Library offers new site for mobile device users
By PATRICK MCDONOUGH
Central Kitsap Reporter Staff Writer
August 17, 2012 · Updated 4:23 PM
Users of mobile devices will be able to access information from the Kitsap Regional Library with greater ease thanks to a dedicated site that went live June 27.
The site offers catalog and user account information, access to e-books, upcoming library events, branch location and hours and a link to the full KRL site.
Al Wallace, information technology coordinator for the library and designer for the dedicated site, said the site offers a scaled down version of the library’s main page, which Wallace said was cumbersome on the smaller screens of mobile devices such as smart phones.
“The main site is too big for a small screen,” Wallace said. “This just gives mobile users an option for the most pertinent things they might need to know.”
The initial computer code framework for the dedicated site had been created in a matter of hours and then developed over a course of weeks with input from staff and patrons.
Jeff Brody, Director of Community Relations for the Kitsap Regional Library, said the rise in users of mobile devices showed a need for such a site.
“This site makes it easier for users of mobile devices,” he said. “Instead of having to view the site in a format intended for larger screens, they can now access the dedicated site.”
The dedicated site can be accessed at www.krl.org by mobile device users.
Wallace said the library tries to meet the technological needs of library patrons and the dedicated site is part of that effort.
“We try to keep with user trends,” Wallace said. “I think this fits the particular needs of mobile users far better.”
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