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SUNY Oneonta’s Students Interact with Library via Mobile Website

By Alvin Dantes, Technology Librarian Milne Library

James M. Milne Library at SUNY Oneonta developed a mobile website to allow our patrons to interact with the library from their cell phones and other devices. The home page contains a catalog search at the top, and links to hours, floor plans, contact information, LibGuides, news, interlibrary loan, and databases that are formatted for mobile screens. The links are wrapped in bright thumb-sized images to take full advantage of smartphone touchscreens.

The site was developed without the use of frameworks or consultants by Alvin Dantes, Milne Library’s technology librarian, under the supervision of Head of Technologies,  Andy Perry. All it took was a text editor, Photoshop, and a few months of work to get it off the ground.

There are several QR codes posted throughout the library that allow users to navigate to our site. If users try to access the main library page with a mobile device, they will be greeted with our mobile site instead. It is also integrated with the mobile website for the main campus. Currently the mobile site receives about 1% of all hits to the library web site.

We are always constantly developing and looking for new ways to serve users with this website. By utilizing the EBSCO Discovery Services API, we are hoping to extend the functionality of the mobile website by integrating the book search with full-text article retrieval. Users will be able to access much more information from their cell phones than ever before. Mobile views for availability of computers and group study rooms in the library are also on the horizon.

James M. Milne Library at SUNY Oneonta is a five-story building in the heart of the Oneonta campus. It houses over a half million books, DVDs, CDs, journals, newspapers, and magazines in addition to providing users with a wealth of online resources. The library is also the home of IT on campus and boasts a one hundred seat computer lab on the basement floor with several other computer labs located throughout the library.