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Notes from the 10 September 2012 Meeting

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    We had five attendees today:

    – Bill Blick (Queensborough)
    – Jean Boggs (Kingsborough)
    – Beth Evans (Brooklyn)
    – Stephen Francoeur (Baruch)
    – Stephen Klein (Graduate Center)

    Organizing and Scheduling Meetings

    We realized that no one had sent out an agenda the previous week, something that we agreed at the last meeting we would try to do. For the next meeting, Stephen Klein promised to lead a discussion of mobile options in WordPress; he had been considering also talking about mobile in Drupal but may decide to set that aside for moment. We brainstormed about other topics that would form day’s theme for future meetings:

    – app development (what does it look like, how can you piggyback on your college’s app, etc.)
    – Mobile Commons (a text-message-based system that Baruch has started using for campus communications campaigns)
    – text reference services
    – augmented reality apps
    – mobile devices and library tours

    We also discussed our regular meeting dates. At our last meeting, we agreed to meet on the first Monday each month or the second Monday if the first Monday was a holiday. It’s possible that a scheduling conflict may keep our roundtable’s chair from attending on the first Monday; in light of this, we talked about maybe meeting on the second Monday instead (which would mean that if that second Monday was a holiday, we’d meet on the 3rd Monday).

    QR Codes

    In light of a post on ReadWriteWeb about whether QR codes should be placed on a death watch, we talked about other mobile technologies that let users input information without having to use a keyboard: near field communication and augmented reality.

    Mobile Apps in CUNY

    We talked about the CUNY app that features a library component and is available for iOS and Android devices:

    We also talked about whether libraries should create their own apps and how libraries might try to find real estate on any college-wide app that their institution might be working on.

    Responsive Design and Grand Valley State University Libraries Website

    We took a look at the website for the libraries at GVSU, which are designed to work on all screen sizes. You can see how it works even in a desktop browser by just resizing the screen and seeing how the blocks of content on the page shift around to make the most of the screen dimensions:

    It was noted that to code a site this way requires considerable expertise with CSS.

    Next Meeting

    Given the uncertainty over the schedule at the moment, we didn’t specify which Monday we’ll meet on next month. Regardless of the date, we will need to meet at the CUNY Graduate Center so Stephen Klein can access files he’ll need for the discussion he’ll lead on WordPress mobile.

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