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Mobile Website Puts Library Services at Your Fingertips

Technology gurus tell us that by 2013, people will use their mobile devices more than their desktop PCs to access the Internet.

The Springfield-Greene County Library District is ready when you are.

To see what I mean, just type thelibrary.org on your mobile device. (The web address is the same one you’re used to – the home page detects that the user is coming from a mobile device and redirects to the mobile home page.)

What you get is the library’s new mobile website with a simple, drop-down menu.
Rather than recreating the library’s entire website in a mobile format, it focuses on key tasks that users are likely to want.

“Mobile users have different interests than users of desktop computers,” says the library’s Web Manager Nancy Eike. “They have immediate, task-oriented goals. Mobile users are generally not interested in lengthy documents or in browsing.”

From the drop-down menu, you can:

One day soon, it will be easier to download e-books and e-audiobooks from the mobile website – and more.
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Today (Sunday, Dec. 5) is the final day of the library’s annual Holiday Store, where children can shop for gifts for family and friends at prices that won’t break the piggy bank.

Volunteers will be at the “store” from 1-4:30 p.m. just inside the Library Center to help children shop, manage their gift budget and wrap and tag their gifts.

 

 

Kathleen O'Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at kathleeno@thelibrary.org.

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