17 Mobile Resources for Libraries

If you’re just getting into the mobile arena, there are a lot of great resources out there to help you catch up, keep up-to-date, and troubleshoot issues. Here are 17 of them to get you started. And please leave your favorite mobile resources in the comments!!

Forums

Most of today’s major mobile devices have associated user forums for exchanging tips and information within the community of owners. These are incredibly useful resources for finding out about everything from compatible memory cards to how to customize wallpaper and themes for your model phone. Additionally, a Google search such as “N95 forum” for message boards regarding a specific phone type will often yield relevant results such as the Nokia N95 Users Forum.

Blogs

Each of the following blogs has a distinct focus on mobile devices, trends, and apps. If you’re considering entering the mobile arena, you’ll definitely want to subscribe to these to keep up with all the latest developments.

Books

Three of the books in my new books series, The Tech Set #11-20 each deal with mobile topics and each include detailed Implementation chapters with step-by-step instructions for how to initiate and completely implement these mobile technologies in your library.

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Building Mobile Library Applications

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Location-Aware Services and QR Codes for Libraries

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IM and SMS Reference Services for Libraries

Mobile Device Emulators

One of the most important steps in the process of mobile development is testing. Here’s a list of apps which will mimic smartphones and other mobile devices so that you can see how your mobile app will look and function.