ILS Alumni Book: Usability and the Mobile Web

Junior Tidal

Check out a new publication from a MLS/MIS 2005 graduate of Indiana University!

  • Usability and the Mobile Web: A LITA Guide – excerpt:
    Mobile technology has changed the way we interact with one another and our communities. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the constant availability of information access, it is more important than ever for libraries to meet users on their phones and tablets. But not all mobile library approaches are created equal, and in this LITA guide Tidal clarifies the mobile web landscape, helping librarians and library developers create mobile websites and applications from a user-centered perspective.

Junior Tidal graduated from Indiana University with a dual Masters in Information Science and Library Science. He currently works as the multimedia and web services librarian and as an assistant professor at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY. Tidal has published other books on librarianship and information architecture, including Web Analytics Strategies for Libraries: A LITA Guide and The New Academic Librarian: Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities.

In an email interview, we asked him for advice for current students. He wrote:

  • I have a couple tips for students. Getting organized and managing your time is a must when writing a book, paper, or completing a programming project. Having an outline or structure with deadlines can help you focus on completing a task. My other tip is to take a break when you need to. It's easy to get overwhelmed and burned out on large projects. Downtime doesn't just give you some a moment to rest, but it can help you see a project with a fresh perspective.

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