[IUG] Subject: new "mobile catalogs"
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- Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:15:28 -0400
- From: "Barbara Storch" <StorchB at wpbpl dot com>
- Subject: [IUG] Subject: new "mobile catalogs"
I downloaded the Gale AccessMyLibrary app (c2010)on my iphone, and it
had a GPS function that recognized my location and library and got me
right into our Gale databases. The search screen was the correct size,
and the search results screen also displayed with the correct size. I
did not have to log in, as it recognizes the IP range.
It still had our old address and phone number, though I had advised Gale
that this needed to be changed.
From: innopac-bounces at innovativeusers dot org
[innopac-bounces at innovativeusers dot org] On Behalf Of Bob Duncan
[duncanr at lafayette dot edu]
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2010 6:00 AM
To: IUG INNOPAC List
Subject: Re: [IUG] new "mobile catalogs"
----- Original Message -----
> From: "Connie Keller" <keller at elon dot edu>
> To: innopac at innovativeusers dot org
> Sent: Friday, October 22, 2010 8:36:52 AM
> Subject: [IUG] new "mobile catalogs"
> Has anyone had experience with the new "mobile catalogs" such as
> Library Anywhere announced at ALA last week or Gale's AccessMyLibrary
We beta tested the LibraryAnywhere product and found it severely flawed
as a mobile interface to an academic Innovative catalog (might be not so
bad for publics). YMMV.
The Gale product you mention isn't a mobile catalog -- it's a severely
useless (IMNSHO) mobile app for Gale databases to which you subscribe.
It's conceivable that it's changed since first launched, but when I
installed it, all you got was a start screen with nice buttons for each
of your Gale databases, but when you went into a database, you just got
the regular Web browser interface, which on a mobile device was way too
small to be of any use. The only possible use I can see is that your
users can use the databases without a proxy because Gale emails your
main Gale password to anyone who requests it from their institutional
email address. (Guess they don't care about restricting access once the
patron is no longer a patron. Go figure.)
Robert E. Duncan
Editor of IT Communications
David Bishop Skillman Library
Easton, PA 18042
duncanr at lafayette dot edu
Barbara J. Storch
Technical Services Manager
West Palm Beach Public Library
411 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Telephone: (561) 868-7721
Fax: (561) 868-7706
E-mail: storchb at mycitylibrary dot org
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