Mobile Project 2012: Final Reports

Each Mobile Project 2012 grant recipient was required to submit a final report to LibraryLinkNJ documenting their work.  Below are report abstracts for various library types containing their mobile vendor of choice, a brief project description and contact information for the project director at each library.  Full final reports are linked for select libraries.

Report Abstracts
Academic Libraries
Public Libraries

Sample Final Reports
Burlington County Library System
William Paterson University



Drew University Library
Project Director: Jennifer Heise
Contact:    973-408-3675
Drew University Library developed a mobile website with LibraryAnywhere from LibraryThing.  They had already been investigating LibraryAnywhere, so they were able to get their mobile site up and running within 2 weeks of receiving their contract from LibraryLinkNJ.  With the mobile site, users can search the catalog and check their accounts, access databases, get information about hours, locations and events, and contact a librarian.

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Project Director:  Ann Hoang
Contact:    973-596-5798
NJIT developed a mobile website and apps with LibraryAnywhere from LibraryThing.  Users can access the library catalog, their accounts, hours and directions, news and announcements, mobile databases and they can contact a librarian.  Library staff engaged in extensive on-campus marketing efforts.

Ramapo College
Project Director:  Elizabeth Siecke
Contact:    201-684-7318
Ramapo developed a mobile app with Boopsie.  Features include: catalog search, account access, information such as hours, location, contact, as well as direct access to social media.  The library uses the open-source ILS Koha and needed to work with that vendor for aspects of the project.

William Paterson University
Project Director:  Kurt Wagner
Contact:    973-720-2285
View full final report



BELS Consortium
Project Director:  Phillip Berg
Contact:    201-265-4242
BELS worked with Infor to develop a mobile-ready website and “could not have been happier” with the vendor.  The mobile site offers access to the consortium catalog, a Research & Citation guide, BELS webmail and other services, a directory and information on how to join.  Projects for 2013 include apps for searching the catalog as well as apps for individual schools in the consortium.

Project Director:  Eileen M. Palmer
Contact:    732-750-2525
LMxAC worked with Boopsie to create an app for their member libraries.  Users simply choose their library from a list to access their account, the catalog, downloadable media, barcode scanning and more.  LMxAC created a Facebook marketing campaign to promote the app, in addition to traditional marketing strategies.  

LOGIN Consortium
Project Director: Jean Wipf
Contact:    856-845-2611 (list of member libraries with links to mobile websites)
LOGIN worked with LibraryAnywhere from LibraryThing to create a mobile website for each of the 20 libraries in the consortium.  Each mobile site allows users to: search their library catalog, access/manage their library account, find hours, directions, events and library contact information, use geo-location to find the nearest library, link to mobile-enabled databases and the library’s Facebook page.



Atlantic County Library System
Project Director:  Stephanie Baker
Contact:        609-625-2776.
ACLS used Boopsie to develop their mobile app.  The app provides access to the catalog, account information, ISBN scanner to check ACLS inventory on books when not in the library, Overdrive eBooks and eAudiobooks, GPS library branch locator, Contact Us information, Calendar of Events, quick links to Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as access to some databases.  One satisfied library user stated: “Great app for searching Atlantic County Library materials. Streamlines checking out eBooks and eAudiobooks as they download right to your iPhone/iPad! Also love the ISBN barcode scanner and the calendar of events!”

Berkeley Heights Public Library
Project Director:  Ellen Zander
Contact:    908-464-9333
BHPL chose Boopsie to develop its mobile app.  Features include catalog search using smart prefixes, my account, BookLook (ISBN barcode search), integration with Overdrive ebooks, library location, library hours, ways to contact the library, events, links to BHPL’s social media accounts, links to EBSCO mobile databases, and reading lists. BHPL says, “The LibraryLinkNJ Mobile Project grant gave BHPL the means to implement the extra, community-wide publicity that we needed to introduce the library app to local residents. App usage increased 248% in May [2012], the month when most of the grant-funded advertisements ran.”

Bernardsville Public Library
Project Director:  Karen Brodsky
Contact:    908-766-0118
Bernardsville worked with Boopsie to develop their mobile app.  Features include catalog search, account access, information on hours, location, events and contact, barcode scan, integration with ebooks/audiobooks and quick access to social media pages.  The Bernardsville app also has a self-check out feature - users can scan their own books to check them out.

Burlington County Library System
Project Director:  Ranjna Das
Contact:        609-267-9660
View full final report

Cape May County Library
Project Director: Melissa Brisbin
Contact:    609-463-6380
CMCL used Boopsie to create their mobile app.  Users can access the catalog, their accounts, scan a book’s barcode, access ebooks via Overdrive, find out about library hours, locations and events, contact a librarian and connect to the library’s Facebook page.  CMCL created a YouTube video to promote their new app.

East Brunswick Public Library          
Project Director:  Maryann Ralph
Contact:    732-390-6869
EBPL already had a mobile website developed by LibraryAnywhere from LibraryThing.  They used their LibraryLinkNJ grant to improve and expand their mobile website, working with both LibraryAnywhere and their own web developer.  The mobile website now provides users with access to their account, information about hours, locations and events, getting a passport and contacting the library, as well as downloadable media and online fine/fee payment.

East Orange Public Library
Project Director:  Jenny Tong
Contact:    973-266-5607
EOPL worked with Boopsie to develop their mobile app.  The app provides access to the catalog, user accounts, information about locations, hours and events, an “Ask Us” feature, and the library’s Facebook page.  Library staff used a wide variety of media to market the new app.

Haddon Heights Public Library
Project Director:  Christopher S. Walter
Contact:    856-547-7132
HHPL developed a mobile app with Boopsie.  The app provides access to the catalog, user accounts, book barcode scanning, eMedia, EbscoHost databases and information on hours, locations and contact.  One satisfied user said:

While I love my library, I do sometimes find myself in a bookstore. I was very pleased the last time I visited one that I was able to use the Haddon Heights Library app to scan a book’s barcode and see if they owned it. They did! After putting the book on reserve, I put down the book and saved myself some money, all while supporting my library! Great technology.

Highland Park Public Library
Project Director:  Jane Stanley
Contact:    732-572-2750
HPPL contracted with Boopsie to create their mobile app.  The app’s features include a library locator, catalog search, ILS integration, Ask-A-Librarian, calendar/events, reading lists, as well as links to the library blog and Twitter feed.  The library uses the open-source ILS Koha and needed to work with that vendor for aspects of the project.

Maplewood Memorial Library
Project Director: Barbara Laub
Contact:    973-762-1622 x5015
Maplewood chose LibraryAnywhere from LibraryThing to create their mobile app.  The app’s basic functionality allows the user to query the catalog and access patron account functions.  It has pages with hours and locations, contact information, events (utilizing an RSS feed), and links to the website and newsletter, as well as the ebook/audiobook provider.  The app can be used to scan upc barcodes on books at other locations (e.g. bookstores) and determine whether the items are in the library catalog.  The local newspaper ran a front-page story when the app was launched.

Middletown Township Public Library
Project Director:  Megan Wianecki
Contact:    732-671-3700 x317
MTPL already had a mobile app in place.  They used their funding to promote the app in creative ways.  They targeted three main groups: younger residents (under 45), commuters, and mobile enthusiasts (library patrons with smartphones).  They bought Facebook and Google ads to reach younger residents; they placed an ad at the local train station platform to reach commuters; and used in-house marketing to reach mobile enthusiasts in the library.  Each method had varying degrees of success, though the online advertising was the most successful. 

Mount Laurel Library
Project Director:  David Calvanico
Contact:    856-234-7319 x353
Mount Laurel already had a mobile app with LibraryAnywhere from LibraryThing, so they used their funding to upgrade to a custom app.  Now their app is searchable by the library’s name in the Apple App Store and Android Market.  It has the library’s logo and colors, as well as a similar look and feel to their website, so it is more familiar to their users.  They took this opportunity to re-introduce the app to staff and users.

Scotch Plains Public Library
Project Director:  Meg Kolaya
Contact:    908-322-5007
SPPL developed their mobile app with Boopsie.  Users have access to the catalog, their accounts, UPC scan, OverDrive, information on library hours, location and events, Ask Us, as well as direct access to the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages.  Library director Meg Kolaya says about the app, “Unlike some other electronic resources we have added, the learning curve is minimal and people seem to be successful in immediately getting the information they are seeking.”

Vineland Public Library
Project Director:  Christine Koehler
Contact:    856-794-4244
Vineland worked with Boopsie to develop a mobile app.  Their app offers catalog search, account access, ISBN scan, Overdrive access, locations/hours, contact information and access to their Facebook page. 

Washington Township Public Library
Project Director: Elissa Rizzo,
Contact:    908-876-3596
WTPL worked with Infor to develop their mobile website and apps.  Users can download ebooks and audiobooks, search for items, renew/request items, browse the calendar, register for programs and access databases.  Library staff used a wide variety of media to market the new service.




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