October 1, 2012

Using the Online Library with Mobile Devices

The Empire State College online library has a new addition to its website, "Using the Library with Mobile Devices." This page was created because of a steady increase in questions regarding mobile-device compatibility with the online library. Library resources were evaluated to check for compatibility with mobile devices and to look for any added features available. Library resources were then tested on an iPad, Kindle and Kindle Fire to verify functionality and ease of use.

This site contains an alphabetical list of all library article and newspaper databases as well as e-book collections. For each resource, there is information about mobile device compatibility, if there is a mobile site or app available, which formats you can view these items in and whether you are able to download PDF files to transfer to your mobile device for reading. We also included tips for mobile-device use with the library and links to common mobile device tech support links. 

For example, if you use JSTOR for research, you can visit this site to find out what you can do with JSTOR on your iPad. JSTOR has a mobile site in beta mode that you can use which allows for article discovery but not for downloading articles. You can, however view HTML format articles in the browser on your iPad or download PDF articles on your computer and transfer them to your iPad for reading at your convenience.

With various vendors for library resources and a large variety of mobile devices out there, you will need to consult your device support for more information and support to assist you in using these resources.

You can find this new page at www.esc.edu/library-mobile