Access to library resources in multiple devices through Responsive Web Design: Single Design for multiple devices - A case with UNISWA Library website
Anbu, John Paul
Dlamini, Ncamsile N.
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Mobile communication technology has greatly enhanced the academic and learning environments in the institutions of higher learning. The internet explosion, proliferation of online resources and the advent of free and open access resources provided the much needed impetus for libraries to inject new energy into providing quality service delivery of its services. The continuous advancements in the mobile communication paradigm, the shifting focus of users towards accepting mobile internet as the primary source of access to information has once again shifted the attention of libraries to provide mobile-related services to their users. More and more applications and databases are being provided to the libraries as mobile products. This paper focuses on the overall impact of mobile-related services and applications in libraries and looks specifically on the mobile library websites. Library websites are considered to be the face of any library. Most of the library services are offered through the library websites. For any Library which wants to provide a better interface for their mobile users are forced to rethink about their websites to see whether it is compatible with the multitude of mobile gadgets. This paper looks at the best practices in creating such mobile library websites. The important ingredient of this paper is the overall experience of creating such a website for a university library, from the inception of the concept to the end. The paper begins with the planning of such a website and the techniques adopted in successfully implementing such a website along with best practice guidelines on creating a mobile ready website.