May 2, 2011
From staff reports
Get easy, convenient access to Alden Library on any data-enabled phone and network, including Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Palm and Windows Mobile.
The Alden app is now available in the Apple App Store and Android Market or by accessing alden.boopsie.com directly from your smartphone.
The Libraries released the Alden Library Mobile Information Site last fall, and then decided to license the development of the Alden app. after seeing continued support and interest from library users -- especially students.
"What we had before was a mobile-friendly web site. The reason we decided to license the app development was because students were telling us that they wanted to be able to do things like renew books, and perform simple and quick searches on ALICE, the Libraries' catalog," said Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research
and education services.
The new app increases researchers' productivity by enabling them to monitor their library records and search for books and other materials from their smartphones.
Other services the app offers include renewal of library items, status checks of OhioLINK requests, library and cafe hours, and the opportunity to ask a librarian for help with research questions.
Now users can connect with Alden Library on the go, whether it is to ask a research question or to get the latest news. App users can call, text, or e-mail an Alden librarian with a tap of the finger; access the Library's News blog; follow them on Facebook or Twitter; and check out their photo stream on Flickr - all from the Alden mobile app.
Check out the YouTube video "Introducing the Alden Library App."