Library resources in the palm of your hand
As of October 5, the MacEwan University Library app is now available to students, staff and faculty – for free. Library staff saw development of the app as a necessity in light of increased use of smartphones to access the Library website.
"We want to remain relevant and make it easy for students to come to the Library," explains Sonya Betz, web and user experience librarian.
In May, Library staff teamed up with web developer Hybrid Forge to create the "MacEwan Lib" app, which is now available as a free download in the iTunes app store. Once users download it and log in using their myMacEwan credentials, they will have the complete MacEwan University Library and NEOS catalogues at their fingertips, in addition to a wide range of online journal articles, streaming audio and video and ebooks.
Users will be able to search for and request materials; check the status of their holds; renew checked-out items; download articles from academic journals and periodicals; and find basic information, like campus library hours and locations.
"We wanted to take the current functionality of the Library website and combine it all in one place," says Sonya.
One unique feature of the app is its ability to display the user's library barcode. New scanners are going to be installed in the Library that will read the barcode off the user's phone.
The new app coincides with the launch of the Library's mobile website, which users will be able to access regardless of their smartphone's operating system.