the idea: the user knows best where to consume library material, in car, at home, at work, commuting in a train, at summer cottage, abroad, in some other library, in the kitchen, etc...
making the actual, useful material mobile... not metadata
a question: do we think of a non-lending library even a library really?
let's learn from this
we are like "the best in the world" in this stuff
but we don't act like it
designing a basic mobile library website (OPAC+opening hours etc.) shouldn't take longer than 10 minutes
it's about making metadata mobile, metadata about material, this is secondary information, there's other ways to see "mobile" here... f.ex. Open Data, metadata about libraries, this is tertiary information
not about making the library or services mobile
that's what a library is anyway: a proxy, we didn't write the books in our shelves, did we, instead, we build and maintain access to publications
librarians are The Knights Who Say N.I.H.
let's make a list of solutions, that are within our scope, transport agency's mobile solutions, 0.facebook.com, mobile e-book reading software, PressDisplay mobile, newspapers have mobile solutions, Google mobile websearch, why a mobile app for library, when there is mobile Google Maps, EndNote, ...
"Nokia country", please!, sms, "we" invented it 15 years ago, the myth about finnish innovativeness, where were libraries?, wap, yeah right
finnish library projects, one ambitious project, mobile lending, by Labs.kirjastot.fi, Axiell libraries waiting for a readymade solution, most don't even know a solution exists, nobody really gives a damn
hands up if you've heard of any finnish library mobile innovations?, thought so...
this has been discussed like 15 years now
we should look at this lameness sociologically, from within the profession
i suggest, that we the library pros refuse from any library project, which builds a mobile OPAC and lasts for more than 2 months
mobile must be more useful
real website (non-mobile) are built for the libraryorganization, srsly, do you have the most relevant information on the library frontpage?, opening hours, "how do i get there"?, opac, renewal, toilets, "is it nice there"?, no, it's all sorts of disturbing bollocks, like book reviews etc., the first thing a user does when arriving at a library website is to start navigation
what was that generic library website design, by Aaron Schmidt etc.?, mobile first
open as much of data as possible, circulation stats, locations, opening hours, economical stats, visitor stats, staff stats, ...
integrate to other services, transport agency, google maps
aka. The Librarian in Black