Monday, September 26, 2011

Going Mobile

Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming, by Scott La Counte, Chicago : American Library Association, 2012.52p.

From the ALA website:

Patrons increasingly expect access to their libraries anywhere, anytime.  This Special Report provides practical guidance in how librarians can put the library in the palms of their patrons’ hands. Using the HTML skills that many librarians already have along with flexible development tools, technology expert La Counte shows how creating a customized mobile app doesn’t need to be expensive or require deep expertise.  In straightforward, practical terms he:
  • Demonstrates how to establish a presence on the mobile web with mobile websites and phone apps
  • Details open-source development tools such as PhoneGap that allow for the creation of mobile apps that work on a variety of mobile operating systems, with emphasis on the iPhone
  • Discusses methods for assessing a library’s user base and getting buy-in from administrators
Following the pointers in this Special Report, libraries can easily go wherever their patrons do!

Table of Contents 
1    Before You Begin  
2    Developing a Mobile Web Application      
3    Using CSS  
4    JavaScript and Mobile Website Design      
5    PhoneGap  
6    Building Your First Native App  
7    Beyond the Basics  
8    Other Ways to Go Mobile  

About the Author

Scott La Counte is a librarian at Anaheim (Calif.) Public Library. He is the author of the book Quiet, Please: Dispatches from a Public Librarian (Da Capo Press, 2008), which began as a series for McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies. He teaches writing online for the Gotham Writers’ Workshops. His iPhone app, LibFind, gives the addresses and phone numbers of public libraries across the United States.

Monday, September 19, 2011

. Measuring Library Performance: Principles and Techniques

Brophy, Peter. Measuring Library Performance: Principles and Techniques. London: Facet, 2006. 025.58 Broph isbn 978-1-85604-593-3

Measuring library performance requires multiple perspectives and various methods of evaluation. Brophy's innovative approach ensures that user's opinions, economic factors, and staff input are all taken into account. He demonstrates how both traditional and electronic services can be evaluated and helps professionals learn to gather data; quantify outputs; evaluate systems; and utilize benchmark, standards, and balanced scorecard methods of evaluation. There is also advice for leveraging findings for staff training and development. With a start-to-finish approach, this manual will help you evaluate and improve your library effectively.

E-metrics for Library and Information Professionals: How to Use Data for Managing and Evaluating Electronic Resource Collections

White, Andrew C. and Kamal, Eric Djiva. E-metrics for Library and Information Professionals: How to Use Data for Managing and Evaluating Electronic Resource Collections. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2006. 025.284 White isbn 1-55570-514-6

Designed to introduce readers to e-metrics ("the measurements of the use and activity of networked information"), this book is made up of 10 chapters that are divided among three major sections. Part 1 supplies a definition of e-metrics, explores their use in libraries, and discusses vendor-supplied electronic data reports. Part 2 explains why libraries need e-metrics, focusing on how they can be used for public relations, collection management, and library administration. Part 3 offers ways that libraries can build local e-metrics. Chapters cover the capturing and processing of statistics, infrastructure and technical requirements, and staffing needs. With its coherent structure, well-articulated language, and illustrative material (tables, figures, and examples), this book has much to recommend it. The authors are successful in elucidating a subject that may seem daunting and abstract to the uninitiated. Overall, an important resource for all librarians and information professionals.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Books Challenged or Banned in 2010-2011 (supplement)

Doyle, R.P. (2011). Books Challenged or Banned in 2010-2011. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

The annual supplement to the Banned Books Resource Guide contains information on recent bans, challenges, and successes in libraries and schools nationwide. Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

For more information about Banned Books Week, please visit

8.5" x 11"
11 pages

(supplement description)