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Hooray, we’re mobile! Our new app.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared my intense desire to become an app.  To ensure that our library was a portable and accessible as my learners’ favorite game.  Here’s a peek at our first attempt.

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.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. You want to be an app, and I’ll add that “We’re all a little clunky, in beta and in process” is a fine philosophy for a life-as-app. I appreciate you sharing the journey of your library with the wider community. Your efforts towards virtual libraries and digital curation carry us all closer-and not away from- the fundamental role of teacher-librarians.

  2. Floyd Pentlin says

    When you are no longer in Beta will the rest of the world be able to see you new app or will this be reserved just for your students and staff?

    Looks great.

  3. Floyd, you should be able to preview it at

  4. Thanks for the nifty idea, Joyce!! I love LibGuides, and I’m going to use them for my Library App too!! This is so exciting!

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