The UBA developed the Spoetnik (library 23 things-like) course -inspiring the start of this blog-, has a library-coach with chat function, a library blog (UBA-e), and is now on Twitter as @bibliotheekuva.
Plus, as I just learned, a small team of the UBA recently launched a mobile version of the library website.
I like their approach. This team consisting of Driek Heesakkers (project leader), Lukas Koster, Gre Ootjers, Roxana Popistasu en Alice Doek, realized this “perpetual beta version” in no more than 7 weeks (from first meeting till launch at April 1st). There aim was not to strive for perfection, but to develop a version first and to learn from their mistakes and the feedback from the users. Thus highly interactive.
Another excellent principle was that they designed ONE mobile app for all smart phones.
This is what UBA mobile offers right now:
- The library catalog (searching; reserve items; renew loans)
- Opening hours and addresses of library locations
- Locations (on a map)
- Contact phone numbers
- Questions, feedback
- News via @bibliotheekuva-tweets
The most important feature, full access to the digital library (with link to all subscriptions) is not yet realized.
I hope our medical library will follow this shining example. Many medical students and doctors use smart-phones and I’m sure a digital version of our medical library website would surely be appreciated by our clients.
Mobile is the future. What do you think?
Below a short and clear presentation by Lukas Koster at UGUL (UGame ULearn) 2010.
The web address of the mobile site is: http://cf.uba.uva.nl/mobiel.
Short notice about UBA mobile at the news section of the UBA.
Janneke Staaks (librarian for: Psychology, Cultural Anthropology and Pedagogical and Educational Sciences) has dealt more in depth with this subject. See this post at her (Dutch) blog FMG Library.