Polk Launches New Mobile Website
With 83 percent of adults ages 18-29 owning a smartphone and tablet use increasing every year (Pew Internet Research), mobile technology has become as much a part of student’s lives as the food they eat. Whether they are using their mobile devices for banking, checking email or buying tickets to a show, the demand to acquire information at a moment’s notice has drastically altered the role of organizations to meet the needs today’s fast-paced undergraduate.
For Polk Library, this change is viewed as an opportunity to continue its tradition of providing the latest upgrades to its services. With the launch of its new mobile website, Polk has embraced these trends and is meeting its users wherever they may be.
“We see use of mobile devices for the library increase every year, so we can’t ignore it,” said Maccabee Levine, head of library technology services. “One of the main goals for Polk Library’s online presence is to put information and services where the students already are, not where we think they should be.”
The latest version of the mobile website, compatible on all smartphones and tablets, was created by Polk STEP-intern Nick Nadeau, a senior computer science major who has been working for Library Web Developer David Hietpas since Fall 2013.
Hietpas said the new mobile website turned out excellent.
“It really exceeded our expectations,” Hietpas said. “We were not sure if we could get everything onto the mobile site, but in the end we were able to make it work.”
The mobile website features all of the most popular library tools and resources available on the desktop version.
With the convenience of the mobile platforms, users are able to access library accounts to renew materials, use Group Finder to create study groups, contact library faculty for assistance, and explore the library’s extensive collection of scholarly resources with Search@UW.
A key element of Polk’s new site is the ability to remain in the mobile scale while searching through a large range of online resources. Users are able to easily move from a citation to a native database without the hassle of trying to read a full-sized scaled down for their mobile device.
Hietpas said while many use the mobile website to check library hours, the handy “Find a Computer” link will prove popular. The link provides a map of all the computers in the library and tells users which ones are currently available.
Nadeau said he was happy with how the new website turned out and would like to hear what people think of it.
“There is a feedback button at the bottom that would be nice for people to use,” Nadeau said. “That way we know what we might have to change.”
Check out Polk Library's new mobile website home page.
Access Search@UW quickly on the new mobile website