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ERIC Number: EJ926249
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
A Mobile Application for Discovery
Zylstra, Robert
Computers in Libraries, v31 n2 p11-14 Mar 2011
The last 5 years have heralded a number of important changes to virtual libraries in academic and public settings. Despite this continual effort to improve library catalogs and websites, the fundamentals of these online spaces remain relatively unchanged. Digital collections are within reach of many libraries, yet they remain difficult to integrate. Social media is slowly making its way into online library spaces, but new opportunities to integrate with online communities remain limited. This article will examine factors that have influenced how the library's virtual space has evolved and suggest some avenues for future development and direction. Two initiatives from public and academic libraries will be used to illustrate how new technologies have made it possible for Yellowhead Regional Library (YRL) in Alberta, Canada, to develop a discovery platform for the iPad. The same technologies will help music students at Alberta's Grant MacEwan University, where the author serves as music and performing arts librarian, to discover hard-to-find music materials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada