Developing Mobile Access to Digital Collections

Mitchell, C. & Suchy, D. (2012). Developing Mobile Access to Digital Collections. DLib. January/February, 2012.

Case studies/interviews with representatives from Duke University Libraries, Montana State University Libraries, North Carolina State University Libraries, Smithsonian Institution.

Appropriate approach for development

  • Identify intended audience and their needs.
  • Create concrete mobile use cases and compare these to desktop use cases
  • Conduct internal assessment of available resources and limitations


  • Casual institutional users and visitors
  • Smithsonian did include some some mobile services for scholars


Largely simple:

  • Learn about collection: search, explore, save, download
  • Patron needs quick access not extended research access
  • Keep project on timeline and reasonable budget
  • Deliver media optimized for the access method


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