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Ottenheimer Library launches mobile site

Submitted by Kyle Troutman on April 3, 2011 – 5:25 pmNo Comment

The Ottenheimer library’s website received a facelift this semester.

To improve access to the library’s online resources, Ottenheimer launched a new mobile Web site that allows users access through a number of Internet-ready devices.

Ottenheimer Web designer Nitish Amraji has been working on the mobile website since October of last year. “The main goals were to improve access to the library catalog and access to the login feature,” he said.

The library website has embedded JavaScript code that allows a smart phone to recognize a mobile site is available and automatically redirects the browser to that site.

“Once on the mobile site, users can search the library catalog and electronic databases, stay updated with news and events, view the library hours, call, chat or text reference librarians and much more,” Amraji said.

The site also allows users to exit the mobile app and access Ottenheimer’s full website.

Amraji said he is looking for feedback about the website from students and faculty. “I want to try to improve the mobile site as much as I can,” he said.

When it comes to access, Amraji said students with smart phones should have a much easier time navigating the information available.

“If you look at the original site, it was not looking good,” he said. “There were errors that made it not compatible with all smart phones.”

Now, with the site accessible through iPhones, Androids, BlackBerrys and some flip phones, Amraji said all-around access should be much better.

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