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IET Technology Coffee Morning: Supporting Learners in Mobile Discovery of Library Resources

16 October 2012
Jennie Lee Building Meeting Room 1 Ground Floor

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Abstract: The Macon project aimed to address the challenges involved in delivering quality academic content to mobile phones and small tablets in a seamless and user-friendly manner. The project worked with EBSCO, a major content and systems provider, to prototype a mobile optimised resource discovery interface which can be used to discover and expose quality academic content from both third party & local collections. Local collections included the Open University’s Open Research Online (ORO) repository and audiovisual content.

The development of the interface was heavily influenced by user requirements and by external recommendations for good practice in mobile usability. The project investigated the use of a mobile bookmarklet which could improve the experience of authenticating through touchscreen or very small keyboards by helping the user avoid the need to repeatedly enter complex alphanumeric character strings.

The project also produced a ‘good practice’ toolkit for content providers and librarians which documents the rewards, risks and barriers involved in making academic content accessible to mobile devices. 

This presentation will discuss the methods used by the project in gathering user requirements and evaluating usability. It will also share the lessons learnt in the process and the results of the evaluation by users. 

Hassan Sheikh, Project Director,

Keren Mills, Project Manager,

Presenter: Keren Mills (Library)

Locaton: Jennie Lee Building Meeting Room 1 Ground Floor

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