development of smart phones over the past year. Intrigued and also captivated by the ever increasing shiny.
While I have a smart phone, Its not an iPhone. I’ve really not seen many teens with an iPhone or iPod touch. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough though.
All this development for smart phones has me wondering how many libraries are truly prepared for this new trend. Many report that Android will give iPhone a run for its money. I’ve found a few libraries have dabbled in mobile website development, but not many.
My question is this: What services does you library offer via mobile phone? Do you allow people to text with a librarian, or IM using a service that works on peoples phones?
Is you website mobile friendly? Take w3C mobile OK test
Do you have a Apple App? (Recently I read about this site that creates an app for small businesses. Is this something suitable for libraries?)
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Find out more about mobile usability
This week I came across a comic about why DRM doesn’t work. It outlines the step involved in downloading an Audiobook from a public library. The author had to perform 17 steps before getting frustrated and opting to illegally download the book. This is similar to another image about pirating DVD’s.
Both of these bring up interesting things to think about, including how the public perceives us.
What can our libraries do to make DRM less painful for the public who uses our services, especially when we aren’t the ones who design the interface?
Something to think about during Teen Tech Week.
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