So, we used a trial version of LibGuides Mobile Site Builder as our platform. (I also played around with WebMobi this weekend, and it looks promising and pretty, but because so much of our content already exists on LibGuides, and because it offered familiar features, we stuck with what felt like home.)
We asked the kids about the essentials. We also asked them for a little coding advice.
They were pretty excited about the prototype we demoed this afternoon.
My new practicum student, Kathie Jackson, describes the process:
At first, we created a list of links that exactly mirrored the library website. Then we realized the mobile site builder gave us the opportunity to streamline many of the features and ‘pop out’ the most frequently used and popular links, Guides, tools, and databases.
At various steps along the way, we walked a mobile phone around the library to get student input and tried to incorporate their wonderful ideas.
The great part is the mobile site builder is so easy to use we can continually change it on the fly. Okay, the really great part is it is very fun to use!
We’re still a little clunky, but we’re in beta and this is a process.